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March 4, 2020 - eVision News
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Cast ready to sing Joseph’s story
You may think you’re familiar with the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, but you’ve never seen it portrayed quite like it is in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , this year’s spring musical. The sung-through musical comedy features over-the-top characters and a variety of music from country to Calypso and Elvis to French.

“It’s very colorful – pun intended,” said junior Victor Beeler, who portrays Joseph. And as far as the music goes, “it’s just the whole shebang!”

Tickets are on sale for the spring musical online or by calling the box office at 812-945-2538 x 301. The show opens Friday with Opening Night, which includes a pre-show reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert at intermission for $40. The remaining performances are at 7 p.m. on March 7, March 13, and March 14. Sunday matinee performances will be March 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m.
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Students’ used shoes to help provide clean water
The House of Loyalty led a successful school-wide drive collecting used shoes for WaterStep, a nonprofit organization that sells the shoes and uses the profits to set up water purifying systems in areas without access to clean water. The school exceeded its goal of 520 pairs overall, with a total of 537 pairs. The House of Loyalty brought in the most at 238 with Spirit at 55, Justice at 53, Truth at 52, and Integrity at 50.
STEM Fair shows students careers, college options
The Science Department organized its largest STEM Career Fair yet with 40 colleges and local employers represented. Many of the vendors featured alumni who work at the featured company or attend the presenting college. Students who attended enjoyed learning about different careers. they said.

Erin McLeland '12 , at far right, a physical therapist with KORT, shared her experience with students.
Students excel in Right to Life contest
Several students participated in the Right to Life of Southern Indiana Essay, Oratory and Scholarship Contest last night. Senior Maria Popson received first place in the speech contest and a $200 cash prize, junior Josh Russell received second place and a $100 cash prize, and his twin brother, Jacob Russell , received third place and a $50 cash prize. In the underclassman speech contest, sophomore Craig Bratcher came in second place in the Level 1 oratory contest (eighth through 10th graders) and received a $50 cash prize. Sophomore Autumn Grantz came in first place for the Level 2 Essay contest (eighth-10th graders) and received a $50 cash prize, and sophomore Devin Goodrow came in second place for the Level 2 Essay Contest, receiving a $25 cash prize.
Mrs. Losey achieves certifications
Guidance Counselor Emily Losey recently achieved an additional certification. She is now board certified nationally as a counselor (NCC). This follows a state license as a clinical mental health therapist (LMHC) she received last spring. 
Artful service project raises awareness of refugees' plight
For the past several months, art students have contributed to the school’s efforts to create panels for the 25 Million Stitches Project in California. Our students’ panels will be sewn together with other panels stitched by more than 2,000 artists from around the world and shown in a display to bring awareness to the plight of the world’s 25 million displaced refugees.

Much of that stitching has taken place in Mrs. Donna Burden ’s 3-D art classes. Girl Scouts from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, which included Mrs. Burden’s daughter, also stitched several panels. This semester, she opened the project up to the student body in hopes of achieving 100 percent school-wide participation. She hung panels for each House and invited students to stitch on the panel representing their House. Last week, the panels were in the student entrance so students could stop and add a stitch on their way into school.

All the panels will be on display during a reception tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Administrative Corridor to showcase the pieces before they are mailed to California. Mrs. Burden said many of the panels have a personal meaning to the students, and the reception is a way to feature their work as well as give them a chance to enjoy their art one more time before they are sent off.
Boys Swim finishes strong
By Coach Jim Pfeiffer

The Boys Swim team had an excellent season capped off by an exceptional run at sectionals, in which every single member of the team earned points for us. For the boys and the girls, this season was marked by extremely energetic, energized, and engaged swimmers and divers. We even discussed eliminating the "Attendance Award" as it was rare for anyone to miss a practice. Only sickness, injury, and an occasional conflict caused anyone to miss a practice.

Sectionals were led by...everyone! And everyone dropped time in at least one event. Point highlights include sophomore Zach Applewhite in the 200 yard individual medley, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay; senior Logan Applewhite in the 100 fly, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay; junior Kieran Kelly in the 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay; senior Ben Tackett in the 500 free, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay; juniors Zach Aurilio, Marcus Fuson, and Alex Rousselle and sophomore Jake Miller in the 200 free relay; and sophomore Ethan Kerr in the 400 free relay.

The 200 Medley Relay team of Logan, Zach, Kieran, and Alex placed eighth in the sectional preliminaries and advance to the finals. The 200 free and 400 free relay teams advanced to the consolation bracket, with Zach in the 200 IM and 100 free, Logan in the 100 butterfly; and Ben in the 500 free also advancing to the consolation bracket.

The boys had several successes in the regular season, including one event scheduled as a dual meet with one school. As a challenge, the swimmers were assigned new events rather than their favorites only to show up and find three schools ready to compete. But the swimmers rose to the challenge and won that meet.

So great records, great times, great food, great attendance, and great attitudes highlight the 2019-2020 Providence Swim and Dive Team.
Dance team meets goals for comeback season
By Coach Debbie (Popp) Miller ‘85

Mission accomplished! I set out this year to bring back the thrill and excitement of the Dance Team and some halftime entertainment. And I believe we achieved that! Last summer we were a shy and timid group of seven young members - all freshmen and sophomores, with no upperclassmen. By our final performance last week, we showed the crowd what the Blue Crew could do. We were “the little team that could”... and we did!

The strides this team made from camp last summer to our final routine were unreal. Confidence levels skyrocketed! These girls stuck with me through some tough practices and my favorite phrase of “Again!“ And when it was time to step onto that field or court, they gave me their all - they took the floor and owned it every time. Great leadership was given by sophomore captains Maya Paris and Sydney Allen . And I’m looking forward to a great returning junior class next year to lead our team again.

My goals for next year include increasing our team member number and performing at even more Pioneer sporting events. We hope to see you around as we bring more Blue Pride in support of our teams!

Shout out to Brianna Brooks ’16 , who helped us out last summer and over Christmas break while she was home from attending college at USI, where she is a member of the Dance Team. I was thankful to have her knowledge and experience.
The team celebrated the end of the season with dinner, Mass, and an awards ceremony. Awards included:

  • Academic Achievement for earning Honor Roll distinction for both the first and second quarters: Maya and Sydney, and freshman Ana Cabezas
  • 110% Award: Maya
  • Miss Blue Crew Award: Ana (Voted on by the team for the most dedicated, hardest working team member who showed great showmanship, was a great role model, and always stayed positive.)

Dance Team tryouts for the 2020-‘21 team will take place March 9-11. Contact Coach Miller at bdktj1127@yahoo.com for more information.
Boys Golf coach also to lead girls’ team
Boys Golf Coach Victor Beeler '94 will now also lead the Girls Golf program. Head of the boys’ program since 2017, Coach Beeler was previously varsity Girls Golf coach at Mercy Academy of Louisville for five years in the early 2000s. He also played Boys Golf at Providence.

Coach Beeler led the boys’ team to regional in 2018, with the team placing third at sectional. The 2019 team saw improvements all season, culminating with each player achieving a personal best at sectional and Caleb Popp ’19 advancing to regional.

Coach Beeler will be assisted by Pat McGuire. Coach Beeler said he is looking forward to starting the season and building on the successful program built by Coach Ken Allender, who recently retired.

“I wish to first thank Coach Allender for all he has done for the Providence Golf program during his tenure as coach and to congratulate him on the program’s successes under this leadership,” Coach Beeler said. “I am excited and look forward to taking over the Girls Golf program and meeting with the ladies to set our goals for the 2020 season.”
Boys Basketball continues sectional play
The Boys Basketball team defeated Austin last night to advance to Friday's sectional semi-final vs. Switzerland County at 7:45 p.m. at Southwestern High School in Hanover. The finals are Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The game will be live streamed on IHSAATV.org.
Senior Natalie Boesing didn’t set out to be a star three-sport athlete. Her Cross Country career began her freshman year by happenstance, and she nearly quit basketball that year. But she stuck with those two sports and is ready to work toward getting to the state finals again this year. Having wrapped up her Girls Basketball season, she has recently earned several accolades:
  • SoIn Hoops named her the Player of the Year
  • Hoosier Basketball Magazine named her to the Top Senior Girls high school player list and Top 60 Workout, which will be played March 8 at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis.
  • Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association (HBCA) named her one of the 2019-2020 HBCA Girls Regional All-Stars as part of East team. The All Star Spring Classic will be played April 19 at Bloomington High School North
  • Today, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association awarded her and IBCA/Subway Small School All-State honors.
Freshmen to learn about class rings
Tomorrow, a representative from Graduate Services will meet with all freshmen regarding class rings, which are awarded to students in the first semester of sophomore year. Students will receive information to take home, and parents can purchase rings on March 17 in the Robinson Auditorium lobby from 3:00-7:30 p.m.

Summer camps announced
Pioneer Summer Camps have been announced, so mark your calendars. Click here for a full list. To register now, please contact the coach listed in the brochure. Registration forms will be posted on the school website at a later date.
Senior/Mother Lunch
All seniors and their mothers are invited to attend the annual Senior/Moms Lunch on Sunday, April 5. Invitations have been mailed, and an online order form will be available soon. Please RSVP by March 16.

Scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen
Incoming Providence freshmen can apply for two additional scholarships:
  • Providence Alumni Association Award: A one-time award of an iPad equipped with wi-fi only. The scholarship application is open to all prospective freshmen. Application, essay, and letter of recommendation from the principal or a teacher is required. Due March 13, 2020.
  • Dale Durham Performing Arts Scholarship: Awards $1,000 to an incoming freshman interested and enrolled in performing arts at Providence. Essay, letter of recommendations and application required. Due March 19, 2020. 
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.
  • 1956: Class Gatherings - April 17, 2020 & October 9, 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.
  • 1959: Class Gathering on April 14, 2020, at Roosters in Clarksville at noon. For more information call Rosie Grantz McCartin at 502.552.1970
  • 1960: 60-year reunion Aug. 22, 2020. Calumet Club in New Albany. Invitations to follow, and full information will be made available on our class website, www.olp1960.com. Annual mini-reunion brunch Dec. 12, 2020.
  • 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.
  • 1980: 40 Year Reunion. Sept. 12, 2020, Covered Bridge Recreation Center, 7 p.m. Please contact Chris or Ann (Kaiser) Day for details (Chris 812.989.3268 or Ann 502.396.9943).
Unsung Heroes: BACKSTAGE Crew makes the show go on
Providence would not be the special place it is without the myriad to parents, alumni, and friends who contribute to its daily operations, often as volunteers, usually without recognition. The spring musical is an example of how it takes a village to put on such a production. The BACKSTAGE Crew is the theatre booster group and is made up mostly of parents of theatre students as well as parents of those who have graduated. Their commitment to the performing arts ensures quality productions every year.

The BACKSTAGE Crew is open to all parents of theatre students and has about 10 to 15 active members who attend monthly meetings. When it’s show time, all theatre parents pitch in to help prepare the auditorium, decorate for Premiere Night, donate desserts and much more. 
Coming Events
March 6 : End of First Quarter
March 6: Spring Musical Premiere
March 7-8, 13-15: Spring Musical
March 10-13: Senior Retreat
March 13: Third Quarter grades posted
March 17: Freshman parent class ring orders
March 20-27: Spring Break
Let Us Pray
A Prayer for Lent
Almighty and ever living God, 
you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus;
seeking you in those we often ignore. 
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter. 
Give us hearts hungry to serve you
and those who need what we have to give.
Source: Xavier.edu
Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84 
Director of Communications 
eVision reporter/writer
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