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January 22, 2020 - eVision News
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Homecoming, Catholic Schools Week spark excitement
These next two weeks are busy ones, with students preparing for Friday’s homecoming game followed by Catholic Schools Week next week. Activities this week include special spirit wear days, such as Sports Day yesterday and Twins Day today. Tomorrow, students may wear green or spirit wear for a $1 donation toward Lyme Disease research. Friday is a free Spirit Wear Day.

Other activities include two class competitions – a canned food drive/canned food sculpture contest and a dodgeball tournament. For the canned goods contest, students are collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items through Jan. 28. Students have this week and next to work with their classmates to design a large-scale sculpture by Jan. 29. The sculptures will be judged on Jan. 30, and the food will be donated to a local food pantry. The winning class will be announced at the Catholic Schools Week assembly on Jan. 31.

The dodgeball tournament will begin with playoffs on Sunday, Jan. 26. The top four boys’ and top four girls’ teams will compete at the assembly on Jan. 31. The two winning teams will compete against a faculty team (of the same gender) for the grand prize.

Additional Catholic School Week activities include:
  • Penny War, in which students bring in coins, bills, and checks to add to their class balance or take away from other classes. Donations benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children. All week.
  • Class lunches. Monday, Jan. 27.
  • Acts of Kindness Days: Students on Tuesday, Faculty/staff on Wednesday.
  • Liturgy: Thursday, Jan. 30.
  • Special dress down days: Monday: Mad for Plaid, Tuesday: Celebrating your Parish; Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday, Thursday: In uniform with shirt colors designated by class, and Friday: Spirit Wear.
More School News
Quick Recall wraps up season
By Coach Katie Aebersold

Varsity ended the regular season 5-6 with wins over DeSales, Holy Cross, Mercy, Assumption, and CAL.
Varsity earned an eight-seed at the league tournament but fell to nine-seed Assumption in the first round by one point! It was a well-played, close match.

The Varsity members of the team at the tournament included juniors: Grant Dierking, Allen Kruer, and Monica Nokes ; and seniors Logan Applewhite (captain), Nolan Banet, Claire Reyes, Jacob Sullivan , and Stephen Wilson .

The JV team finished  3-8 and were nine out of 12 in the rankings.
Student art decorates campus
Students in Ms. Stephanie LeBrun 's Drawing class brightened the school last semester with murals made out of colored painter's tape. The murals were created by the following students in the following locations:
  • Figures walking down Staircase (near the front office) by juniors Emily Kemp and Reese Bottorff and senior Faith Oakley.
  • Pioneers hidden around school (by Room 219 and around school) by sophomores Will Dykes and Max Person
  • Louisville cityscape (third floor above lockers across from Room 305) by seniors Avery Stumler and Kaylee Kaiser
  • Food falling (Cafeteria by the girls' restroom) by sophomores Sydney LaMaster, Maya Paris, and Addison Mills
  • Ketchup & Mustard (Cafeteria by serving line exit) by junior Weston Kaiser and Carson Happel
  • Fish Friends (Administrative Corridor) by juniors Michael Hamm, Alex Stoner, and Eman Martinez
STUDENT PROFILE
A look at the senior Winter Homecoming Court
The Winter Homecoming Court will be honored at the Homecoming Assembly on Friday, with the king being crowned at the assembly and the queen at halftime of the varsity Boys Basketball game on Saturday. The homecoming court includes freshmen Alex Kraft, Grace Purichia, Jaden Johnson , and Ben Kelly ; sophomores Maddie Beyl, Brooklynn Nolot, Alex Barnett , and Garrett Huber ; juniors Katie Beyl, Lilly Chapman, Isaac Ohlman and David Wall ; and seniors Nadia Brooks, Jessica Hartlage, Avery Stumler, Brynna Walthers, Andrew Henderson, Taylor Hensley, Sterling Huber, and Bryce Hutchins . Click Read more for the Q&A with the Senior Court.
PIONEER SPORTS NEWS
Girls Basketball Deanery Night tonight
The Girls Basketball team will host its Deanery Night when the team takes on Rock Creek at 7:00 p.m. All Deanery Girls Basketball players are asked to arrive by 6:45. Players and coaches should wear their Deanery team attire to receive free admission. The Deanery players will sit in a designated area and have free pizza. At halftime, members of the third/fourth grade Girls Basketball Academy and fifth-eighth grade Deanery teams will be honored.
Tennis coach acquires professional certification
Scott Gurgol , who coaches Boys Tennis and Girls Tennis, received his Professional Tennis Registry Certification for ages 11-17 this past December. The PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) is an internationally recognized tennis teaching certification program for tennis coaches. Professional is the highest level of certification. There are only 15 active professional certifications in the state of Indiana and only 12 in Kentucky. The PTR’s mission is to educate, certify, and service tennis teachers and coaches around the world to grow the game.

Athletic Director Mickey Golembeski said having a coach with that level of training elevates the tennis programs at Providence.

“Providence is very fortunate to have Coach Gurgol as a Professional Certified Tennis Coach for the boys’ and girls’ programs,” Golembeski said. “We’re very proud of Coach Gurgol’s recent certification.”

Coach Gurgol said he pursued the certification to challenge himself and to provide the best coaching possible at Providence.

"To me the certification is validation,” Coach Gurgol said. “Records and titles are more about the talented players I had than my own coaching ability. I wanted to prove to myself that I was coaching at the highest level.

"For Providence, it ensures that the student athletes are receiving professional level coaching. The same standard they expect for their academics is the same standard they get for athletics."
Coach Denison steps back from Football program
Coach Larry Denison ’86 announced his retirement from the Pioneer Football program after nine seasons as head coach. He was previously an assistant under the late Gene Sartini (Hon. ’93) for 17 years and has a total of 30 years coaching experience.

Coach Denison retires ranking 97th in the state’s Winningest Current Coaches listing, having reached the sectional finals the last three straight years, winning the 2A Sectional in 2017 and being named the News & Tribune ’s Coach of The Year in 2018. His sectional record was 11-8, boasting a 7-2 record in postseason play over the last three years.

Coach Denison played football at Providence and was part of teams that won sectional in 1982 and 1985. He played college football at Hanover College. He continues to teach social studies and will support the transition to the new head coach by sustaining off-season conditioning for the team.

He said he cherishes his memories as a player, assistant, and coach but looks forward to spending time with his family, including Samantha ’15, Erica ’17, Tori ’17, and freshman Sophia . From his youth, he dreamed of playing on the Providence field and as a player in college dreamed of returning to Murphy Stadium to coach.

“Providence Football has been such an important part of my entire life,” he said in a statement. “In 1994, I was blessed to be hired as a teacher and assistant coach with the dream of one day becoming head coach. In 2011, I was blessed to be hired as the head coach with dreams of leading the program to greatness and helping to turn the young boys in my care into young men, just like it did for me those many years ago.

“Now in 2020, comes the time for me to step aside with countless dreams accomplished, blessings from God, and great memories that Providence Football has given to me. I have cherished all the friendships I have made over these years with all the players, parents, coaches, and members of the Providence community.

“I want to thank the Providence administration for their support and giving me the chance to chase my dreams. I still love Providence and the Providence football program more than anything, and I hope for its continued success in the future.”
Allender to retire from Golf Program
Coach K en Allender announced his retirement after 10 years as Boys and Girls Golf coach, the last four with the girls’ program. Allender led teams to five state finals appearances, eight regionals, and a sectional championship in open class IHSAA.
Coach Allender secured hosting golf sectional at Covered Bridge and regional at Champions Pointe championships. He designed and implemented the Legends of Providence Golf Tournament, which has become one of the marquee events in the state.

The golf programs produced six student athletes who advanced to the collegiate level and several others who received college team offers. Allender also was instrumental in the advancing of facility upgrades to include a fully functional golf simulator for off-season training.

Coach Allender also coached his son, Mitchell ’15 , who went on to play men’s golf for a time at IUPUI, and daughter, Kennedy ’20 . In parting, Coach Allender said he wishes to thank the administration, student athletes, and the Providence community for their support and trust over the years.
More sports news: Player recognition, Cheer clinic
Boys Basketball player earns recognition
Junior Zack Johnson was a finalist for the WLKY Power Performance of the Week for this game-winning shot at the buzzer in the City Championship game over Clarksville. The Girls Basketball, JV Boys Basketball, and JV Girls Basketball teams each also defeated Clarksville in the City Championship series.

Cheer clinic on Saturday
The varsity Cheer Team is hosting a clinic for girls and boys grades preschool through eight on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Koetter Gym. Participants will learn sideline cheers and a short dance to perform at halftime of the Boys Basketball varsity game on Monday, Jan. 28. The participants will play games with their peers, learn valuable cheerleading skills, and enjoy a small snack that will be provided.

The cost for the clinic is $25 per participant for those who register by Jan. 15. Registration forms received after the 15th will be $30 per participant. The price includes a T-shirt for participants to wear during their performance. Shirts will be guaranteed for those who pre-register. Click here to download the registration form.
SPORTS SPOTLIGHT
This issue’s Sports Spotlight focuses on two members of the Girls Swim & Dive Team. Sophomore Cassandra Fetz is on the three-member dive team, and sophomore Sydney Lamaster is on the swim team. Girls Swim & Dive team has fewer members this season than the boys’ team, but they are still making a splash. Each meet, swimmers and divers continue to set personal records and improve over the season. The team will compete in the sectional preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Highland Hills Middle School. Click Read More for the Sports Spotlight Q&A.
PARENT CONNECTION
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.

Underclassman students are registering for classes for 2020-2021 this week. Click here to view the Program of Studies.
Be ready for eLearning
With winter underway, parents and students should be prepared for eLearning days should they be needed due to inclement weather. Click here for more information on eLearning.

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.
Freshman Registration Feb. 3
Registration for the Class of 2024 is Monday, Feb. 3, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Parents of incoming freshmen should have received information in the mail regarding the process, which includes an online portion and in-person registration on Feb. 3. Families are assigned a time slot by last name for in-person. Online registration should be completed prior to Feb. 3.

Families unable to attend during their designated time should call the Main Office at 812.945.2538 ext. 315. If school or registration is canceled due to inclement weather, the make-up date is Thursday, Feb. 6.

To view the Program of Studies online, click here . For financial questions, please call the Business Office (ext. 332); for technical questions, please call the IT Office (ext. 321), or for procedural questions, please call the Main Office. 
ALUMNI NOTES
Still time to win at the Big Game Tailgate Gala 2020
It’s not too late to join in the fun of Gala 2020, the Big Game Tailgate. Registration is still open (click here to register ) and Wheel of Chance tickets are still available (click here to view the list or purchase a chance), although many are very close to selling out.

Note: Item#2 “Time Out” for Dinner is sold out!

Check out a few of the Wheel of Chance items below:
No. 6: In the IU “Red Zone” $30
Four tickets to cheer on the Hoosiers as the men’s basketball team battles the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday, Feb. 23. Take a chance on these awesome 11th Row, Section B seats. Then enjoy dinner, purchasing apparel, or a night out in the famous college town with a $200 American Express gift card. (Compliments of Greg Oster ’82 )
No. 8: Louisville’s “MVP” $30
Four tickets to the University of Louisville men’s basketball team vs. Wake Forest on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Catch all the action from these great center court lower level seats at the KFC Yum Center (Section 106, Row Y, Seats 13-16). Enjoy dinner, purchasing apparel, or a night out after the game with a $200 American Express Gift Card. (Compliments of Libs Paving/Jeff and Cara Libs)
No. 9: “Snap” Your Fingers & Flowers Appear $30
Win a beautiful, fresh floral arrangement in a one-of-a-kind vase for each and every month of the year, including Valentine’s Day! Truly, this is the gift that keeps on giving!  (Compliments of Nance Floral Shoppe/ Carol Nance ’79 Coulter & Steve Nance ’76)
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.
Alumni Night rewards grads in attendance
Thank you to all alumni who attended Alumni Night this past Friday, Jan. 17. Fifteen lucky alumni won drawings for some crowd-pleasing PHS swag and gear including Angie (Schafer) Banet ’94, Corky Beatty ’90, Tom Hoyland ’68, Judy (Kalbfleisch) Huber ’61, Kenny Huber ’60, Conner Johnson ’14, Brian Julius ’95, Merle Kruer ’59, Bridget McCurdy ’76, Sandra (Smith) Naville ’70, John Oppelt ’14, Larry Richards ’90, Tess Stuber ’16, Kelly Vissing ’94 , and Rachel Wells ’14 . Watch for the next Alumni Night in the fall.
Enduring Friendships: '99 Classmates help friend in need
Members of the Class of 1999 jumped to action when they learned a classmate was undergoing a health and financial crisis. The Criterion covered the story. Click here to read about how Patty (Youngs) Belden '99 and Kelly (Schmidt) Duggins '99 organized a benefit for Norah (Trinkle) Kinderman '99 and her family.
BLUE PRIDE ON DISPLAY
Travel nursing pays off for alumni
Have job, will travel. Several alumni are taking this adage to heart by taking part in the growing need for travel nurses and health professionals, filling in gaps in staffing at hospitals around the country. From the outside, it looks like a chance to be paid to travel and to work on short-term assignments. And while the travel certainly is an allure, there are professional benefits as well, said Hannah Fontan ’12 , a registered nurse specializing in post-anesthetic care; Ashley (Ricks) Hebner ’11 , a registered nurse with a certification in pediatric emergency care; and Jacob Golembeski ’10 , an occupational therapist.
Coming Events
Jan. 21-24: Registration Week
Jan. 24: Winter Homecoming
Jan. 27-31: Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 31: Third Quarter Progress Reports posted
Feb 3: Incoming Ninth Grade Registration
Let Us Pray
Prayer for Life
O Mary,
bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life.

Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.

By St. Pope John Paul II
Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life, 105
Source:   Vatican.va
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Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84 
Director of Communications 
eVision reporter/writer
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