Students explore STEM opportunities at career fair
Students enjoyed the chance to learn about various careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields earlier this week at the STEM Fair. Eleven businesses and organizations and 10 colleges participated. The students said they liked having the chance to talk to different college representatives and STEM professionals.

"I liked talking to Cummins Engines," said senior Kyle Mills, who plans
to attend the University of Louisville and study engineering. "It was interesting. I didn't know the science behind [making fuel efficient diesel engines]. I learned how a minute difference will change the efficiency. I thought it was pretty cool."

Juniors Claire Reyes and Emma Rauck liked being able to talk to different college reps in the same location. Claire was interested in how her AP Biology test results would translate into accepted college credit, and Emma discovered that Indiana University had more to offer than she thought. She said she previously had no interest in IU, but after hearing how many different companies hire IU grads, she was more open to attending there.

Junior Nolan Banet said he thought the STEM Fair was a great idea and a perfect chance to explore different career choices. He is interested in car design as a career and mechanical engineering as a major, and the fair gave him a chance to talk to colleges as well as people working in engineering.

"It's great that we get to talk to someone with career advice," Nolan said.
Student news: Senate visit, video chat and more
Senior receives scholarship to dream school
Senior Mirashaye Basa was shocked and thrilled to the point of tears last week when she went online to check her admission status to American University, her top college choice. She learned she had been accepted -- and then that she had received the $10,000 Dean's Scholarship and a $29,700 grant. That aid paired with student loans will take nearly $43,000 off the estimated $60,000 annual cost to attend.

Mirashaye is eager to attend American University in part because of its location in Washington, D.C. She plans to major in political science and possibly social justice, and hopes to one day secure one of the internships with Congress and other federal departments the college offers. "I'm really happy," she said.

House of Loyalty to host Powder Buff game
The House of Loyalty will host a Powder Buff event on March 1 at 7:15 p.m. in the Larkin Center. The event is a fundraising volleyball game between the junior and senior boys. More information will be in the Daily Announcements.

Eighth grader enjoys day as Senate Page

Eighth grader Eli Krussow spent a day serving as a Senate Page earlier this month. He said he enjoyed visiting with State Sen. Erin Houchin and taking the tour of the Indiana Statehouse. He was the only page from District 47, but there were more than 20 other students from around the state in his group. He was able to be a spectator while the senators were in assembly voting on various bills, and he learned the process of passing a bill into law.

Eli said his mother applied for the Senate Page opportunity after seeing a notice in the local newspaper. He enjoyed his visit and might go again next year.

PHS welcomes Deanery students for Academic Olympics
Providence hosted the Deanery Academic Olympics on Tuesday, with groups from sixth through eighth grade competing in the quiz bowl-type tournament. Members of the Providence Quick Recall team assisted with the running of the competition.

Humility offers space to post resolutions
The House of Humility has set up a Lenten Prayer Cross in the student entrance for students, faculty and staff to write their Lenten resolutions. The cross will remain in the entrance through April 2 as a reminder to students of the Lenten practices of sacrifice, fasting and almsgiving.

Students video chat with Antarctic scientists
Science students gathered in Mrs. Laura Swessel's classroom on Friday for a video conference with the crew of the JOIDES Resolution, a research ship in the Ross Sea off the coast of Antarctica investigating the effects of climate change over the past 20 million years. Students were able to ask questions on the crew's mission.

Parents welcome to attend flamenco performance
The Spanish Club will host a professional flamenco performance for all students taking Spanish and French during fourth block tomorrow, Feb. 22. Parents are welcome to attend. Please sign in at the Main Office and proceed to the Robinson Auditorium.
Students pair vocational and Providence educations
Students with an interest in vocational subjects not offered at Providence such as engineering, nursing and culinary arts have an opportunity to take these classes at Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany. Students attend Prosser for half the day, either morning or afternoon, and Providence the remainder of the day. For students like junior Daryl Hunton, who is studying culinary arts, it's a chance to solidify college and career plans. She has enjoyed baking at home and had considered becoming a baker. For seniors Stephen Schroering, an architectural drafting and design student, and Ethan Barber, who is in flight school, Prosser offers a jumpstart on college classes. Read more
Golf teams play indoors thanks to donated golf sim
The Boys Golf and Girls Golf teams now have an opportunity to improve their golf skills year round thanks to a donation from former Providence parent Rick Wilson. Mr. Wilson won the hole-in-one putting contest at the Pioneer Golf Scramble in August 2016 and donated the proceeds back to Providence. The simulator was installed in the former campus store and allows golfers to practice in inclement weather. The program includes 35,000 different golf courses, including three local ones, so players can study the course and improve their shot thanks to the statistics provided after every shot, said Boys Golf Coach Victor Beeler '94Read more
Football team takes a Polar Plunge for a cause
The Football team won't start practice for another five months, but the boys still work as a team as shown in their c ommitment to raise money for Special Olympics Indiana by participating in the Borden Polar Plunge. For the second year in a row, the team won the Campus Award for being the top fundraiser of all participating schools by raising a little more than $4,000 - topping last year's contribution by about $60.

Juniors Collin Daugherty and James Hoke were two players who exceeded their fundraising goals. Collin raised $685, nearly $600 more than his $100 goal. He said he is grateful to his dad's employer and his parents, who put the fundraising link on their Facebook profiles.

It was Collin's second year wading into Deam Lake for the fundraiser. He said it's a difficult sprint into the cold water and back out again, but he's glad to do it to help others.

"It's a good cause," Collin said. "We're helping those who might not be able to participate in a team sport like we can and help them build their skills and have fun like we get to every day."

James raised $400 thanks to contributions from his parents, grandparents and friends. He said the water didn't seem any colder than last year, but it was snowing this year, and that made a big difference.

"The walk down (with many of the boys wearing only swim trunks) was very brutal because of the snow and how wet it was," James said, adding that it was worth it to help others have opportunities to compete in athletic events. "It means a lot to me as an athlete because I think everyone should have the opportunity to play a sport."
Sports news: Postseason results, honors
Boys Swim & Dive pleased with season success
The Boys Swim & Dive team had a strong season, with one of the largest
teams in recent years. The boys continued to improve throughout the season, said Coach Jim Pfeiffer, and several did well in the sectional. First-year diver junior Tanner Carver placed third in the diving sectional and 16th in the Bloomington North Regional last night.

The swim portion of the postseason includes sectional preliminaries and finals, with the top swimmers in each event advancing to state. Two swimmers advanced to the sectional finals in three events: senior Nick Katchur in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Kieran Kelly advanced in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Three relay teams also advanced to the finals. The 200-yard medley team of Kieran, Nick, sophomore Logan Applewhite, and junior Bryce Drury swam a season best time in the finals. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Bryce, sophomore Zach De Los Santos and juniors Sam LaMaster and Harry Green and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Sam, Bryce, Harry and Nick each set a season best time and the fastest time over the past three years as well.

Wrestlers finish in postseason
Junior Sam Hudlin wrapped up an outstanding wrestling season at the Evansville Semi-State earlier this month. He dropped a tough match to the eventual runner-up from Bloomington South. Teammate sophomore Chase Aldridge finished second in the South Regional and qualified for the Indiana Freshman/Sophomore Wrestling Championships.  
Girls Basketball players earn Academic All State honors
Three Girls Basketball players earned Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association academic honors. Senior Hannah Wolford was named First Team Academic All State, and seniors Sierra Brooks and Brinley Prather received Academic All State honorable mention. Hannah also was named to the IBCA Top 60 Workout, the list from which the Indiana All Star team will be chosen. 
Boys Basketball sectional announced
The Boys Basketball team will face Clarksville in sectional play at Paoli on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. The winner will then face the winner of the Henryville vs. Paoli game next Friday at 7:30 p.m. The finals will be Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 per game or $10 for an all-session pass.

Ali Hornung finalist for Freshman of the Year
Freshman Ali Hornung, a varsity Volleyball player, was a finalist for the National High School Freshman of the Year award.

Parent Notes: FAFSA Workshop, spring musical 
Stations of the Cross during Lent
Students can pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday after school during Lent. The prayer service will start at 3:05 p.m. in the Chapel. This week the  House of Justice and the House of Truth will lead the prayer.

ISTEP testing begins next week
ISTEP testing for eighth graders, freshmen, and sophomores begins next week in math, biology, and English/language arts. Students have been notified of the testing dates and times. They should take only a No. 2 pencil to the ELA test and a pencil and an approved calculator to the math and science tests. Students should get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before testing, and doctor's appointments should not be scheduled during testing times.

FAFSA Workshop tomorrow
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid should be completed by every senior for the upcoming college school year of 2018-19 using taxes from 2016. This application for financial aid should be completed for each year a student is enrolled in college or graduate school. Providence will offer a free workshop, with Mrs. Emily Losey and the director of financial aid from Ivy Tech. The workshop will be held at Providence on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Library from 3:15-6:00 p.m. Parents should bring their 2016 tax information and if arriving after 4:00 p.m., enter via the student entrance.

Spring Break weather make-up days
March 12-16 is reserved for weather make-up days, should Providence have to close for inclement weather and be unable to institute eLearning. The remaining week of Spring Break is March 19-23. Please also reserve May 4 for a weather make-up day, if needed.

Scholarships available to incoming freshmen
Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships. The Dale Durham Performing Arts Scholarship offers a $1,000 award to an incoming freshman interested in performing arts. Click here for the application. Essay and teacher recommendations required. The deadline is March 9, 2018.

The Providence Alumni Association Scholarship provides a free iPad to three incoming freshmen. Click here for more information. The application also requires an essay and teacher recommendation. Deadline is March 26, 2018.

Spring musical tickets on sale soon
Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar, the spring musical, will go on sale March 1. Tickets may be purchased via the school website and by calling (812) 945-2538 ext. 301. Tickets are $15 for show dates April 14 (7 p.m.), April 15 (2 p.m.), April 19 (7 p.m.), April 20 (7 p.m.) and April 22 (2 p.m.). Premiere Night is Friday, April 13, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the transformed Koetter Gym featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the premiere are $40 each.
Reunion planning for 2018
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary.
    Dates: March 9, June 8, Sept. 14, and Dec. 7, 2018
    Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick with questions
  • 1968: Golden Graduation Ceremony & Dinner April 14 at PHS. Invitations have been mailed.  50th reunion Sept. 1, 2018. Details to come.
  • Reunion planners needed for the following classes: 1963, 1973, 1988, 2003, and 2008.
Save the Date: Easter Egg Hunt
Alumni and Deanery families with young children are invited to the annual Providence Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. The free event includes photos with the Easter Bunny and other activities in the cafeteria (former Activity Center) beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the Easter egg hunt on the front field at 10:15 a.m. In case of steady rain, the event will be canceled. The event is sponsored by the Providence Girls Soccer team.
Fourth Senior Retreat coming up
The last Senior Retreat of the school year is March 6-9. For more information, contact Mrs. Leah (Cissell) Kelly '05 at
Check out the 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.
Grad's social media post gets worldwide attention
We've all heard stories about ordinary people posting a video or photo on social media and having the post go viral, such as the laughing woman in the Chewbacca mask. Kristin (Frederick) McGee '07 experienced that sort of "fame" recently after posting a before-and-after photo to social media forum Reddit one night. The photo soon appeared on several other online media outlets' sites and even was featured in an episode of the TV talk show The Doctors. McGee is taking the spotlight in stride - and using the opportunity to start her own blog.  Read more
Tyler Ettel '17 sets IUPUI track record
Former PHS Track state qualifier Tyler Ettel '17 won the 60m hurdles for the IUPUI men's track team at the Indianapolis Team Invitational. The freshman hurdler set a school record time of :08.26. 
Feb. 22: FAFSA Workshop
Feb. 23: Stations of the Cross
Feb. 25: National Honor Society Induction
Feb. 26: ISTEP testing begins
March 1: Powder Buff game
March 2: Third Quarter ends
March 6-9: Senior Retreat

Dear Lord, 

I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

From Creighton University's Online Ministries Praying Lent prayer guide

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

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