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.
Assumption college counselor Leigh Jackson received the Carolyn Quire Service Award at the annual Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling conference March 16 at the downtown Louisville Marriott. Named after the late Carolyn Quire, former director of guidance services for Jefferson County, the award is given to one high school college counselor in Kentucky each year since 1998 who works tirelessly and selflessly to advise students in college admissions.
“Winning this award and being recognized by your peers is both overwhelming and humbling,” shared Mrs. Jackson. ”I pleasantly surprised when I heard my name called, particularly given the incredible counselors who have won in previous years. These are people that I respect tremendously and admire. They are outstanding counselors who are wonderful advocates for their students as well as great role models to all counselors in this profession.”
With great knowledge and care, Mrs. Jackson has counseled thousands of Assumption students through the college admissions and scholarship process since 2006. Prior to Assumption, she worked as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Bellarmine University.
“Being able to do what I do for our students and being a part of the AHS community is such a gift,” she expressed. “To be recognized for what I love to do is truly an honor!”
A powerful prevention assembly conducted by the Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Fire, and EMS brought to light the serious and deadly consequences of distracted driving to Assumption's student body this morning. Sergeant Kevin Hamlin narrating a mock car accident involving two vehicles and seniors Lauren Deines, Lucia Croce, Holly Wurth, and Jenna McKune. The student actors were covered in artificial blood and bruises to realistically depict injuries from the crash which concluded with a simulated arrest and student fatality. Local news stations WAVE3 and 32WLKY covered the scene which was followed by an all-school question and answer session with LMPD Sergeant Ruby Ellison in the Assumption gym. Click “Read More” below for additional coverage of the assembly.
The second annual #RivalsUnite4Girls alumnae giving challenge between all four Catholic girls high schools was March 13-24. In two weeks Assumption’s alumnae raised over $57,000 toward tuition assistance. With 1,071 alumnae participating Assumption alums’ increased engagement to 17.4%. Thank you to all of our alumnae who participated in this important giving challenge. Your gift helps more girls receive a high quality, college preparatory, Catholic education at Assumption High School.