Class of 2018 receives multiple scholarships, awards
Last Sunday, we celebrated our 64th Providence Commencement, graduating 113 seniors. These seniors are part of an exceptional class, earning $12.3 million in academic college scholarships and more than 10,300 total service hours. Additionally, an impressive 85 percent of this class earned an Indiana Honors Diploma or Indiana Technical Honors Diploma. We look forward to following the success of these students, with 95 percent going on to higher education, one student joining the U.S. Marines, and one entering a paid apprenticeship with on-the-job training.

The Sunday prior, we honored these outstanding students at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony. These students earned $94,000 in community scholarships to apply to their college costs, not including three full-tuition scholarships. Those scholarships included Ethan Furnish '18, recipient of a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship administered by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Olivia Storz '18, recipient of a 21st Century Scholars Scholarship, and Aaron Shireman '18, recipient of the SAMTEC - Mechanical Engineering Co-op Position, which includes full tuition and a co-operative internship position at SAMTEC throughout college. Brogan Welch '18 also received a full tuition scholarship as part of his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. For a full list of scholarship recipients, click here.

Also at the Senior Awards Ceremony, the students received academic department, scholastic, and special awards, including the announcement of the valedictorian, Heidi Popson '18, and salutatorians, Shawn Fitzpatrick '18 and Emma Kerr '18. (Story below.) For a complete listing of awards, click here.
Last eighth grade class graduates
Last Thursday, we celebrated our Eighth Grade Graduation, the final ceremony for that grade level at Providence. Now that St. John Paul II and St. Mary of the Knobs schools have added junior high classes, Providence will return to a high school only. We are grateful for the many students who attended our seventh and eighth grades since 1989, and the 2018 eighth grade class will hold a special place in our hearts. We wish these students the best and look forward to seeing them once again in our hallways as freshmen in late July.

The week prior, the eighth graders attended their Junior High Awards ceremony, during which academic department, athletic, and scholarship awards were announced. For a full list of these awards, click here.
Ms. Manning, other faculty/staff honored
Mr. Steve Beyl '99 and Ms. Jude Manning (Hon. '16), both social studies teachers, leave PHS for new opportunities.
Jude Manning (Hon. '16) is retiring from teaching after 35 years at Providence and 47 over all. She joined the Providence faculty in the fall of 1983, having previously taught in various schools in Louisville. Originally a theology teacher, she began teaching social studies a few years later and has taught various levels of World History, U.S. History and European History.

Since the fall of 2013, Ms. Manning has taught AP U.S. History and AP European History part time. She also previously served as tennis coach, junior class moderator, and Social Studies Department chairperson. She received her honorary Providence diploma in January 2016.

Ms. Manning plans to start her retirement visiting Orange Beach, Fla. Then she will travel to England with her "rocket scientist friend" Marilyn and her husband, Lenny, where she will visit "some of the places I have talked about for years," she said. Stops include the site of the Battle of Hastings; Runnymede, the site of the Magna Carta; Canterbury (home of Thomas Becket), and the Tower of London (site of Becket's and Anne Boleyn's executions). In the future, she hopes to sub at Providence on occasion and plans to stay connected.

"PHS has been my second home for 35 years, and I cannot imagine not being a part of the school," she said.

Mr. Gary Rosenberger '59, who most recently served as a cafeteria supervisor, retired after 47 continuous years at Providence. He began as an assistant Football coach in 1971, started his career as a social studies teacher in 1972, and served as dean of students from 1993 to 2005. He then became a permanent substitute teacher and continued to coach Boys Track & Field, retiring from that position after 42 seasons in 2014.
Mr. Steve Beyl '99 is leaving Providence to become the principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. He has taught at Providence since the spring semester of 2006, teaching various social studies courses and introducing AP Government. In 2014, he became assistant principal/director of student leadership and activities. He was previously an assistant Baseball coach and faculty advisor to the House of Justice.

Fr. Adam Ahern, our chaplain since the 2015-2016 school year, has been assigned part-time associate pastor at St. Mary in Greensburg and sacramental minister at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Milan while continuing as Catholic chaplain for the Indiana Army National Guard. Fr. Adam has celebrated our daily morning liturgies, monthly all-school liturgies, and all-class Masses for the last three years. He also worked with Mrs. Leah (Cissell) Kelly '05 in Campus Ministry to plan events and served as a cafeteria monitor and offered weekly Confession.

Also leaving Providence are Mrs. Krissy (Beyl) Van Laan '05 (English 2013-2018), Mr. Matt Schaab (math 2014-2018), and Mr. Patrick Koopman (theology 2017-2018). We wish them all well!
Three seniors are top of the class
Congratulations to our top three scholars: Heidi Popson '18, valedictorian; Shawn Fitzpatrick '18, salutatorian; and Emma Kerr '18, salutatorian. These three students have the highest academic rank in the senior class and addressed the graduates and those in attendance at the commencement this past Sunday. Click here to read more about these students.
Girls Tennis headed to state, Boys Golf to sectional, other teams end seasons
Three sports teams ended their season in postseason play last week, while Girls Tennis moves on to the state quarterfinals on Friday. Boys Golf starts sectional on Monday.

The Girls Track & Field team finished 13th of 52 at regional, with all eight competitors scoring for the team in various events. Boys Track & Field placed fourth at sectional and qualified 10 athletes in five events to advance to regional, where the team placed 26th of 52. Senior Spencer Purcell placed fourth in discus at regional, missing qualifying for state by one spot. The Baseball and Softball teams each lost in the opening round of sectional. Read more.
Sports News: Player awards, college signing
Perkins signs with Cumberlands
Senior Zack Perkins has signed to play NAIA men's soccer at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Having transferred to Providence his sophomore year, he played Boys Soccer on both JV and varsity teams each of his three years. While playing for Providence, he received the Offensive MVP Award and an overall MVP along with assisting his team to a sectional and a regional title. Zack plans to major in pre-med.

Cumberlands Head Coach Christopher LeFevre said he is looking forward to having Zack on the team. "We believe he has potential, and once he is in our environment, we will see a lot of growth from him. He is determined and coachable, and this will help him in his development."

Players named to CJ All Area teams
Several of our spring sports student-athletes have been named to their respective Southern Indiana All-Area Team by the Courier Journal. The newspaper's award ceremony is June 7.
  • Baseball: Seniors Timmy Borden and Nathan Proctor and juniors Kaden Williams and Joe Wilkinson. Timmy was named a Baseball Player of the Year Award nominee.
  • Softball: Senior Hannah Wolford and junior Sydney Shireman.
  • Girls Tennis: Seniors Izzy Coe, Clare Hooper, and Heidi Popson, juniors Halli Trinkle and Hannah Conder, and sophomore Natalie Boesing. Natalie and Halli were named Girls Tennis Player of the Year Award nominees.
  • Track & Field: Senior Spencer Purcell and sophomore Ceci Rush.
Future Pioneers have outstanding season
A group of third and fourth grade girls from Southern Indiana Deanery schools made its mark in the Louisville Catholic Schools soccer league this past spring. The Future Blue Futbol Crew juniors completed an undefeated and untied season, posting a 6-0-0 record against their friends from across the river. Also successful in the spring campaign were the Future Blue girls from the fifth and sixth grade team, as well as the seventh and eighth grade team.

Coached by Providence Girls Soccer Head Coach Dave Smith along with PHS JV Coach Stephanie LeBrun and Mr. Todd Dome, the middle school-age girls will be back in action this fall, competing with the public schools in Southern Indiana.
Summer Camp opportunities
Summer camp registration forms are becoming available, and most can be found on the school website, including:
  • Girls Basketball - June 4-6
  • Dance - June 12-14
  • Co-ed Soccer - June 18-21
  • Volleyball - 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. 
Register now to reserve your spot.
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 and also believe in teaching the fundamentals of the game and building 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, and 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 grades, summer info
Semester grades posted online
Second semester grades will be posted in Skyward on June 1. Watch for an email from Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger '74 with end-of-the-year news.

Summer packets for 2018-2019
Returning and new students will receive information on the 2018-2019 school year in early July via email. No packets will be mailed.

Summer reading posted
Summer reading information is posted on the school website. Assignments are due on the second day of class.

Discontinuing Support for older iPads
Parents, please note that Apple will no longer be able to support some students' iPads. When Apple released its current version of operating system for iPads, iOS 11, the company discontinued support for older 32-bit devices and apps. Only 64-bit devices support the current operating system and will receive future app updates. This has created a growing divide in functionality between older hardware and newer hardware. As compatibility deteriorates, Providence IT has had to make the difficult decision to discontinue support for older hardware and iOS versions beginning in the fall of 2018 to ensure devices students use for education can meet curriculum needs.

Apple's iOS 11 is supported on all iPads introduced by Apple since 2013, so the majority of our students will be unaffected. However, this change will require 34 returning students to replace their iPad for the fall, and another 59 to perform the free upgrade to iOS 11 on their current iPad. If your student is affected by this necessary transition, you should have received a notification via email and Skyward Family Access.

Summer office hours
The Providence offices will be on the following schedule this summer:
  • June 4-June 22: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • June 26-July 6: Closed
  • July 7-13: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • July 16: Regular hours 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. weekdays
  • July 25: First day of school, classes start at 8:00 a.m.
Note: The Athletic Office will be closed July 9. The Guidance Office counselors will not be available June 8-July 16. 

Selling old textbooks
Students can sell their old print textbooks back to eTechcampus via this link through June 24, 2018.
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.
Save the Date: Golf Scramble
The 20th Annual Pioneer Golf Scramble to benefit the Annual Student Assistance Program is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, at Champions Pointe Golf Club with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. To become part of the planning committee, to secure a sponsorship, or for more information, please contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at or (812) 945-3350.
History of Providence basketball available
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during summer hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 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.
Alumnus' love for Crusade comes full circle
For Sgt. Michael Osborne '05, his admiration for firefighters and his involvement with the WHAS Crusade for Children have been intertwined his whole life. His godfather, Dale Popp '69, a retired Jeffersonville fire captain, was active on the department when Osborne was growing up. When Osborne was in third grade, Popp invited him to ride on the firetruck and help collect for the Crusade. At the time, Osborne was more thrilled with the prospect of riding on the firetruck than helping others, but collecting for the Crusade became an annual routine. Now, he has made both loves part of his career as a Jeffersonville firefighter. Read more.  
June 1: Second Semester grades posted
June 4: Summer hours begin
June 20: Next eVision
June 26-July 6: Offices closed
July 9: Summer packets emailed this week
July 23: Freshman orientation
July 24: 10th-12th grade registration
July 25: Classes resume

A Prayer for Summer Break

What about you and me?
I don't want to
forget you just because
I'm off my normal school-year routine.
Keep close to me, Lord,
and remind me that my relationship
with you should never take a break.

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

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