Students honor Mary with May Crowning
Today we celebrated May Crowning with liturgy and the crowning of the statue of the Blessed Mother as we honor her in this month that is dedicated to her. Carrying the crown in the procession representing the eighth grade was Katie Riggs, and the eighth grade court members were Dallas Bonnet and Garrett Huber. Crowning Mary for the seniors was Heidi Popson. The high school court included freshmen Emma Kaelin and Aaron Burke, sophomores Chloe Sprigler and Bryce Hutchins, juniors Molly Grigg and Tyler Upton, and seniors Claire Harper and Jack Wagner.
Junior High to celebrate last graduation
When the 2018-2019 school year begins in late July, Providence will resume a moniker it hasn't used in almost 30 years. Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School will once again be known simply as Our Lady of Providence High School. The change comes as St. John Paul II and St. Mary of the Knobs schools will complete the addition of seventh and eighth grades to their schools, ending the need for the Providence Junior High.

On May 24, Providence Junior High will graduate its 28th and last eighth grade class. Memorabilia from those early years is being collected, so read on to know what items are needed.  Read more
Student News: House Cup, Top 10, and more
Bleachers under construction

Construction of the concrete pad for the new home-side bleachers in Murphy Stadium is now complete, and the new bleachers have arrived on site. The bleachers will be assembled and installed over the next few weeks.

Justice wins House Cup
Last Friday, the winner of the House Cup was decided at the House Cup assembly. The four contestant Houses qualified throughout the year in various ways. The House of Faith earned their spot by winning Guerin Day in September. The Houses of Loyalty, Justice and Truth each won the points competition in a different academic quarter. At the assembly, the Houses competed in a variety of games with the faculty competing in a game of Family Feud. The House of Justice prevailed and received the trophy.

Top 10 seniors recognized
The top 10 seniors by academic rank were recognized last week at a special breakfast hosted by the Clarksville Rotary Club. The seniors include Olivia Dome, Kaleb Dunn, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Claire Harper, Katerina Jones, Emma Kerr, Heidi Popson, Olivia Storz, Brogan Welch, and Hannah Wolford.

Freshmen take part in abstinence program
Last month, the freshman theology students participated in an abstinence program. The students listened to presentations and took part in various activities, including a karaoke presentation, shown here.

Humility to host faculty vs. student softball game
The House of Humility will host its annual faculty vs student softball game on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. on the baseball field. Admission will be a donation to the Pope John Paul II Research Center in honor of Brandon Tevis (ex-'16) for Epilepsy Research.

Students remember those killed by gun violence
The week of April 16, our students reflected on and prayed about Catholic social justice and human dignity during morning prayer and ended the week on April 20 with a prayer service planned by a group of seniors. The prayer service was held in memory of all victims of school gun violence and included lighting a candle for each of those killed at Columbine High School on that day in 1999. The ceremony included a moving testimony by senior Mirashaye Basa, who shared her desire for an end to violence, especially gun violence in schools.

During lunches, the seniors hosted a registration table where students who had turned 18 could register to vote and a list of our U.S. Congressional and Senate leaders with paper and envelopes to write them letters. Many of the students took the opportunity to write letters to their representatives, and more than 20 students registered to vote. Some seniors had previously registered to vote during their government class.
Junior high students excel at different sports
For many years, our junior high students had their own sports teams, put on theatre productions, and even had their own choir. As the junior high transitions with only the eighth grade here this year, many of the students have competed on their Deanery parish teams. Others have been part of the Deanery musical or played sports for Deanery teams or on local Little League teams, such as eighth grader Brooklynn Nolot, who went to the 2017 Little League Softball World Series with the Floyds Knobs 11-12 All Stars softball team last fall. Still others, like eighth grader Billy Hoke, participate in AAU teams, and others, like Dallas Bonnet, take their hobbies to the competitive level.

Billy has been a player for Javanon F.C. in Louisville for the past three years playing competitive soccer, helping his team win state three years ago as well as other local competitions. Dallas is in her first year competing with show horses, having ridden horses on her grandparents' farm since she was 2. Read more

Sports News: Player signing, All-Area honors
Senior signs to play college sports
Senior Spencer Purcell has signed to play football and do field events for the men's track team at the University of the Cumberlands, an NAIA school. At Providence, Spencer competed in Football and Boys Track & Field all four years. In football, he was a four-year varsity player and as a senior helped lead the team to its first sectional title since 2007. He was named a two-year All Area Defensive End by the Courier Journal and an All-State Defensive End his junior year. In his senior year, he compiled 108 tackles as well as leaving behind multiple lifting records. In track, he was a four-year varsity thrower and a top competitor in field events. Last season, he won the sectional title in discus and went on to place sixth in regionals.

Winter sports athletes named to All-Area Team
The News & Tribune has begun announcing its NTSPY Player of the Year candidates and its All-Area teams for winter sports. Junior Sam Hudlin was named to the Wrestling All-Area Second Team, and sophomore Chase Aldridge, junior Nathan Grantz, and senior Jansen Tate received honorable mention. Senior Hannah Wolford was named an NTSPY Girls Basketball Player of the Year finalist and a member of the All-Area First Team. Sophomore Natalie Boesing was named to the All-Area Third Team.

Wolford invited to All Star Classic
The Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic selection committee has selected Hannah Wolford to participate in the 2018 Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic Senior Game. It will be held June 15 at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

Softball sectional bracket available
The 2A Softball sectional starts May 21, when the team faces Crawford County at Pekin Eastern at 5:00 p.m. For a full schedule, click here.
Multiple offerings for Deanery students
Deanery students have a variety of opportunities for summer camps and other sports opportunities. 

Deanery Night at the ballpark
Deanery students can enjoy Baseball Deanery Night on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. when Providence hosts Corydon. All youth baseball players who arrive by 5:00 p.m. will be on the field with the team during the National Anthem and will receive free popcorn. Arrive around 3:30 p.m. to observe the pre-game routine and batting practice. Softball will hold a Deanery Night in May, with the date and activities to be announced.

Register now for summer camps
Summer camp registration forms are becoming available, and most can be found on the school website. 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.

Parent Notes: Fine Arts Fair and more
No School on Friday
Providence will be closed on Friday, May 4. 

Fine Arts Fair next week
The Deanery Fine Arts Fair is Tuesday, May 8, and the high school Fine Arts Fair is Thursday, May 10. Parents can view their students  2D and 3D art and photography. The receptions start at 6:30 each evening, with awards presented at 7:00 p.m.

Senior activities bulletin
The Senior Activities Bulletin is posted on the website for parents' reference.
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
  • 1958: May 11, 2018, Covered Bridge Golf Club, 6 p.m. Contact Mimi (Marguet) Paris '58 at (812) 246-1020 or Mary Lee (Freund) Eldridge '58 at (812) 949-8095.
  • 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 May 14. 
  • 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: 25th reunion planning underway! For more info or to vote on date options, please go to class Facebook page, or contact Edie Paine Frakes at (502) 592-1917 for questions or to get involved!
  • 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.
Volunteer teaching stint focuses grad's career plans
For some, serving others takes priority over starting a career. And in the process, they may find what they truly want to do for their life's work. April Stiller '12
earned her bachelor's degree in 2016 from Indiana University Southeast in Spanish and international studies. Along the way, she discovered teaching by serving as an aide in college Spanish classes and volunteering for Catholic Charities teaching English as a second language to refugees. She also has worked as a substitute teacher. Now, she is teaching English to children in Chile. Read more
May 4: No School
May 7: AP testing begins
May 8: Deanery Fine Arts Fair
May 10: High School Fine Arts Fair
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

Prayer to the Virgin of Guadalupe

O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children.

Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach us to go continually to Jesus, and if we fall help us to rise again and return to him through the confession of our faults and our sins in the sacrament of penance, which gives peace to the soul.

We beg you to grant us a great love of all the holy sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth. Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our consciences, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all others true joy and true peace, which come to us from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever.

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.