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January 8, 2020 - eVision News
Serving Parents, Alumni, and Friends of Providence High School
Gala Early Bird Registration deadline coming soon
Don’t miss out on the chance to save on your registration fee for the PHS Gala Dinner & Auction. You'll save $15 off the $75 ticket price by registering now. Early Bird Registration ends Tuesday, Jan. 15. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 1 -- the night before the "Big Game" with dinner, dancing, fellowship, and fundraising -- at Huber Orchard & Winery from 6:00 p.m. until midnight.

Click here to register .

You also don’t want to miss out on your 1-in-30 chance at winning great prizes from our Wheel of Chance. Click here to view the full list of Wheel of Chance items and make your purchase. Chances are going fast, so get yours today.

Note: Item No. 2: “Time Out” for Dinner is sold out.

Check out a few of the items below:
Item No. 1: Bet on the “Big Game”
Winners of each of these four Big Games go home with $500 in cash. Only 30 chances will be sold per $500 prize. (Compliments of Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC)
Item No. 3: “Touch down” in Destin
Escape to Florida and go to sunny Sandestin for seven-nights filled with fun, sun, and relaxation. You will stay in a charming cottage condo on the eighth tee of one of four golf courses at the Sandestin Resort. Dates are subject to availability. (Compliments of Don ’57 and Joyce Day )
Item No. 5: “Kick off” with the Colts
Kick off your football season at Lucas Oil Stadium with the Indianapolis Colts! The lucky winner will receive two tickets to an AFC South opponent game. Includes a $200 American Express Gift Card. (Compliments of Ray Blunk ’64)
More School News
Students learn engineering skills
Intro to Engineering class gives students the opportunity to learn basic engineering concepts by applying them to real life problems. This year, the first semester class worked to solve a problem with the Heliponix GroPod unit in Mrs. Laura Swessel ’s classroom.
Campus updates continue
Work continues on developing the newly acquired property in the front of school. The old asphalt parking lot has been removed, and the topsoil is being graded. Seeding for a new lawn will begin in spring as we develop further funding and plans for the new space. Until then, a temporary fence will be added from the southwest corner of the tennis courts to the driveway to protect the practice field from errant traffic.

Interior construction in the Marshall Foundation Providence Athletic Center (the new entrance to Murphy Stadium) continues. Work is underway to finish out the bathrooms and showers on the lower floor, which will complement the two locker rooms completed in 2019. When the work is complete, outdoor teams will have full access to the locker rooms and shower areas.
Faculty celebrate the holiday
Before the break, the teachers and staff brought a little Christmas cheer to the school day with an Ugly Sweater Contest, cookie exchange, and chili cook-off. Mr. Bart Makowski '87 , religion teacher, won the Ugly Sweater Contest. Mrs. Amelia Goffinet (study hall monitor/school nurse), Ms. Debbie Fackler (assistant to the president), and Mrs. Kelly Swartz (administrative assistant) won the chili contest.
School-wide food drive to begin
Providence will celebrate Winter Homecoming on Jan. 24, and the week of Jan. 21-24 will be full of activities, including a school-wide canned food drive. The goal is for each class to collect hundreds of cans and nonperishable food items and then create a large sculpture with them. The food drive will be held Jan. 13-28, with sculptures complete by Jan. 29. Judging will be Jan. 30, and the canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry. Other activities during Homecoming Week include various themed dress-down days. The following week is Catholic Schools Week, which also will have various spirit activities. More information will be in the next eVision .
Senior named Lilly Endowment Scholar
Senior Brynna Walthers is one of four local Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. This scholarship covers all tuition costs to an Indiana college or university plus $900 a year in books and fees. Previous Providence recipients are Sarah Posante ’15, Tori Denison ’17, and Ethan Furnish '18

Brynna is thrilled and honored to receive the award, she said. She also is grateful for everyone who supported her, including her eighth grade teachers at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and her Providence teachers “who have pushed me to do my best. They saw my potential and pushed me to achieve great things.”

She also said she is grateful to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and the Lilly Endowment for the scholarship. To show her appreciation, Brynna said she looks forward to earning her law degree and being able to return to the community and share her gifts.

“I hope someday I can make a difference in my community,” Brynna said. “I can’t wait to work super hard in the future to give back to the community that has supported me, and I can’t wait to give back to Providence in the future.”

Brynna is a Volleyball player, a member of Green Dot, National Honor Society, Girls Bowling, Pinterest Club, Pro Life Club, and House of Justice . She is the senior executive delegate for the House of Justice and a Student Ambassador. As a junior, she represented Providence in the NEXGEN leadership program. She said her favorite activities are tutoring through National Honor Society and representing Providence as a Student Ambassador.

Brynna is waiting on her acceptance from Purdue University, where she plans to major in history or political science before going on to law school. She has not applied to any other Indiana schools and chose Purdue after attending multiple volleyball summer camps on campus.

“I really love the feel of the environment there,” Brynna said.  
Bowling Team heads to sectional
The Bowling Team wrapped up its regular season and started sectional play this week. The girls ended with a 133.5-44.5 record and the boys at 85-95. Seventeen bowlers qualified for individual sectionals, which were held Monday: seniors Maria Popson, Brynna Walthers , and Elle O'Bannon and sophomores Kadie O'Bannon, Peyton Kruer, and Catherine Pfeiffer for the girls, and seniors Bryce Carl, Andrew Henderson, Michael Morra, and Christian Tate ; juniors Aaron Burke and Andrew Gaines ; and sophomores Brandon Carl, Brayden Gronotte, Caleb Heiligenberg, Jack Kaiser, and Cooper Wilmes for the boys.

Christian came in first in the qualifying round and then placed second overall during the playoff. He will advance to the individual regional representing Providence and the Southern Hills Conference next Saturday in Jasper.

The team competition is today at 4:15 p.m. at Blackiston Bowl. Providence is only one of three schools in the Southern Hills Conference with both a boys’ and girls’ team competing in sectional. If they win or qualify, the teams will also play next Saturday in Jasper.
Student athletes receive recognition
Holiday Tourney queen candidate, all-tourney team
As we returned from Christmas Break, the Boys Basketball team competed in the annual Silver Creek Holiday Tournament. Senior Kaylee Kaiser represented Providence in the tournament’s Queen Contest. The team advanced to the finals after defeating Clarksville 53-50 but lost to No. 13 3A Silver Creek 78-43. Seniors Sterling Huber and Austin Grantz were named to the holiday tournament’s All-Tourney Team.

Fall sports athletes continue to receive honors
The Courier Journal completed the naming of its Southern Indiana All Area teams, honoring the following:
  • Making the Boys Soccer team were juniors Josh Gettelfinger, Luke Hesse, and Evan Scott, and senior Alex Lancaster
  • Named to the Girls Soccer team are senior Kaylee Kaiser, Avery Stumler, and Brigid Welch were chosen.
  • Making the Cross Country team was senior Natalie Boesing.
  • Making the All-Area Football team were seniors Bishop Edwards, Colin Flake, and Alec Fougerousse. Additionally, three players were named to IFCA Academic All-State: seniors Austin Barnett, Andrew Henderson, and Henry Jones. Colin also received an honorable mention for the Associated Press All-State team.
  • Three Volleyball players were nominated for Courier Journal Volleyball Player of the Year as well as to the All-Area Teams: junior Ali Hornung and seniors Courtney Glotzbach and Ceci Rush.
Cheer clinic coming soon
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.
This issue’s Sports Spotlight focuses on two members of the Wrestling Team. Senior  Chase Aldridge  has been wrestling for about 10 years and is expected to advance in the postseason in the 132-pound weight class. He also plays football and is in the  House of Courage . Freshman  Luke French  is in his first year of wrestling at Providence, having gotten interested in the sport at his cousins’ encouragement. He competes in the 126-pound weight class. He is in the  House of Faith  and in the offseason likes to do CrossFit. Click Read More to read their Q&As.
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 will register for classes for 2020-2021 this month. Click here to view the Program of Studies.
In-Service Jan. 20
There will be no classes on Monday, Jan. 20. Teachers will be participating in an in-service activity.

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.
Registration Week coming soon
Registration Week for current students begins Jan. 21. Students soon will receive their recommended course placements for 2020-2021 based upon the performance in current classes.

Parents of students in grades nine through 11 should complete the online registration process and pay the $100.00 registration fee between Friday, Jan. 10, and Sunday, Jan. 19, via Skyward Family Access in preparation for Registration Week. The 2020-2021 Program of Studies can be found on the Providence website to provide course descriptions.

Between Jan. 21 and 24, students will meet one on one with a counselor or administrator to discuss and solidify their course selections for next school year.
For questions concerning the registration process, please contact the Business Office (812-945-2538 x 285) for financial questions or Mrs. Kelly Swartz in the Main Office for technical/procedural questions.
Recognition plaques, display made more visible
Visitors entering the ground floor corridor opposite the Principal’s Office will notice a newly-painted wall, bold signage, and several donor recognition plaques in this area. The three plaques and large bronze “giving tree” have been relocated from what was the lobby area of the former Aquinas Center, which has not been used as a building entrance in some time. Providence administration felt that it was time to honor these “Pioneers of Support” in a visible way and arranged for the relocation over the holiday break.

The giving tree itself was a gift in memory of Mrs. Valerie Lander , mother of Diane Lander-Simon ’69 and Valerie (Lander) McCarthy ’69 and acknowledges donors to the 1995-96 building campaign that connected the old convent to the main school building.

The large “Lobby” plaque was erected in appreciation of the Ambrose and Mary Rose Kruer family, whose members were enrolled in each PHS class for more than 50 years. The remaining plaque is in recognition of the gift by Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. “Ned” Pfau Jr. for the elevator at that end of the building.

We once again express our gratitude to all those Pioneers of Support for their contributions to Providence.
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.
Providence friendships last a lifetime
Many of our alumni comment on how much they value the lifelong friendships they made while students here. With students coming from three counties and even Louisville, these friendships may not have been made without their attending Providence. The small school and strong community enhance these connections and forge bonds that last for decades.

In the next Vision magazine, scheduled to mail later this month, several of these friend groups will be highlighted, including these two groups from the Class of 1969, which will celebrate its 50th reunion this year. If you are part of an enduring friend group, please email a photo and description to news@providencehigh.net .
Coming Events
Jan. 10: Scholarship Spirit Wear Day
Jan. 13-28: Canned food drive
Jan. 15: Gala Early Bird deadline
Jan. 20 : Faculty In-service; No classes
Jan. 21-24: Registration Week
Jan. 24: Winter Homecoming
Let Us Pray
New Year's Prayer
As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends.

Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, color or creed.

Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day. Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.

Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.

May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.

- Rev. Marcy Sheremetta

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