Gala is coming soon
The Gala Auction & Dinner: An Evening of Mystery & Intrigue is less than two weeks away, and it's going to be our best ever! We have a record number of RSVPs, but there is still room for more. Tickets are $70 each and include a delicious buffet dinner at Huber Orchard & Winery's Plantation Hall, live and silent auctions, Wheel of Chance, and dancing with music by 100% Poly. RSVP online, or contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at for more information.

Wheel of Chance items can be purchased in advance, and at least five are already sold out - #1 Bank Heist, #2 Mystery Dinner at Orange Clover, #6 Paint B-Town Red (IU tickets), #7 Dine and Dash, and #10 Lady Luck. Other items are going quickly, but you can still buy a chance on #3 Great Escape (condo rental in sunny Sandestin), #4 That's the Ticket -(box seats during Derby Week), #5 Need a Little Luck (2019-2020 Indianapolis Colts AFC home game for two), #8 House of Cards (U of L vs. Virginia on Feb. 23), and #9 Mum's the Word (monthly flower delivery from Nance's Floral Shoppe). Due to Indiana Gaming laws, Wheel of Chance items must be purchased by cash or check. Mail your ticket order so that it is received by Jan. 24, or buy your tickets in person at the event.

If you're not able to attend, you can still bid on our silent auction through One Cause (formerly BidPal). Watch for an email next week with a link to the event website, where you will be able to view the live and silent auction items and then participate in the silent auction starting the afternoon of the Gala on Jan. 26.

Here's a sneak peak at some of the Gala auction items:

Golf and overnight stay at Victoria National Golf Course plus a 
certificate for $500 worth of food and beverages at Victoria National. Dates are subject to availability. (Compliments of  Vaughn and Jill (Kraft '91) Scott)

Box for six at Churchill Downs on Thurby (May 2), located just beyond the finish line and under cover in Section 314, Row G/Clubhouse 3rd Floor. (Compliments of Andrew Schmitt in memory of Everett "Ev" Day)

Private wine tasting at Turtle Run in Lanesville for 12 people with Jim Pfeiffer, 
master winemaker, along with a basket of the winery's most popular items. Dates subject to availability. ( Compliments of Turtle Run Winery/Jim & Laura Pfeiffer )

Gift certificate redeemable for $1,000 in orthodontic treatment & care at Mischler Orthodontics plus an Oral-B Pro 1000 Crossaction Rechargeable Toothbrush, two T-shirts, and a variety of oral care products. (Compliments of William A. Mischler, D.M.D)

School News: Retreats, Bowling, Homecoming, more
Juniors make faith, personal connections on retreat
The second group of juniors recently participated in an overnight retreat at Mt. St. Francis. The retreat is a precursor to the Senior Retreat, with witness talks, small group discussions, and prayer activities. The students enjoyed the chance to make deeper connections with one another and with God. Read more.

Bowling Teams advance one to regional
The Bowling teams finished their season recently. The Girls Bowling team was successful at recruiting more members this year and had a strong season against other local girls' teams, with a 16-4 record. Overall, the team was 33-57, however, including competing against co-ed and boys' teams. At sectionals, the team placed second, which was not enough to move on to regionals. 

As individuals, all six girls placed in the top 20 at sectionals: Junior Elle O'Bannon finished in 10th with a 340 series, senior Nicole Frazier 13th place with a 331 series, senior Kaylee Hoke 15th place with a 298 series, senior Anna Thomas 17th place with a 296 series, junior Claire Culwell 18th place with a 283 series, and senior Daryl Hunton 19th place with a 272 series.

The Boys Bowling Team finished with a 56.5-33 record and placed fifth as a team at sectionals. As individuals, two players placed in the top 20, with sophomore Andrew Gaines moving on to regionals on Jan. 19 with an 8th place finish and a 515 series. Senior Christian Tate had a 13th place with a 461 series. 

Coach Laura Swessel said she is proud of the teams' efforts, especially since 11 of the 21 bowlers improved their averages by at least 10 pins throughout the season.

Students explore political leadership at Lugar Symposium
Juniors Maria Popson, Andrew Henderson, and Claire Reyes attended the Lugar Leadership Symposium at the University of Indianapolis in December and are grateful for what they learned. The day began with an address by former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and a photo opportunity afterwards. The students then chose two breakout sessions to attend, learning about topics from immigration to the upcoming 2020 primary. Read more.

Fr. Eric celebrates final liturgy at PHS
Fr. Eric Johnson, our former chaplain as well as dean of the New Albany Deanery and pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, is leaving for a new assignment as vicar for Clergy, Religious and Parish Life Coordinators as well as vice chancellor for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He took time to celebrate morning Mass at Providence one more time before he left. We will miss him and keep him in our prayers.

Homecoming Court announced
Congratulations to the members of the Winter Homecoming Court. Homecoming is Friday, Jan. 25.
  • Freshmen: Rachel Burns, Allison Mercer, Jaxon Taylor, and Lazlo Langness
  • Sophomores: Katie Huff, Anna Purichia, Evan Scott, and Ryley Gunther
  • Juniors: Sterling Huber, Bryce Hutchins, Jessica Hartlage, and Kaylee Kaiser
  • Seniors: Matthew Nokes, Isaac Coker, Griffin Rogers, Hayden Burke, Ali Conrad, Grace Hublar, Cameron Tyler, and Brooke Williams.

House of Integrity wins Second Quarter challenge The House of Integrity came out on top of the points challenge in a close race with the House of Faith. Integrity with join the Houses of Justice and Loyalty in the House Cup finals in the spring.

Junior enjoys local leadership program
Junior Brynna Walthers had the opportunity to represent Providence in the NEXGEN leadership program for local juniors during the fall semester. She said she enjoyed the opportunity to tour local sites and
businesses and meet with business leaders and owners, including Ian Hall '94, owner of several New Albany restaurants including The Exchange. She also was part of a group that volunteered at St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities.

Brynna said she learned a lot from the experience, especially how businesses work and what it takes to be successful in business. She also received insight into a variety of careers and the future of those careers.

"I liked being able to talk to CEOs and managers of companies," she said. "I just thought it was a cool experience."

Brynna said she recommends that students sign up to participate. So many local students signed up for this school year that the normally year-long program was broken into two one-semester sessions, but she was the only Providence student in the fall. She liked being able to make friends with students from other schools, but she hopes more Providence students sign up.

"I definitely recommend it so they can get a taste of our community and meet other people and interact with people their age from other schools," she said. "There are a lot of takeaways. It definitely was not a waste of time but was well worth it."
Pioneer Profile: Wrestling
This issue's Pioneer Profile focuses on two members of the Wrestling team: Senior Noah Liter, a four-year wrestler in the 145 pound weight class and junior Chase Aldridge, a third-year wrestler in the 126 pound weight class. The Wrestling team competes in sectional on Jan. 26 at Jeffersonville.
Sports News: Girls Basketball service project, student-athletes receive recognition

Girls Basketball team 
participates in veteran tradition
In late December the Girls Basketball team participated in its service project at the National Cemetery in New Albany. The girls placed pennies on the grave markers of deceased military veterans, a tradition that is a signal to the soldiers' family that someone has visited their gravesite to pay their respects.

The team was inspired to participate in this tradition by Track Coach Jeanne Luther '82, whose family learned of the tradition after the recent sudden death of her nephew, a decorated veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Girls Basketball players recognized
Girls Basketball players Natalie Boesing and Brigid Welch have each been recognized as top performers recently. Natalie, a junior, was named the co-IBCA/Subway Player of the Week for District 3 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. She also was nominated twice as a top performer of the week, for the week of Jan. 7-14 and in late December, by IndyStar. Her most recent nomination was for scoring 41 points - a school record - plus 11 rebounds against Charlestown and then scoring 27 points with 12 rebounds the next day in the team's win over Henryville. She is averaging 20.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. In December, her nomination was for the 29 points and 14 rebounds she scored against New Albany. She also was named the News & Tribune Player of the Week for the New Albany game as well as for her 28 points and eight rebounds in the team's 57-49 loss to Lanesville.

Brigid, also a junior, was nominated as Courier Journal Player of the Week earlier this month for scoring a team-high 16 points in the team's 55-16 win over Clarksville in the City Championship, in which she also was named the MVP.
Fall sports athletes honored
Several student-athletes and coaches were recognized for their performances in the fall season.



  • Coach Larry Denison '86 was named Courier Journal Southern Indiana Coach of the Year. 
  • Senior James Hoke was named Courier Journal Southern Indiana Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the newspaper's Southern Indiana All-Area Football Team.
  • Senior Kaden Williams is a nominee for the Courier Journal Football Player of the Year and member of the newspaper's Southern Indiana All-Area Football Team. 
  • Kaden also was named to the 2018 Associated Press Class 2A All State First Team as a running back. James  and senior Brandon Schafer received honorable mentions to the 2A All State team, with James as a linebacker and Brandon as a kicker/punter.
  • Brandon as well as juniors Peyton DeLucio, Bishop Edwards, and Alex Fougerousse, and seniors Sam Hudlin, Nolan McCain, Kaleb McCubbins, and Kevin Smith were named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Football Team.
  • Senior Hayden Burke was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Academic All-State Team.

Boys Tennis: Senior Carson Carrico was named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Boys Tennis Team.



  • Senior Lilly Bivens and sophomore Ali Hornung are nominees for Courier Journal Volleyball Player of the Year and also were named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Volleyball Team, as was senior Hanna Mitchell.
  • Ali also is a finalist for the News & Tribune NTSPY Volleyball Player of the Year and a member of the newspaper's Volleyball All-Area First Team along with Lilly. Hanna was named to the News & Tribune All-Area Second Team, and receiving honorable mention were senior Madison Kruer and juniors Courtney Glotzbach, Maggie Purichia, and Ceci Rush, and sophomore Anna Purichia.
  • Ali is a candidate for National Sophomore of The Year by, and Lilly was nominated for the 2018 Andi Collins Award for best setter in the country.

Girls Golf: Senior Ellie Mayberry was named to the Courier-Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Girls Golf Team and to the News & Tribune Girls Golf All-Area Second Team. Senior Alex Henderson and junior Kennedy Allender received honorable mention to the News & Tribune team.


Girls Cross Country: Junior Natalie Boesing was named to the Courier-Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Girls Cross Country team and to the News & Tribune Girls Cross Country All-Area Second Team.


Boys Soccer: 

  • Senior Austin Hughes is a nominee for Courier Journal Boys Soccer Player of the Year and was named to the newspaper's Southern Indiana All Area Boys Soccer team as were sophomores Luke Hesse and Evan Scott, and junior Alex Lancaster
  • Austin also is a finalist for the News & Tribune NTSPY Boys Soccer Player of the Year and on the newspaper's All-Area First Team. Alex also is on the All-Area First Team, and on the second team are Luke and Evan as well as seniors Joe Gryboski and Sam Kruer. Senior Emmanuel Zarate received honorable mention.

Girls Soccer: 

  • Junior Carlie Miller and senior Jacqueline Scott were named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All Area Girls Soccer team.
  • Jacqueline was named to the News & Tribune Girls Soccer All-Area First Team as was junior Avery Stumler. Making the All-Area Second Team were Carlie and junior Lauren Lindquist.
Parent Notes: Registration, immunization, in-service
Current student registration for 2019-2020 underway
Reminder to parents of current freshmen, sophomores and juniors to log on to Skyward to complete the first step in registration for the 2019-2020 school year. The online registration, which includes a $100 registration fee, should be completed by Sunday, Jan. 20, so that students can meet with their counselor as scheduled between Jan. 22 and 24. More detailed instructions about the process were included in the letter from Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger '74 accompanying students' first semester grades.

If you have any questions concerning the registration process, please contact the Business Office for financial questions at 812-945-2538 x 317, the IT Office for technical questions at 812-945-2538 x 321 or Assistant Principal, Director of Academics, Kerry Gerber at 812-945-2538 x 314 for procedural questions. The 2019-2020 Program of Studies can be found on the Providence website. 

New freshmen registration in February
Registration conferences for incoming freshmen for the 2019-2020 school year will be in the Robinson Auditorium lobby on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., according to last name. An online enrollment portion is required prior to the conferences.

For questions about the online portion, contact Mrs. Kelly Swartz at or (812) 945-2538 ext. 130, and for information on a conference schedule, please contact Mrs. Sharon Mooney at or (812) 945-2538 ext. 315.

A snow make-up day, should it be needed, will be Feb. 7. 

Immunization reminders
Parents of current juniors need to be aware of two required immunizations that must be completed prior to the 2019-2020 school year: a booster dose of MCV4, the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, as well as the Hepatitis A vaccine. Documentation of the immunization administration from the student's doctor will be required prior to the first day of school in August.

Parents of freshmen and sophomores should be aware that the Hepatitis A immunization is recommended at this point but will become a requirement once they become seniors. Parents of seniors should follow the protocol to complete any second doses as prescribed in order to ensure a smooth transition into college.

More detailed information was given in the principal's letter with first semester grades.

No school on Monday
Teachers and staff will be in professional development on Jan. 21, and Monday, Feb. 18; therefore, classes will not be in session on those days unless they are needed for snow make-up.

Reserve dates for snow make-up days
The first week of Spring Break, March 18-22, and Oaks Day, May 3, are reserved for snow make-up days, should they be needed. Please do not schedule vacations during these times.
Middle School Bowling League offered
The Southern Hills Conference, of which our Bowling Team is a member, is offering a Middle School Bowling League as an instructional league for fifth through eighth graders.

The League starts the week of Feb. 18, 2019, and ends the week of May 12, 2019. It is offered at Blackiston Bowl, located at 1516 Blackiston Mill Road, for $95, which includes sanction fee, a shirt, and all bowling and shoe rental fees.

There will be an informational meeting at Blackiston Bowl for bowlers and their parents on Feb. 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., at which time they can enjoy one hour of free bowling and meet the coaches.
Be part of the STEM Career Expo
Providence is hosting a STEM Careers Expositional Fair on Feb. 21, from 2:00-4:30 p.m., and alumni in STEM careers are invited to participate. The Science Department is looking for 10 or more businesses to take part in order to provide information about how science, technology, engineering or math is part of their career.  The expo will be attended by PHS science students as well as STEM Club students in grades kindergarten through eighth.
Reunion planning begun for 2019
Reunion planning is beginning for the class years ending in 4 and 9. To volunteer to help with your reunion planning, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at

Save the date for 2019 reunions:
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019. Dinner and mingling at the Clarksville Radisson Hotel, 5-10:00 p.m.
  • 1969: 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. Golden Diploma Dinner at Providence March 2, 2019.
  • 1979: Sept, 6-7, 2019. Friday: Football tailgate at PHS, Saturday: Tour & Mass at PHS, dinner to follow at Covered Bridge. Follow Providence Class of '79 Facebook page for details.
  • 1999: Planning  underway.
Ivy League grad schools feel like home for 2 alumni
Corby Burger '12
Most of our alumni earn a bachelor's degree within a few
Derek Wenning '14
years of their Providence graduation, and many of them continue on to graduate school to pursue professional careers, from medicine to law. These alumni are just as discerning about choosing the right school for their desired program as their parents were about choosing Providence for them.

Two recent alumni have chosen Ivy League schools to complete their schooling, in part because of the community atmosphere that is similar to what they experienced as Pioneers. Corby Burger '12 is pursuing a juris doctorate degree at Cornell Law School at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and Derek Wenning '14 is pursuing a doctorate in economics at Princeton University in New Jersey.  Read more .
Former teacher celebrates 85-year Jubilee
By Ray Day '57

Sister Marceline Mattingly, S.P., a former Providence High School teacher, has celebrated 85 years within the Sisters of Providence community. She was head of the PHS Biology Department for two years, from 1968 to 1970. The year she arrived at Providence, she was celebrating 35 years in the congregation of the Sisters of Providence.

Flash forward 50 years to 2018. The Dec. 21, 2018, issue of The Criterion announced 24 Sisters of Providence had celebrated jubilees during the year. There, at the top of the list, was Sister Marceline Mattingly's name under the heading 85-year Jubilarian.

This native of Henderson, Ky., entered the congregation in February 1933. In August 1941 she professed final vows. After graduating from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods with a degree in English, she earned a master's degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to her two years at Providence, she also served as pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish in New Albany from 1983 to 1989. More recently (1991-2001) she was an instructor in the learning resource center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She also ministered in Illinois and Washington, D.C., according to The Criterion story.

Sister Marceline is currently volunteering at Providence Health Care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Congratulations, Sister Marceline.
Jan. 20: Online registration due for current students for 2019-2020
Jan. 21:  No school; Faculty In-service
Jan. 22-25: Registration for grades 9-11 for 2019-2020
Jan. 25: Winter Homecoming
Jan. 26: Gala Dinner & Auction
Jan. 28-Feb. 1: Catholic Schools Week


Prayer of Martin Luther King Jr.

God, help us as individuals and as a world to hear it now before it is too late: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and God's justice and all these other things shall be added unto you."

From NCR

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

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