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February 5, 2020 - eVision News
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Homecoming, Catholic Schools Week focus on service
The last two weeks were busy ones as we celebrated Winter Homecoming and Catholic Schools Week. The Homecoming game included a crowning of the queen, senior Brynna Walthers , and senior Taylor Hensley as king. Joining them on the court were freshmen Grace Purichia, Alex Kraft, Jaden Johnson, and Ben Kelly; sophomores Maddie Beyl, Brooklynn Nolot, Garrett Huber, and Alex Barnett; juniors Katie Beyl, Lilly Chapman, Isaac Ohlmann, and David Wall; and seniors Nadia Brooks, Jessica Hartlage, Avery Stumler, Sterling Huber, Bryce Hutchins, and Andrew Henderson.

Catholic Schools Week included several dress-down days based on the theme of the national celebration: Learn, Lead, Serve, Pray, and Succeed. The all-school liturgy was a highlight of the week, and we thank the Deanery priests who concelebrated the Mass, including Fr. Kyle Rodden ’07 , who was the homilist. We also thank the Deanery youth ministers and staff members of Catalyst Catholic who attended the liturgy. 
The week also included three intense competitions between the classes. First was the Penny War, in which students’ donations of cash, checks, or pennies counted positively toward their point total, and silver coins counted against other classes’ totals. The seniors won, and the competition raised $3,500 to be donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children .

The seniors also won the dodgeball tournament, and the juniors won the canned goods sculpture contest.
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Students attend Pacers STEM Fair
This past weekend, 13 students along with Ms. Vander Woude and Mrs. Laura Swessel attended the Pacers STEM Fest at entered Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Students attending included sophomores Brandon Carl, Tyrone Davis, Hayden Vissing, Aidan Welch, and AJ Richards ; junior Luke Hesse ; and seniors Bryce Carl, Austin Grantz, Miranda Harley, Brynna Walthers, Ryan Drury, Maria Popson, and Andrew Henderson . The students participated in various activities and sessions related to topics in science, technology, engineering and math.
Spring musical tickets now on sale
Tickets are now available for the spring musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat . The show opens March 6 with the premiere. Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. Sunday matinee performances will be March 8 and 15. Purchase tickets in advance online or call the box office at 812-945-2538 x 301.
Students travel to attend national March for Life
Late last month, 17 students and Ms. Monica Vander Woude traveled to Washington, D.C., to join 400,000 people in the national March for Life. The students were members of groups from their parish youth ministry and the Deanery’s Catalyst Catholic youth organization. Deanery youth groups organize the trip every other year, so for some students, it was their second time going. For others, though, it was their first trip. Some are members of the Providence Pro-Life Group, which is sponsored by Ms. Vander Woude.

Freshman Isabelle Frey , sophomore Jake Miller, and senior Matthew Boehm made their first trip and found it an unforgettable experience. The three students said they went because they wanted to help raise awareness for the pro-life movement.

“I wanted to go to help protect the lives of unborn children who don’t have a voice to protect themselves,” said Matthew, who is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and traveled to the March with Catalyst Catholic.

Sophomore Mercedes Benjamin , who traveled with the St. Anthony Youth Ministry, made her second trip to the March and was eager to go again for the same reason.

“I have always strongly believed in the right for life and wished to march for those who can’t march for themselves,” Mercedes said. “March for Life is important to me because people from all over the country come to support the same cause.”

Seeing so many people sharing the same purpose was one of more memorable parts for the students, but the highlight was hearing Pres. Donald Trump speak to those at the rally. He was the first sitting president to address the rally in person.

“It was cool seeing the most pro-life president in my lifetime speak,” said Jake, who also traveled with St. Anthony Youth Ministry. “Everyone was cheering very loudly.”
Postseason updates: Girls Basketball, Girls Swim, Wrestling
The Girls Basketball team lost 43-29 to No. 11 Crawford County last night in the opening round of sectionals. The team ended its season 12-12. The season wrap up will appear in the next eVision .

Girls Swim & Dive will compete in the Floyd Central Sectional preliminaries on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Highland Hills Middle School natatorium. Because there are no regional tournaments, the sectional finals on Saturday serves as a “regional,” with the winner of each event qualifying for state, and the remaining 31 positions in each event determined by times of finishers in sectionals across the state. The swim sectional finals are at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Divers will compete at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and qualifiers will advance to Dive Regionals.
Senior Chase Aldridge will compete in the Jeffersonville Regional in the 126-pound weight class on Saturday, with competition starting at 10:00 a.m. Chase placed second in sectionals last weekend to qualify. Also placing, but not advancing, last weekend were junior Mike Vaughn at fifth, freshman Henry Lovan at sixth, and sophomore Roy Shrout at sixth in their weight class.

Of special note, Chase qualified for regional with his 112th win, moving him into a tie for fifth for all-time wins at Providence.
Cheer team competes in NCA Nationals
The Cheer Team traveled to Dallas, Texas, for NCA High School Nationals on Feb. 1-2. The team performed six times with different routines consisting of game day cheer, band chant, school song, and the performance division. They finished 5th overall, improving their score each day. The team will finish out its season by cheering on the Boys Basketball team and supporting the winter and spring sports. Tryouts for the 2020-2021 cheer team will be held April 20-22.
Student-athletes receive local recognition
Senior Sterling Huber was voted the Courier Journal Southern Indiana Athlete of Week on Jan. 14. The Boys Basketball player was nominated for scoring 35 points in the Pioneers’ wins against Clarksville and Shawe Memorial.

The News & Tribune has begun naming its NTSPY nominees and All Area Teams. Several of our student-athletes have been nominated.
  • Senior Courtney Glotzbach and junior Ali Hornung are NTSPY volleyball player of the year finalists. They also were named to the All-Area First Team along with senior Ceci Rush. Senior Maggie Purichia was named to the Second Team; and juniors Emma Kaelin and Anna Purichia were named to the Third Team. Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90 was named Volleyball Coach of the Year.
  • Senior Kennedy Allender was named to the NTSPY Girls Golf All-Area Second Team and juniors Reese Bottorff and Lily Chapman, and seniors Jessica Hartlage and Kasey Lockard received Honorable Mention.
Special events, teams for Deanery students
Boys Basketball hosting Military Appreciation, Deanery events
Boys Basketball is hosting two special nights this month. Friday, Feb. 14, is Military Appreciation Night for all active duty or military veterans who are Providence Basketball fans. Military members in the stands will be honored at halftime of the boys’ game vs. New Albany game. The varsity game tipoff is at approximately 7:30 p.m. Military members wanted to be recognized should RSVP to bjdenman@gmail.com or 502.541.3210 with the individual’s name, and a game ticket and a concession stand voucher will be at the main gate for each military member attending. The voucher will Include a game ticket, drink and a popcorn.

On Feb. 21, all Deanery and Providence Academy players and their families are invited to attend a pizza party during the JV game when the teams face North Harrison. Pizza will be served between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Larkin Center balcony behind the team bench. More information will be in the next eVision and is on the school Facebook page. To attend, please RSVP to bjdenman@gmail.com or 502-541-3210 by Friday.

Middle School Bowling League starting soon
Middle School Bowling League information meeting is Feb. 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Blackiston Bowl for interested fifth through eighth graders and their parents. The middle schoolers will also receive one free game of bowling and shoes.
Girls Basketball participates in service activity
The Girls Basketball team recently partnered with St. Vincent DePaul from Holy Family and delivered food and furniture to those in need in our community.
Football coach vacancy
The Athletic Department is accepting applications for head coach of the Football Program. Within the framework of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and IHSAA guidelines, this professional must create a vision for success and develop a mission that characterizes high standards for our student-athletes. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
·          Bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred (in teaching or related field)
·          Five or more years as a paid high school varsity head or assistant coach
·          Playing experience at the high school and college level
·          Community youth football program development and integration
·          An array of experiences, competitive strategies and tactics to support success
For immediate consideration candidates must submit a letter of introduction, current CV/resume, and salary history on or before Feb. 21 to Mr. Mickey Golembeski , athletic director, PHSAthletics@Providencehigh.net . For more information, click here .
This issue’s Sports Spotlight focuses on two members of the Boys Swim team, which is having a strong season with strong performances in several meets, with swimmers setting personal records at each event. This Sports Spotlight focuses on junior Kieran Kelly and sophomore Zach Applewhite . Kieran has been swimming since first grade, starting at the YMCA-New Albany swim team. Zach has been swimming most of his life and joined a swim team 12 years ago because he loved swim lessons.
Dual credit courses will continue
Providing our students the opportunity to earn dual credits as another way to prepare for college has long been a priority at Providence and continues to be. With Indiana University Southeast no longer partnering with us in the Bridge to College program, our administrators and faculty worked diligently to fill in the gaps. As a result, students can continue to take the same courses taught by IUS faculty but with different options. IUS Economics will now be offered as ACP Economics through IU Bloomington and taught by the same IUS adjunct professor. IUS Psychology and IUS Business will now be offered via Ivy Tech Community College and taught by the same professors who previously taught them via IUS.

Additionally, IUS Sociology, which was not offered this year, is tentatively scheduled to be offered next spring via Ivy Tech. Providence also will be offering a new AP computer science course. ACP and Ivy Tech Courses provide three to five hours of college credit that will transfer to any Indiana college. To earn college credit for AP courses, students must earn a 3 or higher on the end-of-year AP exam.
Immunization reminders
Parents of juniors: This is a reminder of the two required immunizations that must be completed prior to the 2020-2021 school year: a booster dose of MCV4 and the Hepatitis A vaccine. Documentation from your doctor that the vaccine has been administered will be required prior to the first day of school in August.
In-Service Day
Monday, Feb. 17, is an In-Service Day for faculty, and no classes will be held. School will resume on Feb. 18 with a B Day and BLUE Day schedule.

FAFSA Workshop for seniors
Confused about filing the FAFSA? The FAFSA Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Library from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students and parents should enter through the student entrance by the Chapel. The director of financial aid at Ivy Tech will be present to help with the completion of the FAFSA and with questions. Senior students and their parents are invited to attend and to complete the FAFSA and/or have their questions answered.
Reunion dates for 2020

Reunion planning season is starting for the class years ending in 5 and 10. If you don't see your class below, contact  Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83  at rstumler@providencehigh.net

2020 reunions. Contact Ronda Stumler to start your planning now!
  • 1955: 2020 Quarterly Gatherings - March 13, June 12, Sept. 11, and Dec. 4, 2020. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1958: 2020 Luncheon Gathering: June 19, 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. For more information, contact Mimi Paris at 812.246.1020.
  • 1970: Golden Diploma Event compliments of PHS on March 7, 2020. Contact Ronda Stumler for details at rstumler@providencehigh.net or 812.945.3350 ext 224. 1970 Class Reunion given by and for the class on Sept. 19, 2020. Contact Kathy Kull at 502.558.0173 or Laura Baker Buehler at 812.923.5260.
Class of 1970 invited to Golden Diploma
 Members of the Class of 1970 are invited to attend the Golden Diploma Dinner compliments of PHS on March 7. The dinner is free and includes the opportunity to order a discounted ticket to the spring musical performance of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Invites have been mailed. For more information, contact Ronda Stumler for details at  rstumler@providencehigh.net  or 812.945.3350 ext 224.
Thank you for your Gala 2020 support
By Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 , director of alumni and special events

The 2020 Gala “Big Game Tailgate” theme was different from other years in that it was a casual affair where jeans and jerseys were not only acceptable but welcomed. In the play book of events it was a huge success. A terrific crowd showed up for the “Big Game” event, and there was no shortage of “school spirit” among this energetic crowd. They not only looked the part in their NFL jeans and jerseys but they also showed their BLUE PRIDE by helping us to not only meet, but exceed, last year’s sales for the Silent and Live Auctions!
Organizing an event of this magnitude takes an entire team of leaders, volunteers and donors. So we would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to the many people who make this event possible. This year, our event sponsors included:
  • Blue Pride Sponsors – Coyle Chevrolet, German American Bank, Globe Mechanical, Huber's Orchard & Winery, Koetter Construction, MAC Construction, and Norton Healthcare
  • Blue & White Sponsors – Don Forsee DDS/Southern Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Inc. and Koetter Woodworking
  • Providence Way Sponsors – Beach Bum Vacation, Board and You, McAlister's Deli, and Nicholson Printing
  • Providence Friends Sponsor – Archadeck of Louisville, Bill (Hon. ’14) and Juanita Beach, Community Transitional Services, and The Locker Room
  • Band Sponsors – Edward Jones Advisors/ Bill Kaiser ’91 and Greg Nash ’92, Matt ‘89 & Jennifer Jorden, Luxe Realty/Allison Uhl, and Momentum Title Agency/Laurie Kemp. 
  • Cruise Sponsor – Bliss Travel/Mark Bliss
  • PHS Tumbler Sponsor- Steve and Angie (Grantz ’83) Koopman

We also extend our sincere gratitude to the more than 140 businesses and individuals who donated items and financial support for the Silent and Live Auctions. 

A big shout-out to our talented emcee and auctioneer, Matt Frossard '04 (Sounds Unlimited Productions) and Hunter Harritt ‘09 (Harritt Insurance/Harritt Group), for once again entertaining us while keeping things moving throughout the night. And a special thank you to this year’s special attraction, the crowd-pleasing 100% Poly Band and its energetic members; Robert Eichenberger, Matt Jorden ’89, Maddy Lobeck, Jay Scott (former PHS asst. boys soccer coach), John Spitznagel and Cobi Stein ’87. 

Like every good game, the Gala requires a good coaching staff. Leading the efforts for this Big Game was Director of Special Events and Alumni Relations Ronda (Miller ’83) Stumler . Her energy and vision led the Pioneer Gala staff to a victorious event. But victory would not have been possible without the leadership of Gala Chair Tricia Wall, and the diligent working team on the Gala Committee: Emily Banet, DeAnn (Kaiser ’82) Burns, Susan (Oster ’83) DeVall, Kathy (Wilson ’81) Ernstberger, Angie (Grantz ’83) Koopman, Stephanie (Mayfield ’99) Mauk, Barbara Strahm, and Allison Uhl.

The work of the following volunteers and staff who toil behind the scenes and help make things run smoothly on the day of the event is also gratefully acknowledged: Doug Banet ’83, Ann (Chovan '89) Barnett, Fred Ernstberger ’81, Debbie Fackler, Sue (Crone '82) Glordan, Julie (Datillo '80) Harper, Bill & Lynn Hesse, the Huber Orchard & Winery staff, Tricia Huber, Kaylee Kaiser '20, Emma Kempf '16, Stephanie Koopman '20, Steve Koopman, Marguerite (Book ’69) Mayfield, Dave Smith, Andrew Stumler ’16, Avery Stumler, Dewayne Stumler '82, Grant Stumler ’18, and  Lisa (Naville ’99) Zwissler.

To all who contributed to this wonderful and successful evening, thank you!
Mrs. Schueler receives PHS Guerin Award
As is the tradition during Catholic Schools Week, a member of the faculty and staff received the Providence St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award. This year’s recipient was Mrs. Karen (Popp) Schueler ’83 , who is the director of learning support services. She will represent Providence at the National Catholic Education Association Conference in Baltimore, Md., April 14-16.
Coming Events
Feb 11-14: Second Senior Retreat
Feb. 17: Faculty In-Service
Feb. 18: Deanery Academic Olympics
Feb. 20: FAFSA Workshop
Let Us Pray
A Valentine Prayer
Dearest Heavenly Father,

I want to thank you for the precious gift of love you have given to the world and to me. Thank you for blessing me every day with this love and the power and strength that I get from you every single day. Without your love for me I can't be....I can't function....I can't even breathe...because I NEED your love to sustain me. It's like food and medicine for my soul, Lord.

Please continue to let me feel your comforting love in my life, and Lord I give myself over to you to perfect in me this gift of love...that I may be able to express it and share it with others. Lord...I have not always been good at this...forgive me. Lord...some people are harder to love than others...but I want to be like your Son Jesus...so please continue the work you are doing in my heart so my heart will be like yours. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Source:   Catholic.org
Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84 
Director of Communications 
eVision reporter/writer
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