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Assumption High School

Assumption High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series
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ASSUMPTION High School, Davenport, has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 123 students:

Academics

CHASE BRANDT, son of Steve and Wendy Brandt of Davenport, plans to major in biomedical engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Top achievements:

• National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

• Academic All-State, cross country

• Modern Woodmen of America scholarship

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One classroom experience I will remember forever occurred during my junior year in AP chemistry. My teacher at the time, Mrs. Wallace, was assisting students with one of our many labs, and I discovered how much joy can result from both learning and teaching. As I watched Mrs. Wallace bounce around the classroom like one of the rapidly moving atoms she teaches of, I noticed the smile she couldn't wipe off her face, which brought brought about my own wide grin. Those brief moments were some of my favorite during the past four years simply because it taught me to value my education and embrace the happiness that accompanies hard work.

JACK THOMAS, son of Krista Thomas and Anthony Thomas of Davenport, plans to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society

• 4.0 GPA

• ACT score of 32

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom learning experience that I will remember forever is my composition class this year. I truly enjoy the class and feel that I have learned so much. This class has been very rigorous times, but I feel that it has made me a better writer and a better overall student. The teacher of the class, Mrs. Jan Luton, is a very experienced teacher, and she has taught me many life lessons that I will take with me as I graduate. I truly believe that her class has prepared me for college as a writer, as a student, and as a person. I will always carry with me the numerous lessons I have learned in that composition class. It is truly a classroom learning experience that I will remember forever.

The Arts

ELIZABETH HARTSUCH, daughter of David Hartsuch and Christine Hartsuch of Bettendorf, plans to major in interior design at Abilene (Texas) Christian University.

Top achievements:

• Art Club president

• Yearbook editor

• Pit Orchestra violinist, 3 years

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One of my most memorable classroom experiences took place in Art Appreciation class, junior year. The class assignment was to create a collaborative piece of art using triangular-prismatic pieces of cardboard. As a group, some of my classmates and I decided to create a rain cloud mobile using melted crayons, wire, stuffing, and, of course, the cardboard pyramids. The best part of the assignment was that, although it is an art class, not everyone in the class has art experience, causing the groups to be a jumble of artistic and non-artistic people. Without the help of everyone, the project would not have been as special. The end result was one of the most fun, unique pieces of art I have seen and helped develop; I am proud to have helped with the process.

BRADLEY HEINRICHS, son of Michelle Heinrichs and David Heinrichs of Davenport, plans to major in theater at Augustana College, Rock Island.

Top achievements:

• Drama Club president

• Directing a children's show

• Saxophone section leader, 2 years

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I had the opportunity to speak with the author of the required reading book for my composition class titled “Missing Pieces.” This was a unique opportunity for me as I had never had the chance to speak with an author before. His name is Jon Ripslinger, and I was able to ask him some of the questions I had while reading his book. Mr. Ripslinger is very in tune with younger people, and this allowed him to write a book that is relatable to high school students. “Missing Pieces” is about a local event, so this makes it relatable as it is. It was nice to be able to ask what his insight was while writing this book. I love finding back stories for the literature I read, and getting to meet the author himself is unforgettable to me.

Humanities

PETER LAUBENTHAL, son of Dan and Beth Laubenthal of Davenport, plans to major in mechanical engineering at  the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

  • Mock Trial Captain
  • NROTC National Scholarship
  • American Legion Post 26 - Boys State Participant

Describe a classroom learning experience you'll remember forever: During my time at Assumption, I have had many important classroom learning experiences, but one stands out above the rest. My junior year English class was the most memorable time I have had at Assumption. Although difficult, I believe I learned more in this class than any other. My teacher held her students to high standards and pushed us to do better with every assignment. She taught us how to think logically, present cohesive arguments, and to communicate effectively through the written word. I know I will use the knowledge I gained in her class throughout my entire life, and I am eternally grateful to have had that classroom learning experience.

CAITLIN STEIMLE, daughter of Lynn and Chad Steimle of Davenport, plans to major in English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Top achievements:

• National Speech and Debate qualifier, 3 years

• Mock Trial 2016 All-State, outstanding witness

• 4.0 GPA

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Entering high school can, undoubtedly, be an overwhelming experience for incoming freshmen; I was no exception. I lacked self-confidence and optimism at first. In English class, I partook in an activity that taught me positive thinking and confidence — a classroom experience that I will never forget. My teacher called me to the middle of the room as her volunteer, and I was asked to put my arms out while someone else tried to push them down to my side; I was unsuccessful in keeping them up. I was then asked to repeat “I am strong; I am strong; I am strong” with my arms still up, and another student was directed to push them down. Instilling this sense of confidence and positive thinking, I was able to keep my arms up. I soon realized that with these two characteristics, anything can be accomplished.

Leadership

ELIZABETH FENNELLY, daughter of Mike and Ann Fennelly of Davenport, plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• 4.0 GPA

• National Honor Society

• Junior Rotarian

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: English Composition II is a college course offered at Assumption and taught by Mrs. Jan Luton. I have strengthened my writing skills throughout the duration of this class. One classroom learning experience in this course taught me a lifelong skill I will remember forever. The assignment was to form a small group, read an argumentative essay from our classroom textbook, and plan and lead an in-class discussion over the content of the essay. The essay provoked much thought. I analyzed the writing and formed my belief after thinking about the advantages and disadvantages to both sides of the topic. Through an in-class discussion, I gained experience in speaking about an argumentative topic among a group of people. I learned to appreciate others’ opinions and to politely disagree with others whose beliefs varied from my own. This was a valuable classroom experience helping prepare me for m y future.

THOMAS SCHEBLER, son of Bill and Lisa Schebler of Davenport, plans to major in engineering at Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society, vice president

• Honor Roll

• Academic All-State, first team, golf

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: While learning composition from Mrs. Luton, I learned to be a thorough and detail-oriented writer. The first paper that Mrs. Luton assigned was a personal narrative essay that was to be 2 to 3 pages in length and written in first person. Hearing about her grading method and toughness on the errors of students from the past was a challenge to me; Mrs. Luton had spoken about writing the perfect paper. I was determined to impress Mrs. Luton with a succinct, error-free paper, but my attempt was not successful. My first paper contained many errors and was a disappointment with many mistakes, but at that moment, I decided to make an effort to write the perfect paper. I would not succeed in this task until the middle of second semester, but when I did succeed in drafting the perfect paper, I was elated.

Math/The Sciences

MAX GOGEL, son of Jerry and Mary Gogel of Bettendorf, plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Top achievements:

• Eagle Scout

• 2016 MAC Player of the Year, golf

• Two-time 4A All-State Golf

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom learning experience I will remember forever was the day Mrs. Luton, my senior English teacher, assigned a ten-page research paper. At first, I was completely overwhelmed with the concept of writing ten pages. However, for the next couple of days, we discussed in class what it takes to write ten pages. One of the requirements for the ten-page paper is to have a conference with Mrs. Luton about various topics to write about. After this conference, I had much more confidence in writing the paper. After weeks of diligent work, I was finally able to finish the ten-page paper. Writing a ten-page paper was extremely beneficial to me because I know in the future I will have to write extended research papers with frequency. This is just one of the many learning experiences I will remember at Assumption High School.

SHELLY MOORE, daughter of Margaret Moore and Bruce Moore of Davenport, plans to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• 4.0 GPA

• National Honor Society

• Taking all available AP math and science-related courses

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: My years here at Assumption High School have been awesome. The vigorous, yet exciting, courses Assumption provides have helped shape me into the person I am today. One particular memorable classroom experience was in AP Biology. I had always known I wanted to do something math and science related one day, but I never knew exactly what until entering this course. One class period, my instructor taught us all about various medical devices used in hospitals today and the impact they have on people. This advanced medical equipment intrigued me. The fact that an intricate man-made device may be implanted into or onto a human being to help maintain natural bodily functions amazed me. This lecture essentially introduced me to my future major, biomedical engineering. AP Biology, as well as other challenging courses, has helped me discover what I am passionate about, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Vocational Education

RAYMOND AMBROSE, son of Raymond Ambrose and Aggie Waterstreet of Davenport, plans to attend St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society

• Getting my Black Belt

• Graduating

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One of the classroom experiences I remember the most was the time the ROTC people came to the school to recruit the gym students, and they brought along a rock wall for us to climb. What sticks out the most, however, was that I was one of the students who couldn't reach the top. While it left me feeling a little embarrassed and upset, it taught me that I don't actually have to be good at rock climbing and the like. I just have to be good at what's important which, at the time, was just about everything else. That being said, I will admit that I do hope to actually make it to the top of one of those things someday.

NATALIA del REAL LUNA, daughter of Fernando and Mary Tere del Real of Davenport, plans to doing a year of service through a Catholic program before attending college.

Top achievements:

• Yearbook editor

• Student Ambassador officer

• Pep Club officer

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom experience that I will remember forever is my senior theology class. Having a Catholic priest as a teacher made a positive impact in my life. It helped me understand the Catholic faith better and its teachings. Through Father Hennen, my religion teacher, I was able to listen to thoughtful topics and increase my knowledge in them. This helped my faith and my love for God grow stronger. Father Hennen transmitted the importance of experiencing God's love. This learning experience made me recognize the importance of sharing the love of God, and discovering him in our neighbors. I also understood the value of a strong faith and having the courage of transmitting it to others. I realized that even in today's world, one can make a difference in others not only with words, but also with actions. This is why I will remember it forever.

Young Journalist

SHANNON GUY, daughter of Greg and Sona Guy of Davenport, plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Top achievements:

• 4.0 GPA

• Surviving AP Chemistry and Calculus

• Writing an excellent 10-page research paper

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: When I reflect on the memorable classroom experiences I have had throughout high school, I always remember one specific occasion in my senior composition class. Senior English is one of the most intimidating classes in the school due to its intelligent and witty teacher. At the beginning of the year, I was very intimidated by her. In her class, I knew we were required to answer questions on the spot over grammar and writing topics; this scared me because I feared I would answer incorrectly and embarrass myself in front of everyone. Inevitably, the day to be quizzed came; I was so nervous that I was sweating in my seat, so when I was called on, my anxiety was palpable. Luckily, I was able to formulate a halfway intelligent answer. Since that first frightening day, I have learned to speak bravely and feel more confident in all of my classes.

GABRIELA MOYA, daughter of Luis Moya and Blanca Moya of Davenport, plans to major in chemical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Two-time published poet

• National Honor Society

• Student Ambassador officer

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will always remember a discussion I had with my English class; my teacher started asking my classmates and me if we could love and hate someone at the same time. After some students answered, my teacher voiced out her opinion by stating that love overpowers any other emotion, so if a person truly loved someone then there wouldn’t be any room for hate. She later explained that she doesn’t understand how and why someone would have hate in his or her soul. I agreed with her statement and told her that whoever has hate in his or her self has a cold heart, to which she replied with, “Gabriela, that person has no heart at all.”

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