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November 7, 2019 - eVision News
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Crusade grant helps update Learning Lab
The Learning Lab has received an update thanks to a grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children. The grant covers physical improvements like the installation of carpet tiles and new furniture as well as programming to address trauma-related issues in students. The new furniture includes modular desks and chairs, a study bar and modern bar stools, and alternative seating such as padded lounge chairs and Bintiva balance discs.

The goal was to create an environment to support the students’ varying learning needs, said Mrs. Karen (Popp) Schueler ’83, director of learning support services. Students like the study bar because it feels like a coffee shop, and the padded chairs feel more comfortable for reading. The modular seating, carpet, and lounge-type chairs feel more collegiate, while the balance disks help students who are more fidgety.

Most of the students like the new additions, but for those who prefer a more traditional setting, they have the option to study in the kitchen area, which has a long table, or at the conference table in Mrs. Schueler’s office. If they need a space with dim lighting or for individual help with a teacher or aide, there are two offices available.
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Little Shop of Horrors opens next week
The Musical Theatre Production class has been preparing all semester for the production of Little Shop of Horrors. The musical tells the story of mild-mannered floral shop assistant Seymour and how his life changes after he finds a strange plant he names Audrey II.

The show opens Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre. Additional show times are Nov. 15-16 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. The cast also will put on two special productions for Deanery sixth graders Nov. 18-19. The show is recommended for ages sixth grade and up. Tickets are $10 and available at the school website and at the door. Seating is limited.
November Scholars excel in Spanish, science, visual arts
The November Scholars are outstanding students in Spanish, science, and visual arts. The Q&A in the link below features juniors and seniors. The freshmen and sophomores’ answers will be featured next issue. The scholars are
  • Science: freshman Alcindor Smith, sophomore Chloe Brown, junior Rosie Kempf, senior Zoe Libs
  • Spanish: freshman Jackson Bettler, sophomore Cade Carver, junior Ali Hornung, senior Amanda Pasierbowicz
  • Visual Arts: freshman Ana Cabezas, sophomore Maya Paris, junior Abby Hanlon, senior Gus Schonard
Seniors make Powder Puff a double fundraiser
The annual Powder Puff touch football competition between the junior and senior girls raised money for two causes this year. The event raised $600 for After Prom, and the senior girls, who won the game, created a separate fundraiser on their own in honor of a senior who has a family member affected by Lyme disease. They sold T-shirts and requested donations from parents, raising $250 to benefit The Lyme Disease Association.
Soup Day draws awareness to those without
The Cafeteria hosted Soup Day Wednesday to bring awareness to local hunger needs and to raise money to help those who provide meals to the needy. Homemade soups and simple sides were served in the main lunch line and the snack line was closed. All proceeds benefited local charities feeding the hungry in our area.
School-wide drive nets 85 coats for needy
The House of Courage hosted a school-wide Coat Drive to benefit the residents of Haven House Homeless Shelter in Jeffersonville. About 85 coats were collected, and the House of Loyalty turned in the most. The House of Courage also greeted students on Halloween with candy and apple cider.
Teachers hold pumpkin decorating contest
The faculty and staff held two friendly competitions recently. The first was a pumpkin decorating contest voted on by the students and won by the Fine Arts Department, and the second was a chili cookoff, won by Mrs. Amelia Goffinet (first), Mrs. Debbie Fackler (second), and Mrs. Kelly Swartz (third).
Leadership camps help develop skills, faith
Several students have had opportunities recently to attend leadership camps. Freshman Aidan Singleton and junior Allen Kruer attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program at Bradford Woods in Morgan County, Ind., sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clarksville. Sophomores Zach Applewhite, Dallas Bonnet, Brayden Gronotte, Kadie O’Bannon , and Aidan Welch attended the Student Leadership Program at the Fatima Retreat Center in Indianapolis, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Juniors Landon Kruer and Nicholas Hooper , who attended SLP last year, went as youth leaders.
Football to sectional finals, Cheer to state
The Pioneer Football team advances to sectional finals on Friday after defeating Clarksville 14-8 and Pekin Eastern 42-16 in the previous two weeks. After the Clarksville game, senior Bishop Edwards was nominated Courier-Journal Southern Indiana Athlete of the Week for his 13 tackles, 61 yards and a touchdown in that game. After last week’s game, senior Colin Flake was named News & Tribune Player of the Week for his 311 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries. He also was nominated for the WLKY Power Performance of the Week. Colin has run 1,175 yards for the season and scored 13 touchdowns.

The Cheer Team competed in the IASP Cheer Regional at Greenfield High School on Saturday and advanced to the state finals. The team will compete on Saturday at New Castle High School at approximately 6:25 p.m. The year the team came in a close second and hopes to earn the title this year.
Volleyball finishes fine season at 4A regional
By Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90

The Pioneer Volleyball team had an outstanding season this year finishing with a 29-2 final record. The Pioneers played in Class 4A for the postseason due to the success factor and lost in five exciting sets to Center Grove in the regional final. The postseason awards have not been voted on to date, but many Pioneers have been nominated for All-State awards, All-District awards, and All Star placements. Seniors Courtney Glotzbach, Ceci Rush, Bryanna Walthers , and Ali Hughes were awarded Academic All State honors last week.

The team will be graduating five outstanding seniors this year:  Maggie Purichia, Courtney, Ceci, Bryanna, and Ali. Two of them will continue their volleyball careers in colleges - Courtney at Jacksonville State and Ceci at The University of Louisville. Maggie has not narrowed down her decision yet but also plans to play volleyball in college. 

The JV team finished with an outstanding record of 20-5, while the freshman team finished 14-8. It was an outstanding year for the Pioneer Volleyball teams!
Cross Country advances two to semi-state
By Coach Neal Masterson

The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams have finished another great season. It was a season full of many firsts, ups, and downs. Some runners had goals achieved and others with goals yet obtained, but both teams will return 75 percent of the runners from this year's roster with just freshmen and sophomores returning.

The boys’ team was led by freshman Ben Kelly . Closely following behind were sophomores Garrett Huber and Will Harper with both bettering their personal bests by a minute from the prior season. Rounding out the rest of the top seven included newcomers sophomores Akhil Long and Kaden Connin and freshman Jackson Bettler . Senior veteran runner Alex Perkinson was out for most of the season due to injury.

One goal this season was to qualify for semi-state as a team, but due to injury and illness that goal was cut short at sectional. However Ben, Garrett, and Will individually qualified for the regional meet. While no one qualified for semi-state on the boys’ side, both Ben and Garrett had season bests in their efforts trying to qualify. Expectations for next season are to return most of the team and qualify for semi-state as a team.

The girls’ team was led by senior Natalie Boesing followed by freshman Maci Hoskins . In past seasons having five girls on the team (the amount necessary to make a team to score at meets) had been a struggle. With the return of senior Claire Reyes and the addition of freshman Erica Voelker and sophomore Sarah Boehm, a complete girls team was there. That's not to say there weren't obstacles along the way once in season as Maci doubles as a soccer player, Claire had a season-long nagging injury, Erica had not run a cross country race in nearly two years, and Sarah was new to distance running having done hurdles in the spring on the Track team.

The team did qualify for the regional meet, and at regional Natalie and Maci qualified for the semi-state in Brown County. Next season poses the similar obstacles as the team loses Claire and Natalie to graduation. Natalie qualified all four years for the regional and semi-state meets and ran the second fastest 5k in school history. With this year's success it's hopeful some girls try cross country next year for the first time and see that with hard work success can be obtained.
Boys Soccer, Tennis players received state honors
Boys Soccer players seniors Ryan Drury and Brandon Barron and juniors Evan Scott, Luke Hesse , and Dominic LaDuke were each named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Academic All-State.

In addition to All District and Academic All State honors mentioned last issue, three Boys Tennis players also received honorable mention on the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association All-State team: junior Michael Hamm for singles, and senior Landon Kruer and junior Jake Rodski for doubles.
Honor Roll is posted
The First Quarter Honor Roll is now posted on the school website . It also was printed in the News & Tribune on Oct. 31, 2019.

PHS eLearning info updated
With winter weather approaching, it's time to familiarize yourself with our eLearning procedures. Click here to read more.
FAFSA workshop coming soon
The FAFSA Workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 11, in the Library from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students and parents should enter through the student entrance by the Chapel. The director of financial aid at Ivy Tech will be present to help with the completion of the FAFSA and with questions. Senior students and their parents are invited to attend and to complete the FAFSA and/or have their questions answered.
Giving Tuesday coming soon
Save the Date! #GivingTuesday is Dec. 3! We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Show your true Blue Pride by supporting Providence with a gift of time, talent or treasure. We’ll have more information available as we get closer to the date.
Three alumni in various stages of formation
In celebration of Vocations Awareness Week, the Criterion mentioned three of our alumni who are in various stages of formation. Mark Henry '75 of St. Joan of Arc in Indianapolis, is a deacon candidate and has completed the first year of four years of formation. He is in the fourth class of deacon candidates for the Archdiocese. (Deacon John Thompson ’60 , Catholic Community of Jeffersonville, was in the first.)

A poster in the Criterion includes Ben Popson '16 , a seminarian at Bishop Simon Brute College in Indianapolis, and Brother Geoffrey Mooney '05, CSC , who is temporary professed in the Congregation of the Holy Cross.
Reunion dates for 2019
Reunion planning season is starting for the class years ending in 5 and 10. If you don't see your class below, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at rstumler@providencehigh.net

2019 reunions:
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering: Dec. 6, 2019. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 1960: Dec. 14, 2019. Annual mini-reunion brunch, Orange Clover Kitchen in Jeffersonville. 60th reunion is scheduled for Aug. 22, 2020, Calumet Club in New Albany. Information for both events will be added to our Facebook page and class website as plans are finalized.

2020 reunions. Contact Ronda Stumler to start your planning now!
The Class of 1970 will celebrate its 50th reunion in 2020. Important dates to remember:
  • Golden Diploma Event compliments of PHS on March 7, 2020. Contact Ronda Stumler for details at rstumler@providencehigh.net or 812.945.3350 ext 224
  • 1970 Class Reunion given by and for the class on Sept. 19, 2020. Contact Kathy Kull at 502.558.0173 or Laura Baker Buehler at 812.923.5260.
Athletic training career is ’11 grad’s dream job
Spencer Corrao ’11 was a talented multi-sport athlete as a Pioneer, playing running back for the Football team and catcher for the Baseball team - helping both teams to winning seasons and postseason runs. He continued his football career at Hanover College, contributing to the team’s success from his first season. So it seems only natural he would have a career centered around sports. Having earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2015 from Hanover College, he is now the director of pro athlete performance and education for Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami. 
Coming Events
Nov. 11: FAFSA Workshop
Nov. 12-15: First Senior Retreat
Nov. 14-17: Little Shop of Horrors
Nov. 15: Second Quarter Progress Reports Posted
Let Us Pray
Prayer for government leaders and their families
God, thank You for the men and women who serve our country in leadership roles and for their families. Please provide our leaders with reminders each day of why they decided to dedicate their lives to public service, and use that commitment to encourage them. Give them peace when their work takes them away from their families. We also pray specifically for the wives, husbands, and children of our leaders. We ask that You draw near to them and give them the wisdom on how to best support one another while their loved one is away working. 

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