The fifth annual Scholar Fest is Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, in the Assumption theater from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The symposium’s theme is “Our Human Influence: Mind, Body, and World”. A record fourteen senior Scholar’s Thesis candidates will present their findings of independent research projects they have been working on since sophomore year. As part of our McAuley Scholars program, these self-directed students voluntarily commit to work with a faculty advisor and a community mentor to complete research on a topic of interest.
The students and their topics include: Claire Babey, “The Impact of Technology: A Positive or Negative Effect on Social Constructs?”; Colleen Begley, “The Truth Behind Happiness: Do We Make It or Does It Make Us?”; Kailyn Deitz, “Crime: How the Media Exacerbates and Benefits From It”; Abbey Glover, “Social Media and Its Effects on Adolescent Development”; Lizzie Hamilton, “The Gender Gap in the United States Workforce: What’s Still Holding Women Back?”; Sydney LaRue, “Cinema: A Lack of Female Presence”; Sarah Metzger, “Human Evil: What is it, Where is it, and How Can It Be Understood?”; Emma Nunn, “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery”; Alli Revers, “Introversion and Extroversion: The Science Behind the Personalities”; Alexis Simon, “The Effects of Caffeine on the Mind and Body”; Lindsey Smith, “Social Circus: Improving the Lives of Youth”; Jenn Stein, “Cultural Influences on American Music in the 20th Century: How Our History is Reflected in the Music of the Times”; Ashley Will, “Food Chemicals and the Human Body: An Exploration of Chemicals Present in Today’s Food Industry and Their Effects on the People Who Eat Them”; and Holly Zoeller, “The Truth Behind the Diet: Explaining Vegetarianism”.
The 2017 National Merit Scholar Program has named Assumption senior Maddie Harrington a Commended Student for her performance on the 2015 PSAT National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test! As a Commended Student, Maddie has placed in the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the scholarship competition. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, ” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Assumption seniors Mary Grace Stachnik and Molly Meinhart have been selected as 2017 National Merit semifinalists! This honor places them in the top one percent of the Class of 2017 in the United States. Mary Grace and Mollly are eligible to apply to become finalists, who will be announced early next year. National Merit semifinalists selection is based on the student's eleventh-grade PSAT scores. Congratulations to Mary Grace and Molly!
Friday, September 16, business woman, philanthropist, and wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, Cindy Hensley McCain spoke at an all-school assembly on human trafficking. Mrs. McCain was in Louisville to receive the 2016 Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award. Please click “Read more” to see the full article in The Courier-Journal Newspaper.
Annika Geiser ’18 was selected as a 2016 ANNpower leadership fellow sponsored by ANN Inc. and Vital Voices. In June, she attended a weeklong women’s leadership conference in New York City and was one of 50 young women out of 3,500 national applicants chosen for this prestigious opportunity. “It is an incredible feeling and a great honor!” shared Annika. Her leadership goal is to help end the stigma of mental illness and would like to create a mental health website to help inform and connect people. “I left New York City with forty-nine new friends, several mentors, and the confidence that I can change the world!”
Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy® recognized Assumption business teacher Sandy Maxted with the Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award on August 22. Sandy earned this award for “exceptional commitment to teaching finance literacy topics” and is the only business teacher in Kentucky to receive this award twice. “Mrs. Maxted is a wonderful teacher. She does a great job of keeping us engaged and giving us work that is appropriately challenging,” shared her former student and recent AHS grad Katie Schircliff ’16.
Assumption’s Operation Smile Club Executive Board members attended the Operation Smile International Student Leadership Conference in San Diego, California, in mid-July. Their trip was sponsored through the generosity of Assumption alumna, Patty Murphy Makatsaria ’90 who is involved internationally in Operation Smile. The students heard from a variety of speakers, attended leadership sessions, and at the end of the week received the Operation Smile “Outstanding New Club of the Year” award. In addition, club president Holly Zoeller ’17 was selected to serve on Operation Smile’s National Leadership Council. Holly attended a special leadership training in Virginia Beach, Virginia in August.
Some say high school is an awkward time in life. A time when you’re growing, changing, trying to balance school, family, and friends, all while trying to find yourself. However, for my classmates and me, high school was so much more. At Assumption, we didn’t simply sit in desks and learn from a textbook, we were taught how to be all-around good people.
At Assumption, I learned how to be compassionate. To live with compassion is to drop everything for someone who needs you. To live with compassion is to put other’s needs before your own. To live with compassion is to care for someone without even knowing her name. We have been given the gift of knowledge at Assumption, but more importantly we have been taught to be genuinely kind and compassionate people.
Every June, high school Advanced Placement teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather throughout the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions in a unique setting in which academic conversations are fostered and encouraged between educators. This summer Assumption had eight faculty members invited to join this prestigious group as AP Readers including Jonni Stich Miller ’82 for AP Biology, Kelly Kirwan for AP English Literature and Composition; Jennifer Shirley for AP French Language and Composition; James Sutherland for AP Spanish Language and Composition; Lisa Wieland for AP English Language and Composition; Paula Spugnardi for AP Art History; Joy Moeller for AP Spanish Language and Composition; and Becca Schindler Joaquin ’97 (not pictured) for AP Human Geography.
“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” states Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of these talented educators.”
Assumption junior will take part in the James Graham Brown Cancer research internship this summer. Only 15 students in the Louisville area were selected for this eight-week program with KentuckyOne Health. According to the Brown Cancer Center's website, “The goal of the program is to afford students an opportunity to obtain hands-on wet-lab or computer-driven research experience through working with James Graham Brown Cancer Center faculty in their research laboratories.” Mary Grace has an interest in scientific research and looks forward to honing her observational skills at the Brown Cancer Center. Congratulations to Mary Grace for earning this exceptional STEAM opportunity.