Deanery musical showcases younger talent
Belle, Gaston, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere and the cast of Beauty and the Beast Jr. are ready to delight audiences this weekend. The Deanery musical showcases the talent of 67 fifth through eighth graders from six of our Deanery schools: 24 students from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 13 from St. Anthony, 11 from St. John Paul II, nine from St. Mary of the Knobs, eight from Holy Family and two from Sacred Heart. Additionally, seven students total from OLPH, St. Mary of the Knobs, and St. Anthony make up the tech crew.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Robinson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 at the door and can also be purchased online.
School News: Art show, House Cup and more
The Spring Fine Arts Show features our students' best art.  Their varied artistic talents were on display last week. Click here for a list of winners .

Justice retains House Cup
After a close battle and a recount, the House of Justice won the House Cup for the second year in a row. Justice won the First Quarter House Points Contest to earn a spot in the finals, and during the finals won two rounds and finished second in another.

Students honor Mary 
Last Wednesday, we celebrated our Blessed Mother with a traditional May Crowning following an all-school liturgy. Those in the court included freshmen Amanda Upton and Zach Applewhite, sophomores Julie Christie and Nate Dallman, juniors Elyse Kristiansen and Michael Morra, and seniors Megan Flanagan and Isaac Coker. Freshman Justus Vaughn-Bowman had the honor of carrying the crown, and senior Alex Henderson placed the crown of flowers on the statue of Mary.

Seniors enjoy Assistance Day
Last Thursday, our seniors participated in Senior Assistance Day, in which they "took "over" the duties of various faculty and staff. Many of the seniors coordinated their outfit to match that of their paired teacher or staff member. For more photos, see our school Facebook page.

Two seniors win scholarships
Seniors Nathan Grantz and Matthew Reger each won a $1,000 scholarship to attend Indiana University Southeast from Clark County REMC. The scholarship is open to children of any REMC member who plan to attend IUS.

Top 10 seniors recognized
The seniors who rank in the top 10 academically were recognized at a Clarksville Rotary Club breakfast last week. The seniors include Adriel Nacpil, Ross Reyes, Jacqueline Scott, Joe Gryboski, Brandon Schafer, Brookelyn Williams, Austin Hughes, Alexandria Henderson, Jenna Kaiser, and Collin Daugherty.

Senior learns leadership skills by leading
Unlike most of the Houses this year, the House of Humility has just one senior executive delegate - senior Adriel Nacpil. In his first year in a House leadership position, he enjoyed the chance to make a difference, he said. He especially liked trying to motivate his fellow House members to do their best at Guerin Day. His favorite activity was working with senior Tanner Carver, the House of Humility events coordinator, to plan the Fall Homecoming video.

Although it was Adriel's first year as a House leader, it was not his first time in a leadership position. Last year, he served as treasurer for the Spanish Club, and this year he is the president. He said he learned a lot about being a leader during his time as treasurer and president of the Spanish Club. Spanish teacher Alan Mathews '88 is the club's faculty sponsor and is good at empowering the students to run meetings and organize events, such as the ornament sale to raise money for the Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana, Adriel said.

Adriel also is on the Quick Recall team and the Math Team and is a school lector. He earned fifth place among all seniors in District 3 for the Math Team. His favorite activity, however, is Quick Recall.

"I liked it because I'm good at it and I liked being with other smart people and competing, even though we didn't always win," he said.

Career speakers inspire freshmen
Thank you to the parents, alumni, and community members who took time to share information about their careers as part of the Career Speaker Series for Mr. Brad Burden's Freshman Focus classes. Speakers included Freshman Boys Basketball Coach Dave O'Connor, Bellarmine Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport, Providence parent/maintenance staff and Clarksville fireman Tom Upton, graphic designer Brigid Morrissey, WHAS radio personality Tony Vanetti, Providence tennis coach and physical therapist Scott Gurgol, Indiana State Police trooper Cameron Collins, and Natalie Duffy '10, a physician assistant.

Science students help clean along river
A group of science students recently took part in the Mini River Sweep at the Falls of the Ohio. Juniors Luke Rodski and Claire Reyes and sophomores Caleb Barber, Brennan Finnegan, Katie Huff, Lizzy Isgrigg, Aidan Leonard, Alex Stoner, Katlyn Wright, and Ashleigh Wright collected Styrofoam, water bottles, and a number of plastic funnels. The group also found a full car tire and the lining from the inside of a boat. After the river sweep, the students helped Mrs. Laura Swessel pull garlic mustard, an invasive plant, from a portion of the Woodlands trail.

House of Integrity Lenten Challenge helps many
The House of Integrity sponsored the Lenten Toiletries Challenge to collect personal care items to donate to those who are homeless. Late last month, the House organized a service activity at the Franciscan Kitchen in Louisville to sort the donations into toiletry bags. A group of 14 PHS students attended and made more than 400 personal hygiene bags for the homeless.
Film inspires formation of Climbing Club
Teens have been known to attempt to mimic adventurous and sometimes foolish things after viewing them on YouTube and in feature films. A group of seniors recently were inspired by the documentary film Free Solo, about a man's attempt to climb the vertical formation El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without climbing harnesses. Rather than attempting to climb local rock formations, seniors Bryce Drury, Joe Denis, and Harry Green
founded the PHS Climbing Club in order to better afford a membership to Climb Nulu, a climbing gym in Louisville. Read more.
Dr. Jacobi loves to learn and to teach
It might seem odd that an English teacher is the chairperson of the Theology Department, but Dr. Kathryn Jacobi said it actually makes perfect sense. When she was named chairperson a few years ago, there was not a theology teacher able to take on the role since several of the teachers were new. Dr. Jacobi has been able to help the department by offering advice with critical reading and lesson plans, common teaching approaches in both disciplines.
Taking on new roles and adapting to changes in curriculum and other areas are things Dr. Jacobi has become adept at after more than 25 years teaching at Providence. Read more.
Hornung to retire from coaching Baseball
After 25 years coaching at Providence, Baseball Coach Scott Hornung is retiring. A retirement farewell for Coach Hornung will be held at his last home game on Wednesday, May 15, at the 5:30 p.m. game vs. Austin. A brief on-the-field ceremony will take place just before the first pitch. A meet-and-greet reception will be held immediately after the game in the school, just behind the baseball field.

Hornung, who is only retiring from coaching, has led his teams to 13 sectional titles, six regional championships, one semi-state win, and one state crown. His coaching record prior to the start of the 2019 season was 453-228. All former players and assistant coaches as well as parents, students, fans, and community members are invited to attend.
Boys Basketball position open
The Athletic Department is accepting applications for the position of Head Boys Basketball Coach. Qualifications include a minimum of a bachelor's degree, five-plus years as a high school varsity assistant coach or higher, and high school and/or college playing experience.

Interested candidates should send a letter of introduction, current resume, and three references to Mrs. Paula Hoffman, Athletic Administrative Assistant, Providence Basketball Coach Position, 707 Providence Way, Clarksville, IN 47129. Email:, or Fax: 812-944-3732. Deadline for submissions is May 20.
Sports News: College signing, new club sport, more
Henretty signs with Midway
Senior Blaine Henretty has signed his National Letter of Intent with NAIA Midway (Ky.) University to play men's soccer in the 2019-20 school year. Blaine transferred to Providence his junior year and helped the Pioneers win two regional championships in his two-years on the team.
Boys Volleyball has debut season
Boys Volleyball has come to Providence as a club sport. The 10-member team has improved over the season, facing schools with programs that are at least two years old, including one Louisville school, where boys' volleyball is a sanctioned high school sport. The team is coached by Volleyball varsity assistant coach Brandy Denning.

Varsity Volleyball Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia '90 said the club sport is gaining popularity across the state. The five seniors on the team have asked her for several years to start up a team, and after they participated in a recreational league over the summer, she agreed. She said she has been impressed with their progress.

"They get better every match," Coach Purichia said, noting that all their opponents have more experience. "They're really getting it. They're starting to come along."

Locally, high schools with boys' volleyball teams include Floyd Central, Silver Creek, Scottsburg, and Rock Creek.

The team will face Scottsburg tonight in its only home game, which is also senior night. The game is at 6:30 p.m. in the Larkin Center, and tickets are $3. Tomorrow, the boys will wrap up the season at Silver Creek with matches against Silver Creek and DeSales.

The roster includes sophomores Clayton Furnish, Nate Dallman; and Ryley Gunther; juniors Edward Bobkoskie and Taylor Hensley; and seniors Harry Green, Sam Kruer, Joe Gryboski, Tanner Carver, and Charlie O'Bryant.

Softball and Baseball win Town Championship
The Baseball and Softball teams each defeated Clarksville in order to be named Town Champs. The boys won 10-0, and the girls finished their game in the ninth inning. The Softball game started on April 15 and ended in a tie at 13 in the eighth inning before being called due to darkness. On May 1, the team finished the game and won 15-3. Freshman Brooklyn Nolot was named the game MVP.

Sectional pairings announced
The Softball team will face Crawford County in the opening game of the 2A Clarksville Sectional on May 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Baseball team will face the home team in the opening round of the 3A North Harrison Sectional on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 to individual games, and $10 for an all-session pass. For more information, click here.

Sports physicals this weekend
All school sports physicals will be held this Saturday from 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. in the Larkin Center for incoming grades nine to 12. Cost is $20.00, cash only. Click here for a physical form.

Summer Camp info now online
Information about summer sports and STEM camps at Providence is now available. Click here for more information.
Parent Notes: Deanery Fine Arts Fair, schedules
Deanery Fine Arts Fair next week
The fine art talent of our Deanery students will be on display on Tuesday, May 14, in the Robinson Performing Arts Center lobby. The art show and reception begin at 6:30 p.m., and the awards will be presented at 7:00.

End of year schedules
Final exams for seniors start on May 20, and the following day for underclassmen. The last day of school is Friday, May 24. Click here for a schedule.
Meet & Greet for potential parents
Providence is hosting a meet-and-greet event Thursday, May 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. at The Exchange pub + kitchen for potential parents to meet members of the administration, faculty, and current parents to get a better understanding of what Providence can offer. If you or someone you know has school-age children, this is a perfect, low-key event to learn more. Enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar. RSVP by emailing  or call 812-955-3350.
Golf scramble debuts to memorialize '72 alumnus
Pete Corrao '72 is among the organizers of the inaugural Bruce Harbeson Memorial Golf Scramble, proceeds from which will be used to endow a scholarship fund at Hanover College to primarily benefit Providence and Southern Indiana students who seek to continue their academic experience at Hanover College. Named in memory of Bruce Harbeson '72, a Providence and Hanover alumnus, the event is Friday, June 14, at Hidden Creek Golf Club. Contact Corrao at for more information.
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.
  • 1956: 2019 Gathering: October 11, 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville
  • 1958: May 11, Orange Clover in Jeffersonville, lunch in the Copper Room, 12:30 p.m.
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019. Dinner and mingling at the Clarksville Radisson Hotel, 5:00-10:00 p.m. Formal invites will be sent in May.
  • 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: July 20, 7-11 p.m., Calumet Club in New Albany. Register here. 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 for fall 2019. To help plan the reunion, please contact Whitney Popp Forbis.
  • 2014: Planning underway. Email Zach Flanagan or phone 502.777.6516.
Couple turns loss into way to help others heal
Charlie Schueler '08 and his wife, Madalyn, have started a business they hope no one has the occasion to use. The couple recently founded an Etsy shop, Rainflowers, which provides miscarriage and infant loss care packages, after experiencing their own loss of an unborn baby. In early March, the couple learned at a routine pregnancy doctor's appointment that their third child didn't have a heartbeat at 11 weeks gestation. Friends and family grieved with them, made meals, and sent flowers. Although the Schuelers appreciated the acts of kindness, none were enough to memorialize their child. Read more.
May 10-11: Deanery Musical
May 15: AP Testing ends
May 19: Senior Awards Ceremony
May 20: Senior exams begin
May 21: Underclassman exams begin
May 24: Last day of school
May 24: Baccalaureate Mass
May 26: Senior Graduation
May 29: Next eVision
May 31: Final grades posted in Skyward

Teacher's Prayer for the End of the School Year

Christ, Teacher and Lord,
Bless all in this school as we seek to end our year
with the grace You so generously provide.
We give thanks for the students and the faculty, the administrators, 
and all who have contributed to this year of nurturing and growth.
We affirm all the positive moments: 
Of insight, of the excitement of learning,
Of accomplishment, of creativity,
Of laughter, of a sense of community.
We recognize the times of struggle, of difficult work,
of misunderstanding,
Even of failure...
We give these to You for transformation,
So they can become seeds that will find fertile soil.
As we leave for the summer,
May we take with us the knowledge
that You will keep us all in Your embrace
so we may rest and be restored,
And so we can continue in the ongoing discovery of Your Love.

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

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