Students show different ways to give
With Giving Tuesday just one week away, here's a look at different ways our students give of their time and talent:
  • Senior Adam Garcia recently received his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. In order to achieve the rank, Scouts progress through a series of ranks and coordinate a project that demonstrates their leadership skills. Adam's project was to build a
    flagpole and concrete walk on the grounds of the New Chapel United Methodist Church and its cemetery. Read more.
  • Senior Cody Gibbs likes to help other people. So much so, that for the last four years, he has volunteered to teach self-defense classes alongside his father at Balmer Martial Arts studio in Floyds Knobs. In that time, he has built up 300 service hours teaching the classes. Read more.
  • Senior Ethan Furnish is not one to sit back and wait for someone else to solve a problem. When he sees a need, he does what he can to help, just as he did with his nonprofit charity Soap 4 Hope. That's right, his nonprofit charity, which he started as a sophomore. Through his charity, he works to partner local laundromats with Haven House Services in Jeffersonville to provide free laundry services to the local homeless shelter. Read more.
Students in the news: Giving and Serving
Students donate nearly 900 canned goods
The student body contributed more than 850 canned goods and other staples to the recent food drive organized by the Cafeteria staff. The annual drive brings awareness to local hunger needs and includes Soup Day, when the Cafeteria only offers a simple meal of soups and fresh fruits and vegetables. The canned goods were then donated to the Center for Lay Ministries in Jeffersonville.

The House of Courage brought in the most canned goods and won the House points competition. The House of Truth came in second, and the House of Humility was third.

House members create Christmas cards
At the recent House meeting, several Houses made Christmas cards for Jacob Thompson, a terminally ill cancer patient who received an outpouring of early holiday cards from around the world in the few weeks before his death this week. Mrs. Donna Burden spearheaded the effort and said she mailed more than 300 cards. Other Houses made Christmas cards for children being treated at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

House of Justice encourages Angel Tree sponsorship
The House of Justice is spearheading a new holiday drive this year. Instead of collecting for Toys for Tots, the House of Justice leaders have asked all Houses to sponsor Angel Tree families, with Houses adopting at least four families, one per grade in each House. Each House is taking its own approach to fundraising for the effort. If each House supports the minimum number of Angel Tree families, students will receive Spirit Wear Days the last two days of finals week.

No Shave November results in donation
Fifteen male students participated in No Shave November earlier this month. For a $10 donation, the boys were free to go without shaving their faces for two weeks. The $150 was then donated to the Norton Cancer Institute.
Deanery students visit PHS
The Musical Theatre Production class completed a successful run of Godspell, with two shows selling out. Last week, the cast performed the show for a special audience of Deanery sixth graders. The sixth graders visited Providence for the show and then enjoyed lunch in our cafeteria.

Deanery eighth graders participated in the annual Intro to High School Day this week. Students got a taste of life as a Providence student, including going to class, hearing presentations and eating lunch in the cafeteria.

Placement Exam coming soon

On Dec. 9, Providence will hold its Placement Exam for incoming ninth graders for the 2018-2019 school year from 8:45 a.m. to noon for prospective freshman students, starting in the Robinson Performing Arts Center. Students should arrive by 8:45 a.m. and bring two No. 2 pencils and a check for $15 made payable to Providence High School.
Students 'Called' to attend NCYC
Many of our students traveled with their parish youth groups to
Indianapolis last week to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), organized by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. The three-day event at Lucas Oil Stadium offered youth and their chaperones the opportunity to experience prayer, community, evangelization, catechesis, and service. Approximately 25,000 young people and adults from around the country attended.

Participants attended breakout sessions to help them live as a disciple of Christ in today's world. There were also several general sessions with activities including prayer, liturgy, and guest speakers, such as Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. On Friday evening, the general session featured compline night prayer led by the monks of St. Meinrad, and some of our students were able to take part. Senior Ethan Furnish was a lector, and seniors Heidi Popson and Olivia Dome were also on stage participating. Read more.
Football wraps up season at regional
By Coach Larry Denison '86

The 2017 Providence Football season was a wild rollercoaster ride. There were high expectations for the team with a returning nucleus of young talent led by All State junior running back Kaden Williams. One of the toughest schedules in school history would be a tough test for the Pioneers.

The team had a rough start to the season, losing to much larger 5A New Albany and Floyd Central and 4A Silver Creek. Those three teams finished the season with a combined record of 22-11. Despite losing its first three games, the team never lost sight of its ultimate goal of winning the sectional title.

The team responded by winning its next four games in a row against Clarksville, Charlestown, Holy Cross, and Mitchell. The team then lost its final two games of the regular season on the road against highly ranked Milan and defending 1A State Champion Linton-Stockton.

The tough regular season schedule had the team prepared for the postseason. The team rolled through the playoffs with wins at Perry Central and at home against Mitchell and Paoli to capture the 2A Sectional Championship. The sectional title was the first in 10 years and the seventh in school history!

A tough loss in regionals at Southridge ended the Pioneer season with a final record of 7-6.  Departing seniors such as Jack Wagner, Brogan Welch, Spencer Purcell, Manny Schmidt, Aaron Shireman and others will be missed next season. A talented returning class of juniors led by Kaden, Kevin Smith, James Hoke, Nolan McCain, Kaleb McCubbins and many more, should promise a great year in 2018!
Student-athletes receive honors
Senior Hannah Wolford was a nominee for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Subway Player of the Week last week for District 3. Hannah scored 31 points in Tuesday's game vs. Pekin Eastern.

Senior Marissa Hornung and junior Lilly Bevins played this past weekend in the 2017 Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association (IHSVCA) Indiana All Star games. Marissa played for the All Star 3A/4A South team, and Lilly played on the Junior All Star South team.

Junior Austin Hughes was named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Boys Soccer All District Second Team for District 4 and Academic All State. Also making Academic All State were senior Michael Gill and juniors Joe Gryboski and Sam Kruer.
Winter sports season underway
The winter sports season has begun, with Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Swim & Dive already underway. Boys Basketball begins soon, and the annual Blue Pride Madness, showcasing the Boys & Girls Basketball teams, is tonight at 7 p.m. in the Larkin Center.

To access schedules, click on the Athletic Calendar tab under Quick Links on the school website. Individual team schedules can be exported to users' Google calendars. Or click here for a pdf. Note: only the Athletic Calendar events on the website will be updated if changes occur throughout the season.
Three student-athletes sign to play in college
Earlier this month, three seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play sports at separate colleges. Marissa Hornung and Timmy Borden followed through on verbal commitments they made earlier in their high school years. Reece Davis signed to play baseball with the NCAA Division-II Bellarmine Knights.

Marissa will play women's volleyball with the NCAA D-I Purdue University Boilermakers, and Timmy will play baseball with the NCAA D-I University of Louisville Cardinals. Marissa was a four-year varsity member of the Volleyball team and played in three state championships to win two state titles. She is the only player in school history to win a sectional and regional championship in three different classes: 2A, 3A, and 4A. She is a three-time ICGSA First Team All-State member and a one-time Second Team All-State winner. This season, she has been named to Prep Volleyball's Defensive Dandies list and Top 100 players in the nation and to the AVCA Under Armour All American First team spotlighting the 24 top players in the nation. She has also been nominated a Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year for the past two years. She finished her PHS Volleyball career with the all-time kill record of 1,556 kills.

Timmy Borden has been a starter for the PHS Baseball team since his freshman year and will complete his senior season in the spring. He was a member of the 2016 2A State Championship team and a 2016 First Team All-State selection. He holds the single-season RBI and doubles records at PHS and is a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Pre-Season First Team National All American.

Reece also has been a starter for the PHS Baseball team since his freshman year, helping the Pioneers to 55 victories over the last two years. He was the winning pitcher for the Class 2A State Championship in 2016 and the semi-state appearance in 2017. Reece was a 2017 Honorable Mention All-State selection in class 2A and has been the Pitcher of the Year for the Pioneers in both his freshmen and junior seasons. Reece also has one perfect game and two no-hitters to his credit. He currently has a career pitching record of 20-1, looking to break the school record for career wins in the spring season.

Sophomore verbally commits to UofL
Sophomore Ceci Rush has verbally committed to the NCAA D-I Louisville Cardinals women's volleyball team. The program has four graduates playing D-I volleyball in college, and three others playing at other levels.
Boys Soccer coach applications accepted
The Athletic Department is accepting applications for a boys' soccer head coach for the 2018-2019 school year. Interested candidates should send a letter or email, along with details of their experience and qualifications, to:

Providence High School Athletic Department
"B-Soccer Head Coaching Position"
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, IN 47129


High school coaching experience preferred.
Parent Notes: Holiday breaks, eLearning
Thanksgiving Holiday
We hope you and your family have a safe, relaxing holiday this week. School will resume on Monday with a BLUE Day schedule. It will be a "B Day."

First Semester exams
First Semester exams will be held Dec. 11-14 on a full-day schedule. Dec. 15 is a potential Snow Make-Up Day, but if it is not needed as such, it will begin the Christmas Break. Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 2. 

Be prepared for weather delays, cancellations
Last week, we conducted a test of our Skylert notification system. If you did not receive the test or would like to change or add modes of receiving the communications, please follow the instructions included in the email letter from Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger '74 sent with Progress Reports. 

Please also familiarize yourself with the PHS eLearning information. The Indiana Department of Education has approved our use of eLearning in the case of inclement weather. Parents will be notified via Skylert should we implement eLearning due to inclement weather.

Next Coffee with the Counselors
The next Coffee with the Counselors is Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Fr. Mike Counseling Center. The topic will be Service Hours & Course Selection Process Tips. Parents should sign in at the main office and proceed to the second floor.

Save the Date: Christmas Showcase
The annual Christmas Showcase, featuring our holiday performing troupes, will be held Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

Senior Baby Ads deadlines
Senior parents  may purchase Baby Ads and Display Ads in the yearbook. Please click here for an order form. Deadline for ads is Dec. 16 . Senior portraits for the yearbook should have been taken at Whyland's or Lifetouch by now.
Open House draws visitors of all ages
Providence was alive with energy on Sunday, Nov. 12, as we hosted our high school Open House. More than 150 students and their families were on hand to meet the faculty and staff, and tour our beautifully renovated campus.

Around 80 current students served as ambassadors and were joined by a mix of alumni, board members, coaches and other members of the Providence community.

All students received a gift for attending. As pictured below, St. John Paul II students who attended this year's Providence open house were awarded an out-of-uniform day the following Monday.

The Placement Exam for rising freshmen will be Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. For information, contact or 812.945.3350, or visit
Reunion planning for 2017
It's time to start thinking about reunions for class years ending in 3 and 8. To help plan a reunion or for additional information, contact  Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at or (812) 945-3350 ext. 224. Below is a brief listing of reunion info. Comprehensive reunion information can be found by clicking  here .
  • 1955 - Quarterly gatherings: Dec. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; Clarion Hotel in Clarksville.
  • 1960: Dec. 9, New location: Orange Clover, Jeffersonville, mini-reunion brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • 1962 - Dec. 2, New location: Covered Bridge - Brunch buffet 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Info will be mailed.
  • 2012 - Nov. 25, Valley View Golf Club. RSVP via class Facebook page.
Save the Date: Gala 2018
Mark your calendars: the Providence Gala Dinner & Auction will now be held on Jan. 20, 2018. More information will appear in future eVisions.
#GIVINGTUESDAY is next week
We at Providence are mindful of how much we rely on the support of alumni, parents, and friends in helping us carry out our educational mission. With Thanksgiving a few days away, we want to say thank you to all who have contributed time, talent, and treasure to our school to make it the great place it is.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, we will once again be participating in #GivingTuesday, joining with other organizations to encourage charitable activity around the country and we invite you to engage with us in one of the following ways:
  • Go to Facebook or Twitter to tell us about your #BluePride. We'll share these with the rest of the PHS family.
  • Volunteer to help organize your class reunion, or assist us in putting on our Gala Dinner and Auction event on Jan. 20, 2018. Send your contact information to
  • Make a gift in support of student financial assistance (ASAP), campus facilities improvement, or your class endowment fund by clicking here.
  • Five new Providence sweatshirts will be awarded in a drawing from all the interactions we receive on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Thank you again for your support of Providence. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Free Indoor Girls Soccer Clinics offered
Girls Soccer will offer a series of free indoor soccer clinics for Deanery girls grades kindergarten through eighth on Saturday mornings beginning Dec. 9, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Providence gyms.  To register or for more information, contact Coach Dave Smith at or (812) 945-3350.
Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2
The Providence Girls Soccer team and Popcorn Players will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2, in the school's cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Deanery children ages 1 to 9 and their families are invited.

Activities include Christmas music, treats, and crafts and a visit from Santa. The Providence Popcorn Players Christmas theatre troupe will perform at 9:30 a.m. 

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call (812) 945-3350.
 PHS moms enjoy work as Lunch Ladies

It's not uncommon for Providence parents to be working in the classrooms, offices and other areas at school. Some work here for the few years their children are students here, while others start during that time but then continue in their positions for years following. Most have experience or education to match their positions. The cafeteria staff, however, boasts more than half of its staff with college degrees not put to use while they are serving lunch.

But these women, who hold degrees in mechanical engineering, business management, nursing, occupational therapy, logistics, and elementary education, are working right where they want to be. Working as a Lunch Lady enables each to be on her children's schedule and work in a fun environment. The job is hard work as they prepare, serve and clean up from providing lunch for about 450 students each school day. But they have a good time doing it, each one said. Read more.
Nov. 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2 - Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 5 - Coffee with the Counselors, 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Dec. 9 - Placement Exam, 8:45-noon, Robinson Auditorium
Dec. 10 - Christmas Showcase, 6:00 p.m., Robinson Auditorium
Dec. 11-14 - Final Exams
Dec. 14 - Christmas Dance
Dec. 15 - Snow Make-Up Day
Jan. 2 - Second Semester begins

In Gratitude

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.

From  The Catholic Prayer Book , compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley

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

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