Seniors awarded honors, scholarships at ceremony
On Sunday, the seniors participated in the Senior Awards ceremony, receiving honors for their classwork as well as notification of community scholarships. Of note are the valedictorian and salutatorian, Tony Kaiser and Nicholas Tomlin, respectively. Each will address the Senior Commencement audience during the graduation ceremony on May 28.

Tony is a member of Quick Recall, National Science Bowl and National Honor Society as well as one of the Rotary Top 10 Scholars and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student. He also is a Boy Scout and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and major in software engineering.

Nicholas is also a member of Quick Recall and National Science Bowl as well as the Math Team, National Honor Society and Spanish Club and founder of the former Pokemon Club. He also is one of the Rotary Top 10 Scholars and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student. He plans to attend Purdue University and major in aerospace engineering.

Read more for a full list of senior award recipients.
Senior's love of helping others recognized
As a way of living out Catholic Social Teaching, our students are required to verify 60 service hours to the community during their high school years. In total, our seniors recorded more than 10,100 hours. Some students found that in fulfilling their requirement, they have developed a love for helping others. Senior Evan Messmer, pictured below on far right, is one such person.

Among his peers, he has recorded the most service hours at 383, nearly all at his parish, St. Mary of the Knobs. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Providence Service Award as well as the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries Outstanding Service Award (as did senior Abby Huff).  Read more .

Evan and a dozen other seniors were honored at the annual New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries Awards recently. Seniors receiving recognition for service, leadership and faithful involvement in New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries are Evan, Adam Ernstberger, Caitlyn Freville, Courtney Heselschwerdt, Abby Huff, Emily Koetter, Rylee Pitzer, Garrett Popp, Chloe Reisinger, Elizabeth Scharre, Luke Schroering, Jordan Sellmer, and Ragan Williams Caitlyn received the C. J. Smith Memorial Service Above Self Scholarship.
Junior High students receive recognition
The junior high students received their awards last week at a special awards ceremony. Students were recognized for their academic accomplishments as well as athletic participation. The ceremony also included an induction into the National Junior Honor Society. Click here for a full list of academic award recipients.
Students celebrate Month of Mary
Last week, we honored Our Lady during the month of May with an all-school liturgy and May Crowning. Following the liturgy, senior Abby Huff crowned the statue of Our Lady of Providence with a garland of flowers. The May Crowning court included
  • seventh graders Peyton Kruer and Garrett Huber
  • eighth graders Sydney Shireman and Eli Watson
  • freshmen Maria Popson and Bryce Hutchins
  • sophomores Molly Koetter and Bryce Drury
  • juniors Annie Davis and Jack Wagner
  • seniors Bayley Wade and Jordan Sellmer
Eighth grader Mia Duggins carried the crown for Abby.
Student talent recognized in art fair
Last week, our junior high students participated in the Deanery Art Fair, and the high school students showcased their work in the High School Fine Arts Fair. Several of our junior high students earned recognition for their fine art, including seventh graders Sydney LaMaster, who received Honorable Mention for her 2D artwork "Creative Craziness;" Dallas Bonnet, who received first and second place in Digital Photography, and Amanda Upton, who received third place in photography. The full list of high school winners can be found here.
Three students prepare for military
Senior Dannion Tate will have a month off after graduation before he starts preparation for his career. He has enlisted in the U.S. Marines and in July will head to Parris Island, S.C., for basic training. After the 13-week training, he will head to infantry school before receiving his full-time assignment.

Dannion said he decided to enter the Marines because he wants to have a career in law enforcement. He has been taking criminal justice classes at Prosser Vocational School in the afternoons, and one of his teachers suggested that a stint in the Marines would be good preparation for a law enforcement career.

Senior Wyatt Dayvault also is taking criminal justice at Prosser and plans to enlist in the Marines after graduation.

Senior Kory Kallembach already is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, having enlisted about seven months ago. He is in the infantry, and in July, he will take part in a 15-week training session. When he returns, he will attend Indiana University Southeast and over the next seven years participate in regular National Guard exercises and additional training.

Senior Megan Johnson also is considering a career in the military but plans to attend college for a year at Ivy Tech Community College first.
St. Genesius Society inducts new members
The St. Genesius Society honors students who have actively participated in theatre arts, from theatre arts classes and to extracurricular activities. Once initiated, students are expected to continue their participation in theatre activities and advance their rank in membership in the society. The initiates inducted at the 2017 St. Genesius Society Ceremony include freshmen Jessica Hartlage, Megan Murphy, Dylan Payne, Maria Popson, Claire Reyes, and Stephen Wilson; sophomores Haley Deppert, Emma Rauck, and Griffin Rogers; and juniors Mirashaye Basa, Brady Gentry, Grace Kempf, and Ryan Strahm.

Students publish literary magazine

By senior Ragan Williams

The Auriferous Review, Providence's first literary magazine, was created by seniors  Sydney Milliner, Chloe Reisinger, myself, and various other Providence students, with Dr. Kathryn Jacobi's guidance. Creating the magazine was unprecedented, which meant that it was quite a challenge to envision. In our first meeting, we discussed practicalities, such as how we would collect the various art and literary pieces that would appear in the magazine, or what the magazine's name would be. People were given tasks and a basic idea of what would be expected of them.

Dr. Jacobi did the vast majority of the coordinating for the magazine. She also worked hard to select meeting times and adjust her schedule to fit with Sydney's, as she was the person who synthesized all of the art, stories, and poetry using Microsoft Publisher software. The magazine itself contains many different drawings, paintings, poems, short stories, and even a play. Dr. Jacobi read and looked through all of these creative works.

There are dozens of intriguing submissions within the Auriferous Review. Providence's students worked hard to develop and send in their best creative pieces. Our hope for next year is an even larger number of submissions, as well as a high number of underclassmen who are willing to put time and work into the magazine. This year was a trial run for the Auriferous Review, and we hope that all our readers will love the results. I know I did.

The first edition of the Auriferous Review literary magazine has been published and posted on the school website. Click here to view it.
Seniors honored in Business First
Seniors James Solis and Elizabeth Scharre are the latest seniors to be recognized in the "First Honors" section of Business First of Louisville. They are among the top seniors in the Class of 2017 and were nominated for the recognition based on academic achievement as well as leadership and extracurricular involvement. Previously recognized were Juston Betz, Haley Brock, Cassie Hahn, Tony Kaiser, Justine Oppelt and Abby Posey.
Senior determined to get head start on college
Senior Cheyenne Brooks is known for her work ethic on the volleyball and basketball courts. She applies that same determination to her academic life and will graduate in May with enough college credits to enroll as a sophomore and an acceptance into Indiana University Southeast's School of Nursing, which is known for its highly competitive selection process.    Read more .
Girls Tennis ready to defend regional championship
By Coach Scott Gurgol

The 2017 Girls Tennis season has been one for the record books. The girls reached a single-class state ranking of No. 4 by the third week of the season and held that spot throughout. The girls finished a perfect 14-0, the first undefeated regular season in program history. Along the way, the girls defeated No. 4 Jasper (the 2016 semi-state champions), No. 14 Avon, No. 22 Evansville Memorial, and No. 27 Evansville Mater Dei. The team also defeated two top 10 teams from Kentucky, North Oldham and Sacred Heart (2016 Kentucky runner-up).

The girls won the New Albany Invitational for the second consecutive season and finished second, behind No. 1 Cathedral, at the Crawfordsville Invitational, where it was the only team that had all five positions make their individual finals. Standout performances include sophomore Halli Trinkle's 15-1 record at No. 1 singles. She has defeated two first team all-state Indiana players, three second team all-state Indiana players, and a top two player from Kentucky. Freshman Natalie Boesing earned a 19-1 regular season record at No. 2 singles. The doubles team of senior Natalie Jacobi and junior Heidi Popson went through the regular season undefeated at 20-0.

Last week, the girls won their second consecutive sectional crown and 14th in program history. The girls had a perfect match in the semifinals with all positions winning 6-0, 6-0 against New Washington. The girls then defeated Jeffersonville 5-0 in the sectional finals, with four of the five matches finishing 6-0, 6-0.

Last night, the team beat Floyd Central 5-0 to advance to the Silver Creek Regional championship at 4:30 p.m. today vs. New Albany.

Halli was nominated for the Courier-Journal Athlete of the Week for her performance in the week of May 8, which included a straight-set victory over Louisville Collegiate.

Three seniors sign to college athletic teams
Seniors Reid Masterson, Luke Schroering, and Alexa Wilson have each signed a national letter of intent to join a sports team at their respective colleges. Reid will be running track and cross country at Bellarmine University, Luke will be running track and cross country at Marian University, and Alexa will join the Indiana University-Bloomington women's rowing team.

Alexa played the No. 1 spot on the varsity Girls Golf team for four years. She led the Pioneers in qualifying for regionals her junior year and qualified individually her senior year. She was named to the Courier-Journal All-Area team her junior and senior years. She was also a varsity starter on the Pioneer Softball team her junior and senior years. A leader and hard worker in both sports, she put in extra time to improve her athletic abilities. It was these traits that prompted Indiana University to invite Alexa to join the women's rowing team. Alexa signed her letter of intent to IU on May 4, 2017.

The 2017 Indiana University women's rowing team is headed to its fourth straight NCAA D-I Championship on May 26-28 under Head Coach Steve Peterson. The Hoosiers are one of 13 programs in the country that have qualified for the last four NCAA Championships, which takes 22-teams. Alexa is joining a top 11 rowing team in the nation, in the hopes of winning a national championship.

Reid was a four-year varsity runner in Cross Country and Track, a three-
year varsity runner in track in the 1600 and 3200. He was a two-time All-Sectional and All-Regional runner, a three-time regional qualifier, and a two-time semi-state qualifier in cross country, as well as a regional qualifier in track in the 3200. A distance runner at heart, he is greatly looking forward to the opportunity to run D-II cross country and track at Bellarmine University.

Luke was a four-year varsity athlete in both Cross Country and Track. In cross country he got his personal best down to 17:43. In Track his personal bests include 2:01 in the 800, :52.8 in the 400, and 4:47 in the mile. Luke was a part of the record-breaking sprint medley team his junior year. He looks forward to contributing to the NAIA Marian cross country and track teams.
Track & Field teams send 21 to regional
The Girls Track team sent nine athletes in five events to the Evansville Central Girls Track Regional last night. No girls advanced to state, but the 3200 meter relay team of freshmen Avery Stumler, Kaylee Kaiser, and Carlie Miiller and senior Bayley Wade placed fifth. The relay team qualified for regional with a school-record-breaking finish of 10:08 at sectional, beating the previous record by more than 20 seconds and helping the team to a fourth place finish. Also competing at regional in their respective events were senior Sarah Welsh in high jump, sophomore Haylee Hall in shot put, junior Skylar Richey in the 100 meter dash, freshmen Sydney Barron and Ceci Rush in the 300 meter hurdles, and the 1600 meter relay team of Avery, Bayley, Skylar and junior Hannah Hanlon.

Tomorrow, the Boys Track team will compete in the Evansville Central Boys Track Regional, with four of the athletes advancing as sectional champions. In total, the team will send 12 athletes in 11 events after placing third as a team at sectional. Last week's champions were senior Tyler Ettel, the back-to-back champion in the 110 meter hurdles; junior Spencer Purcell in the discus; senior Micah Oberhausen in the shot put, and the 400 meter relay team of Tyler, sophomore Chris Heselschwerdt, and seniors Michael Craig and Nick Berry. Tyler also advances in the 300 meter hurdles, and Micah also advances in the long jump. Also advancing are senior Luke Schroering in the 800 meter run; senior Matthew Harbeson in the high jump; sophomore Thomas Gaines in the 1600 meter run; the 3200 meter relay team of Luke, senior Reid Masterson, freshman Alex Perkinson, and sophomore Tyler Upton; and senior Jonathan Tolentino in the shot put. The boys compete at 5:30 p.m. CDT. Admission is $7.
New coaches Cross Country, Dance coaches named 
We welcome new coaches Margie Blair and Neal Masterson. Coach Blair will lead the Dance Team. She is a long-time dance coach and former dancer herself. Her experience includes UDA and NDA training and certifications, dance studio training, and an in depth knowledge of hip-hop, jazz, ballet and tap, and she has received a number of choreography awards. Students interested in joining the dance team should contact Coach Blair at

Coach Masterson served as an assistant Providence Cross Country coach
the past three years. He is a graduate of Jeffersonville High School ('07), where he was a varsity athlete in both Cross Country and Track all four years. In cross country he was All-Conference (three times), All-Sectional (four times), and All-Regional (three times). In 2006 he was the Hoosier Hills Cross Country Conference Champion and an individual state-qualifier for the IHSAA Cross Country State Championship. In Track he qualified for the regional every year in the 4x800 relay, 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. During his junior year he qualified to run in the IHSAA Track and Field State Championship in the 1600 meter run after placing second in the Bloomington Regional.

He continued his running career at Bellarmine University, where he competed in both Cross Country and Track. During his freshman year he led the team as the No. 1 runner for more than half of the season. In 2010 the Bellarmine Cross Country team qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship, the first time in more than 25 years. His time on the track included setting the freshman indoor records for both the 3,000 meter run and the 5,000 meter run along with competing in every GLVC championship for indoor and outdoor track. Today, Coach Masterson, who is the older brother of senior Reid Masterson, competes for the Pacers and Racers Running Store team in local road races and is looking to make the move up to running marathons.
Parent Notes: Final exams, care packages
Books, fees due
All library books and textbook rentals must be returned and cafeteria and tuition balances paid by the end of the school year in order for grades to be released. Students must be sure to return their assigned textbooks in order to avoid being billed for the replacement cost.

Last day dismissal
Dismissal on Friday is at 3:00 p.m. following the Senior Farewell Ceremony. Senior parents may attend the farewell ceremony.

Parking limited for graduation
Graduation is Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Larkin Center. Parking is limited now that the front practice field is no longer available for overflow parking. Visitors are advised to carpool and arrive early to ensure a good parking space - and a good seat at graduation!

Reminders for senior parents
On Friday for the Baccalaureate Mass, seniors should be in graduation gowns with boys wearing slacks, dress shirt and tie; girls are to wear dresses or slacks; all should wear dress shoes. They should arrive at OLPH Church by 6:15 p.m. Liturgy begins at 7:00.

On Sunday, seniors are to be in the auditorium lobby for graduation no later than 4:15 p.m. Seniors will be directed to an assigned parking area. Seniors are to wear cap and gown with boys wearing slacks, dress shirt and tie and girls wearing dresses or slacks; all should wear dress shoes. Students will receive academic recognition stoles and cords in the lobby prior to graduation.

Reminders to junior parents
The Indiana State Department of Health requires documentation of rising seniors' having received the booster dose of the MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate) immunization prior to the first day of school, July 26, 2017.

Summer is a good time to get senior portraits made. All seniors should have a headshot taken at either LifeTouch or Whyland's Studios for inclusion in the yearbook.

Summer Office Hours
The Main Office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 12:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 5-June 23 and July 10-17. The Main Office and the Athletic Office will be closed June 26-July 7, with the Athletic Office reopening on July 11. The Counseling Office and Learning Differences Office are closed June 8-July 14.

Buy school uniforms online
River City WorkWear is the official vendor for Providence school uniforms, and now River City has online ordering . Watch for spi rit wear coming soon!

Summer reading info
Instructions for summer reading assignments for all grades have been posted. Click here for more info.
Wide variety of summer camps offered
Providence offers a large selection of summer camps for Deanery youth from world languages and STEM to athletics. For registration forms to the sports camps, click here. For contact information for the STEM, French or Spanish camps, click here. Please note: The STEM camp for fourth to sixth grade has a waiting list, the primary camp is nearly full, and the junior high camp is nearly full.
Reunion planning for 2017
It's time to start planning reunions for classes ending in 2 and 7. To start your reunion planning, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at

Reunions scheduled for this year:
  • 1955 - Quarterly gatherings: July 14, Oct. 13, and Dec. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; meet in the dining room at Clarion Hotel in Clarksville for lunch. Dutch treat.
  • 195760th reunion: Aug. 26, 2017, Covered Bridge. More info to come.
  • 1962 - Annual gathering, Dec. 2, Clarion Hotel in Clarksville - Champagne Brunch 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 
  • 1965 - 70th Birthday Party, Sept. 30, 2017, party barn at the home of Paula Sellers Robinson. Additional info to come. Contact Kathy Howell Kruer at with questions.
  • 1967 - 50th reunion: Oct. 27-28, 2017, at Covered Bridge. Formal invites coming in July.
  • 1972 - 45th reunion: Planning is underway. 
  • 1977 - 40th reunion: Sept. 23, 2017, Kingfish in Jeffersonville. Contact Barbie Day for more information. Paper invitations mailed soon to those that did not respond on Facebook. 
  • 1982 - 35th reunion: Meet at St. Mary of the Knobs KnobsFest, Aug. 19. Meet for food and mingling starting at 6:30 p.m. Table reserved at the dance, starting at 9:00 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $10 at the door. Music by 100% Poly. No RSVP required.
  • 1987 - 30th reunion: Needs organizers
  • 1992 - 25th reunion: Needs organizers
  • 1997 - 20th reunion: Planning is underway.
  • 2002 - 15th reunion: Fall 2017. Check class Facebook page.
  • 2007 - 10th reunion: Summer 2017. More info to come.
  • 2012 - 5th reunion: Fall 2017. Check class Facebook page.
Urgent request for past basketball team photos
A book entitled A Pioneering Spirit covering the history of Providence boys' and girls' basketball is in the research/writing stage. Long-time area radio sports announcer Charlie Jenkins '57 in association with school archivist Ray Day '57 is writing the history, with proceeds donated to the school. Anticipated publication is fall 2017. More details to follow this summer.

They are in urgent need for the following team photographs - scanned at 300 dpi or better. Send to DEADLINE FOR IMAGES: WED. MAY 24.

BOYS YEARS - 1960, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1974, 1975,1976,1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009.

GIRLS YEARS - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1987-93, 1995, 1996, 1998-04, 2006-09.

Please contact Day immediately if you have questions - or leave message at 502-216-9197.
Former baseball coaches honored
Last week, several past Pioneer Baseball coaches were honored at the final home Baseball game of the season. Coaches honored included John Buerger (1970-'75), retired Athletic Director Bob Fields Hon. '92, pictured at left in the new press box (1976-'80), and Ben Hornung ('84-'94). Those not able to attend are Elmer Britton ('69) and Phil Schroer ('81-'83), due to travel distances. On Saturday, a number of coaches past and present, alumni, and friends of Fields gathered for a reception for Fields while he was in town.
Alumni Association sponsoring Texas Hold 'em Night
The Alumni Association will host a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on June 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church's Walpole Hall, 1840 E. 8th St. in Jeffersonville. Registration is at 6:30, and the buy-in is $40 for 5,000 chips with one $40 add-on for 10,000 chips. Concessions will be available for sale throughout the evening. Proceeds support the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The public is invited, and alumni are especially encouraged to attend.

Charity Gaming Night License No. 144070. For more information, email
Class of 2016 Yearbooks are in
Alumni from the Class of 2016 can pick up yearbooks in the main office during regular hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. They can also have younger siblings still at Providence pick up their copy.
Alumna's home featured on cable TV
Elyse LaGarenne '08 wasn't looking to be featured on television when she bought her first home. She simply liked the homes in the Indianapolis Fountain Square neighborhood being renovated by the mother-daughter team known as Two Chicks and a Hammer. Her 2016 purchase will be the first episode of the 2017 season of Good Bones on cable channel HGTV, which debuts May 30 at 10 p.m. Read more.
May 25: Eighth Grade Graduation, 7:00 p.m., Robinson Auditorium
May 26: Last day of school; dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
May 26: Baccalaureate, 7:00 p.m., OLPH
May 28: Senior Graduation, 5:00 p.m., Larkin Center
June 2: Second Semester grades posted
June 5: Summer office hours begin
June 26-July 7: Main Office, Athletic Office closed
July 11: Athletic Office reopens
July 17: Regular office hours begin
July 24: Freshman/Parent Orientation, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
July 25: Student Registration grades 8, 10, 11, 12
July 26: First full day of school all students

Graduation Prayer


I have knowledge, so will You show me now,
How to use it wisely and find a way somehow
To make the world I live in a little better place,
And make life with its problems a little bit easier to face.

Grant me faith and courage and put purpose in my days,
And show me how to serve Thee in effective ways.

So my education, my knowledge and my skill
May find their true fulfillment as I learn to do Thy will.

And may I ever be aware in everything I do,
That knowledge comes from learning, and wisdom comes from You.


Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84
Director of Communications
eVision reporter/writer

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