Cafeteria lauded for teamwork, excellence

The Cafeteria team recently completed a successful administrative review conducted by the Indiana Department of Education Office of School and Community Nutrition. The review, conducted every three years, is a thorough year-long analysis of every component of the cafe workings, including federal nutrition guidelines, health department regulations, and Federal School Lunch Program administration procedures. The review culminated in a two-day site visit, in which our staff was observed and evaluated during normal daily operations. At the conclusion of the review, our team passed every professional standard with flying colors, and the team was personally congratulated on the members' excellent teamwork and camaraderie.
Deanery Musical coming soon
Soon Belle, Beast, Chip, Lumiere and all the characters from the beloved musical Beauty and the Beast Jr. will once again grace the Robinson Auditorium stage with a Deanery cast. This version of the popular Disney musical features about 65 students from most of the Deanery grade schools. Showtimes are May 10 and May 11 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 at the door.
School News: Donations, field trip, and more
Spanish Club presents donation
The Spanish Club donated $200 to the Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana recently. The members raised the money by selling Christmas ornaments, with junior Claire Reyes selling the most. The club officers and some of its members presented a check last week to Ms. Lillian Rose, the director of the ministry.

Friends help pack up food donations
Sophomore Jackson Lorenz and several of his friends had the chance recently to fulfill a large percentage of their required service hours in one day. Jackson's mom, Amy (Donner) Lorenz '88, a human resources administrator at Samtec in New Albany, invited him and several of his friends to help the company pack up food donations the company's employees had collected for those who are homeless.

Jackson and his friends, which included sophomores Landon Kruer, Nicholas Hooper, and David Newbanks, spent more than seven hours helping put the donated food into bags that would be delivered by the homeless ministry Exit 0. Jackson said there was so much food, that the volunteers ran out of bags and had to put the food in boxes.
Jackson said the experience was humbling.

"It made me feel grateful for what I have," Jackson said. "It put it into perspective that I am lucky to have a roof over my head and food on my plate," Jackson said. "I wish there was more I can do, but anything I can do - hopefully that will be enough."

House of Integrity Lenten Challenge
The House of Integrity sponsored the Lenten Toiletries Challenge to collect personal care items to donate to those who are homeless. The student body responded by contributing a large number of donations in the culminating event for the Third Quarter House Points Challenge. Thanks to a heated contest between Integrity and the House of Courage, nearly 15 boxes full of toiletry items were collected. Every House contributed items, but those two led the way, with Courage finally edging out Integrity to win the challenge - and the quarter for the final position in Friday's House Cup.

At the last House meeting of the year, Integrity used a portion of those items to make personal care kits made up of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner wrapped in a washcloth. The kits were then donated to Geraldine's Kitchen, a downtown Jeffersonville restaurant run by Mrs. Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84's husband. The restaurant will use the same post that held donated winter items to hang the toiletry kits for those who need them.

Integrity is also organizing a service day next week at the Franciscan Soup Kitchen in Louisville where the majority of the items will be organized to provide personal care items for those served by that agency.

Students visit photography studio
Three Photography classes went to Tyler Zoller '10's photography studio to learn more about the gear, posing, lighting, and the business of owning your own photography studio. Tyler specializes specifically in senior portraits as well as fitness, fashion, bands, and many more. He started taking pictures in high school and it evolved over time into his full-time career.

Spring Art Show coming soon
The Spring Art Show is Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the Administrative Corridor and will feature student submissions.
Senior gets taste of future teaching career

Senior Jesse Zoeller has thought about being a teacher since he was a sixth grader at what is now St. John Paul II School. He loved learning, but he was a shy student and struggled to communicate well with others. But through theatre, he has overcome his shyness and after doing a job shadow for a day, he feels more certain that teaching is the career path for him, he said. Read more
Mrs. Mauk's love of math helps students learn
Math teacher Stephanie (Mayfield) Mauk '99 loves her job, and it shows. She loves her subject, and she enjoys helping her students learn problem solving skills to help them find the right answer. She is in her eighth year at Providence, and her 16th year overall. She also is in her sixth year as Math Department chairperson. She teaches AP Calculus, Honors Precalculus & Trigonometry, Precalculus & Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics. Read more.
See Girls Basketball practice at Bankers Life
Parents and fans of Girls Basketball and the Providence Girls Basketball Academy have a chance to take in a WNBA game and see the girls practice and scrimmage at Bankers Life Stadium in Indianapolis. On Saturday June 1, the PHS girls' teams will attend the WNBA Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty game at 7:00 p.m. After the game, the PHS teams will take the floor for a two-hour practice and intra-squad scrimmage.

Parents and fans are encouraged to attend and watch exciting WNBA action and see the Lady Pioneers on the floor where the state finals are held each year. Everyone must purchase a ticket to the Fever game to be able to stay to watch the Lady Pioneers on the Bankers Life court. Tickets can be purchased here.
Assistant Girls Golf coach in USGA tournament
Assistant Girls Golf Coach Adrienne Farrow has qualified, along with her former Indiana University teammate, for the 5th U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Tournament, April 27-May 1. She will tee off at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
Sports News: Cheer tryouts, coach opening, more
Several student-athletes honored
Senior Kaden Williams has been named an NTSPY finalist for Football Player of the Year by the News & Tribune, and Coach Larry Denison '86 was named Football Coach of the Year. Kaden also was named to the All-Area First Team offense as a running back. Senior Nolan McCain also was named to the team as an offensive lineman. Seniors James Hoke (linebacker) and Kaleb McCubbins (defensive back) were named to the First Team defense and Brandon Schafer (punter) First Team special teams. Seniors Kevin Smith (running back) and Bryce Drury (wide receiver) were named to the Second Team offense, and junior Peyton Delucio (defensive lineman) was named to defense. Receiving honorable mention were seniors Joe Denis and Sam Hudlin and juniors Bishop Edwards and Alec Fougerousse.

Kaden and senior Lily Bivens, a Volleyball standout and Nicholls State commit, were selected as Student-Athlete of the Year recipients by the Louisville Catholic Sports Student Athlete Awards.

Junior Chase Aldridge and freshman Kaden Connin were named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Wrestling Team.

Junior Natalie Boesing was recognized by two organizations for her Girls Basketball season. She was named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Girls Basketball Team and received high honorable mention to the Associated Press All State. She has been selected to participate in the 2019 Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic Junior Game on June 15 at Anderson (Ind.) University. The game will be broadcast live at Additionally, she has been named by recruiter Rick Bolus as one of the Top 50+ Rising Players in Indiana. 

Heselschwerdt to run for USI
Senior Chris Heselschwerdt signed his national letter of intent to participate in track & field with the NCAA Division-II University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles for the 2019-20 school year. Chris is a four-year varsity member of the track team. His sophomore year he won the 400-meter relay at sectionals and went on to regionals and won the most improved award for the track team. In his junior year he qualified for regionals in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter relay. Chris also won the team MVP and made the All-Area team. He was also selected to represent Indiana as part of the 2019 Down Under track team.

Summer Camp info now online
Information about summer sports and STEM camps at Providence is now available. Click here for more information.
Parent Notes: ISTEP, Honor Roll, Good Friday
ILEARN finishes up tomorrow
The final segment of statewide standardized testing began this week. Freshmen are taking the iLEARN Biology ECA today and tomorrow. Tomorrow, students with the last name beginning with K-Z will test 1A and 2A and will report directly to the computer labs at the start of the day. Next Monday and Tuesday, the testing will conclude with the exam taking place in the computer lab during the students' scheduled biology class time.

Students should get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast prior to the test, and when they arrive at school should report to the computer lab for first block. Students are to leave all backpacks, purses, cell phones, and smart watches in their lockers, and they are to bring a pencil.
Prom/After Prom on Saturday
We wish our juniors and seniors a safe, fun evening on Saturday as they enjoy the Prom. Juniors and seniors are also invited to attend After Prom at  Southern Indiana Sports Center from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Students receive free admission and free food as well as music, inflatables, a cash cube, 3-on-3 basketball tourney, corn hole, and other games plus the chance to win $700 in gift card prizes and $2,000 in cash give giveaways.

No school May 3
Providence will be closed on Friday, May 3. 
Alumni give back, pay it forward
Graduation day for our eighth grade Deanery students is fast approaching, and Providence will be presenting several awards to our rising freshman class. This year, the Alumni Association board is pleased to announce that the Classes of 1978 and 1983, along with Mr. Michael Baker '83 and his wife, Maribeth, have generously donated the funds for three Alumni Scholarships. The Alumni Scholarship is a one-time award of a 64 GB iPad Pro10.5 or the monetary equivalent of $600. We are thankful for these gifts and for those who chose to welcome the Providence Class of 2023 in this way!

If you or your class are interested in providing an Alumni Scholarship, it's not too late! Simply contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at or call 812.945.3350 extension 224.

Reunion planning for 2019
Reunion planning is beginning for the class years ending in 4 and 9. To volunteer to help with your reunion planning, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at

Save the date for 2019 reunions:
  • 1955: Quarterly gatherings: June 14, September 13, and December 6, 2019. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1956: 2019 Gatherings: April 12, and October 11, 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville
  • 1958: May 11, Orange Clover in Jeffersonville, lunch in the Copper Room, 12:30 p.m.
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019. Dinner and mingling at the Clarksville Radisson Hotel, 5:00-10:00 p.m. Formal invites will be sent in May.
  • 1969: 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019; save the dates have been sent. See class website or email for more info.
  • 1979: Sept, 6-7, 2019. Friday: Football tailgate at PHS, Saturday: Tour & Mass at PHS, dinner to follow at Covered Bridge. Follow Providence Class of '79 Facebook page for details.
  • 1989: July 20, 7-11 p.m., Calumet Club in New Albany. Register here. Follow Providence High School Class of '89 Facebook page for details.  
  • 1999: Aug. 17, 2019. Bourbon Barrel Loft, 7-11 p.m.
  • 2009: Planning underway for fall 2019. To help plan the reunion, please contact Whitney Popp Forbis.
  • 2014: Planning underway. Email Zach Flanagan or phone 502.777.6516.
Notable alumnus passes; two '71 alumni visit
MacLeod passes away
John MacLeod '55 was likely our most notable alumnus in athletics. The former NBA, college, and high school coach passed away April 14, 2019, in Phoenix. MacLeod was a standout in his time as a Pioneer, not only for his athletic ability but for his ability to rally his teammates. At Providence John lettered in baseball and basketball all four years and set a school record in the 440 and low hurdles the one year he ran track. It was the first year for the team, and he served as its captain.

MacLeod went on to Bellarmine, where he continued to excel in sports and after earning his degree in 1959 began his coaching career at the secondary level. He coached at a small high school in Monroe County, Ind., before becoming the head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis in 1965. Two years later, he started his college men's basketball coaching career at Oklahoma University. He moved on to the NBA in 1973, coaching for the Phoenix Suns until 1987. He then coached the Dallas Mavericks for two seasons and the New York Knicks for one season before returning to the college level to coach the University of Notre Dame from 1991-1999. He was the Phoenix Suns' most successful coach with a record of 579-543 in the regular season over 14 years. He took the team to its first NBA playoffs, which ended in an historic matchup and two-point loss in triple overtime, according to the Associated Press. His NBA coaching record was 707-657. After coaching at Notre Dame, he was an assistant coach for the Suns, the Denver Nuggets, and finally the Golden State Warriors, retiring in 2006. He suffered from Alzheimer's for the last decade.

MacLeod was the brother of Margaret (MacLeod) Burke '59 (Larry '58), uncle of Michael L. Burke '84, Kathleen Burke '86, Shannon (Burke) Rush '88 and Mary Beth (Burke) Schuckman '89, and great uncle of Ceci Rush '20 and Lydia Rush '21.
Two '71 alumni return to Providence
Two members of the Class of 1971 visited Providence recently for different occasions. On April 12, Don Spellman commemorated the 48th anniversary of his Baseball no-hitter against rival Floyd Central by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of the game against the same rival. The 1971 team went on to win the program's first sectional title later that season, the first of 18 since. While the 2019 team didn't have the same success with a 2-7 loss, Providence was pleased to welcome Spellman back to recognize his standout accomplishment.

Dennis Kruer recently returned to PHS to share his love of magic with students in the IUS Psychology class at the invitation of the class' teacher, who happens to be his sister. He demonstrated tricks in dexterity, sleight of hand, and math and even tied in some elements of psychology. Kruer, who used to live in Ohio, has been a magical consultant for a group of special education teachers in Ohio who are developing a curriculum in magic to teach teamwork and other skills to their students.
April 26: House Cup
April 27: Prom/After Prom
May 1: May Crowning
May 3: No School
May 10-11: Deanery Musical
May 13: AP Testing begins

Prayer for Easter Wednesday

O God, who gladden us year by year
with the solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection,
graciously grant
that, by celebrating these present festivities,
we may merit through them to reach eternal joys.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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

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