news & updates
November 4, 2020 | Issue 6
School News
Open House creates excitement for prospective students
Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House for Eighth Graders over the weekend. Prospective students and parents were able to meet with teachers and coaches as well as tour the campus. Their energy filled the building as they received information on financial aid, signed up for athletic teams, and received a free PHS sweatshirt for attending. Click here and here for the brochure with QR codes for more info.

For families unable to attend, please contact Mr. Brad Burden at bburden@providencehigh.net to receive the folder of information by mail or email and schedule an in-person tour outside of school hours. 

The next step in the admissions process is the PHS Placement Exam, which is scheduled for Dec. 12. More information will be sent to prospective students and their parents in the coming weeks.
Virtual fundraiser provides needed financial aid
By Krissy (Beyl) Van Laan '05, Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator

Thank you for watching the 2020 ASAP Virtual Event!

We thank all alumni, parents, and friends who viewed the 2020 ASAP Virtual Event. Your support of the Annual Student Assistance Program ensures that students who wish to attend Providence are not hindered by financial need.

Whether you shared the ASAP video with friends and family or generously donated, please know of our gratitude. We appreciate the generosity of our Providence community and sincerely thank you for your continued support. You may still contribute to the ASAP fund by clicking here.
School-wide collection drive to help those in need
House leaders recently organized a school-wide drive to collect toiletries and cold-weather clothing and necessities to donate to the Franciscan Kitchen in Louisville. The food pantry will distribute the items in care packages throughout the Christmas season to those who are needy and/or homeless.

Students, teachers, and staff brought in more than 2,600 items.
Student Profile
Pioneer Sports News
Cross Country sends first girl to state
The Cross Country team had an outstanding season despite its small size, with one runner advancing to the state finals. The boys’ team had five underclassman members who worked hard to advance to regional. As a team, the boys placed sixth, just one spot short of advancing, but all five members qualified as individuals to advance, and sophomore Ben Kelly went on to compete at semi-state.

Ben led the team all season, placing 12th in the Columbus North Invitational among 1A schools, and 16th at the Gibson Southern Invitational. At sectional Ben finished ninth, at regional he finished 23rd, and at semi-state he finished 98th out of 179. Also at sectional, juniors Garrett Huber, Will Harper, Akhil Long, and Kaden Connin placed in the top 40. 

The girls only had three runners, but sophomore Maci Hoskins, joined by junior Sarah Boehm and sophomore Erica Voelker, was a top performer in all her races and was the first runner in the girls’ program history to compete in the state finals. In the regular season, Maci placed sixth among 1A schools in the Columbus North Invite and broke a school record for the 5K. At sectional she placed fourth, at regional she placed seventh, at semi-state she placed 21st, and in her first state finals appearance, she placed 100th out of 205.

The team expects to return its roster next season and pick up a few more runners to continue its success in the postseason.
Boys Soccer earns program’s first state title
By Coach Jake Stengel ’05 

The 2020 season began with uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 but ended with the first-ever Class A State Championship in program history. The team finished the season with a 17-3 record and defeated Class A No. 1 and defending state champion Argos 2-1 in the state final. The Pioneers were led this season by senior Luke Hesse, who set both Single Season and Career Goal records at Providence (41 goals and 83 goals, respectively). He was supported by friend and teammate senior Evan Scott, who finished the season with 16 goals and a Providence Career Assist record of 38 assists. 

Both players were surrounded by a group of nine other seniors who will leave the Providence program with one state title, one semi-state title, three regional championships, and four sectional championships. Those players include Jericho Brooks and Josh Gettelfinger on the backline, four-year varsity goalkeeper Jacob Braswell, fellow attacker Edward Bobkoskie (12 goals, 8 assists), as well as supporting players Dominic LaDuke, Jacob Russell, Clayton Furnish, Zac Aurilio, and Emmanuel Martinez

The 2020 season was highlighted by wins over Jeffersonville (3-1), Bloomington North (5-4), Jasper (3-0), and Indianapolis Scecina Memorial (7-2), which all were overturned losses from the 2019 season. The 2021 Pioneers will return a core group including five starters and look to continue the success of the 2020 season.

Several players received Indiana Soccer Coaches Association awards for their efforts on the field and in the classroom this season:
  • 2020 Boys Soccer Top Team Players -- Evan Scott
  • Boys Academic All-State – seniors Luke Hesse and Dominic LaDuke, and juniors A.J. Richards and David Wade
Volleyball ends season in tough battle at semi-state
The Volleyball team finished its season with an exciting five-set thriller against the Yorktown Tigers in the Class 4A semi state. The Pioneers finished the season with a record of 23-7 on the year. Playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Pioneers defeated New Albany, Silver Creek, and Floyd Central twice this season.

The Pioneers are graduating six very special seniors this year: Emma Kaelin, Miranda Harley, Sophia Hottois, Ali Hornung, Lydia Rush, and Anna Purichia, whose overall four-year record during their amazing careers at Providence is 136-20. For the first time in program history, all six seniors were selected to the IHSVCA Academic All-State team. At the time of print, the nominations for other awards have not been released; however, many Pioneers have been nominated for All-State awards.

More Sports News:

Football on to finals
The Football team advanced to the sectional finals after a forfeit by Mitchell High School due to COVID-19. The team will face No. 4 Triton Central on Friday. No tickets are available, but the game will be livestreamed via TC Sports Network.

In other news, senior quarterback Jaxon Murphy was named News and Tribune Player of Week 10 for his three touchdowns and two interceptions as a defender in the team’s 42-6 win over Union Co. in the opening round of sectional. Senior Jeremy Gettelfinger received a "game ball" for his 15 runs for 133 yards and one touchdown, bringing him to 999 yards for the season, plus 10 tackles on defense. Senior Kole Krininger also received a game ball honor for his seven runs for 72 yards and a four-yard touchdown.

Tennis duo earns All-Sate honors
Two Boys Tennis players continue to earn awards. Senior Landon Kruer and junior Jake Rodski receiving honorable mention IHSTECA All-State Doubles, adding to their All District honors.

Two Girls Soccer seniors get honorable mention
Senior Girls Soccer players Lauren Castleberry and Emily Kemp received Honorable Mention in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Academic All State.
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.
Honor Roll posted
The First Quarter Honor Roll has been posted to the school website and can be found here.
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.
PHS Cafe is hiring Asst. Manager
The Cafeteria has several positions available during the school day, including assistant cafeteria manager as well as staff positions. Job duties include food preparation, serving, and clean up in a fun environment – and parents may be eligible to receive a tuition discount. Please contact Mrs. Sarah Gahagen at 812-945-2538, ext. 368, or email sgahagen@providencehigh.net.
Alumni Notes
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 Ryan Miller '99 at rmiller@providencehigh.net.

  • 1955: 2020 Quarterly Gathering - Dec. 4, 2020. 11:30 a.m., The Radisson dining room, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville.
  • 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
Several alumni finalists for community awards
Several of our alumni are finalists for the One Southern Indiana Chamber & Economic Development 2020 ACE Awards. The 1si ACE Awards are a prestigious honor acknowledging the achievements of individuals in the Southern Indiana region.

Finalists for the Axiom Financial Strategies Group James W. Robinson Young Professional of the Year award include Zach Flanagan '14, co-owner of Board and You Bistro, and Beau Zoeller '04, an attorney and member of Frost Brown Todd LLC. Zoeller also was named to the Louisville Business First 40 Under 40 list in September. Todd Read '96, trade and consumer sales manager with SoIN Tourism, is a finalist for the Kightlinger & Gray, LLP Sam Day Professional of the Year award. 

Two Providence parents are finalists for the Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year award: Jerry Finn, executive director of the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, who plans to retire in March 2021 and is the father of Katharine (Finn) McCarthy ’10 and Nick Finn ’11; and Laurie Kemp, co-owner of Momentum Title Agency LLC and is the mother of senior Emily Kemp and sophomore Alex Kemp.

Winners will be announced at The ONCE Awards to be held on Nov. 12.
Coming Events
Nov. 12: Scholarship Spirit Wear Day
Nov. 13: Progress Reports
Nov. 18-19: Sophomore Retreat days
Nov. 19-22: Musical Theatre Production Class performances
Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving Break
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