Trees donated to Providence
Today, Providence received three Brandywine Maple trees from Eco-Tech which were planted near the softball/tennis concession stand. Eco-Tech has committed to plant 10,000 trees in 10 years in the cities, towns, and schools throughout southern Indiana and Kentucky to improve the tree canopy for environmental reasons. Providence can receive 10 or more free trees, if needed.

Mr. George Bowles, a Providence parent and coordinator of PHS concessions, works in logistics for Eco-Tech and coordinated the project. Eco-Tech purchases the trees from Grant Line Nursery (owned by Damian Stumler '98), which also plants the trees.

President Steve Williamson said he is grateful for the donation.

"Eco-Tech is a long-standing partner with PHS supporting the school tactically and strategically," Mr. Williamson said. "George's contributions to PHS are numerous, and bringing the Eco-Tech tree project to PHS is his work."

Later this spring, the House of Humility will dedicate one of the trees in memory of former House member Brandon Tevis ex-'16, who passed away his sophomore year.
Providence introduces Honor Code, Council
Today in class meetings, students received information on the new Honor Code and Honor Council, which will be implemented next school year. The new Academic Integrity Honor Code upholds the principles of honesty, respect, responsibility, and trust in regards to classwork, homework, tests, and quizzes. Instances of academic dishonesty, from submitting another person's work as one's own to sharing test materials, will be assessed a point value and incur a punishment for each instance, including loss of all points for the assignment or test, a demerit, and Saturday School, suspension, probation, or possible expulsion, depending on the severity of the dishonesty.

The Honor Council will promote academic integrity in the school community and be made up of the director of academics and a faculty advisor as well as four seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. Students will be able to apply for the 2019-2020 council in April, with the application, faculty recommendations, and essay due by April 17.

Members of the council will agree to represent Providence in a manner that represents positively on the school, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate other qualities of integrity. The council will convene as needed to review unresolved cases of violations of academic integrity.

Parents can learn more about the Honor Code and Honor Council at a parent meeting on April 9 at 8:00 a.m. in the Administrative Corridor. Information also will be posted on the school website after the parent meeting.
School News: Speech contest winners, House activities, field trip and more
Three win Right to Life contests
Three students won different levels of the Southern Indiana Right to Life Oratory and Scholarship Contest held last week. Junior Logan Applewhite won the Level 2 Oratory Contest for juniors and seniors with a speech on abortion and received $200 for his first place prize. Senior Tyler Upton won the scholarship contest and received $500. Sophomore Luke Hesse won the Level 1 Oratory Contest open to eighth through 10th graders with a speech on abortion from an essay he had written. His first-place prize was $100.

House Profile: Team approach helps Courage succeed
Seniors Joe Gryboski and Zach Tackett make a good team as co-senior executive delegates for the House of Courage. They tend to bounce ideas off one another and take turns doing tasks that meet their different interests, Joe said. Joe is more analytical and serious, whereas Zach is more laid back and a bit of a jokester, and their different personalities provide a nice balance. Together, they hope to inspire their House to win the Third Quarter Points Race in order to compete in the House Cup later this semester. Read more.

House of Humility offers Lenten reminder
The House of Humility has posted a 7-foot tall cross in the student entrance as a place for students, faculty, and staff to write their Lenten prayers and resolutions. The cross will then remain there as a physical reminder of their pledges throughout the Lenten season. Junior Meg LaMaster, a member of the House of Spirit, assisted with decorating the cross.

Integrity sponsoring toiletries challenge
For its service activity, the House of Integrity is collecting toiletries in order to make personal hygiene kits to donate to people in the area who are homeless. The goal is to collect enough items to make 250 kits. Items such as travel-size toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and deodorant earn one point, and personal sized sewing kits, wash cloths, rain ponchos, and hand warmers earn five points each. Boxes are set up in the student entrance for students to donate by their House to earn points, and the Houses of Integrity, Courage, and Faith are currently in the lead.

The Third Quarter Points Race has been extended to include points in this contest - as well as points for attending last weekend's spring musical and Thursday morning liturgies. The winner of the points contest will join the Houses of Integrity, Loyalty, and Justice in the spring House Cup.

Science students participate in STEM festival
A dozen science students traveled to Indianapolis last Saturday to attend the Pacers STEM Fest at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers STEM Fest featured 60 booths with activities such as designing and using a kidney stone extractor (Cook Medical), optimizing concrete (IMI), operating a flight simulator or virtual reality activities, and learning coding as well as the chemistry of health and beauty products. A more memorable coding booth allowed students to use bananas to complete a circuit to create a video game controller.

Theatre students see MacBeth at IUS
Students in Theatre II and Advanced Theatre took a field trip to see Macbeth performed at the Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast. The free production was performed by a group from Kentucky Shakespeare and sponsored by the Horseshoe Foundation. Following the performance, the six actors in the show offered a question-and-answer session for audience members.

Pro-Life Club holds prayer service
The Pro-Life Club has been reactiviated under the leadership of Ms. Monica Vander Woude. Several students who attended the March for Life were interested in bringing back the club, which now meets regularly. The group met last week in front of the EMW Women's Surgical Center in downtown Louisville to join those participating in the 40 Days for Life Campaign to pray to end abortion.

House of Loyalty hosts Powderbuff
The House of Loyalty sponsored the annual Powderbuff volleyball games between the junior and senior boys. The seniors won, and the event, which included a bake sale, raised more than $200 for Brandon's House Counseling Center in New Albany, which offers free counseling services to at-risk teens. The Houses of Courage, Justice, and Loyalty tied for first in the House points challenge for attendance. 

Students take part in Food Fast at local parish
Several students recently participated in a Food Fast at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, organized by the parish's youth ministry. The students spent a Saturday fasting from food while providing service to a local food pantry, the Falls of the Ohio, and St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. They also made blankets and burritos to donate to local people who are homeless. Read more.
Freshman earns Eagle Scout, to bike long distance
Freshman Akhil Long has accomplished what only 4 percent of Boy Scouts do - earned his Eagle Scout rank. Akhil, who has been involved in Boy Scouts for five years, completed the steps to earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts, including earning 21 merit badges and organizing a service project. His project was redesigning the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry at St. Anthony of Padua Parish.

Now that his project and rank achievement are complete, Akhil is preparing for his summer adventure - biking 1,500 miles from Tucson, Ariz., to northern Montana in three weeks with the Indianapolis-based bicycle club deCycles Indiana. The trip is limited to 40 people and includes 25 student-riders. This will be Akhil's first long-distance cycling trip, and he said he is looking forward to it. Read more.
Mrs. Bentley loves teaching, travel
Mrs. Elizabeth Bentley has seen a lot of changes in the classroom since she first became an English teacher in 1979. She started teaching in a school with the open classroom concept, and in the 1990s, she became a co-teacher of a classroom of 60 students. Her classroom now is fitted with an overhead projector and Apple TV, and her students access their textbook on their iPads. What remains the same is her love of her subject and teaching. Read more.

Season Wrap-ups: Boys Basketball, Cheer
Rebuilding year prep for next season
By Coach Sean Smith

The Boys Basketball program had a year of growth and establishment in an effort to build a culture and foundation for the program, which has struggled with stability after going through three different coaching staffs in the past three years and a fourth in the past six years. The year began well, as the Pioneers started 2-0, but the injury bug hit the young team early with senior Hayden Burke going down for eight games due to a fractured vertebra.

This became a recurring theme for the Pioneers who never seemed to be able to gain momentum with a full rotation at any point in the year. In fact, the primary varsity seven-to-eight-man rotation had six different players miss at least two games during the year, leading to a variety of different lineups and rotations throughout the season. The positive is that several younger players got a taste of varsity basketball, gaining some experience that could pay off in the future.

The varsity Pioneers finished 8-17 having struggled during the second half of the season, but played well down the stretch taking three talented teams in a row to overtime beginning with a two-point overtime loss at 4A New Albany, a double OT loss to a talented 3A North Harrison team, and an overtime loss at home to Mid Southern Conference champ 3A Brownstown Central.

The Pioneers finished with an exciting sectional win on a last second three-point field goal from sophomore Nick Sexton to beat Clarksville in a game in which the team came back from a 16-point deficit, before falling to sectional champion and ninth-ranked Paoli in the semi-finals. The Pioneers lose Burke, who came back from his injury to lead the team in scoring average and rebounds per game while providing steady leadership and hustle to a young team trying to find its' way.

With so many underclassmen gaining experience, the future Pioneers will look to work hard in the off-season to improve by working hard to become better players through increasing strength and skill training as well as team building exercises and experiences.

The JV team finished 10-10, while the freshman finished 14-4 with an end-of-the-year tournament victory. In addition, the program launched the Providence Basketball Academy travel teams and had great participation with two teams in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, and one fifth grade team, to help with building a foundation for the program. There is still a lot of work to be done to improve the Pioneer feeder system as well as to develop the current crop of Pioneers that will be returning next season.

Cheer has award-winning season; tryouts next month
By Coach Christie Evanczyk '09

The Cheerleading team wrapped up its winter season supporting the boys' and girls' basketball teams through sectionals. The girls enjoyed supporting all of the fall and winter sports this season as well as ending their season with several awards including NCA top team, three first-place finishes, and second by less than a point at the IASP State finals. We are thankful for our four strong seniors this year and wish them the best of luck in college: Alyssa Perkins, Josie Wenning, Brookelyn Williams, and Allie Conrad

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 season are April 22-24. On Monday, April 22, tryout prep is 6-8 p.m. at Royal Cheer Xtreme, and on Tuesday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. at PHS. The actual tryout date is Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m. at PHS. Participants should arrive wearing shorts, a t-shirt, tennis shoes or cheer shoes, and a bow. 
Sports News: Postseason awards, coach opening
Girls Basketball player earns postseason awards
Junior Natalie Boesing has been named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Small School All State and to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Second Team All-State for her performance in the recent Girls Basketball season. Those awards top off a great season in which she broke several school records, including:
  • Free throws made in a game: 15 vs Southwestern
  • Free throws made in a season: 137
  • 2-point field goals in a game: 13 vs Charlestown
  • 2-point field goals in a season: 165
  • Points in a game: 41 vs Charlestown
  • Points in a season: 503
Assistant Cheer Coach opening
Applications are being accepted for the position of assistant cheerleading coach. Applicants should have some experience in coaching as well as some knowledge of the sport of cheerleading. They must also be willing to work side by side with the head coach to meet the expectations and goals of the team and program and must be available some week nights and weekends for practices and events. Please email for more information and to set up an interview.

Summer Camp info now online
Information about summer sports and STEM camps at Providence is now available. Click here for more information.
Parent Notes: STEM Career Expo, ISTEP rally
Spring Break office hours
We hope our students, faculty, and staff, and their families have a safe, fun, relaxing Spring Break. The offices will remain open March 18-22, with office hours Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and offices closing at noon on Friday. Students will return to class Monday, April 1, to a BLUE Day and A Day schedule.

Freshmen to receive info on class rings
On Monday, April 1, representatives from Graduate Services will meet with all freshmen regarding class rings. Parents can purchase rings after school on April 10 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Lobby.

Senior/Mother Lunch RSVPs due Friday
The Senior/Mother Lunch is Sunday, April 7, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Calumet Club in New Albany. This special event is a time for mothers and their senior students to enjoy before the busyness of the end of the school year. All seniors and their mothers or special person in their life are invited to attend. Formal invitations have been mailed, and RSVPs are due by Friday, March 15.

Scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen
Incoming Providence freshmen can apply for two scholarships:
  • Providence Alumni Association Award: The Providence Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time award of a 64 GB iPad Pro 10.7 equipped with wi-fi only. The scholarship application is open to all prospective freshmen, and the award is based on a combination of: desire to attend Providence, academic/school-civic involvement, and financial need. Application, essay, and letter of recommendation from either principal or teacher is required. Due today, March 13.
  • Dale Durham Performing Arts Scholarship: The Dale Durham Performing Arts Scholarship is a performing arts award honoring former theater director and faculty member Dale Durham. It is a $1,000 award made to an eighth-grade student admitted to Providence and enrolled in at least one semester of performing arts his/her freshman year. Essay, letter of recommendations, and application required. Due Friday, March 15.
Save the date: Easter Egg Hunt
Alumni and Deanery families with young children are invited to the annual Providence Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m. The free event includes photos with the Easter Bunny and other activities in the cafeteria beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the Easter egg hunt on the front field at 10:15 a.m. In case of steady rain, the event will be canceled. The event is sponsored by the Providence Girls Soccer team.

Class of 1969 enjoys Golden Reunion
Congratulations to the members of the Class of 1969 on their 50th anniversary of their graduation from Providence High School!

On Saturday, March 2, Providence honored the Class of 1969 at the Golden Graduation Ceremony and dinner. The evening consisted of a tour of Providence, dinner, presentation of the Golden Diplomas, and the musical production of Freaky Friday, for those who wished to attend.

Everyone was surprised to see the transformation of our campus, especially the addition of the chapel and the changes to the sports complex.

It was great to have the 1969 class back on Pioneer soil, as PHS is indebted to them, and all who have graduated, for leaving their personal imprint in helping form a lasting legacy for our future Pioneers.
Reunion planning 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:
  • 1955: Quarterly gatherings: June 14, September 13, and December 6, 2019. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019. Dinner and mingling at the Clarksville Radisson Hotel, 5-10:00 p.m.
  • 1969: 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019; save the dates have been sent. See class website or email for more info.
  • 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.
  • 1989: Planning Underway. Please contact Ann Barnett 502.541.1731 or Brent Rogers 502.693.6089. Follow Providence High School Class of '89 Facebook page for details.  
  • 1999: Aug. 17,2019. Bourbon Barrel Loft, 7-11 p.m.
  • 2009: Planning underway.
  • 2014: Planning underway. Email Zach Flanagan or phone 502.777.6516. 
Alumni in the news
Several alumni have been in the news recently for various achievements or acts of service:

Vic Unruh '72, director and co-founder of MAC Construction & Excavating Inc., was inspired to organize the company's donation of 100 reflective breakaway vests to the Clark County Sheriff's Office after encountering someone mowing alongside the road in the early morning hours, according to a March 1, 2019, article in the News & Tribune. He said he gave the person a reflective vest to help other motorists see him and then came up with the idea to donate vests to the county police so officers could give them to runners and others working along roadways.

Garrett Koetter '09, regional site supplier technical assistance engineer at Ford Motor Co., is one of four recipients of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award. According to the college website, Koetter manages the quality and development of Ford's largest frame supplier. He also is chairman of the board for TGJE Inc. and "leads discussions for economic and social development of the Borden, Indiana, community. Committed to delivering his best performance, he has excelled in problem solving, project planning, mentoring and leadership."

Two alumni-owned businesses are finalists for One Southern Indiana's ONE Business of the Year awards in different categories, according to a press release. Orange Clover, owned by Rachel Hall '00, is a candidate for the German American Bank Business of the Year ONE Award, for companies with 50 or less employees. The Koetter Group, whose board members are brothers Phil Koetter '71 , John L. "Jack" Koetter '72, Kenny Koetter '75, Bobby Koetter '79, and Wayne Koetter '81, is a candidate for the Park Community Credit Union Business of the Year ONE Award, for companies with 51 or more employees. Both awards recognize a business in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area that demonstrates outstanding business growth and community involvement.

Barbara Burke Fondren '87, director of Community Montessori in New Albany, is a candidate in the education category for the Today's Woman's Most Admired Woman Contest.

Recording artist, songwriter and producer Sonny LeMaire '66 is the producer and writer, along with Rory Bourke and Charlie Black, of a country music single by Ken Wilber. The song was recently released as a lyric video.

Abby Swartz '12, an ICU nurse, shared her thoughts on working as a nurse in the midst of the opioid crisis. Her post has since been published by Insider Louisville.

Phillip Hendershot '78, chairman of the Ohio River Greenway committee, was recently the subject of a News & Tribune column by Dale Moss, lauding his commitment to the Ohio River Greenway, which recently opened another connecting path.
March 18- 29: Spring Break
April 1: Freshman Class Ring Meeting
April 7: Senior/Mother Luncheon
April 7: National Honor Society Induction
April 9: Parent Meeting for Honor Code/Honor Council

Prayer for Spring Break

Protector God, watch over every member of our community these next days as we are apart. Protect those who are traveling, particularly those traveling abroad (and out of state) and those driving on the highways. Keep our community safe from incident and harm.

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

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