news & updates
November 18, 2020 | Issue 7
School News
Placement Exam next step for prospective students
Parents of incoming freshmen should save the date for the Providence Placement Exam, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Information has been sent to Deanery parents and those who attended Open House. Deanery schools will be assigned separate entrances and will test in different locations in the building.
Senior, sophomore place in Kentucky theatre competition
Senior Victor Beeler and sophomore KB Merchant have placed in the top three in a Kentucky musical theatre competition held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing: Kentucky Chapter. KB placed second in her class and Victor third in his. They also submitted entries to the Indiana chapter competition and will learn results soon.

Victor and KB entered the competition as students at Bella Voce Music Studio of Southern Indiana in New Albany, as did Victor’s sister, sophomore Maddie Beeler, freshmen Margaret Gahagan and Tessa Holifield, and senior Mara Holifield. They recorded three musical theatre song selections and submitted them in late October. Various musical professionals, including professors of music from various universities, judged the submissions in numerous categories including musicianship, diction, artistry and breathing skills.

Victor said he is glad to be able to compete in both the Kentucky and Indiana contests. KB said she is thrilled she and Victor were named finalists for Kentucky and look forward to the next contest.

“We are excited for the Indiana chapter and are very proud to represent our studio and to showcase all we learn weekly from (their voice instructor) Katie Haulter, but to also collectively represent PHS as musical theatre students,” KB said.
Musical Theatre Production class performance goes virtual
Due to state and local health department restrictions, all theatrical performances scheduled for this semester will now be videotaped. More information on how to view the Musical Theatre Production class performance originally scheduled for this weekend as well as the Popcorn Players and Providence Singers performances will be provided in the next eVision.
Student Profile
Pioneer Sports News
Football team strengthened through adversity
By Coach Daniel McDonald

The 2020 Football season had multiple obstacles to overcome, including learning a new program under first-year Head Coach Daniel McDonald while still under quarantine restrictions. Still, the team was dedicated to giving relentless effort, demonstrating character first, and placing the team’s needs before their individual desires. Once the season began, the team overcame player quarantines, JV game cancellations, and schedule changes to come together as a team. Highlights include a momentum-changing win over Charlestown, a strong performance against No. 3 Kentucky 1A team Holy Cross, and a win over top-10 ranked Milan. The team advanced to the sectional finals but could not overcome No. 4 ranked Triton Central. 

The team graduates nine seniors -- Carson Heldman, Jaxon Murphy, Isaac Ohlmann, Weston Kaiser, Jeremy Gettelfinger, Kole Krininger, Nathan Striby, David Wall, and Michael Vaughn – who will be remembered as the class that laid the foundation for our future success. For more information on the season and player stats, please Read More.
Four sign to play D-I sports in 2021-22
Three seniors signed their national letters of intent on the first day of college commitments to play volleyball at three separate NCAA Division I schools, and one senior committed to playing baseball for a D-I college.

Emma Kaelin will play for Indiana State University, which competes in the Missouri Valley Conference. ISU Head Coach Lindsay Allman said Emma will be an asset to the team. 

“Emma is a true leader to her teammates and as a setter has the ability to literally light up the gym in both her play and personality,” Allman said.

In other news, in addition to Emma’s Academic All-State recognition, she has been selected to the 2020 AVCA High School All Region Team for Region 5, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Anna Purichia will play for Eastern Kentucky University, which competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. EKU Head Coach Johnna Bazzani said she is looking forward to seeing Anna on the court next season. 

"Anna comes from a volleyball family,” Bazzani said. “Her knowledge of the game and the energy and passion she has really shows when she plays. She is very competitive, and she will be fun to watch next year."

In other news, in addition to Anna’s Academic All-State recognition, she has been selected to the 2020 AVCA High School All Region Team for Region 5, IHSVCA 4A South All District team, and the IHSVCA Class 4A First Team All-State team.
Ali Hornung will play for Purdue University, which competes in the Big 10 conference. She will join her older sister Marissa, who will be a senior on the team.

Purdue Coach Dave Shondell said he is glad to have signed one of the nation’s top recruits from the university’s home state and looks forward to Ali’s contributions of “elite skills, tremendous athleticism and a unique combination of leadership and competitive fire.”

More information on Ali's volleyball career can be found in today's top story.
Eli Watson has signed to play for Western Kentucky University, which competes in Conference USA. WKU Head Coach John Pawlowski said he is excited to have Eli in this recruiting class.

“On the field, we see a lot of potential in Eli and feel his left-handed bat will have an immediate impact on our ball club,” Coach Pawlowski said. “He has the versatility to play multiple positions on defense including corner infield and corner outfield. Eli has a bright future at WKU, and we can’t wait for him to arrive on campus."
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Fall student-athletes receive postseason honors
Several Volleyball players received postseason recognition, including those mentioned in the college signings story and feature on Ali Hornung. Additionally, sophomore Grace Purichia was selected to the IHSVCA 4A South All-District team.  

In Boys Tennis, senior Landon Kruer was selected to IHSTECA Academic All-State, adding to the team’s Academic All-State recognition as well as his All-District and All-State doubles honors.

In addition to postseason honors previously announced, senior Luke Hesse has been named to the ISCA Boys Soccer Second Team All-State.

Attendance restricted at extracurricular events
Per the Clark County Health Department, no tickets to school athletic events are available to the public until further notice. Spectators are limited to players’ parents and family members living in the player’s household. Boys Basketball will be livestreaming its games on its Facebook page PHS Basketball 20 – 21. Watch for information about streaming Girls Basketball as well.

Girls Soccer coach opening
Applications are being accepted for the Girls Soccer head coach position for the 2021-‘22 school year. High school coaching experience is preferred. Interested candidates should send a letter or email PHSAthletics@providencehigh.net, along with details of their experience and qualifications, to:
Providence High School Athletic Department
“G-Soccer Head Coaching Position”
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, IN 47129
Sports Spotlight
Parent Connection
Seniors portrait deadline
Reminder to senior parents that their student's senior portrait deadline is Dec. 1. Click here for more information.
March for Life
Catalyst Catholic is accepting applications for the January 2021 March for Life. High school youth from the New Albany Deanery will take a pilgrimage to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27-31, 2021. The total cost of the pilgrimage is $325. Reservations include a $100 deposit by using the registration link.
For more info, go here.
Alumni Notes
Save the Dates: Gala 2021

The 2021 Gala is going virtual this year! We are now accepting donations and sponsorships for this important fundraiser, which will go online the last week of January. If you would like to become a sponsor or have a service, item or gift card to donate, please contact Krissy (Beyl) Van Laan '05 at kvanlaan@providencehigh.net.
Reunion dates, changes for 2020

Several class reunions have been canceled or rescheduled due to safety concerns. Please check the list below. If you don't see your class below, contact Krissy (Beyl) Van Laan at kvanlaan@providencehigh.net.

  • 1960: 60-year reunion now Aug. 21, 2021, Calumet Club in New Albany. Full information will be made available on our class website, www.olp1960.com. Annual mini-reunion brunch Dec. 12, 2020.
  • 1974: Save the date for next year's reunion on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Email ProvidencePioneers1974@gmail.com with questions.
  • 1980: 40 Year Reunion to be rescheduled for spring or summer 2021. Please contact Chris or Ann (Kaiser) Day for details (Chris 812.989.3268 or Ann 502.396.9943).
  • 2011: Planning has begun for 10-year reunion to be held in 2021. For more information or to help plan, contact Clancy Hauber at clancyhauber@gmail.com or 812.987.1729.
Blue Pride on Display
Class of ’86 grad opens heart, home to grow family
Kristy (MacCallum) Klaus ’86 has a heart for others. It comes from a place of gratitude and desire to pay it forward for how others have helped her. What she has found is that in helping others, she feels she receives more blessings than what she gives, whether it’s saving a stray cat who now serves as her medic alert animal or adopting a foster son who may have otherwise fallen through the cracks in the system.

“If I can make my little piece of the world better, then maybe others can do the same,” Klaus said.
Coming Events
Nov. 21-Dec. 4: eLearning
Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 9: Next eVision
Dec. 12: Placement Exam
Let Us Pray
A prayer when we put on our mask:
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament
in the wearing of this cloth—
let it be "an outward sign
of an inward grace"—
a tangible and visible way of living
love for my neighbors,
as I love myself.
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.
Holy Spirit,
As the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully—
and full of care—
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be
shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.
In your Name and
in that love,
I pray.
— Rev. Dr. Richard Bott