I am blessed to say I have attended a Catholic school for almost six and a half years now. Attending Catholic school, particularly Assumption, has shaped me into the person that I am today. Coming from a background of a public school I have the advantage of having both perspectives on how Assumption, and other Catholic schools, truly cultivate communities of knowledge, service, and faith.
The education I have received in Catholic schools has been the best, hands down. Students and teachers have a genuine desire to learn and to teach others. Everyone takes education so seriously it makes it easy to be eager to learn. I have appreciated the many academic services Catholic schools provide to help students who are struggling. They don’t want to let anyone fall behind and teachers dedicate so much of their own time and effort to make sure each student has an equal chance to learn and succeed.
Volunteer work was an elusive topic before I entered Catholic school. I knew it existed and I would probably need to do some to be accepted into college, but that was the extent of my knowledge. Assumption not only expect us to do service, they require it. Though, it honestly didn’t feel like work. I enjoyed my experiences so much I still look for ways I can volunteer and help others in my community. Catholic schools are so great about getting students linked up with agencies and giving them multiple opportunities to serve. I am proud to say I have served over 100 hours at various places and thanks to the encouragement from Catholic schools I intend to keep serving for a long time. I honestly don’t know if I would’ve developed a passion for volunteer work if I hadn't attended a Catholic school like Assumption.
We are excited to welcome alumna Tammy Cammack Hailey '94 as Assumption's new head soccer coach for the 2017 soccer season. Coach Hailey played soccer for the University of Louisville during college. She held the assistant coach’s position at Assumption under Sam Hayward from 1998 to 2001 and also coached club for Mockingbird Valley. Most recently Coach Hailey coached club soccer for Falls City.
She is a registered nurse currently working for Humana, is married, and has three children. Welcome back to Assumption Coach Hailey!
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association announced the advancement of Assumption High School volleyball coach Ron Kordes as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of volleyball. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories.
Coach Kordes was selected for this national honor by Kentucky’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
Over the 28 years of Ron Kordes’ leadership, Assumption volleyball has earned four national titles; 19 state championships, with 2015 being the most recent; 14 Kentucky Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year awards; one National Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year award in 2014; and one Prepvolleyball.com National Player of the Year award. Coach Kordes marked his 1,000 win during the 2016 volleyball season with a career 91% winning percentage (1019 wins and 104 losses).
“We are extremely grateful to have Coach Kordes’ invaluable leadership at Assumption for nearly three decades, ” expressed Assumption athletic director Angela Passafiume. “His selflessness, integrity, and emphasis on teamwork have been an extraordinary influence on hundreds of young women athletes at Assumption. His outstanding coaching has also prepared many of our Rockets for collegiate success in the NCAA.”
Reservations are filling up with less than a month away until the 36th annual Rocket Spectacular Benefit Dinner and Auction. Assumption’s largest fundraiser for student financial assistance will take place Saturday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Assumption Convocation and Athletic Center. This year's theme “A Night at the Oscars” will celebrate the glamour and excitement of Hollywood! The event includes a gourmet dinner; amazing raffles items including the $20,000 Rocket Raffle; a silent auction with hundreds of fantastic packages; and a thrilling live auction to cap off the evening. Last year's event sold out so click “Read More” below to reserve your spot on the red carpet before it’s too late!
Assumption’s Rosecall newspaper staff excelled at the National High School Journalism Convention in November. Senior Sarah Metzger earned an excellent for her editorial writing and senior Tori Hargadon received an excellent for her themed photo. Seniors Lyndsey Newport and Kenzie Riggs were awarded honorable mentions for commentary writing and sports writing. Congratulations to these outstanding journalists!
From the moment I stepped inside Assumption’s doors, I knew I had found much more than a high school; I had found my home. While many places call themselves a community, Assumption epitomizes it. Every Friday on the announcements, we are urged to “remember who we are.” As our mission statement goes, we are the community of Assumption where faith guides, compassion inspires, integrity matters, and excellence empowers. A Rocket is a woman who personifies all of these cornerstones, one who always remembers who she is and what she stands for during her four precious years at AHS and for the rest of her life.
Assumption does not simply teach theology; rather, we let faith guide us in everything we do. Through the yearly overnight retreat program, I was able to discover and develop my own faith by taking time to examine my relationships with family, friends, and God. In our annual Thanksgiving prayer service, I have learned the beauty of taking time to express gratitude for those who bring light to our lives. On my mission trip to Cincinnati this past winter, I saw God in the faces of so many kind-hearted individuals who loved so much despite having so little.
Through encouraging my faith, Assumption taught me the value of showing compassion to all. Every single day, I am met with a friendly smile while walking through the halls. However, this kindness and concern for others does not end within our walls. Through the ACTS program, I was blessed with the privilege of serving Kosair Children’s Hospital during sophomore year. Such an extensive service program is unheard of at most schools, but Assumption realizes the importance of educating our hearts as well as our minds.
Faith and compassion are of little importance, however, if we are not women filled with integrity of mind and action. Assumption has taught me to stay true to who I am when faced with adversity. With so many clubs, every girl is able to find her place at AHS and explore what she is capable of achieving. I became the young woman I am because of Rose Theatre Company, Advanced Choir, and Ambassadors; within these organizations, I made memories that will last a lifetime.
At Assumption, I have blossomed. With the deep concern that AHS exhibits in nourishing our faith, compassion, and integrity, excellence is inevitable. I have achieved heights I could have never imagined because of Assumption, and I know that my block-scheduled classes, rigorous coursework, and passionate teachers will help me to achieve in college and beyond.
Many consider college the best four years of your life, but I know my four years as a Rocket will be hard to top. Because of Assumption, I have high expectations for my future. It was extremely difficult to leave this place I called home for the past four years, but I know that as a Rocket, I will soar.
Assumption has been selected to offer the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma program beginning in the fall of 2017! AP Capstone is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills increasingly valued by colleges and employers. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.
AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Assumption High School will use the AP Capstone program to provide unique research opportunities for current AP students and to expand access to AP by encouraging students to master the argument-based writing skills.
The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to create an academic focus most meaningful to them and provides a forum for students to explore their areas of interest in a rigorous classroom environment that expects college-level outcomes in their research.
Learn more about our new AP Capstone Diploma at the Assumption Open House on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Young women at Assumption can now benefit from a national program designed to introduce students to career opportunities in architecture, construction, engineering, and areas related to building design and the construction industry. The ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) is an after-school program that provides hands-on introduction to architecture, design, engineering, construction management, and other construction careers.
The program matches students with ACE professionals or mentors who volunteer their time and energy to mentor students in these fields. Students will learn where and how these professionals work, the skills they use, and see their projects under construction. Participants will design a project for possible construction on campus or in our community. Upon completing the program, students will have the opportunity to earn scholarship dollars for college if she elects to major in these fields.
Nick Fears, Board Chair of the Louisville Affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program shared, “(ACE is) proud to announce our partnership with Assumption High School for the 2017-2018 school year. ACE works with local high schools to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to the benefits of pursuing a career in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields. We are proud to be associated with a such a fine institution.”
Learn more at the Assumption Open House this Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.!
Three former Rocket cross country student athletes competed in the Division 1 NCAA Cross Country National Championship on Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. Katherine Receveur ’14 finished 11th place in the nation and earned All-American honors (top 40) for Indiana University – a feat that no other Kentucky high school female has earned in cross country since 2000! Assumption alums Bailey Davis ’14 competed in the National Championship for the University of Louisville and Emily Bean raced for Ole Miss (the Rebels had a pre-championship ranking in the top 25)! Congratulations to our Assumption alums for competing and succeeding at the highest collegiate level!
Assumption speech and debate varsity members traveled to Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama, November 18 to compete in the Hoover City Swing. Out of nearly seventy teams, Carly Crawford and Kailyn Deitz advanced to the quarterfinal round, and the team of Kennedy Nodler and Correna Tate advanced to the semifinal round. Both teams earned silver bids to the National Tournament of Champions, a first for Assumption's team! If these teams receive another silver bid, they will be the first teams from Kentucky to directly qualify for the Tournament of Champions in public forum!
Also on Saturday, at the Wyatt Debate League tournament, Lydia Cardwell was the varsity Lincoln Douglas champion, and the team of Ella Springer and Iris Boyer were undefeated and nearly made it to the championship round in novice public forum. Way to go Rocket debate!