By Molly Meinhart '17
It's 3 a.m. on May 12th and I can't sleep. I left the place I call "home" today. I left the place where I belong. I'm sad and scared not because I don't think I'll ever love a school again or find people who are like my family, but because it's sad to admit that letting go is the right thing to do. We all know it and yet we all still drove home wiping our tears today because it hurts. But it is the right thing. We have had our fours years to experience what Assumption can be. We have had our four years to make mistakes and be forgiven for them. We have had our four years to make relationships that will last a lifetime. We have had our time, and now it is their time.
We must trust enough in the lessons we have taught to our underclasswomen to know that they can now lead. We must trust enough in the women we have become that we have made them stronger women as well. But we cannot expect perfection from them. We don't know if they know exactly how to care for our dear Assumption. But did we know that when we walked through her doors the first time? We learned over four years what it means to love our Assumption. And she is just that, ours.
We must now let them find their Assumption because love for Assumption is one thing that can never be compared with others. No one can debate who loves her more because we each love her differently. So if the class of 2018 does not lead the exact same way we did, that's okay. If the class of 2021 does not feel the same way we did, that's okay. Even though I fully believe in my heart that no class has loved Assumption the way my class has, does, and forever will, I know that she was shaping beautiful young women far before I ever spoke her name. And we must trust in her strength to continue doing so long after we no longer can. Assumption High School has changed each of us in one way or another. And now we owe it to the school that has given us everything, to change the world by being the women she has made us.
By Lizzie Hamilton ’17
Four years can feel like four minutes at Assumption High School, but despite how quickly time seems to pass, Assumption students make the most of it. At the end of each school day, when the bell rings at 2:50, students and teachers are not rushing to get home, for most of them consider Assumption their home away from home. There is a special presence that flows throughout the walls at Assumption and into the relationships between students and faculty. The teachers specifically look to develop strong, individual mentorships and friendships with students on an academic and personal level. The sisterhood between students is also one that cannot be broken. This strong sense of community creates the perfect environment to shape the young women that attend Assumption. The greatest lesson that is instilled in each student is one of confidence and empowerment. This shines through in the curriculum, special activities, and faculty and staff members. The faculty of Assumption set high expectations for their students, but it is because they believe in and envision their opportunity for success. They also provide their students with relentless encouragement and provide the support necessary for achievement. Furthermore, Assumption students hold one another to high standards of integrity, faith, and responsibility. This in turn leads each student to challenge herself in every circumstance, especially academically.
After an eighty-five-minute class, students are not rushing to leave and move on with the rest of their days. Teachers at Assumption can transform one class period into an enjoyable experience for students to comprehend complex subject material. Through the passion and enthusiasm teachers incorporate into academics, students develop a genuine fascination for learning. Assumption truly allows each student to explore learning on her own with many opportunities to delve into topics of personal choice through the variety of electives offered. Within the classroom, teachers inspire their students to think critically about issues and give them the environment to be able to speak up about them. In a community where students are surrounded by strong women — their peers, their teachers, the staff, and the alumnae — they in turn grow strong and expand their resilience.
At the end of four years, seniors are not rushing to graduate. Senior year brings a newly found gratitude for Assumption when they realize their time at Assumption is truly coming to a close. By senior year, the students have each grown monumentally, and this truly illustrates what an Assumption education is about. This growth can be attributed to many sources, but foremost to Assumption High School and the empowerment it provides its students. Each young woman who is one of the lucky few to experience an Assumption education will stand apart from others because she has a strong foundation of confidence and determination to lead others with integrity and compassion.
For the first time ever, the National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament will be held in Louisville on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. Over 3,500 high school students from around the country will compete in a variety of speech and debate events at five area schools.
Assumption High School will host the Lincoln Douglas debate preliminary rounds from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. Approximately 211 students and 225 adults are expected to attend. Students who qualified for this national championship tournament will compete five times in the preliminary rounds. After the preliminary results are calculated, the tournament continues on Sunday with elimination rounds held at the Galt House and other downtown hotels.
“To host the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament is an enormous honor and rare opportunity for the city of Louisville,” stated Woody Zorn, Assumption High School debate coach. Zorn, the Kentucky High School Speech League 2017 Coach of the Year, and 2017 Kentucky National Speech and Debate Association Alumni of the Year, also said, “We are grateful to showcase our school, and beloved city, to such a significant group of talented high school students”.
Assumption High School is the only all-girls school in Louisville that qualified for the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament. Qualifiers were Sarah Daus ’18, Lydia Cardwell ’19, Kailyn Deitz ’17, Carly Crawford ’19, Kennedy Nodler ’18, and Correna Tate ’18. Assumption’s debate team also won the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League sweepstakes title.
Assumption High School graduated 222 amazing young women at our 60th commencement on May 20 at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall. The Class of 2017 boasts a record-breaking $26 million in scholarships, were admitted to 115 colleges and universities, and earned over 21,000 service hours in
the Louisville community. We are proud that 43 seniors from the Class of 2017 were second and third generation Rockets, sharing in the Assumption tradition as alumnae with their mothers and/or grandmothers. Lacy Magre was honored with the Catherine McAuley Christian Leader Award, Emma Spinetto was selected for the Assumption Alumnae Award, and Hannah Hoerlein was recognized with the Rocket Spirit Award. Click “read more” below to learn more about the Class of 2017 including a class roster, a list of college and university acceptances, and the senior honors assembly program.
Recent Assumption graduates Lindsey Smith ’17 and Holly Zoeller ’17 were two of three high school students in Kentucky chosen for the 2017 AXA Achievement Scholarship. Lindsey and Holly were awarded a $2,500 college scholarship and Assumption received a grant of $1,000 per recipient. In the fall, they will both be attending the University of Louisville where Lindsey has received the prestigious Grawemeyer Scholarship and Holly was selected as a distinguished Brown Fellow.
“Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers,” states AXA. “They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family, and community; and ability to succeed in college.” The AXA Achievement Scholarship is part of the AXA Foundation related to AXA Financial Advisors Inc.
Mary Grace Stachnik ’17 is one of only 85 students in Kentucky selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholar program and the only student chosen from a Louisville, all-girls, Catholic high school. Since 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of the most distinguished graduating high school seniors in the nation.
The Rosecall Newspaper staff earned first place and senior Kenzie Riggs won Outstanding First Page for the September 2016 edition in the 2017 American Scholastic Press Association Newspaper Contest. The staff of Assumption’s online student media RocketLaunch was awarded first place in multimedia production in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Competition. The SPJ also awarded seniors Lyndsey Newport second place in News Writing; Joanne Lagazzo second place in Best Editorial Cartooning; and Anna Gibson, Tori Hargadon, and Maddie Smith third place in Best Page Design. The Rosecall staff also received third place in Best Editorial Writing in the SPJ contest.
Given to only four students in Kentucky, Assumption senior Holly Zoeller is a Distinguished Finalist in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The award was created 1995 by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and recognizes middle and high school students for extraordinary service at the local, state and national level. Holly founded Kentucky’s first chapter of Operation Smile at Assumption. She recruited more than 200 members and lead efforts to raise money to fund almost 70 cleft lip and palate surgeries. Holly also serves on Operation Smile’s National Leadership Council and attended in their International Student Leadership Conference in Los Angeles. In addition, Holly spent spring break working directly with children receiving cleft lip and pallet surgery during a medical mission trip her junior year. Congratulations Holly!
Twelve juniors were selected for the 2017 Governor's Scholars Program – the most number of students of all the Archdiocesan Catholic high schools. We are proud to congratulate Natalie Claypool, Connie Douglas, Ally Mattingly, Kara Bruns, Erin Spencer, Elena Brownlee, Sarah Michels, Lauryn Grady, Alia Ahmadi, Analisa Conway, Rachel O'Bryan, and Melanie Duckworth for the academic and extracurricular excellence they’ve accomplished to achieve this honor. The rising seniors will spend six-weeks this summer at one of these three Kentucky universities — Morehead State University, Murray State University, and Northern Kentucky University — taking courses that ”allow a student to pursue a topic in-depth as a member of a small group stressing the development of ideas in the chosen discipline, with the option of additional independent study,” according to the GPS.
”The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders,” states the GSP website. GSP originated in 1983 when Kentucky leaders’ were concerned the state’s ‘best and brightest’ were leaving Kentucky “to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home.”
The Governor’s Scholar Program not only enriches each students educational opportunities, it also opens the door to a number of scholarships at Kentucky colleges and universities.
Pink wins the tenth annual Pink and White flag football Game between Assumption High School and Sacred Heart Academy! Played to a sold out crowd at Saint Xavier High School’s football stadium, the event raised breast cancer awareness with proceeds going to the Norton Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Program. Since its inception in 2008, the game has raised over $200,000 for breast cancer programs.
The evening began at 7 p.m. with a special ceremony to honor breast cancer survivors and remember loved ones who have passed away from the disease. Students from the Assumption, Sacred Heart, St. Xavier High School, and Trinity High School will escort survivors onto the field and each will present an honored survivor with a pink rose. Students memorializing a family member or friend who have passed away from breast cancer will observe a moment of silence in their honor.
Kickoff was 7:30 p.m. with halftime dance routines performed by the boys’ high schools. St. Xavier students showcased a dance to cheer on the Assumption Rocket flag football team and Trinity students will perform to rally on the Sacred Heart players. This “role-reversal” concept was conceived to reflect a new interpretation of the famous annual football rivalry between St. X and Trinity.