Girls Tennis, Baseball, Track advance in postseason
Congratulations to our spring sports teams on completing successful seasons, especially the Girls Tennis and Baseball teams, which advanced far into their respective postseasons.

Last Saturday, the Baseball team competed in the Plainfield Semi-State and lost to No. 3 ranked Ritter High School. Earlier this month, the team won its second consecutive regional title.

Last week, the Girls Tennis team advanced the furthest a team has ever gone in program history, ending its perfect season as IHSAA Girls Tennis State Runner-Up with a record of 21-1. Also last weekend, the Boys Track team had two athletes compete in the IHSAA State Finals. Tyler Ettel '17 placed fourth in the 110 meter hurdles and earned Boys Track All State. Micah Oberhausen '17 competed in shot put.

The Boys Golf team tied for fourth in sectional, just four strokes from qualifying to advance to regional. The Softball team lost in sectional semi-finals to eventual regional champion Henryville. As reported in the last eVision , the Girls Track team placed fourth at sectional and sent 10 athletes in six events to regional. The Boys Track team placed third at sectional and sent 13 athletes in 10 events to regional. Read more .
Providence graduates ready for success
On May 25, 122 graduates crossed the stage and received their diplomas. We are proud of all the accomplishments of our 2017 graduating class: 70 percent received an Indiana Honors Diploma and 98 percent are headed to college, plus one enlisted in the U.S. Marines, one in the National Guard, and two others considering military service. Sixty-six percent of the senior class received scholarships to college, including $8.5 million in academic awards. Combined with community awards and athletic scholarships, the total is more than $9 million. The class also logged 10,133 service hours.

We also are pleased that so many of our students have a family tradition at Providence. Sixty of our graduates are children of alumni, with 15 of them having both parents who are alumni. Thirty-eight graduates are third-generation alumni, with 54 total grandparents who attended PHS.

Our graduates are headed to a variety of colleges, with many heading to in-state institutions including Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University Southeast as well as local colleges University of Louisville and Bellarmine College. Students are also heading far afield, from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and University of Dayton in Ohio to Marshall University in West Virginia, East Tennessee State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.
Welcome to Archbishop-delegate Thompson
Earlier this week, Pope Francis named Bishop Charles Thompson, of Evansville, as Archbishop of Indianapolis. According to a press release published on,  Archbishop-designate Thompson was born April 11, 1961, in Louisville. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Bellarmine College, a master of divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology, and a licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa. 

He was ordained a priest for the Louisville Archdiocese in 1987 and was ordained and installed as Bishop of Evansville on June 29, 2011.  As a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he is currently a member of the Administrative Committee, the Committee on Priorities and Plans, and the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
Fr. Adam to become full-time chaplain
We are thrilled to announce that Fr. Adam Ahern will become full-time chaplain beginning the 2017-2018 school year. Fr. Adam is one of two priests in the archdiocese who are full-time chaplains. Fr. Adam offers daily morning Mass as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation during lunches at least once a week. Fr. Adam will be more visible in the building next school year -- and no doubt at even more sporting events.

Welcome three new faculty members
We also welcome three new faculty members: Mr. Jeff Purichia, who will teach science and serve as assistant coach on the Football and Girls Basketball teams (and who is married to Volleyball Coach Mrs. Terri (Blunk) Purchia '90), Mr. Patrick Koopman, who will teach theology and lead our Liturgical Music Ministry, and Mr. Ron Breedlove, who will teach music class and work with the spring musical part time. More information on these teachers will be featured in an upcoming eVision issue. 

We wish the following teachers well: Mr. Seth Blakeslee, science/ assistant Track coach; Ms. Samantha Strom, science; Mrs. Kelly Quinkert-Hornung '87, P.E. and health; Mr. Brendan Kelly, theology; and Mrs. Debbie Hill, music.
Check out our new website!
The school website has been updated and has a whole new look! We hope you enjoy the new options, including the athletic calendar, a link to send prayer requests for morning liturgy during the school year, an easy Quick Links section, and much more. 
Corrections from May 24 issue
In the May 24 issue, a story about the Girls Track team omitted the name of rising junior Haylee Hall, who competed in the regional in shot put. Additionally, the listing of award winners in the High School Fine Arts Fair reversed the places of the 2D contest. Rising sophomore Amanda Pasierbowicz placed second, and rising junior Griffin Rogers placed third. The corrected award results can be found here. We apologize for the errors.
Rising senior wins trip of a lifetime to D.C.
Rising senior Ethan Furnish  is one of five local youth representing Clark County in the annual Indiana Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. He was selected after submitting an essay to Clark County REMC and has been enjoying an all-inclusive seven-day trip to the nation's capital, where he has met various government leaders, visited various monuments and museums, and attended a rally with more than 1,800 student delegates from across the country. Read more .
Junior High Track has successful season
Our junior high students competed in three sports this spring season, including track, girls' tennis and soccer. Our track and tennis athletes had good seasons, with the boys' track team placing second in the Deanery championship. There were not enough players to field a soccer team, so interested students played with their own parish. Read more.
Student-athletes honored at local award ceremonies
Congratulations to our student-athletes honored Monday night at the Courier-Journal Sports Awards, especially Eli Coker '17, who was named Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Spring sports finalists included rising junior Halli Trinkle for Girls Tennis Player of the Year and Baseball Coach Scott Hornung '81 for the Southern Indiana Coach of the Year.

The Courier-Journal previously named its All-Area teams, and several Pioneers are included:
* Softball: rising senior Hannah Wolford, second team
* Girls Track: rising sophomore Avery Stumler, second team
* Boys Track: Tyler Ettel '17, Nick Berry '17, Michael Craig '17, Michael Hayes '17, Micah Oberhausen '17, and Spencer Purcell '17, all second team
* Baseball: rising senior Timmy Borden, Jake Lewis '17, and rising junior Joe Wilkinson, first team; Juston Betz '17 and rising senior Reece Davis, second team
* Girls Tennis, Halli; rising sophomore Natalie Boesing, rising junior Hannah Conder, rising seniors Izzy Coe and Heidi Popson, and Natalie Jacobi '17, second team

The News & Tribune will host its NTSPY Awards on June 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville. Player of the Year nominees for spring sports include Timmy in Baseball, and Natalie Boesing and Halli in Girls Tennis. Lexie Libs '17 is a finalist for Girls Player of the Year. Girls Tennis Coach Scott Gurgol and Boys Soccer Coach Nathan Marshall '09 are Coach of the Year finalists, and the Girls Tennis and Baseball teams are nominated for Team of the Year.

The News & Tribune announced several of its All Area teams this week, and several Pioneers were named. For Boys Track & Field, Tyler and Micah were named to the First Team, Spencer to the Second Team, and honorable mention goes to rising senior Thomas Gaines, Matthew Harbeson '17, Luke Schroering '17, and Jonathan Tolentino '17. For the girls, Avery and Sarah Welsh '17 were named to the Second Team, and rising sophomore Kaylee Kaiser, rising junior Haylee Hall, and rising senior Skylar Richey were given honorable mention. For Girls Tennis, Halli, Natalie Boesing, Izzy, and Hannah Conder made First Team, and Clare, Natalie Jacobi, and Heidi were Second Team. Coach Scott Gurgol was named Coach of the Year. For Softball, Hannah Wolford made Second Team, and Sydney Milliner '17 received honorable mention.
Football team raises money for Crusade
Several members of the Pioneer Football team helped with Crusade for Children collections recently. Rising juniors Nolan McCain, Kaleb McCubbins and Lucas Palazzo, rising senior Casey McCubbins, and rising freshmen David Wall and Kevin Reed volunteered at the Jeffersonville main fire station and collected more than $3,000 for the Crusade in just four hours.
Parent Notes: Honor Roll, Summer Hours
Honor Roll posted
We congratulate all our students on their hard work in the final semester of the school year, especially those who earned a spot on the honor roll. Click to view the full list for high school and for junior high.

Reminders to rising senior parents
The Indiana State Department of Health requires documentation of rising seniors' having received the booster dose of the MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate) immunization prior to the first day of school, July 26, 2017.

Summer is a good time to get senior portraits made. All seniors should have a headshot taken at either LifeTouch or Whyland's Studios by Nov. 15 for inclusion in the yearbook.

Summer Office Hours
The Main Office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 12:30 p.m. on Fridays, through June 23 and then July 10-17. The Main Office and the Athletic Office will be closed June 26-July 7, with the Athletic Office reopening on July 11. The Counseling Office and Learning Differences Office are closed through July 14.

Buy school uniforms online
River City WorkWear is the official vendor for Providence school uniforms, and now River City has online ordering . Watch for spi rit wear coming soon!

Summer reading info
Instructions for summer reading assignments for all grades have been posted. Click here for more info.

2017-2018 school year information
Watch your email in mid July for information on the coming school year. Freshman orientation and registration is Monday, July 24, from 4-7 p.m. Registration for the remaining classes is Tuesday, July 25, with 
eighth graders 8:00-8:50 a.m., s eniors 9:00-9:50 a.m., j uniors 10:00-10:50 a.m., and s ophomores 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Wide variety of summer camps offered
Providence offers a large selection of summer camps for Deanery youth, and some are still upcoming. For registration forms to the sports camps, click here. Please note, the Spanish Summer Camp has been canceled, and STEM camp for junior high is nearly full. For contact information for the French camp, click here.
Reunion planning for 2017
To help plan a reunion or for additional information, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at or (812) 945-3350 ext. 224

Reunions scheduled for this year:
  • 1955 - Quarterly gatherings: July 14, Oct. 13, and Dec. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; meet in the dining room at Clarion Hotel in Clarksville for lunch. Dutch treat.
  • 195760th reunion: Aug. 26, 2017, Covered Bridge. More info to come.
  • 1962 - Annual gathering, Dec. 2, Clarion Hotel in Clarksville - Champagne Brunch 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 
  • 1965 - 70th Birthday Party, Sept. 30, 2017, party barn at the home of Paula Sellers Robinson. Additional info to come. Contact Kathy Howell Kruer at with questions.
  • 1967 - 50th reunion: Oct. 27-28, 2017, at Covered Bridge. Includes golf scramble, appetizers and drinks at The Exchange, and dinner and music at Covered Bridge. Formal invites coming in July.
  • 1972 - 45th reunion: Aug. 12, 2017, Kingfish in Jeffersonville. Dinner buffet in banquet room. Formal invites coming at end of June. 
  • 1977 - 40th reunion: Sept. 23, 2017, Kingfish in Jeffersonville. Contact Barbie Day for more information. Paper invitations mailed soon to those that did not respond on Facebook. 
  • 1982 - 35th reunion: Meet at St. Mary of the Knobs KnobsFest, Aug. 19. Meet for food and mingling starting at 6:30 p.m. Table reserved at the dance, starting at 9:00 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $10 at the door. Music by 100% Poly. No RSVP required.
  • 1987 - 30th reunion: Aug. 19, 2017 - tentative. Meet at St. Mary of the Knobs KnobsFest. Other suggestions welcome; contact Greg Reger at (502) 645-6175 or Ronda Stumler at (812) 945-3350 ext. 224.
  • 1992 - 25th reunion: Needs organizers
  • 1997 - 20th reunion: Sept. 9, 2017, at Wick's Pizza in New Albany. Expect formal invites soon.
  • 2002 - 15th reunion: Fall 2017. Check class Facebook page.
  • 2007 - 10th reunion: Sept. 9, 2017, Gospel Bird in New Albany on the patio. Check Facebook group. Expect formal invites in early July.
  • 2012 - 5th reunion: Fall 2017. Check class Facebook page.
Alumni Association announces scholarship winners
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Alumni Association Board and the generosity of the Class of 1966, the Providence Alumni Association was able to award scholarships this year to three very deserving students. Congratulations to this year's 2017-2018 Alumni Association Scholarship winners: Rising freshmen Mara Holifield and Kieran Kelly of Saint Anthony's, and Weston Kaiser of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Each winner receives a brand new 64 GB iPad Pro 10.7. 
Alumnus earns conference honors
Cameron Mitchell '13 finished his sophomore men's outdoor track and field season at Spalding University earning several honors. At the Great Lakes Regional Elite Meet, he earned a top-10 finish in the hammer throw, hitting a new personal record with a distance of 44.48 meters. Additionally, he was named to the SLIAC Spring All-Academic Team and All-SLIAC team in discus and shot put.
Class of 2016 Yearbooks are in
Alumni from the Class of 2016 can pick up yearbooks in the main office during summer hours, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., except Fridays, when the office closes at 12:30 p.m. 
Working together makes service more meaningful
As many of our students log their service hours to meet graduation requirements, they team up with friends to make the work more fun. A few of our students volunteer with their family. Some, like rising senior Scott Schueler and Taylor Marshall '13, make it an ongoing project or tradition to volunteer with their mothers.

Scott and his mother, Mrs. Karen (Popp) Schueler '83, were recently profiled in the St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities email newsletter for their commitment to mowing the agency's lawn. Taylor will be profiled in the upcoming Vision magazine for her repeated mission trips to Nicaragua to serve with the nonprofit organization Amigos for Christ. This week, she is there once again, but this time with her mother, Mrs. Debbie (Sparks) Marshall '84, former PHS director of special events and constituency management. Read more.
June 26-July 7: Main Office, Athletic Office closed
July 11: Athletic Office reopens
July 17: Regular office hours begin
July 19: Next eVision newsletter
July 24: Freshman/Parent Orientation, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
July 25: Student Registration grades 8, 10-12
July 26: First full day of school all students

Summer Prayer

Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer!
Thank you for the warmth of the sun
and the increased daylight.
Thank You for the beauty we see all around us
and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.
Thank You for the increased time we have to be with our friends and family,
and for the more casual pace of the summer season.
Draw us closer to You this summer.
Teach us how we can pray
no matter where we are or what we are doing.
Warm our souls with the awareness of Your presence
and light our paths with Your Word and Counsel.
As we enjoy Your creation, create in us
a pure heart, and a hunger and thirst for You.

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

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