By: Bridget Coleman '18
I can honestly say, without any trace of falsity, that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t attended Assumption High School. But I can also say that I am who I am because of different reasons. Because Assumption taught me lessons I can’t learn in textbooks. Because I was shown that the first step in being successful in life is to be true to who I really am. Because I went to a place where I didn’t feel judged, where I wasn’t afraid to be silly, and where I wasn’t too shy to raise my hand first.
Assumption gave me confidence. When I first stepped through the doors, I was more anxious than excited. I kept my head down, my mouth shut, and myself out of people’s ways. But something was happening to me, something that I couldn’t see while I was in the moment but that I can notice now when I look back. I stopped being a seed planted in the dirt - I started to grow, to blossom. I made eye contact. I let my voice be heard. I ceased being afraid of situations where I had to talk to new people.
I’ve made some of the greatest connections of my life because this school gave me the tools I needed to forge my way in life. Yes, Assumption gave me knowledge and lots of it. But its most important lessons weren’t the ones I was tested on. I learned to be the first to reach out. I learned to be confident in my own abilities, enough that I feel that no matter what I pursue in college, I will be successful. I learned to listen with my whole being, to walk in others' shoes, and that I can and will make a difference.
Assumption has one big factor that sets it apart. The girls who graduate from this school don’t want to leave it. We love our school’s spirit and community so much that we ache to think we must move on. Like all good things, the end of our high school career must draw to a close, and yet we push forward knowing we are prepared to do great things. Once a rose, always a rose.
By: Lauryn Grady '18
When I first meet people and tell them I go to an all-girls Catholic high school in Kentucky, they usually picture a line of silent, submissive students supervised by strict nuns brandishing switches. I always enjoy this presumed image of my school, but it could not be further from the truth. We are a group of empowered young women led by teachers who act as role models to us. Yes, Assumption High School is an all-girls Catholic high school in Kentucky, but it is so much more than that.
Assumption is not a place; it is a feeling. It is a community, an inclusive club, and a set of values. Of course, Assumption is foremost a school, and the loving community aspect of it enhances the academics. Assumption provides opportunities for all girls, no matter the academic level. But the most important part is the academic growth. My school not only keeps students on track with the national averages and educational curriculum, but it also prepares us for whatever future we choose. Our teachers take us well beyond what is required and teach us real-life skills that will help us succeed in college and beyond.
I could have gone anywhere in Louisville for a great education, but I chose the school that educates me as a whole person: mind, body, and spirit. I am not the same girl I was when I started at Assumption, and I am so proud of what this school has led me to become. I am forever blessed to have received this amazing opportunity to be part of this lifelong group of empowered young women – young women who become the role models they once admired.
Assumption’s Speech and Debate team has done it again! In addition to winning top awards at the state championship, the Rockets have qualified for the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament in Washington, D.C.
Assumption High School is excited to announce new roles for the coaches of the nationally ranked AHS dance team. Ashley Williams Flaker, who has lead the program to three national titles in her more than 20-year stint as head coach, will be named the AHS Director of Dance Team Operations. Ashley will remain involved in the leadership of the program with Jessica Gardner Curtsinger ’05 who is taking over the head coaching role and day-to-day operations of the team.
Assumption art students were awarded over 25 Regional Scholastic Art awards this year with five students earning 10 gold and silver keys.
Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Assumption High School’s eleventh annual Mission Week, which runs February 26 through March 1, empowers students to do nothing short of being “the change.” Nearly 1,000 students, faculty, and staff will engage in a variety of educational opportunities, some of which include service work, both at home and abroad; training in advocacy, self-defense, and interpersonal violence prevention; career exploration through job shadow visits with local professionals; college visits to investigate options for higher education; and creative expression spotlighting social issues through Assumption’s BLOOM (Bringing Life Onstage and Offstage through Ministry) Theatre Project.
Assumption High School’s Coach Rick Stewart was named the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s 2018 Swim and Dive Coach of the Year for Region 5. Coach Stewart has received this honor two of the three years he has been the head swim and dive coach for the Rockets.
Katie Caswell Hughbanks, English and Creative Writing teacher, recently had five pieces of writing published locally and internationally. Her poem “Unexpected Visitor” was published in the February issue of Kentucky Monthly, which is available in print and online. Two poems (“The Honey Locust” and “Birds of London”) were printed in Flight Writing, an online literary journal in Ireland. In addition, two short stories (“Secrets” and “Flight”) were published online by another Irish literary journal, Dodging the Rain.
On what's known as National College Signing Day, Wednesday, February 7, seven Assumption student athletes took part in a ceremonial signing to play at the college level. Kennedy Cline will play soccer for Centre College. Katie Howard will play soccer for Gardner Webb University. Grace Bringard will play basketball for Transylvania University. Kaitlyn Revell will be on Anderson University's soccer team. Maranda Thomas will play softball for Indiana University Southeast. Olivia Marino will play soccer for Johns Hopkins University. And Morgan Fowler will play soccer for Transylvania University.
After winning the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s state championship for small jazz, the Assumption dance team caps off their 2017-18 season by receiving twelfth place at the 2018 National Dance Team Championship February 4 at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, Florida.