From the Heart, Community Voices

Community Voices

From the Heart

March 30, 2023

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Earlier this month, alums returned to speak to our Seventh and Eighth Class students. Below, a few reflect on their Academy education. 

Coming back to the Academy felt like I was stepping back into time. Walking into the building, memories came rushing back of my time there: school projects, Congé, Camp Lakewood, etc. I remember constantly being pushed and challenged. Being challenged academically and being held to a high standard helped get me to where I am today. It became second nature to push myself; I find I’m bored if I’m not being challenged. Becoming a business owner and being able to lead an incredible team was partially because of the incredible foundation that was given to me at ASH. I’m grateful for those nine years and how it influenced who I am today.

— Suzanne Hunn Luther ’06


It was great to be able to share my experiences after graduating from ASH with the students. ASH prepared me to invest in my future education, to understand my own passions, and to understand the importance of giving back to my community. Even though I have only been out of college for about four years, I already feel like I’m on the right path both in my career and in my personal life, and I’m excited to see where the future takes me.

— Justine Kaemmerlen ’11


Since I was a student at the Academy, I knew it was special. It’s the kind of place that challenges you but also makes you feel at home; that inspires you to grow into your best self while also making you feel comfortable in your own skin. The lessons of resilience, determination, discipline, strength of character, and developing a deep, thoughtful prayer life that I learned at ASH have been instrumental in my life throughout high school, college and beyond. Being able to come back and speak to our Seventh and Eighth Class girls about becoming authentic, empowered women was a true joy and privilege. Furthermore, it demonstrates what I, and everyone else who has been at ASH one way or another, know: The Academy is and always will be a part of who we are and what we do in this world, for the better.

— Alex Osredker ’13