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!
In a reception at Churchill Downs November 16, Assumption senior Ally Priebe received the 2016 Churchill Downs Winner’s Circle Governor’s Scholar honor. All students who participate as Churchill Downs Governor’s Scholars must have overcome personal challenges or other adversity to become high achievers in both their personal lives and the classroom. Ally was one of 29 students chosen from students who attend Jefferson County high schools. Click below for additional information on the Churchill Downs Winner's Circle Governor's Scholar program.
At a ceremony at the Galt House Friday evening October 21, Assumption senior Holly Zoeller received the 2016 WLKY Bell Award Youth Service Honor. Holly earned the award as a founder of Assumption's chapter of Operation Smile, an international non-profit organization which raises funds for surgeries to correct cleft palates on children in developing nations. In addition, Holly attended a ten day mission trip to Madagascar with Operation Smile where she helped children who were preparing to have the cleft palate surgery. Holly also participated in Assumption's Mercy Ambassador Exchange Program to Argentina where she did volunteer service work with children in Bella Vista, Argentina while attending school at Colegio Santa Ethnea. She has been a volunteer mentor through Catholic Charities and serves on the We Day Youth Board.
Mayor Greg Fischer also presented Muhammad Ali posthumously with the Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville Award for his lifetime of humanitarian efforts. Lonnie Ali received the award in his honor.
The American Geographical Society has selected Assumption AP Human Geography teacher Becca Joaquin ’97 as a 2016 Human Geography Teacher Fellow! One of only 50 teachers chosen nationwide, Mrs. Joaquin “represents the best there is in terms of teachers across the United States who study and teach geography.” She will attend a symposium at Columbia University in New York City in November and will work on a specialized project to provide high-quality mapping data for parts of the world which need information quickly. Congratulations to Mrs. Joaquin on this prestigious selection and opportunity! Excellent teachers like Mrs. Joaquin are part of what makes Assumption students prepared for college and career.
The Rose Award is a $5,000 grant endowed by an anonymous donor to recognize an Assumption employee who has been a positive influence. Alums, students, current and past parents are invited to nominate a current administrator, faculty, or staff member that has made a significant difference in their lives.
Past winners are: Cindi Baughman, Kelly Kirwan, Kathy Fleischer, Mary Pat Sexton, Dawn Deweese, Angela Lincoln, Rebecca Pate, Barry Hayworth, Jackie Metry, Beth Hicks, Doug Sumey, Sally Craven, and Mary Margaret Ralph. These individuals cannot win again.
Please submit your nomination by Friday, October 28. Nominations must include a detailed description (three paragraph minimum) supporting your nomination. The award will be presented at the Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Tuesday, November 22. If chosen, your nomination submission may be read at the prayer service. Please click “Read More” below to submit your nomination! Thank you!
With the theme “Sugar Rush,” a little rain didn't dampen the spirits of our students who dressed as candy characters in their class colors for the 34th annual Walk for Assumption! For the first time ever, the Walk united with the Rocket Raffle to raise an unprecedented $82,750 for financial assistance! Over 3,300 Rocket Raffle tickets were sold at $25 each surpassing our goal of 3,000 and earning the student body the opportunity to wear costumes to school on Halloween! Way to go, Rockets!