Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Join us in congratulating Assumption’s Quinn Conlon– Loran Scholar

Join us in congratulating Assumption’s Quinn ConlonLoran Scholar

The Loran Scholarship is the largest and most unconventional undergraduate merit scholarship in the country. Character, service and leadership are the criteria for this scholarship, in which only 30 high school graduates are chosen across the nation from a pool of 3700 applicants. The Loran Scholar selection process is the most rigorous in Canada involving multiple rounds of personal interviews at the regional and national level.

The Assumption school community is honoured to celebrate our own, Quinn Conlon, with this outstanding achievement. As a highly active student athlete, Quinn has worked hard to demonstrate her excellent leadership abilities and strong moral character. Throughout her years at Assumption College Catholic High School she had many achievements, including medaling at OFSAA for wrestling and track, serving as an executive member of student council and participating as a HOBYrepresentative. Recently she placed first in the Culinary Arts Skills Competition and qualified to advance to the provincial level competition. Most notably, Quinn has been a member of Engineers without Borders, a group looking to spread awareness about poverty in other third world countries and encourage young people to make a difference. Quinn has certainly made a difference in our school community, and among all of these accolades she is truly a person full of honesty and integrity, an amazing example to our youth.

Congratulations Quinn Conlon, we are very proud of you!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Assumption Students Win International Music Competition in New York

The Assumption Jazz Band placed first in the Festivals of Music Competition in New York City this past weekend.  The Concert band placed second at the Competition as well.  This International competition featured several groups from all over North America.

Mr. Zanier, music teacher of the both the regular music program and the International Baccalaureate Music Program as well as leading the concert band, jazz band, and choir, was very pleased: “I am extremely proud of how our students handled themselves with respect, humility, and grace. One of the judges even commented on the fact that our students were in it for the right reasons."

Last week at the Symphonic Youth Society’s Regional MusicFest at Essex High School, both bands received Gold Medals and Christian Vegh was named Top Musician in the Jazz Ensemble.

Assumption Student United States National Diving Champion

Assumption grade nine student Jaina Gaudette became an official National United States Champion last week at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fourteen year old won the Gold Medal at the East National USA Junior Olympic Diving Competition on the one-meter board and the Bronze Medal on both the three-meter and platform for fourteen/fifteen year olds.

Jaina has been diving since she was nine years old and training at the Legacy Diving Club in Ann Arbour Michigan.  She has now qualified for all country meets and if she wins, she will go on to the Pan Am Games and qualify for the 2016 Olympics.  

When asked what her back up plan was for a career, she said she is thinking about Law School and perhaps a career in politics.  Judging by her 94% average in the International Baccalaureate Program, incredible drive and focus (over 70 Diving Medals), and dual citizenship, she just may end up in a very important job in Ottawa or Washington. Look out Prime Minister Harper and President Obama!

Assumption and St. Anne’s Students Win and Qualify for Provincial Technological

On Saturday April 20th, 7 students from the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board competed in the 2013 Ontario Technological Skills qualifying competitions in London, Ontario. ~They competed in Culinary, TV, Film and Video as well as 2D Character Animation.

Quinn Conlon with her fearless competitive skills and many hours of hard training secured the first place spot in the Culinary Arts Competition. Daniel Renaud received a certificate of achievement in the culinary category and placed third overall. Lucas Morris with his impeccable knife skills and culinary talent received a certificate of achievement and honourable mention.  Quinn will be moving on to Provincial Competitions in Waterloo May 7, 2013.  

Alique Ashekian and Rachel Bessette placed first in the 2D Character Animation category and will also compete in the Provincial competitions.  Joining them will be Ian Virtue who won in the Photography category. ~ We are very proud of all of our students who represented our board with extreme skill and pride and wish them the best of luck in the Provincial

Assumption Writers Win Multiple Awards in OECTA Writing Contest

2013 Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association Young Authors Writing Competition

With such a high volume of submissions for this year’s OECTA city-wide Writing Contest, it was difficult to choose which pieces would be selected to sent forward to the judging panel. However, after careful consideration, Raiders were well represented in all grade and genres.

The results are in and they are outstanding! Out of all the Catholic High Schools represented and dozens of city-wide submissions, the Assumption students received the most awards and won in multiple categories. Congratulations to these talented winners!

Grades 9 and 10 Category for Non-Fiction –
Tejas Pandya’s “Why My Voice Is Important”

Grades 11 and 12 Category for Drama –
Kanzuda Anan Islam’s “Unheard”

Grades 11 and 12 Category for Short Fiction –
Julia Ho’s “Tape on the Walls”

Grades 11 and 12 Category for Poetry –
                                             Jada Larkin’s “What It Means To Us”

From Left to right: Kanzuda Anan Islam, Julia Ho, Jada Larkin, and Tejas Pandya.

Monday, 15 April 2013

ASC places THIRD in Great Lakes Science Olympiad

On April 13, 2013, twelve grade 12 students from Assumption participated in the annual Great Lakes
Science Olympiad at the University of Windsor. Divided into two teams, Raiders competed against
several other local High Schools in events where their scientific knowledge, team work, quick thinking
and problem solving skills were tested and retested many times.

The events covered areas in high school physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy , computer science and engineering.
Thanks to the superb problem solving skills, team work and a broad ranging knowledge of science, Assumption placed
THIRD in a very challenging “Science Pursuit” which is fashioned after the Amazing Race. After running
through rain, crawling in mud and spinning in circles, they didn’t miss a beat and were still able to
correctly answer questions about the circulatory system, food groups and chemical reactions.

Congratulation to : Yasmeen Alkhouri, Suyeon Ahn, Lauren Chan , Quinn Conlon, Yasser Hamadani, Ally
MacInnis, Nicolette Santilli, Jacek Orzylowski, Kory Ozgun, Katherine Vaiidya, Chris Zajner and Gloria
Zhang. Special thanks to coach Mrs. Sawicki for her constant support.

Thank you for making Assumption proud!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Theresa Tomeo Presentation April 22, 2013

A presentation for parents with radio/TV host, journalist, author and media consultant

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
Holy Names High School Auditorium 1400 Northwood St. Windsor, ON.
6:30 PM

Don't miss the opportunity to hear Teresa's highly relevant and thought provoking message regarding the impact of the media on our children and faithfilled strategies to help combat its effects.

Visit: www.teresatomeo.com for more info.

This presentation is part of a Ministry of Education PRO grant received by: Notre Dame, St. Christopher, Christ the King, St. Gabriel and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Schools

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Congratulations to the Assumption Robotics Team

Congratulations to the Assumption Robotics Team. Read the article from the Windsor Star below:

Apr 01, 2013 - 12:57 PM EDT
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2013 - 11:31 AM EDT

It took a lot of brains and a bit of (robot) brawn to get a local rookie robotics team to the top.

Assumption College Catholic high school’s robotics team is headed to the world championships at the end of the month after making it to the finals at the FIRST robotics competition in Mississauga last weekend.

“To make it to the finals, we pretty much stunned the entire crowd and all the other teams,” said team captain Braidon Chor, a 17-year-old student in grade 12. “We weren’t expecting to get very far. We expected to get to maybe one qualification round.”

Instead, the rookie team with comparatively scarce tools and building materials beat 40-odd other teams. Mark Gillis, the head of technological studies at Assumption, said the team received a lot of help and support from the Sandwich Secondary School team – veterans in the robotics competition circuit – who shared their tools and expertise with the Assumption students.

Students from Assumption College Catholic High School piloting their robot at the FIRST robotics competition in Mississauga this past weekend (Photo: Courtesy Mike Drouillard)

It’s the first year Assumption competed. The other rookie Windsor teams included Maranatha Christian Academy and St. Anne Catholic high school.

Gillis said the Assumption team decided to focus on strategy and build a simple, sturdy robot that other teams would see as an asset. Part of the challenge involves teaming up with other robots and piloting them to throw frisbees across to opponents’ sides of the arena.

“Our strategy was basically to go defence,” Gillis said.

The Assumption robot, with its peacock-like net, was designed to block oncoming frisbees. After seeing it in action, two of the top teams chose Assumption to form their trio in the frisbee challenge, Gillis said.

About 3,000 high schools worldwide compete in FIRST every year. They have to build a robot that can perform a complex task such as shooting frisbees or climbing a 10-foot steel pyramid.

The robotics teams from St Anne’s high school (bottom right) and Sandwich high school (in the orange shirts) at the FIRST regional robotics competition (Photo: Courtesy Mike Drouillard)

“There’s a lot of technical things learned,” Gillis said. Building the robot teaches students about software programming, construction, metals and materials, circuits, gears, transmission and sensors.

Now, the Assumption team have to come up with $5,000 as quickly as possible to pay their way to St. Louis, Missouri, for the competition on April 24 to 27.

Irek Kusmierczyk, the project manager at WEtech Alliance, which helped establish the Assumption team, said this is where local businesses — many of which are involved in robotics, automation and manufacturing — can step in and support the next generation of engineers, scientists and computer experts.

Assumption, Maranatha and St. Anne’s each got a $5,300 grant from the provincial and federal governments this year to cover the costs of attending the regional championships in Mississauga.

Kusmierczyk said that while it may seem like an expensive extra-curricular pursuit, participating in robotics teams increases a student’s probability of going to college or university and pursuing studies in fields like engineering and science.

There are four high schools in Windsor-Essex with robotics teams and Kusmierczyk said WEtech wants to expand that number to eight or ten for next year.”We have a good mix,” Kusmierczyk said, referring to how there are private, public and separate schools now participating in FIRST. (Sandwich Secondary, which has had a robotics team for more than a decade, won the regional championship in Tennessee last year.)

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The competition is sponsored by companies such as Boeing, Ford, Chrysler, and Google.

Chor said he was blown away by the big corporate names behind the competition. For someone serious about entering the field, he said it was a great way to learn a lot and make contacts.

“I didn’t expect it to be that huge, that big of a deal,” Chor said. “You can make a lot of friends there. They like the same things you do – robots, technology, that kind of thing.”

With files from Claire Brownell

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