New bleachers ready for use
The new bleachers on the home side of Murphy Stadium are now complete. The Koetter Group completed the concrete foundation work, and the bleachers were supplied and installed by Southern Bleacher Inc. RKR Electrical managed the power supply changeover.

The new bleachers have a similar capacity to the previous bleachers, seating about 1,300 people. Football, soccer and track fans will have a more enjoyable experience with improved sight lines and designated wheelchair and companion spaces with new access ramps. Each end of the stands has an open, multi-function space with room for picnic tables and can be used for small group gatherings.

A new press box atop the bleachers has yet to be completed, and that portion of the project includes the removal of the current press box on the third floor of the athletic wing. The Koetter Group is managing the project.
Senior named National Merit Finalist
Senior Kaleb Dunn has been named a National Merit Finalist, the highest honor awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Program. He had previously been named a semifinalist based on his 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) score from the fall of his junior year. He was one of about 16,000 semifinalists out of more than 1.6 million juniors who took the test in 2016. Semifinalists were selected for being the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation's seniors.

Kaleb said he is pleased to receive the award. "It is an honor and validation for working hard in school."

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing, including completing an application, writing an essay, and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met finalist requirements.

Kaleb has committed to attend Purdue University, which does not award National Merit Scholarship funds. He will major in theatre engineering, which allows him to utilize his love for the stage with the science of engineering.

"It combines the rigor and focus of engineering and designing something involving the live aspect of theatre," he said. "It's a more creative form of engineering."
Student News: NEXGEN graduation, senior destinations and more
Juniors graduate from leadership program
Juniors Annie Gettelfinger, Annmarie Tichy, Alex Henderson and Tyler Upton graduated from the NEXGEN leadership program sponsored by Leadership Southern Indiana. Since the fall, the students have participated in various field trips and seminars to help them learn more about the community and to develop their leadership skills.

High School Art Fair last night
The High School Fine Arts Fair was last night, and our students were recognized for their talents. Freshman Nicholas Hooper received Best of Show, and junior Annmarie Tichy received the  Teacher's Choice Award.
For a full list of winners, click here.

Sophomore accepted into summer honors program
Sophomore Shannon Ries will be spending much of her summer in Saumur, France, thanks to her acceptance into the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages. She will be in France June 6 to July 19 with other students from Indiana high schools and will live with a host family.

Shannon initiated applying to the program after asking French teacher Katie Aebersold about immersion opportunities to improve her French speaking skills. Ms. Aebersold applied for Providence to be a participant school, which allowed Shannon to apply.

Last week, she received a $1,000 scholarship from the former Clarksville Sister Cities program. The organization disbanded in 2016 but still had funds to distribute and approached Ms. Aebersold to see if she knew of any students participating in an international travel experience.

Shannon received the scholarship thanks to her initiative in seeking out the experience and her commitment to learning French.

Shoe Drive to help with safe water systems
The House of Loyalty shoe drive to benefit WaterStep was a success. Students, faculty and staff donated 258 pairs of shoes, and the House of Loyalty brought in the most with 133 pairs, followed by Integrity with 50, and Humility with 39. The shoes will help WaterStep provide communities around the world with assistance in developing safe-drinking water programs.

Unifying artwork travels to local high schools
Providence was one of eight local schools that had the opportunity to help complete the Stronger Together sculpture, a teen-led public art project created at Community Montessori. Students at each of the area high schools wove yarn into the heart-shaped sculpture.

The project is intended to emphasize that from Columbine to Parkland to Southern Indiana and all over the world, the one thing all of us have in common is love, according to the press release. As a community and as teenagers, this project is meant to demonstrate that people can stand together against any kind of school violence. The project creators also hope to encourage all people to vow to stay connected with one another and treat all people with love and kindness.

Over a two-week period, the sculpture also traveled to Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Silver Creek, and Clarksville high schools and Rock Creek Community Academy. The final stop was New Albany High School, and the sculpture will be dedicated in a short public ceremony on Friday afternoon, May 18, at 4:00 p.m. at the New Albany Floyd County Public Library.

8th graders place in Art Fair
Congratulations to eighth graders Sydney LaMaster and Dallas Bonnet, who each placed in the top three in her category at the Deanery Fine Arts Fair. Sydney placed third in 2D Art for her creation "River Seine." Dallas' photo titled "Vintage Blue" received second place.

Eighth graders enjoy Deanery activities
The eighth grade is taking part in various activities as the students wind down the school year. Last week, they attended the Deanery Eighth Grade Mass at Sacred Heart followed by a picnic. This weekend, they will attend the Deanery Eighth Grade Dance.

Literary magazine available
The student literary magazine, The Auriferous Review, is now available online. The publication contains various creative writings and artwork by students grades eight to 12.

STEM Club featured in Purdue blog
Earlier this semester, the STEM Club hosted a visit from Scott Massey, CEO and cofounder of Heliponix, which provides in-home hydroponic units. The story of his visit is featured in a blog by Purdue at Westgate and has been shared by the Indiana governor and other state agencies.

Seniors heading to variety of destinations
Providence is known for preparing its students for college. Each year, more than 96 percent of our seniors graduate with plans to continue their education in college. We are proud to have these students continue learning on college campuses, including students like Sierra Brooks, who will enter Indiana University Southeast as a sophomore and is waiting for word on her admission to its nursing program, a feat accomplished last year by her sister, Cheyenne '17. We also have a number of students entering colleges that are farther afield, from Brady Gentry going to Los Angeles for the New York Film Academy to Emily Geldermann on the other coast at Emerson College in Boston.
Seniors go beyond the minimum for service
Our students are required to accumulate 60 hours in service to organizations outside of school over their four years here. For some students, once they begin volunteering, they soon find that they enjoy helping others and go beyond the minimum requirement. Many of these students are involved in their parish youth ministry and were recognized by the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries last week, including the following:
  • Senior Katie Baker, who was previously featured in the eVision for her having received the President's Volunteer Service Award as a sophomore and for initiating a mission trip to Guatemala with senior Natalie Gallegos, received the C.J. Smith Service Above Self award.
  • Senior Ethan Furnish, who was previously featured for his service work, received the Dean Kraemer Spirit of Hope award. 
  • Senior Heidi Popson, who is featured in our Read More section, received the Fr. Tom Stumph Excellence in Leadership award.
For a full list of students recognized for their Deanery youth ministry participation, click here. Read more for a description of six students and their service work.
Track, Softball teams gaining momentum
Several of our spring sports teams are heading into the postseason, with Girls Track doing well in sectional last night. The Boys Track team is preparing to compete in sectional tomorrow, Girls Tennis starts sectional at Jeffersonville vs. New Washington at 5:00 this evening, and Softball starts sectional play on Monday. For a wrap up of the Girls Track sectional, and outlooks on the Boys Track and Softball sectionals, Read More.
Sports News: Softball recognizes donors and more
Softball team recognizes Hughes family
Members of the Hughes family gathered at the Senior Night softball game on May 7 for photos with the team and the plaque honoring company founder George E. Hughes, Sr., and The Hughes Group's support of the softball field improvements.

Players named to All Area teams
The News & Tribune has named the remainder of its All-Area teams. Seniors Cullen Ebert and Blake Murphy were named honorable mention to the All Area Boys Basketball Team; and junior Tanner Carver was named to the All Area Boys Swimming Second Team.

Boys Soccer player signs to play in college
Senior Michael Gill has signed to play NCAA Division III men's soccer at Spalding University. He is a two-sport varsity athlete, playing soccer and track & field for all four years in high school. His freshman year, he helped the Boys Soccer team win the Hoosier Cup and was an integral part in the Pioneers having won sectional championships four consecutive years, regional championships three years, and a semi-state championship during his tenure. As co-captain his senior year, he was selected First Team Southern Indiana and was honored with Academic All-State.
Summer Camp opportunities
Summer camp registration forms are becoming available, and most can be found on the school website, including:
  • Football - May 29-31
  • Fun in the Sun Co-ed Soccer - May 29-31
  • Volleyball - May 30-31 for rising freshman girls; July 9-10 for K-2 and 5-6 boys and girls and July 11-12 for 3-4 and 7-8 boys and girls. 
  • Girls Basketball - June 4-6
  • Dance - June 12-14
  • Co-ed Soccer - June 18-21
Register now to reserve your spot.

Providence to offer Deanery girls' basketball travel club
Providence Girls Basketball will now be offering a new travel basketball program known as the Providence Warriors. The Providence Warriors will be run by the Providence Girls Basketball program in conjunction with the Providence Girls Basketball Academy.

The Providence Warriors will have offerings for girls entering grades three to eight. There will be two seasons per grade level, with three to four having a summer and fall season, and five to eight having a summer and spring season.

The mission of the Providence Girls Basketball Academy and the Providence Warriors is to build character, teamwork and leadership in a Christ-centered environment that uses basketball as an avenue to prepare student-athletes for success in high school in the classroom, community, and court. This program is meant to enhance Deanery athletics and better prepare girls in the New Albany Deanery for high school basketball and life. It is specifically designed so that any conflicts with the Deanery season would be minimal. Also, when conflicts do occur, Deanery games will take priority.

Girls Basketball Head Coach Brad Burden will serve as the director of the Providence Girls Basketball Academy and Providence Warriors. An information meeting will be held on Sunday, May 20, for third and fourth graders at 5:00-6:00 p.m. and fifth through eighth graders at 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball assistant position opening
Providence High School Girls Basketball has an immediate opening for a position of varsity assistant Girls Basketball coach. Interested candidates should be highly motivated, hard working and talented who also believe in teaching the fundamentals of the game and player relationships.

The coach will assist the head coach in all aspects of the program, attend daily practices 3:30-6:00, assist with scouting both live and on film, assist in developing game plans and scouting reports, assist in player development before, during and after the season.

Minimum requirements for the position are high school playing experience, ability to pass Safe and Sacred training and background check, and ability to attend practices and games during season.

Preferred qualifications are college playing experience, previous coaching experience, flexible schedule to allow for 3:00 arrival time during season, and the ability to attend offseason and summer workouts and camps.

Interested candidates can contact Head Coach Brad Burden at
Parent Notes: Final exams, sports physicals
Finals week schedule and events
Next week is the last week of the 2017-2018 school year. There will be no BLUE Days on Monday or Tuesday, May 21-22. Seniors begin final exams on Monday, which is also Locker Clean Out Day with dismissal at 2:40 to give students time to clean out their lockers after school. Final exams for all students begin on Tuesday. Friday is graduation practice for seniors, and Senior Farewell will take place after underclassman final exams.

Senior events
Seniors will have Senior Awards on Sunday, May 20, at 5:00 in the Robinson Auditorium and Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Graduation is Sunday, May 27, at 5:00 p.m. in the Larkin Center. Parking will be limited, so please carpool if possible. The Senior Activities Bulletin is posted on the website for parents' reference.

Eighth grade events
The eighth grade will have its awards on Thursday afternoon and graduation is Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. The eighth grade will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25. Click here for eighth grade activities information.
All School Sports Physical Day is Saturday
The Athletic Department is hosting an All School Sports Physical Day on Saturday, May 19, in the Larkin Center from 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Cost is $15.00 cash. Forms are available on the website, in the Athletic Office and at check-in that day.
Reunion planning for 2018
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. Dates: June 8, Sept. 14, and Dec. 7, 2018. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions
  • 1968: Sept. 21, 2018, Jeffersonville K of C, 7:00-? and Sept. 22, 300 Spring, Jeffersonville, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Contact Kathy Elder '68 or class Facebook page
  • 1973: Oct. 12, 2018, Sheraton in Jeffersonville; Oct. 13 The Levee at the River House, Louisville. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Tour & Tasting TBA. Save the date cards have been sent.
  • 1978: Sept. 8, 2018, Mass/tour of PHS followed by reception at Covered Bridge Golf Club. Save the date info will be sent. 
  • 1988: July 28, 2018, Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. RSVP is required. For more info, email Cinnamon La Hue-Grubs.
  • 1993: August 25, 2018, Kyes I, in Jeffersonville, 7:00-11:00 p.m. See class Facebook page, or contact Edie Paine Frakes at (502) 592-1917 for more info. Invites to come.
  • 1998: Sept. 22, 2018. For more information, contact Charlie Smith. Save the dates to come.
  • 2003: July 7, 2018, Wick's Pizza in New Albany, 6-9:00 p.m. Live music begins at 9:00. Invites will be sent.
  • 2013: July 21, 2018, Hull & High Water in New Albany. For more information, check Chalkboard 2013 or e-mail Jacob Resch.
Show you're True Blue with A Pioneering Spirit
"A copy of A Pioneering Spirit should be in every Providence home, or rest proudly on every graduate's coffee table. Blue Pride demands it," says PHS 1957 graduate, sports broadcaster, and author Charlie Jenkins.

Co-author and PHS '57 graduate, teacher, and school archivist Ray Day states, "This book contains everything you ever wanted to know about something you didn't know you wanted to know that much about."

Impress your friends with an astounding 66 years of Providence history. Thumb through all 248 pages and marvel at how Charlie and Ray were able to compile so much information into such a neat 8 x 10 inch package. Enjoy more than 200 archived photos while knowing all profits from book sales will support the Providence Athletic Department. As you immerse yourself in this page-turner, True Blue blood will surge through your veins.

To acquire your copy, co-signed by the authors, stop in the Providence Main Office during school hours or simply call Charlie Jenkins at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping.

If you are in any way related to the Providence community you'll surely appreciate this first-of-its-kind Providence publication. Tradition, heritage and Pioneer blue pride leap from every page. Think graduation. Think birthdays. Think anniversaries. Think reunions. And then order an extra one for yourself.

The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Journey back to health leads to new venture
Theresa (Paris) Bivens '86 is beginning to tell her story in hopes that others can learn from her struggles. She spent two years trying to learn the cause of various debilitating physical symptoms before she was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Now she wants to help those who may be experiencing similar symptoms as well as those interested in a holistic approach to health and wellness. Read more
May 17: Junior High Awards
May 20: Senior Awards Ceremony
May 21: Senior exams begin
May 21: Locker Clean Out Day
May 22: Underclassman exams begin
May 24: Eighth grade graduation
May 25: Baccalaureate Mass for seniors
May 25: Last day of school
May 27: High school graduation

Today's reflection is part of a series of reflections and prayers dedicated to Mary for the month of May.


"We find her on Calvary, at the foot of the cross, praying. This is nothing new for Mary. She has always acted like this, in fulfil­ling her duties and looking after her home. As she went about the things of this earth, she kept her attention on God."

Let us offer to our Mother today:

An act of contrition, said many times, asking
her to offer our sorrow for our sins to Jesus crucified.

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

Our Lady of Providence Jr-Sr High School
707 Providence Way, Clarksville, IN 47129
812-945-2538 | E-mail |

Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.