Senior is Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
Senior Ethan Furnish has been selected as one of four area recipients of the generous Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, which is administered locally by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. The scholarship covers four years' tuition to an Indiana college of his choice plus a $900 stipend for books and equipment each year.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment Inc. initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. There were more than 200 applications submitted this year. Locally, students in all accredited public and private high schools in Clark and Floyd counties were invited to apply.

Ethan said he was overwhelmed when he received news of the scholarship and feels "really thankful and blessed." His top college choices in the state are Indiana University Bloomington, where he would enter the Kelley School of Business, or the University of Notre Dame, from which he is awaiting news regarding his admittance. He plans to major in finance or business analytics with a possible minor in political science.

He said he is grateful for the generosity of the Lilly Endowment for offering this program each year and the commitment of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana for administering the program each year in Clark and Floyd Counties.

"Thank you to the Community Foundation and the Lilly Endowment," he said. "I see education as a gift that is meant to be shared, and this will help me share my gifts with the world, so I am grateful for this awesome opportunity."
Gala will be a night of fun!
Are you ready for some "GALA" fun? Have you ever dreamed of being on Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, or Wheel of Fortune? Well, here is your chance! We are gearing up for the games and we want YOU to play, so "Let the Games Begin!"

Please join us on Jan. 20, 2018, at Huber's Orchard & Winery Plantation Hall for our annual Gala as we have some "fun" while fundraising. Rally your family, friends, or co-workers to host a table, get a team together to play, or simply get online and bid on all of our great items. After the holidays, look for formal invites with all the details on how you can make your reservation, join in the fun, and bid on some great items.

Don't miss out! Tickets are $70 per person and must be received by Jan. 13. Early bird pricing is $60 per person if received by Jan. 8. Have questions or an item/service you would like to donate? Please e-mail Mrs. Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at or call 812.945.3350 ext. 224. We hope to see you there!
Major gift to allow completion of interior of PAC
Providence is honored to receive a major gift from the R.W. Marshall Foundation. The R. W. Marshall Foundation has been an active supporter of various causes in the local community, including Norton Healthcare, the 21st Century Parks, and Jeffersonville High School. With this pledge, we will be able to expedite the completion of our athletic facilities, including the interior of the newly constructed Pioneer Athletic Center at the entrance to the stadium and baseball field. The pledge also makes available other funds for capital projects that drive student development.
Students in the news: Mentors, giving and activities
Senior NHS members mentor eighth graders
Part of the requirement for senior National Honor Society members is to provide tutoring to students who need it. Often, this is done on a drop-in basis during BLUE Days in the Counseling Center. This year, NHS started a mentoring program with eighth grade students, offering tutoring as well as mentoring.

The mentor pairs meet about once a month, and last week, the seniors and eighth graders met to play Christmas trivia games. The participants said they liked getting to know each other and getting any school help they needed. Read more.

Students respond to Angel Tree project
The House of Justice put out a new challenge this month for its annual Christmas service event. Instead of the Toys for Tots drive it has organized in the last several years, the House challenged each House to sponsor at least four Angel Tree families. Each House went about collecting donations from its members and then went shopping for the items needed.

In total, the challenge resulted in 120 families being sponsored - and all students are allowed to wear spirit wear today and tomorrow. The Houses of Truth and Justice sponsored the most, with 23 each, and the House of Loyalty was close behind with 20. The House of Humility adopted a local family in need and provided the equivalent of 14 Angel Tree gifts.

Seniors honored in Business First
Seniors Brogan Welch, Olivia StorzHeidi Popson,  Emma Kerr, Katerina Jones, Claire Harper and Kaleb Dunn have been recognized in recent issues of  Business First of Louisville in the  "First Honors" section. They are among the top seniors in the Class of 2018 and were nominated based on their academic achievement as well as leadership and extracurricular involvement.

Providence Singers, Popcorn Players brighten holiday season
The Providence Singers and Popcorn Players finished up their holiday season performances on Sunday with their annual Christmas Showcase. The groups also visited the Deanery schools, and the Popcorn Players performed at Breakfast with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa draws crowd
The Girls Soccer team and the Popcorn Players thank everyone who attended the Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2. More than 200 people attended, including about 70 children, who enjoyed crafts, treats and photos with Santa as well as a performance by the Popcorn Players. Photos with Santa can be downloaded here

Christmas Dance tomorrow night
SADD is sponsoring its annual Christmas Dance, which will take place tomorrow night in the Cafeteria from 8:30-11:30 p.m., following the Girls Basketball game vs. New Albany. Students showing their Christmas Dance ticket can get in free to the basketball game. Tickets to the dance are $10 and must be purchased in advance. They are being sold during lunches in the Cafeteria through tomorrow. This year, the event will feature photos by Derby City Selfie. There will also be a DJ and door prizes.

Silver Creek Holiday Tournament queen candidate named
Senior Sierra Brooks has been nominated as Providence's Silver Creek Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament queen candidate for 2017. All candidates will be interviewed on the first night of the tournament, on Dec. 29, and introduced to the crowd at the end of the first game. The crowning of the Holiday Tournament Queen will take place on day two of the tournament, in between games on Dec. 30.

Senior recognized for success at Prosser
Senior Nathan Smith was featured in a recent Prosser newsletter for his success in the vocational high school's Diesel program. The article noted that he has a 4.0 GPA and is working toward the Indiana Technical Honors Diploma. He works at Bagshaw Trucking, where he services dump trucks and semis. He also is member of the PHS Bowling team. 

Career Speakers Series draws coaches, alumni and more
Over the last few weeks, a variety of speakers visited the Freshman Focus classes to speak about their careers. Mr. Brad Burden, Mr. Jeff Purichia and Mr. Matt Schaab thank Mr. Scott Gravatt, PHS trainer; Mr. Tom Upton, a Providence parent and Clarksville firefighter, Mrs. Laura Swessel, PHS science teacher and engineer, Mr. Scott Gurgol, PHS tennis coach and a physical therapist; Mr. Greg Mengelt, a sports reporter; Mr. Chuck Crowley, CPA, PHS assistant Track and Cross Country coach, and accountant; Officer Tyler Ash '10, a Clarksville police officer, the Hon. Jimmy Guilfoyle, Clarksville Town Court judge; and Mrs. Lisa Wilt, wife of Jeremy Wilt '92 and a nurse.

If you would like to be a career speaker for next semester, please email Mr. Burden at
Citizen Scientist program takes students outdoors
'Go take a hike' took on new meaning this semester to the students in  Mrs. Laura Swessel's science classes. Mrs. Swessel  added a new component to her classes in order to extend students' learning outside the classroom with the Citizen Scientist project, which requires students to participate in a number of science-related activities outside of class on and off campus. She said the purpose "is to get kids excited about science in their community." Junior James Hoke and senior Clare Hooper were two students who enjoyed the activities. Read more .
School sports news: 1000 point club, other honors
Wolford honored for earning 1,000 points
Senior Hannah Wolford was recognized at a recent Girls Basketball game for her entry into the 1000 Point Club. She scored her 1,000th point in the team's first game of the season, against Lanesville. As of now, she has 1,169 points over her Providence career. That puts her at a 19-point average per game, and with 20 regular season games remaining, has her on a trajectory to reach 1,500 points, which would place her in second behind all-time leading scorer Claire Rauck '17 (1,618) and ahead of the leading boys' scorer, Keevan Miller '06
(1,214). Read more.

Girls Basketball team raises money for cancer research
Last week, the Girls Basketball team held its annual Coaches vs. Cancer game. Pre-game activities of the game included recognizing people in the Providence and South Central communities who are battling cancer or have lost loved ones to the disease. The players wore special pink uniforms and kicked off two fundraisers to raise money to donate to the Jimmy V Foundation.

To raise donations, the team raffled off two tickets to the Boys Basketball home game vs. New Albany on Feb. 9. The team also created a Tribute Tree and is selling ribbons for $1 each for people to honor or memorialize loved ones affected by cancer - pink ribbons for breast cancer and yellow for general cancer recognition. Ribbons will continue to be on sale at the Girls Basketball game tomorrow night. Ribbons can also be purchased directly from Mrs. Donna Burden. All proceeds will go to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.

Students run well in Fast Freddie's race
Several of our students and alumni ran in the annual Fast Freddie's race on Thanksgiving morning organized by former science teacher and track coach Fred Geswein '65. Placing in the top 20 was junior Thomas Gaines, who came in 16th. Junior Tyler Upton placed 21st, sophomore Natalie Boesing came in 65th.

Volleyball player honored by Indy Star, in national competition
Senior Marissa Hornung was nominated for the 2018 IndyStar Player of the Year in volleyball. Marissa and the other athletes across the state will be recognized celebrating the state's most accomplished high school athletes of the 2017-2018 school year at a banquet on April 29, 2018, at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis. Marissa will play in the Under Armour All-America Match on Friday at 9 p.m. ET at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The match features the top 24 NCAA Division I commitments and can be viewed on the FloVolleyball channel.
Boys Soccer coach applications accepted
The Athletic Department is accepting applications for a boys' soccer head coach for the 2018-2019 school year. High school coaching experience preferred. Interested candidates should send a letter or email, along with details of their experience and qualifications, to:

Providence High School Athletic Department
"B-Soccer Head Coaching Position"
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, IN 47129

Parent Notes: Holiday break, grades, and more
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas Break begins Friday, unless needed for a Snow Make-up Day, and continues through Jan. 1. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, for the start of the second semester. It will be an "A Day" and BLUE Day sessions will be held. We wish all our students, families, teachers and staff members a blessed holiday season!

First Semester grades
First Semester grades will be posted in Skyward on Jan. 4, 2018. 

Be prepared for weather delays, cancellations
Please also familiarize yourself with the PHS eLearning information. The Indiana Department of Education has approved our use of eLearning in the case of inclement weather. Parents will be notified via Skylert should eLearning be implemented due to inclement weather.

Next Coffee with the Counselors
The next Coffee with the Counselors is Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Fr. Mike Counseling Center. The topics will be Scholarships as well as Responding, Recovering and Rebounding from a Tough First Semester. Parents should sign in at the main office and proceed to the second floor.

Variety of sports over the break
The basketball teams will be in holiday tournaments over Christmas Break, and all winter sports will participate in competition over the break as well. Click here for links to the schedule for the basketball holiday tournaments and for the various sports schedules.

Senior Baby Ads deadlines
Senior parents may purchase Baby Ads and Display Ads in the yearbook. Please click here for an order form. Deadline for ads is Dec. 16 . Senior portraits for the yearbook should have been taken at Whyland's or Lifetouch by now.
Louisville City FC coach at next winter soccer clinic
Louisville City FC assistant coach Daniel Byrd will visit Providence this Saturday morning as part of our winter soccer clinic series. Coach Byrd will be working with the middle school girls from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Larkin Center. The regular session with girls in grades kindergarten to fourth will be conducted simultaneously in the Koetter Gym.

The series continues most Saturdays through February. For information contact Coach Dave Smith at or 812-945-3350. There is no charge, but parents are required to stay throughout each full session.
Reunion planning for 2017
  • Save the Date: Class of '68 50th reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. The Golden Graduation Ceremony and Dinner will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at PHS.
Alumni Night to feature all basketball alumni
Are you a former boys' or girls' basketball player at Providence? Gather with your former teammates to celebrate more than 65 years of basketball at Providence! 

The Providence Alumni Association invites all alumni, especially those from the boys' and the girls' basketball programs, to attend a special reception on Alumni Night on Friday, Jan. 12. The night starts in the Alumni Suite (off the home-side balcony) with a reception for all alumni from 6:30-7:30. The basketball players will receive special seating and be recognized at halftime of the Boys Basketball game vs. Rock Creek.

Ray Day '57 and Charlie Jenkins '57 will be signing copies of their book on the history of PHS basketball during halftime. Game time: 7:30 p.m. 

Basketball alumni, please RSVP by January 8 to or call Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at 812.945-3350 ext. 224.
Just released: Summer Camp 2018 info
Looking for summer camp opportunities for your children this summer? Check out the PHS Summer Camp offerings. Click here to view.
Special thanks for #GIVINGTUESDAY
Thank you to our alumni, parents and friends who contributed and shared your support for Providence on #GivingTuesday. We are grateful for the time, talent, and treasure that has sustained our school since its founding. If you missed out on giving on Nov. 28, you can still give to ASAP, our  capital campaign projects, or class endowment fundraising efforts by clicking here.
Providence alumni athletes continue to excel
While our students earned four sectional and two regional athletic championships this fall, some of our graduates helped their college teams with their postseason success, including Maddie Bivens '16, a sophomore nursing major and redshirt freshman defensive specialist for No. 1-ranked NAIA Lindsey Wilson women's volleyball team, which went undefeated for the season and won the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament. Others who helped their college teams in the postseason include Lexie Libs '17, Eastern Tennessee State University women's volleyball, Jacquie Hornung '16, Bellarmine University women's volleyball team, and Haley Libs '15, Northern Kentucky University women's volleyball. Read more.
Dec. 14 - Christmas Dance, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Cafeteria
Dec. 15 - Snow Make-up Day, if needed
Dec. 15-Jan. 1 - Christmas Break
Jan. 2 - Classes resume
Jan. 6 - Make-up Placement Exam for incoming freshmen
Jan. 8 - Early Bird Deadline for PHS Gala
Jan. 10 - Next eVision
Jan. 20 - PHS Gala, Huber's Orchard & Winery

Christmas Prayer

Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, for infant's cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.

Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wisemen. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen.

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

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