Featured Student – Audrey Jestel

Audrey Jestel

Audrey Jestel – Class of 2019

What is your favorite academic subject/class?

Biology and Anatomy

What are some things you enjoy doing outside of the classroom?

I enjoy volunteering with dogs at the Humane Society and playing tennis.

What do you love most about being an Assumption student?

I love learning from teachers who genuinely enjoy the subjects they are teaching, and who are willing to take the next step further to help each student. The teachers are so great and supportive.

What advice or encouragement do you have to share with younger students?

Don’t be afraid to branch out and meet new people and try new things: every experience is worthwhile.

What are some of your future plans, hopes, and dreams?

I plan to study biology at the University of Iowa, and I hope to become a veterinarian, or possibly an oncologist.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Joshua 1:9 – “I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”

April Knight 2018 Auction Items


Browse through the auction items that will be available in this year’s April Knight auction. Check back often before the event for updates and new additions!

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Live Auction

Silent Item Categories
Dine & Imbibe
Health & Beauty
Home & Garden
Knight Spirit
Parties & Entertainment

Live Auction Items

 Suburban Landscape Firepit & Pavers    Value: $3500
Increase the beauty, enjoyment and value of your property by having Suburban Landscape expertly install a well-placed firepit with surrounding loose pavers for your increased use of your yard.  Construction to be completed by 11-1-18.
 Scottsdale, AZ Sunny Southwest Condo    Value: $2000
Enjoy week long stay at a luxurious condo in Scottsdale Ranch, a gated community.   Fully equipped  2 bedroom/2 bath condo with access to fitness center & 2 swimming pools, easy access to park, tennis and walking paths.  Fine restaurants within walking distance. May 1 – November 1, 2018 subject to availability.
Rockin’ RV Trip    Value: $1000
Tailgate – Shopping Trip – Winery Tour of Eastern Iowa – YOU decide your destination and date, then drive yourselves in this Luxury RV!
 Gentry Shop Gift Certificate     Value: $1000
Treat yourself to a $1,000 shopping spree at The Gentry Shop. The Gentry Shop is the Art of Dressing Well. We are excited to offer this opportunity to show you the finest brands and the latest styles in men’s and women’s apparel. Let Greg and his staff show you something new for Spring!
Notre Dame & Cubs Weekend    Value: $1220
Spend a weekend with your two favorite teams: the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Chicago Cubs! High bidder on this package receives 4 tickets to the Cubs vs Reds game on Friday, Sept 14, 2018, and 4 tickets to watch the Irish take on Vanderbilt in South Bend on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Includes a loaned Lexus for the weekend, and $300 for your popcorn and peanuts! What a way to spend a weekend! See the view from YOUR seats (section 406, row 11) by clicking here!
 Private Parking Space    Value: Detention Prevention
Is your Assumption student often running late? Purchase this personalized parking spot and save them precious minutes before the bell rings. Parking spot valid for school day parking only – not guaranteed for nighttime events.
 Chicago Bears Tickets    Value: $2250
High bidder on this item arrives in Chicago with 4 United Club Level tickets on the 42 yard line to the Chicago Bears’ game of their choice (excluding Green Bay Packer game)! Includes one covered parking pass, a loaned Lexus for the weekend, and $300 for expenses!
 Colorado Granby Ranch 6 days, 5 nights Stay     Value: $4500
Spend 5 nights and 6 days in this Custom Log Cabin Home, 4 bedroom/ 4.5 bathrooms, 3 floors of living space, (sleeps 12-14)  Remodeled this year!  Get away from it all in this hand crafted log home with custom features, log furniture, and a full walk-out lower level.  Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, it doesn’t get any better than this! Have your family experience all that Granby Ranch has to offer! Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Rockies from the deck or from the dining table which seats 12 comfortably (5500 sq ft).   Perfect for winter, spring, summer or fall. Experience all Colorado has to offer!  20 miles from Winter Park, CO. View images of the home here!


Silent Auction Items

Dine & Imbibe

Outing Club Brunch     Value: $120
Enjoy Sunday brunch for 4 (four) in the elegant atmosphere of The Outing Club! Membership not  necessary to purchase. Excludes Mother’s and Father’s Day. Expires November 11, 2018.
 Tappa’s Steak House     Value: $100 (2 available)
$100 Gift Certificate to Tappa’s Steak House, featuring premium Hereford beef hand cut when you order!
 Two 3′ Giant Subway Sandwiches   Value: $90
 Texas Roadhouse VIP Dinner for Two   Value: $30


Health & Beauty

 Peel & Makover    Value: $100
Get your skin ready for summer with a peel and makeover from Soderstrom Skin Institute!
 Satin Body Shea Collection    Value: $76
Indulge in Mary Kay’s new Satin Body Collection with a luxurious spa-like experience! A centuries-old beauty secret from the West African savanna, shea butter is known to protect, enrich and soften skin. A perfect ingredient for your everyday spa experience, shea butter wraps skin in creamy hydration bliss. Includes Indulgent Body Wash, Revitalizing Shea Scrub and Decadent Whipped Shea Body Cream. Unwind is Shea Butter Bliss!
 Teeth Whitening    Value: $400
Have your teeth glistening in time for your summer tan with this professional in-office teeth whitening procedure!  You’ll be smiling all the way home.
 Essential Oils Basket      Value $140
Start your day and end your evening with this basket, chock full of doTerra Essential Oils for a variety of needs and necessities!
 Swarovski Blue Sky Crystal Bracelet      Value: $95
This beautiful Swarovski Blue Sky Crystal Bracelet features blue zircon, aquamarine, chrysolite, and peridot crystals in rhodium plating would be a wonderful addition to any summer wardrobe!
 Pilates Party for Dummies    Value: $450
Always wanted to try pilates, but didn’t know what you were getting yourself into? Then this party is for you! Learn the ins and outs of a pilates workout with up to 5 of your friends during this Personal Training Session to be held at Utica Ridge YMCA. Subject to facility and instructor availability.


Home & Garden


 Gned the Gnome    Value: $51
This little guy adds a touch of whimsy no matter where you place him! He’s cast in grey stone, etched to give that aged look, and finally exterior paint is added to his hat. Brighten up your yard or someone’s day with Gned the Gnome!
 HON Office Chair     Value: $215
Tackle tasks with comfort and ease when you outfit your office with contemporary seating at an affordable price.
 HON Office Chair     Value: $215
Tackle tasks with comfort and ease when you outfit your office with contemporary seating at an affordable price.
American Doll Luciana     Value: $115
Doll of the Year, Luciana Vega, has what it takes to be a real astronaut! With creativity, confidence, and a serious science streak, she can launch her dream of landing on Mars. Luciana is sure to light up the life of any owner!
 2 Week Dumpster Rental     Value: $350
Just in time for spring cleaning! Do you need to de-clutter or remove junk from your garage, basement, or attic? Then this dumpster rental is perfect for you. Millennium Waste will deliver a 10 cubic yard dumpster to your residence, leave it for up to 2 weeks, and then come back to haul it away!
 Ten Full Service Aqua Waterpark Car Washes     Value: $175 
 Hy-Vee Gift Cards     Value: $500 
 Custom Hand Turned Wooden Bowl     Value: $125B
Art form and function in wood. Put this beautiful wooden bowl, made by Bill Hurt of Hurtwood, to use in your home!
 Yeti Tundra 45 Package     Value: $475
Yeti: the best premium coolers and accessories that are the ultimate in design, performance, and durability. This package includes one Yeti Ice Blue Tundra 45 cooler, 4lbs of Yeti Ice, one Rambler 10oz Lowball, one Rambler 30oz Tumbler, one Rabmler 36oz Bottle, and Yeti security cable and lock bracket.
 Yeti Roadie 20 Package     Value: $275
Yeti: the best premium coolers and accessories that are the ultimate in design, performance, and durability. This package includes one Yeti White Roadie cooler, 2lbs of Yeti Ice, one Rambler 20oz Tumbler, one Rabmler 18oz Bottle, and Yeti beverage holder.


Knight Spirit

 AHS On-the-Go!     Value: $80
Take your Knight Spirit on the road with this AHS black bag chair and two AHS 30 oz RITC Stainless Steel Tumblers with Lids.
Reserved Pews at Baccalaureate Mass     Value: Priceless
Start your graduation celebration off right with 4 (small) reserved pews for Baccalaureate Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27th!
Assumption Graduation Seats    Value: Convenience!
We will save you the best seats in the house! Seven front row seats and a front row parking spot for you and your family at Assumption High School’s 2018 graduation, on Sunday, May 27th, as well as! What a memorable experience!
Autographed Knight Players Show Posters    Value: Show-stopping!
Celebrate the Knight Players 2017-2018 season with your very own posters from Rumors and The Addams Family, autographed by members of both casts!
 Oversized AHS Locker    Value: Roomy (3 available)
What student wouldn’t love an oversized corridor locker? At 21” deep and 18” wide, with extra shelving and a closet pole for hanging jackets and uniforms, these lockers are big enough to sublet!
 Name the Assumption Drive    Value: Prestige
Naming rights on the student entrance drive for one year! Perhaps you’d like to name it after your child, in a loved one’s memory, or after a favorite teacher or sport. What would you name it?
 First in Line at Lunch    Value: First Pick! (4 available)
Let your student have first pick of all the delicious items the Assumption Cafeteria has to offer with this item! Highest bidder gets moved to the front of the lunch line for an entire school year!
 Signed AHS Class of 2018 Flags    Value: Priceless
The perfect item to preserve the Class of 2018, these flags, signed by all members of Assumption’s current senior class, will help the winner relive great memories for years to come!
AHS Class of 2017 Vinyl Banner    Value: Priceless 
St. Ambrose Tuition    Value: $2826
A great way to continue a Catholic education! Bid on three hours of St. Ambrose tuition for your favorite college-bound or currently enrolled student.


Parties & Entertainment 

 Wide River Winery East Village Tasting & Food Pairing    Value: $200
Wine Tasting & Food Pairing while you visit the delightful patio, deck, or a table inside Wide River Winery in the Village of East Davenport. Included is a tasting of up to five award winning wines with a food pairing plate, a glass of wine for each guest, and a souvenir wine glass for up to six guests.
 Oktoberfest Party    Value: Prost!
Individual sign ups for 20 people to attend an Octoberfest Party at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday September 21, 2018 from 6-9pm. The lucky winners of this item will be joining others who signed up for this party at The Red Dinner, 2018. Includes Beer, Brats, Burgers, German Potato Salad, and Apple Pie, highlighted with Awesome Cathedral Ale brewed by Sacred Hearts’ own Fr. Rich! Hosted by Fr. Rich and Sacred Heart Red Dinner Committee. $50 per person. Get out your lederhosen and join the party!
 Great River Brewery Tour    Value: Brews Up!
Your Party of 8 will receive a private behind the scenes tour of brewing great beer, while enjoying three-4 oz samples per person. Enjoy the ambiance of their outdoor patio while calibrating your beverages!
 Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme Comedy Tickets    Value: $40
Two Tickets to see Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme of Super Troupers and Beerfest fame at the Rhythm City Casion & Resort on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8 PM. Heffernan & Lemme will perform stand up, tell funny stories about the making of their movies, and sometimes even drink a beer with the audience — Beerfest style!
 Jumer’s Casino & Hotel Stay    Value: $419
Experience the feel of Las Vegas in the center of the heartland at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel! Package includes an overnight stay in one of Jumer’s luxurious Junior Suites, a $150 gift certificate to DJ’s Steakhouse where you will partake in a true gourmet dining experience in a sophisticated atmosphere, as well as a meal for two at the Payer’s Buffet. Must be 21 years of age to redeem.
 Rhythm City Casino Resort One Night Get-Away    Value: $450
Package includes 1-night stay in an End Suite and $150 Food Credit at Ruthie’s Steak & Seafood Fine Dining to use during your stay!. Subject to availability; items must be used during same visit. 
 St. Ambrose Wine Festival    Value: $140
Underneath the towering oaks trees, find over 140 wines for tasting and delicacies from local restaurants when you and a guest attend the St. Ambrose Wine Festival on May 19, 2018. Package also includes a St. Ambrose tote bag, 2 St. Ambrose wine glasses, and a bottle of wine with bottle koozi to prepare for the event, or relive the fun at a later date!
 COMBAT Dartz with the President & Principal    Value: Hands up! 
Now’s your chance! Armed with nerf darts, choose your target – Assumption’s President, Andy Craig, and/or Principal, Bridget Murphy – and meet them at COMBAT Dartz for the showdown of a lifetime!
Theater Lovers Package    Value: $110
Spend some time at the theater! High bidder on this package will receive a $50 Donation Voucher for production tickets to the show of their choice at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, as well as 2 season tickets to the Assumption Knight Players 2018-2019 productions (Fall Play, Children’s Show, Spring Musical, and One Act) and 1 reserved parking spot for each AHS performance!
 PJ Masks Live!     Value: $78
Time to Be a Hero, with two tickets to the hit LIVE musical production of PJ Masks! Based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior, Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, and immersive interactivity.  Performance Monday, May 7, 2018, 6 PM
Monster Jam    Value: $132
4 Tickets to the April 28, 2018 Monster Jam® at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. The most action-packed live event on four wheels, where world class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds around the globe, Monster Jam features high octane spontaneous entertainment and intense competition, featuring the most recognizable trucks in the world.
Macaron Class    Value: Gastronomic! 
Alison Farrier, Pastry Chef & Owner of Carousel of Delights, will teach a class for four in the art of macarons. Become immersed in her French background, enjoying fresh pastries and champagne during the class!
Ceramics on the Canal      Value: Artistry (2 available)
Artist and Assumption faculty member, Holly Secker Brosman, will conduct a ceramics class for 8 in her private studio with views of the canal/Mississippi River.  You will make and take home a personalized house number on rustic pallet wood. Wine and light appetizers included.
Ceramics on the Canal #2     Value: $
Artist and Assumption faculty member, Holly Secker Brosman, will conduct a ceramics class for 8 in her private studio with views of the canal/Mississippi River.  You will make and take home a personalized house number on rustic pallet wood. Wine and light appetizers included.



Baseball Lover’s Package      Value $80
Take me out to the ball game for good times, good memories, and great baseball with 4 general admission tickets to any 2018 Iowa Cubs regular season home game, 4 general admission tickets to any 2018 River Bandits regular season home game!
Steamwheeler Suite for 12     Value: $500
12 tickets to a 2018 QC Steamwheeler Game in a luxury suite! Choose between games vs Sioux City Bandits on Saturday, 4-21-18 @ 7:05 PM,  vs Wichita Force Saturday, 5-12-18 @ 7:05 PM, or vs Omaha Beef Saturday, 5-19-18 @ 7:05 PM.
Johnny Lujack Autographed Football     Value: Priceless!
What a treasure for the serious sports collector! Johnny Lujack played college football for the University of Notre Dame, where he was a two-time All-American, and won the 1947 Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best college player, going on to play professionally for the Chicago Bears. He now resides in Davenport and California.
ND Crewneck Sweatshirt     Value: $36 
Canoe Outing on the Maquoketa River    Value: $80
Put your canoe in the water and prepare for a fun-filled day as you float down the Maquoketa River! This eight mile trip downstream takes three to four hours of floating time, depending on the river level and the stops you choose to make along the way. You will end your trip at Pictured Rocks Park, where a shuttle will return you to your starting point.


April Knight 2018 Corporate Sponsors

2018 Corporate Sponsors

White Lightning ($2,000)
Blackhawk Bank
Bush, Motto, Creen, Koury, & Halligan, PLC
Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home
Per Mar Security
Utility Equipment Co.
US Bank

Mule Kick ($1,500)
Miller Container
Modern Woodmen of America – Doug & Jamie Grenier
University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center
Wyffels Hybrids, Inc. – Peter & Lisa Britt     

Stump Juice ($750)
Access Control
Edward Jones Investments, Dan Timmons
Jeff’s Car Corner LLC
ORA Orthopedics

Rot Gut ($300)
Advanced Radiology, Kyle Kreinbring, MD
Elliott Aviation
Friemel Construction Co.
MJ Miller, Inc.
Physicians’ Laser Clinic
TwinState, Inc.


Featured Student – Michael Lai

Michael Lai

Michael Lai – Class of 2018

What is your favorite academic subject/class?


What are some things you enjoy doing outside of the classroom?

I love playing tennis.  In my free time, I practice and play with some of my friends. I also love to cook!  My family owns MJ’s Restaurant, and I work there almost every day.

What do you love most about being an Assumption student?

I love that it’s a small school and you get to know everybody. The faculty are very friendly and care a lot about the students and their education. Everyone works hard to make Assumption students become successful academically, spiritually, and morally.

What advice or encouragement do you have to share with younger students?

Never be afraid to ask for help from a student or a teacher. You are not alone no matter what the situation is. Always do your best to stay on top of your homework, classes, and tests.

What are some of your future plans, hopes, and dreams?

My future plan is to go to Saint Ambrose and study Pre-optometry and Business. My hope is to also play tennis there.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Featured Alumnus – Michael Poster

Michael Poster

In a series of interviews with notable alumni about their experiences at Assumption, we recently caught up with 1984 graduate Michael Poster, Vice President for Finance at St. Ambrose University.

What are you doing now?
I am the Vice President for Finance at St. Ambrose University. I have been in this position for almost ten years now. My wife Kelly and I live in Davenport. Our daughter Caitlin is a 2012 graduate of Assumption; a 2016 graduate of St. Mary’s College and is living in Columbus, Ohio, and working as a registered nurse. Our son Jake is a 2015 graduate of Assumption and attends Central College in Pella. Our daughter Bridget attends Assumption and will graduate in the spring of 2018.

How did you land your current job at St. Ambrose?
I worked for 20 years in public accounting and the college and university industry was one of the areas I focused on, both as an auditor and a consultant.  While I enjoyed my time in public accounting, I was ready to do something different and applied for the position when it was open.  I am a 1988 graduate of St. Ambrose, so that may have given me a leg up on the competition.

What made you want to go into Finance?
I actually became interested in business while I was a student at Assumption.  I took a few accounting courses, an economics course and a business law course and thought this might be a good career choice for me.  In college, I majored in accounting, minored in business administration, and decided the business area would be a good fit for me.

What is a typical day like for a Financier?
One of the things I enjoy most about my job is that no two days are the same. At St. Ambrose, I oversee the Accounting, Human Resource, Physical Plant, Compliance, Student Accounts, and Information Technology departments as well as the Food Service and the Bookstore areas. This gives me a big variety of things to work on every day. One day I may meet with our auditors, the next with our health insurance broker, and end the week working with our architect and Physical Plant Director on a building expansion. This variety keeps the job fresh.

What do you enjoy most about Finance
What I enjoy about the finance area is that I am involved in just about every aspect of our operations.  Whether we are looking at adding new programs, constructing or renovating buildings, or analyzing the performance of our departments or programs, the finance area has a significant role. One area I enjoy getting involved in is the investment of the University’s endowment fund. St. Ambrose uses an outside investment manager, but I enjoy analyzing our performance and working with our Finance and Investment Committee to make the needed changes to our portfolio.

What are some of the things you learned at Assumption?
I remember transitioning to college from Assumption was not that much of a change. You had to develop good study habits at Assumption to be successful. My classes at Assumption also required us to develop good writing skills. We had very good English teachers that taught us the proper way to structure a paper and this was very important when I got to college.

How do you feel your time at Assumption has helped you in your career thus far?
As I mentioned above, I think the writing skills we learned at Assumption have helped me throughout my career. When I was in public accounting, I had to write management letters and client reports all the time. Being able to clearly and concisely summarize an issue and report it to the client was very important. I no longer need to document my work in such a formal way at St. Ambrose, but I still need to communicate my thoughts on important issues. Developing those “soft” skills at an early age definitely helped me.

What are a few of your favorite memories from your time at Assumption?
I was involved in football and basketball at Assumption and have great memories of playing games at old John O’Donnell Stadium. Our football teams were not very good at the time, but I loved playing football even though we were not always very successful. The boys’ basketball teams were very good during that time. They made it to the state tournament my freshman, sophomore and juniors years, winning it all my sophomore year. I was on the team as a senior and we made it to the sub-state final before we were beaten. There was not as many things to do back then and it seemed like the gyms were always full for the big conference games or playoff games.

Looking back on your time at Assumption, what are some of the experiences that helped prepare you for what you’re doing now?
Many of the things I do now I did not learn in high school or college. I think to be successful you need to constantly re-train and learn new things. “Learning how to learn” is one of the most important things you can do in high school and college. For me, that all started at Assumption.

Who were some of the biggest influences during your time at Assumption?
The teachers I remember are Ray Ambrose, Sister Donna and Miss O’Connor. I enjoyed their classes, even if they were in subjects where I did not have a lot of interest. Sister Donna taught Biology and made it interesting and fun even though I was not much into science.

Ray Ambrose was also my freshman football coach. All of my Rising Knights coaches (they were all AHS alums) told me I would love having him as a coach. After the first week, I think everyone on the team would have done anything to get him replaced. He was tough on us and would throw us out of a drill if we did anything incorrect. We were not used to being coached that hard. After a while, he started to lighten up on us and we started to do things his way. By the end of the season, I think we all would have run through a brick wall for him. He made us all grow up and I appreciate what he did for us.

What suggestions or advice do you have for students who may want to pursue a career in Finance?
I think the important thing is to take some business and finance classes while you are in high school to see if it is something you are interested in studying later. Job shadowing a business or finance professional when you are in high school can also help you better understand a particular career. I also think an internship in college is an invaluable way to gain experience and see what the job really entails.

Do you have any last words of encouragement for the Class of 2018?
When I was younger, I could not have imagined doing some of the things I do now in my job. My advice is to get outside of your comfort zone and do things that may scare you or intimidate you. If you wait until you are 100% comfortable, you will miss many opportunities. Getting outside of your comfort zone also requires you to grow as a person. Even if you do something poorly the first, few times you do it, the experience will help you and you will develop new skills over time.

Thanks, Mike. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for the interview. Congratulations on all the great work you’re doing!

Academic Decathalon

About: Academic Decathlon is the premier scholastic competition for high-school students (it’s one part paper-and-pencil testing, one part speech-giving, and one-part Quiz Bowl). This club presents students with a unique, interdisciplinary approach to developing their academic and interpersonal skills by bringing together academics, communication, and teambuilding in a competitive framework that reinvigorates learning. Because each Decathlete participates in all ten Decathlon events, students participating in the program enjoy a well-rounded scholastic experience that enables them to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Decathlon events include subject tests in seven academic categories (Art, Music, Economics, Literature, Science, Math, and Social Studies); students also participate in three subjective events (Essay, Interview, and Speech).

Requirements: Participating in Academic Decathlon requires studying on one’s own, preparing a speech, preparing a study guide based on one of the seven academic categories (of your choice), once-a-week attendance at our 10-minute meetings, and intention to compete at the January regional competition. The club meets Friday mornings from 7:30 to 7:40. Meetings begin the first Friday in October.

Competitions: There are two competition weekends: regionals are held January 27th, and state is in March. If we should make it to the national competition, it is held in April.

Academic Decathlon encourages personal and academic growth, looks great on resumes, and will not take a ton of your time!

If you are a JUNIOR or a SENIOR & a competition combining multiple-choice tests, a 5 minute speech, and a quiz bowl event sounds like an activity you might enjoy, please simply show up to any of our Friday meetings during the month of October, and we’ll talk to you about joining the team!