2017 Wall of Fame Night – Dec. 22, 2017

Please make plans to join us on Friday, December 22, 2017, for the 2017 Assumption Wall of Fame Night where we will honor last year’s State Championship teams, including:

• 2017 Baseball Class 3A State Champions
• 2017 Softball Class 3A State Champions
• 2017 Girls Soccer Class 1A State Champions
• 2017 Girls Track & Field Class 3A State Champions
• 2017 Pom Class IX State Champions
• 2016 Boys Golf MAC Champions

The teams will be recognized during halftime of the boys varsity basketball game on Dec. 22 (approximately 8:30 p.m.) All team members are invited to join their teammates and coaches for recognition of their state championship, and induction of the team into the Assumption Wall of Fame!

2017 Wall of Fame Night Schedule
5:30 – Prior to the Varsity girls game vs. Clinton and following the sophomore game in the large gym, Assumption will recognize All-State Academic Athletes, Cheer, Dance and Fine Arts inductees.

7:30 – Prior to the start of the Varsity Boys Basketball game and following the girls varsity game, Assumption will recognize individual All-State Athletes.

8:30 – At halftime of the Varsity Boys Basketball game, Assumption will recognize 2017 State Championship teams

Consider Assumption this #GivingTuesday


Consider Assumption this #GivingTuesday

To make a donation, click here: https://www.assumptionhigh.org/support-ahs/donate-online/

As the nation comes together to celebrate a day of giving back, we ask you to consider a gift to Assumption High School. This year, more than 400 students are relying on the generous contributions of Assumption alumni, family, and friends.

Your gift makes possible:

  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • 1:1 laptop initiative
  • State-of-the-art technology and software
  • Facility improvements
  • Faculty recruitment and retention
  • Fine Arts and Athletics programs
  • And much more

Alumni Notes: September 2017


• Billy Argo ’83 won his 500th game as Head Baseball Coach at Assumption in the Knights’ 9-5 win over Xavier (Cedar Rapids) on July 11. Argo was also named 2017 Mississippi Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

• Jennifer Janeczko ’89 Jacobs, the Des Moines Register‘s chief politics reporter for the 2012 and 2016 Iowa caucus cycles, will be the guest speaker at the Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet, to be held Oct. 5 at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines. Jacobs left the Register in March 2016 to cover Donald Trump’s presidency for Bloomberg NewsRead more

• Ryan Langford ’11 signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). The Cardinals later cut him after rosters were reduced prior to Week 1.

• Sydney Lunardi ’13 was Central College’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes. A biochemistry major, Lunardi graduated magna cum laude and will attend graduate school at Drake University, where she will pursue an advanced degree in Pharmacy. Read more

• Hailey Schneden ’13, a senior women’s basketball player at the University of Iowa, was named to the 2017 Big Ten Winter Academic All-Conference Team. She also received the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award for the third straight year.

• Synclaire Lunardi ’16, a sophomore women’s basketball player at Carthage College, was named to the 2017 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Winter Academic All-Conference list.

• Mary Rolf ’16 was named to Rockhurst University Dean’s List for the spring ’17 semester. She was also named 2nd team GLVC all conference for volleyball.

In Memory

• Robert L. Lawlor ‘45 passed away May 5, 2017.

• Mary Anne Fischer ’66 Gimbel, wife of Dr. Michael Gimbel ’66, and mother of Michael ‘92, Timothy ‘93, Margaret ’95, Edward ‘97, and Katherine ’99, passed away July 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.

• John P. Sunderbruch, father of John ‘85, Nick ‘96, and Sarah ’98, passed away August 4, 2017.

• Carole Duffy ’60 Gabriel passed away August 15, 2017.

• Melinda Karwath ’97 passed away August 20, 2017.

• Wesley Hunstad ‘66 passed away August 22, 2017.

If there is news that you would like to see appear in the next newsletter, please email us at: alumni@assumptionhigh.org

Homecoming 2017- Spooky Knight

Monday, October 2nd

Regular Schedule

Twin Day ($3.00)

Decorate Doors with 3rd Period class

Homecoming Tickets sold at lunch ($20 per person)

Seniors vote for Homecoming Court

Tuesday, October 3rd

Regular Schedule

Halloween (11th and 12th graders) vs. Christmas (9th and 10th graders) ($3.00)

Homecoming Tickets sold at lunch ($20 per person)

Volleyball game at Muscatine (Freshmen 4:30, Sophomores 5:45, Varsity 7:00)

Boys Golf Regionals in Cedar Rapids 9a.m.

Wednesday, October 4th

Regular Schedule

Groutfits (11th and 12th graders) vs. Neon (9th and 10th graders) ($3.00)

Homecoming Tickets sold at lunch ($20 per person)

Powder Puff Football Game- Junior Girls vs. Senior Girls 5:00 pm (AHS Freshman Football Field)

Thursday, October 5th

Mass Schedule – Homecoming Mass 9:55 a.m.

Regular Uniform Day

Court Dresses up for official 2017 Homecoming Court photo following Mass

Seniors vote for Homecoming King and Queen

Homecoming Tickets sold at lunch ($25 per person)

Cross Country in DeWitt 4:45 p.m.

7:00 pm- Public Pep Rally in the Gym (Monetary and non-perishable food donations collected to benefit Student Hunger Drive)

  • Dancing with the Studs
  • Homecoming Court introductions and crowning of the King and Queen

8:30 pm- Bonfire

Friday, October 6th

Mass Schedule – Over-Under/Tug of War Competition (4th Period Classes)

AHS Spirit Day (No charge)

Door Decorations Judging after 2nd period – Winning classes get donuts on Friday.

Homecoming Tickets sold at lunch ($25 per person)

Boys’ State Golf -Marshalltown

Varsity Football at Brady Street Stadium vs. Center Point-Urbana 7:30 pm

Homecoming Banner Showcase at halftime following marching band performance.

Saturday, October 7th

Boys’ State Golf –Marshalltown

Varsity Volleyball – Center Point-Urbana

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Homecoming Dance in the AHS Cafeteria. (Unlimited Streets of Italy personalized pizzas will be brick-oven baked throughout the evening for all attendees – cost included in ticket price.)

Event Policies:

  • Students are expected to arrive within 30 minutes of the starting time.
  • Students are to be in attendance until the last 30 minutes of the event unless parent notification is made to school officials.
  • When a student leaves the event, he/she must leave the school and cannot return.
  • All dress must be modest, appropriate, and respectful.
  • All dancing must be appropriate for a Catholic educational setting.  Students not meeting this expectation may be asked to leave the event, and parents will be notified.

Out of Uniform Note: Students will pay for out of uniform during lunch periods and be checked in their 6th hour class.  Students who do not have proper out of uniform verification will be issued Dress Code violations.  Day-specific hand stamps will be used to serve as a pass.  The daily hand stamp must be shown to the student’s 6th hour teacher whenever out of uniform.  Reminder- All out of uniform collections during Homecoming Week will benefit the Student Hunger Drive.  Help AHS in supporting this worthy cause!


Assumption Foundation Grows Membership

In recent months, the Assumption Foundation has added several new members, welcoming accomplished Assumption alumni, current/past parents, and members of local parishes.

The collaboration between the experience of seasoned members, and the fresh perspective of new members promises to be invaluable. In the upcoming year , The Foundation will be working on forming committees and participating in the strategic plan for Scott County K12 Catholic Schools.

The Assumption Foundation was founded in 1973 to provide endowed support to Assumption High School. In the year just ended, the foundation contributed $80,419 in support of the AHS General Fund budget.

In 2004, the Foundation trust document was amended to include support of Scott County Catholic grade Schools. (This support is provided through distinctly identified and segregated funds.) In the last 12 years, the Foundation has been essential in subsidizing K-12 tuition assistance, employee benefits, and marketing funds for our collective schools since that time. In 2016, the Foundation began coordination of the Father Ken Martin Golf Outing, which benefits the Scott County K-12 emergency tuition assistance program.

Alumni Encouraged to Share News via Merit

Assumption alumni across the globe can now share their milestones and accomplishments by signing up to use Merit.

According to their website, “Merit distributes each person’s story directly to influential audiences via built-in and constantly updated contact databases of relevant stakeholders in media, government, education, communities, and more.”

Sign up and stay in touch with us via Merit! http://assumption-high-school-davenport-912-ia.meritpages.com/

Alumni Notes: June 2017


• Michael Mahoney ’96 was named one of the Top Forty professionals under 40 by the North Bay (San Francisco area) Business Journal for 2017.

• Tim O’Neill ’96, head track & field coach at AHS, was presented the Golden Plaque Award from the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union for distinguished coaching in the sport of track and field.

• Brian Taber ’01 was recently ordained by the Midwest Jesuits, Milwaukee. Fr. Taber plans to teach and work as a sports chaplain and coach at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, along with coaching at St. Giles Catholic Parish, Oak Park, Illinois.

• Stephanie Quinn ‘09 Fitzsimmons has been named vice president of corporate communications at FleishmanHillard Atlanta.

• Andrew Tjaden ‘12 is one of 55 graduating seniors at Iowa State University this spring to earn a Leadership Studies certificate in addition to an undergraduate degree.

• Cody Neltner ‘13, an Electrical Engineering major at Iowa State University, received the AFCEA Award at the annual Army ROTC Military Ball, held March 25, 2017, at the Scheman Building at ISU. The award recognizes one student for achievement in leadership and academics.

• Claire Bird ’14, a junior catcher at Dartmouth, was named 2017 First Team All-Ivy League in softball.

• Sara Carroll ’14 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Lexi Flynn ’14 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Coastal Carolina University.

• Mary Kirk ’14 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Emily Kulhanek ’14 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Markel Mommsen ’14 was named to the Winter/May Term 2017 Dean’s List at Wartburg College.

• Julie Pham ’14 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Leo Bormann ’15 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Romon Thach ’15 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Matt Tjaden ’15 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Sofia Bouffard ’16 was named to the Winter/May Term 2017 Dean’s List at Wartburg College.

• Nicholas Johnson ’16 was named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Iowa State University.

• Synclaire Lunardi ’16 was named to the Carthage College Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester.

• Ruthie Neff ‘16, a freshman first baseman and pitcher at Sauk Valley Community College (IL), was named to the 2017 NJCAA All-Region IV Division II District B Softball First Team.

• Max Gogel ’17, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 199 in Bettendorf, achieved the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout, and has earned 36 merit badges during his 12-year Scouting career.

Marriages & Engagements

• Sara Mainey ‘09 and Nick Schneden ’06 will be married at Christ the King Chapel on October 14, 2017.

In Memory

• Ailleen M. Engelmann ’66 Cray passed away December 27, 2016.

• Richard E. “Dick” Peterson’61 passed away April 3, 2017.

• Mary Elizabeth Stolley Wilson ’59 passed away April 11, 2017.

• Martha Balluff ’69 passed away April 18, 2017.

• Mary Condon ‘60 Thobe, mother of Amy ’90 and Tricia ’87, passed away April 18, 2017.

• Richard “Ricky” Dierickx II ’69 passed away May 16, 2017.

• David J. Hanghian ’70 passed away May 26, 2017.

• Kathy Sturtewagen, former teacher at AHS, passed away June 21, 2017.

• Jeanne Mapes ’46 passed away June 24, 2017.

If there is news that you would like to see appear in the next newsletter, please email us at: alumni@assumptionhigh.org

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

The Class of 2017 took their turn walking across the graduation stage on Sunday, May 28. Assumption’s 59th graduating class of 122 students claimed over $10 million in scholarships –a new school record – and all graduates have plans to attend two or four year colleges and universities.

Student Council President Liz Fennelly ’17 advised graduates “If it is to be, it’s up to me” (read Quad-City Times article here), while Dr. Lee Morrison, Superintendent of Schools for the Davenport Diocese, conferred academic honors and diplomas to the graduates.

Prior to the graduation ceremony at Assumption, graduates participated in the annual Baccalaureate Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

1980 Alums Keep Their Paddles in the Water

It began in the summer of 1979, and has continued the last weekend of June every summer since. For Class of 1980 graduates Tom Thompson, Tim Lawler, Brendan Kelly, Bill McAfoos, Bob Hingtgin, George Gerwe, Matt Nagle, and Drew Bracken, there’s nothing quite like their annual canoe trip on the Iowa River.

This past summer marked the group’s 36th trip on the Upper Iowa River, which started as canoeing all day Saturday, camping on the banks of the river, and continuing the canoe trip Sunday morning.

“Brendan Kelly came up with the idea,” says Tim Lawler. “He used to go camping and canoeing there as a child. We were looking for a cheap weekend getaway, which has now turned into 36 years.”

For Lawler, his best memories are of conversations around the camp fire, where stories range from Prom and college, to careers, marriage, and children.

Recently the group has added a Friday golf outing to their festivities, while cutting back the canoeing portion of their weekend to a half day on Saturday.

“We’re getting too old to canoe that long,” said Lawler. “We depart Sunday morning, because we are all headed in separate directions. We still cook all our meals around the fire, catch up and laugh.”

While each classmate now has his own family and career and the friends are spread across the country from California to Michigan, it remains an important tradition to block out the last weekend in June for the trip, “to reconvene, and pick up where they left off.”

“While we all went to separate colleges and moved to different states, we never lost touch. A lot of us were in each other’s wedding. All of us have children that are older than we were when we started this annual trip,” said Lawler. “Though the conversations have changed over the years, the one thing that remains constant with this group is our love for Assumption.”

“For this group there truly is no place like Assumption,” Lawler said. We couldn’t have said it any better.