The prestigious Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Program named Assumption senior Sabrina Fussenegger as one of Kentucky's 20 best student-athletes. Sabrina is the only female athlete from Louisville as a State Finalist in the Wendy's Heisman program.
As an exceptional student-athlete, Sabrina was selected as 2015 State Finalists due to her success inside and outside of the classroom. She has a 3.8 GPA and is president of the Assumption High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. Fussenegger is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, and was the only student representative serving on the hiring committee for the Assumption athletic director. In addition, she is a star player on the Assumption varsity softball and varsity basketball teams. In the community, Sabrina volunteers at a Kindred Healthcare nursing home and enjoys spending time helping senior citizens.
“I believe you will not reach full success until you have worked hard to obtain what you want. I always refer back to the quote ‘Success doesn't come to you, you come to it,’” shared Sabrina.
Since its inception in 2008, the Assumption High School and Sacred Heart Academy Pink & White Game has raised over $170,000 toward breast health programs. In honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Norton Healthcare's “Get Healthy” magazine has featured the annual flag football game in their fall issue. In 2015, an estimated 231,840 women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The annual Pink & White Game works to promote breast health programs. Developed from a senior dream made by Assumption 2008 grad, Stephanie Coy, the Pink & White Game draws nearly 5,000 each April. Local all-boys high schools, St. Xavier and Trinity, also participate with choreographed half time dance routines. The next Pink & White Game will be played April 29, 2016 at Trinity High School's Marshall Stadium.
Assumption's Rose Theatre Company will debut their fall musical production of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning work "Into the Woods" on November 6 in the Humana Foundation Performing and Fine Art Center, 2170 Tyler Lane, Louisville, Kentucky.
A modern interpretation on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, intertwined with an original story about a baker and his wife's wish to begin a family disrupted by a witch who has put a curse on them.
“Math is a subject that many people struggle with and some decide early on that they are ‘no good at it.’ While I believe that some students have a natural affinity for math, I also believe that all students can learn math and be successful if they keep trying and not give up on themselves,” said Barb Lutmer, Assumption math teacher.
In her 8th year at Assumption, she currently teaches advanced geometry, dual credit pre-calculus, dual credit calculus and AP calculus. She has taught algebra 1 and algebra 2 in the past as well. Mrs. Lutmer also the co-sponsor of the Mu Alpha Theta — an honorary math club whose intention is to create and foster more interest in mathematics.
“Students do not know what math skills that they will need when they are adults or in college. In math class, one learns other skills too, like logic, analytical thinking, problem solving, organization, and perseverance, just to name a few, ” said Mrs. Lutmer. “I try to make my classes fun, interesting, and engaging for my students,” she added.
Sponsored by National Air and Space Education Institute, Assumption students now have the exclusive opportunity to enroll in the Air and Space Academy at nearby Bowman Field's Hanger 7. The only all-girls high school in Louisville to offer this experience, students will develop their skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and earn a certified pilots license after completion of the four-year program. 32WLKY-TV news reporter and Assumption alum Katie George '12 featured Assumption's work with the Air and Space Academy on the Friday, October 2, evening newscast. Click on the headline above to link directly to the WLKY video and story of this amazing partnership for Assumption students.
Docked along Waterfront Park, aboard a river barge, the Living Lands and Waters' Educational Workshop hosted forty Assumption biology students for a hands-on learning opportunity last Tuesday, September 29. Ms. Debbie Judd, biology instructor, organized the experience for her biology classes to explore the ecology, history, and economic impact of our river systems.
"Assumption students learned about watersheds and how humans directly and indirectly impact aquatic ecosystems and water quality," said Ms. Judd. "Through a food chain activity they examined the bioaccumulation of pesticides and how it affects not only wildlife, but also humans. They also performed a steam quality analysis through biological macro invertebrate identification, based on the macroinvertebrate water quality tolerance students rated the stream health," she added.
Established in 2003, the traveling educational workshop grew from a non-profit began by Chad Pregracke, 2013 CNN Hero of the Year. Mr. Pregracke has dedicated himself to the beautification and restoration of America's major rivers while educating communities about environmental issues.
"We don’t think about what we really put into the environment, but anything you find in a landfill you will find in the waterways," shared senior Keegan Gray. "Pollution can not only lead to dirty water ways, but it also leads to temperature differences. This can cause organisms in the water to suffer which causes a chain reaction that can lead all the way up to us again," Keegan observed. "As of now, the Ohio River is having a blue-green algae crises; this affects the entire ecosystem around it and if people ingest the algae, it can cause liver and nervous system damage," Keegan included.
"If they really want to make a difference, an ordinary person has the ability to do extraordinary things, even a teenager," expressed Ms. Judd. Her hope was that "they gained an understanding of the importance of protecting our waters ways and that they can help protect this critical natural resource."
Keegan Gray was definitely inspired by the story of Mr. Pregracke. "One person can start a change and the more people follow, can lead to something great," she expressed.
On Tuesday, September 29, nine Assumption business students attended a unique women's conference for female students sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. One of only four high schools in Louisville that participated, the conference focused on career opportunities for women in economics (business), science, technology, engineering, and math (E-STEM). Assumption business teachers Sandy Maxted and Scott Spinetto chaperoned. Mrs. Maxted wanted Assumption students to “see how important E-STEM careers are for women and how those opportunities are growing.”
The day included a panel discussion with five professional women in the E-STEM fields including economist Ana Maria Santacreu with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; chemist Sarah Fegenbush, with Beam Suntory, Inc.; technology specialist Vidya Ravichandran, founder and president of GlowTouch Technologies; engineer Tracy Payne Squyres, general manager of clothes care technology for GE appliances; and Megan N. Ball, a Certified Public Accountant with Strothman and Company.
Conference attendee and senior, Sabrina Fussenegger said the conference inspired her to "change society's view of women taking behind the scenes roles in business." She believes it is important that more women hold leadership positions in the E-STEM careers and wants to help make that happen.
Participation in this E-STEM conference is one of many initiatives to spotlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) curriculum for young women at Assumption High School.
Developing leadership skills is an essential part of the Assumption experience. This year Assumption is participating in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ – a national high school leadership program emphasizing impact through action. Over 100 students applied and 32 were selected for this skill-building opportunity. The leader academy launched last Monday at the Assumption Green Sports and Education Complex with a three-hour interactive kick-off. Students will be engaged monthly in Leader Labs which will teach important leadership skills used in creating student-led community impact projects. “The world needs more leaders who impact their local communities, and we believe high school students are the answer!” states the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ website. Congratulations to these Assumption student leaders for this exceptional leadership opportunity. We know your actions will make a great difference in our world.
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. Click the headline above for more information and nomination form.
The community of Assumption celebrated international Mercy Day with an inspiring prayer service September 24 honoring our 2015 Models of Mercy and alumnae medal recipients. The 2015 Models of Mercy are: freshman Julia Goodfleisch, sophomore Rachel O’Bryan, junior Logan Mattingly, senior Rachel Bell, faculty member Kelly Hovekamp, staff member Martha Pfaadt Tedesco '90. Alumnae medal recipients of “Who will tell the story?" included Norah Deeley '68 in honor of community, Cindy Schurfranz Mason '91 in honor of service, and Carole Pfeffer '70 in honor of spirituality. Green educator and faculty member Sally Craven received her 25 years of service medal as well. Congratulations to all those who were honored! (To view the photo of the alumnae honorees and Mrs. Craven please click the headline above.)