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Academics

Abbey Klostermann, child of Dana and Bryon Klostermann, plans to major in Biology at the University of Iowa.

Abbey Klostermann - Assumption

Abbey Klostermann - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: NHS, FCA, and soccer.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? A classroom learning experience I will remember forever is when we dissected a cow eye in anatomy class. I was really interested in how the eyes worked and seeing it first hand was really incredible. It is actually how I decided I wanted to be an eye doctor and go to optometry school. I was not disturbed by the dissection and actually found it to be very beneficial to my understanding of our vision. I will remember that day in anatomy class for the rest of my life.

Jacob Lyons, child of Paul and Kellie Lyons, plans to major in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Jacob Lyons - Assumption

Jacob Lyons - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist, Iowa Governor’s Scholar.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? One learning experience I will always remember occurred during a music theory class that I took in the first semester of my senior year. Near the beginning of this class, my teacher taught the students about the circle of fourths, a cycle of twelve musical notes arranged in fourths. Along with the circle of fifths, this concept is very important to learn, as it allows musicians to know better the relationships between different notes. To my teacher, the best way to communicate this importance to my class was to sing “Circle of Life” from The Lion King with the word “fourths” replacing “life”. Considering that I was able to take away this concept, this strategy worked well. In addition, I have had many other great learning experiences throughout my academic career. I appreciate how all my teachers have encouraged me to achieve greater goals.

The Arts

Alexisciel Dinh, child of Ms. Hang Dinh, plans to major in Graphic Design at Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Alexisciel Dinh - Assumption

Alexisciel Dinh - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Solo/Ensemble 2019 (III); Wartburg Honor Choir; and my artwork was featured on the WVIK website.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? My first presentation was something I will never forget during my Freshman year. I was completely terrified! I do not want to do it, but I still did. To be honest, it was one of my best moments. Before my time to present, I was having an anxiety attack that I had to ask my teacher if I could use the restroom. Then I came back after telling myself that I will be fine, multiple times. My hands were sweating badly. After I presented, I felt so good. To the fact that seeing the sweat, I left on the floor made me realize that acknowledging your fear is just one step from achieving your goal.

Kenneth Nguyen, child of Phu and Thao Nguyen, plans to major in Art at the University of Iowa.

Kenneth Nguyen - Assumption

Kenneth Nguyen - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Art Club (Leader), Drama (Secretary/Actor), and Choir.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? Throughout my time at Assumption High School, I have been able to express my creativity and achieve artistic excellence in the classroom and extracurricular activities. I have particularly created a good relationship with the Art Room teacher, who is a kind and understanding woman that helps support the students’ creative potential and provides them with several service opportunities in the community. She has taught me many principles and elements of art while also allowing me to have creative control for my own work. I am fortunately grateful to be able to achieve both academic and artistic excellence. Art is one of my biggest interests, and I have been able to reestablish my passion for it. From my experiences, I was able to discover and improve my creativity, participate in service opportunities, and strengthen my interest in pursuing a career in art.

Humanities

William Flaherty, child of Tina and Joe Flaherty, plans to attend the University of Iowa.

William Flaherty - Assumption

William Flaherty

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? I will always remember the review games in Mr. Timm’s classes from my time at Assumption. I took three classes with Mr. Timm and before every test we played a review game to help study. We would all get into small groups with friends and try to be the first group to answer the questions. The review game always helped me study because you were competing against your classmates. The review games always got competitive especially when the game was about to end and a few teams still had a chance to win. Mr. Timm’s review games always helped prepare me for his tests and I will never forget them.

Isabella Verdi, child of Joe and Laurie Verdi, plans to major in Special Education at the University of Iowa.

Isabella Verdi - Assumption

Isabella Verdi - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: National Honor Society, Junior Rotarian, Student Council

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? My junior year was academically very stressful, and I found one class especially challenging. After the first few weeks of the semester, my grade was not where I wanted it to be, and I realized I would have to work harder than everyone else to master this subject. After meeting with my teacher, she connected me with another student who had previously taken the class and was willing to be my tutor. My tutor and I met before school three days a week for the entire semester. The days I did not meet with my tutor, I met with my teacher for extra help. This extra effort paid off, and by the end of the semester I had a solid A. This experience taught me about the hard work it sometimes takes to achieve goals, and the satisfaction and confidence you feel once you have accomplished these goals.

Leadership

Jack McGuire, child of Sean and Amy McGuire, plans to major in Film and English for Pre-Law at the University of Iowa.

Jack McGuire - Assumption

Jack McGuire - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Nominated as President of Student Council; voted Captain of the Football Team; and earned membership in the National Honor Society.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? The academic moment that changed my life was not a singular moment in time but was instead a yearlong experience. The AP English class I took junior year was one of the most profound and unforgettable classes of my life. I looked forward to arriving at school for the sole purpose of sitting in Mrs. Lamp’s room and devouring novels that I previously would have considered boring. This was a class where everything was on the table. We frequently discussed not only symbols and themes but also the wider lessons we were to take from the stories, such as philosophical and religious outlooks that could shape our lives. We learned how to think critically not only about what we were reading but also about the world around us. Most importantly, however, this class taught me how to think about, act according to, and approach my future life as an adult.

Brooke Menke, child of George & Carrie Menke, plans to major in Pre-Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa..

Brooke Menke - Assumption

Brooke Menke - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: National Honors Society; Vice President of Student Council; and varsity runner all 4 years in cross country and track.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? Over my 4 years at Assumption I have had several classroom learning experiences but one particular activity has stuck with me. In my College General Biology class we partake in several labs that make understanding difficult material easier to tackle. Mendelian Genetics was a unit we spent several weeks on to capture a deeper understanding of the material. My classroom engaged in a corn lab that consisted of counting kernels. This lab presented the idea of sexual reproduction. When two homologous chromosomes are fused, bringing together homologous chromosomes from both parents. We began with identifying the different phenotypes, (smooth and wrinkled) then creating a punnet square of the two to find the expected ratio. Then we began counting the number of smooth and wrinkled kernels to calculate the ratio. We then find our end result that with Mendelian Genetics dominant trait will be 75% of the ratio and recessive trait will be 25%. This lab has given me a better understanding of how genetics work and how they’re identified in all living things.

Math/The Sciences

Julia Thomas, child of Anthony Thomas and Krista Kellenberger, plans to major in Exercise Physiology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Julia Thomas - Assumption

Julia Thomas - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: National Honor Society, Varsity Tennis, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leader.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? My favorite subject in school has always been science. This year I took College Biology, and I loved it. We did a lab in class that I will always remember; it was a lab about enzymes. Each student had a partner, and we were breaking toothpicks as a representation of enzymes breaking down substances. There were "inhibitors", such as holding tennis balls or crossing our fingers. We were timed, and it got competitive, which made it super fun. I loved the visual representation because it helped me truly understand what we were studying. This was one of my favorite labs, and it was interesting to learn about. The competition and excitement in the class made it more fun, and I will always remember that experience.

Vincent Thomas, child of Rick and Ellen Thomas, plans to major in Biology/Pre-Med at St. Ambrose University.

Vincent K. Thomas - Assumption

Vincent K. Thomas - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Straight A’s; 3-Sport All-Academic Honors; and National Honor Society.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? The most profound classroom learning experiences I had were during my time in the dual-enrollment college classes of Anatomy & Physiology and Biology instructed by Mrs. Martin. These classes taught me a great deal about living organisms and the natural processes they go through. Taking Anatomy sparked in me a strong desire to learn about the human body and the amazing science behind it. While taking this class, I was able to visit a cadaver lab. This helped me connect what I learned in the classroom to a physical form and it also allowed me to learn with a hands-on approach. Mrs. Martin made both of these courses extremely interesting and fun which significantly strengthened my passion for science. These experiences helped me decide to major in Biology as an undergraduate in college with a Pre-Med intent and to continue my pursuit to learn more about the human body.

Vocational Education

Alexander Kopel, child of Matthew and Michelle Kopel, plans to major in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Alex Kopel - Assumption

Alex Kopel - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Two year National Honor Society Member, Second-place at 1A Iowa High School Boys State Soccer Tournament 2016; and Mississippi Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for Boys Soccer.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? At Assumption there is always a chance that great learning experience is just around the corner. An experience that I will remember forever is with Mrs. Murphy our principal and Calculus teacher. I had a problem in one of my classes and Mrs. Murphy gladly took time out of her lunch hour to sit down and talk with me. Within the meeting many things were talked about, but one thing I knew for sure is she helped me feel confident in my abilities and reminded me that I have the ability to dictate my education and path in life. She encouraged me to use the intellectual abilities I had been blessed with to persevere through hardships and problems. Mrs. Murphy and the other teachers at Assumption have helped me embrace my role as a leader, so I can be an even better leader, friend, and mentor in the future.

Liam Masterson, child of Julie Walzer and Mike Masterson, plans to attend the University of Iowa.

Liam Masterson - Assumption

Liam Masterson - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Volunteering at Camp Shalom as an Assistant Counselor for two summers and working on staff for one; Volunteering at Quest for Christ at Monroe Elementary, and graduating with over 20 college credit hours.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? A classroom learning experience that I will remember forever is my favorite class from my senior year; which was my Foods class. It may seem funny that I would put Foods class as a learning experience, but I will always remember it. During my junior and senior years of high school I took a lot of college classes that were pretty intense. Foods class was great because it gave me an hour out of my day to relax and be with my classmates. I didn’t have to stress about what was going on in my other classes, I just got to make something new every day.

Young Journalist

Maria Manternach, child of Chad and Beth Manternach plans to major in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa.

Maria Manternach - Assumption

Maria Manternach - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Recording Secretary of National Honor Society, Student Council Representative, and Junior Rotarian.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? I will forever remember being taught by Wendy Martin. Wendy Martin, or as I know her, Mrs. Martin, is an exceptional science teacher who exudes a love for her job every day. She makes lessons interesting and exciting and genuinely wants her students to succeed. Mrs. Martin not only wants her students to succeed inside the classroom but also outside of the classroom. She cares wholeheartedly about her students. From a student’s perspective, knowing your teacher cares about you and your progress makes learning more enjoyable and pushes you to aim higher when it comes to your academics. Mrs. Martin has a passion for science, and I am so grateful she shared that passion with me throughout my time at Assumption.

Carlie Sammon, child of John and Lana Sammon, plans to major in Elementary education at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.

Carlie Sammon - Assumption

Carlie Sammon - Assumption

Top three academic or extracurricular achievements: Winning three consecutive softball state titles; elected as the National Honor Society Vice President, and chosen as a candidate for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? Prior to my senior year I never really excelled in English class. I didn’t like studying grammar or writing long essays. My love for reading and imagination played a big role in the papers I wrote. My composition teacher, Mrs. Luton, inspired me to dig deep into my heart and let it flow onto the paper. She gave me self-confidence in my work, whether I was in the classroom or not. Now, as my senior year concludes, I am proud to say that I have discovered more of who I am while gaining confidence from my teachers at Assumption High School.

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