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October 24, 2019 - eVision News
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Open House on Nov. 3
Providence is preparing to welcome Deanery students of all ages and their families at the annual Open House on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This fun and informative event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will have a chance to meet our faculty and staff, student ambassadors, Board of Trustees members, and some of our alumni. Students and their families will tour our beautiful facility and see extensive offerings. Information regarding curriculum, the House Student Leadership Program, technology, performing arts, clubs and organizations, athletics, and financial assistance will be available. Refreshments will be provided, and each student receives a gift.

For more information, contact Providence Enrollment Management Specialist Brad Burden at bburden@providencehigh.net or the Providence Advancement Office at 812-945-3350. Information can also be found on our website and Facebook page . Providence is located at 707 Providence Way in Clarksville.
More School News
Teams advance in postseason
Congratulations to the Volleyball team on winning the 4A Floyd Central Sectional and to the two Girls Cross Country runners who advanced to semi-state. Read more in the Sports News section below.
Children's show on stage this weekend
James and the Giant Peach , a play for the whole family, will be held in the Robinson Auditorium on this weekend. Show times are Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Performed by the freshman and sophomore Providence Players, this delightful children’s show is an offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure about a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Tickets are $5 for adults and students (K-12) and can be purchased at the door. Free admission for children under 5 and for Deanery teachers.

Fall musical tickets on sale
Tickets to the fall musical, Little Shop of Horrors , are on sale on the school website . The show is Nov. 14-17. More information will be in the next eVision .
Teachers donate TP for St. E
The faculty and staff held its second annual Toilet Paper Drive to benefit St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. They donated more than 900 rolls, which will be a big help to the residents of the agency’s programs.  
Students, faculty support suicide prevention
A group of students, parents, and family members joined art teacher Mrs. Donna Burden in the Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk at Indiana University Southeast earlier this month. Mrs. Burden and her uncle walked to honor his brother’s memory and raise awareness for suicide prevention. PHS students, staff, and faculty helped the team exceed its fundraising goal, totaling more than $600. Faculty and staff donations totaled a little more than $400.

Mrs. Burden also is organizing a second walk at Waterfront Park in Louisville on Nov. 2. Those interested in walking, contributing, or working in the team’s fundraising booth, can click here .
Coat drive to help homeless
The House of Courage is hosting a coat drive through Friday. The coats will go to the Haven House Homeless Shelter in Jeffersonville. Students can turn in their coats at the Student Entrance for House points.
Sophomores deepen faith on retreat
Sophomore students went on a day of reflection this week. The students split into two groups on different days and participated in small group sharing, community building activities, witness talks, and prayer experiences facilitated by a NET Ministries Team at St. Anthony Church.
Property improvements continue
Providence recently purchased the apartments and adjacent small building along Providence Way and is moving forward with demolishing the buildings. As part of the process, PHS is working with the water utility and Cristiani Construction to upgrade the local utility water main. Cristiani also was the successful bidder of four firms bidding for the apartment demolition, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 12.
October Leaders honored
Each month, 12 students are named Scholars or Leaders. This month, students from each grade in the Houses of Courage, Faith, and Humility received the recognition for the work they do in their House. The October Student Leaders are
  • Courage: freshman Maddie Beeler, sophomore Abby Shavers, junior Victor Beeler, and senior Shelby Wright
  • Faith: freshman Bailey Heavrin, sophomore Sarah Boehm, junior Nicholas Hooper, and senior Andrew Henderson
  • Humility: freshman Ella Unruh, sophomore Akhil Long, junior Sophia Hottois, and senior Lauren Stapp
Students create awareness through art
Providence students are helping draw attention to the plight of the more than 25 million displaced refugees worldwide by taking part in an international art project. Art teacher Mrs. Donna Burden is leading the effort to have every student add at least one stitch to a fabric panel. The panels will later be sent to the 25 Million Stitches Project in California, where they will be sewn together with other panels stitched by people around the world. Mrs. Burden has also reached out to several Deanery schools to encourage their participation in the project as well.

“The goal is to get as many people aware and involved as possible,” Mrs. Burden said. “It's a big undertaking.”

Mrs. Burden said she is glad the students can take part in the project and see how art can be a tool to bring awareness to various issues. She also sees it as an opportunity for students to look past their own troubles and pray for someone else in greater need.

“Teens are often in their own little bubble,” she said. “But this is a way to show them that even if you have tough things going on, others are going something worse, so have a heart and pray for them.”

Providence was featured in the most recent 25 Million Stitches Project newsletter for its efforts to organize a school-wide project along with a school in the Dominican Republic and one in California.   
Brothers enjoy summer camp counseling opportunity
Twin brothers Josh and Jake Russell, both juniors, are used to helping others. Their mother, Sonja Russell, teaches religion at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school and often takes them along to help with the school’s service projects. So they eagerly signed up to work as counselors at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp in Bowling Green, Ky., after having attended the camp for several years. 
Sports Spotlight: Football and Cheer

As the Football team heads into sectional play and Cheer prepares for its competition season, we spotlight at three student-athletes: seniors Vincent Benningfield and Connor Hazen , and sophomore Ella Tichy .
Boys Soccer wins 8th straight sectional, falls at regional
By Coach Jake Stengel ’05

The 2019 Boys Soccer Team finished its season with a record of 13-8 and ranked No. 12 in the ISCA Coaches Poll. The Pioneers won their eighth straight sectional championship, losing to 1A No. 9 Jac-Cen-Del in a tough match in the regional final. The Pioneers were led offensively by juniors Luke Hesse (21 goals) and Evan Scott (13 goals, four assists), and senior Alex Lancaster (two goals, 12 assists). Defensively, goalkeeper junior Jacob Braswell had more than 80 saves on the season with seven shutouts. The team had key wins over Floyd Central, New Albany, and 1A No. 8 South Knox in game one of regional.

The Boys Soccer team will lose several key seniors in Alex Lancaster (four-year varsity starter), Edy Lutgens (four-year varsity player), R yan Drury, Michael Morra, Carson Happel, Will Jenkins, and Brandon Barron . The team will look to reload next year with a strong core of underclassmen lead by rising juniors Billy Hoke and AJ Richards along with rising seniors Evan Scott, Edward Bobkoski , and Luke Hesse .
Girls Soccer ends season in regional heartbreaker
By Coach Brett Bass ’12

The Girls Soccer team finished its 2019-2020 season with a record of 9-5-4. The team went on to be ranked No. 7 in Class 1A and brought home its third consecutive sectional title, defeating Southwestern 8-0, Christian Academy of Indiana 2-0 and Trinity Lutheran 1-0. The team lost in game one of regional vs. No. 13 Oldenburg Academy in penalty kicks by one goal after tying 2-2 to go into double overtime. The team graduates seniors Sydney Barron (midfielder), Claire Culwell (defense), Kaylee Kaiser (forward), Stephanie Koopman (midfielder), Carlie Miiller (midfielder), Maria Popson (defense), Avery Stumler (forward), and Brigid Welch (goalkeeper).

The team next year returns a young group led by juniors Mia Duggins and Kayce Quinn . The team hopes to build off this season and improve going forward into the offseason.
Three teams in postseason play
Football starts sectional Friday
Football begins its 2A sectional on tomorrow, Oct. 25, at Clarksville at 7 p.m.
Cross Country has successful sectional
Girls Cross Country has two runners competing in semi-state on Saturday, freshman Maci Hoskins and senior Natalie Boesing . At sectional, they qualified to advance with their team to regional with Maci placing eighth and Natalie finishing seventh. At regional last Saturday, Natalie placing 11th and Maci 20th. Natalie and Maci will compete on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Brown County High School’s Eagle Park at 12:45 p.m.

Boys Cross Country had three runners qualify for regional: sophomores Garrett Huber and Will Harper and freshman Ben Kelly . Garrett placed 24th at sectional.
Volleyball wins 9th straight sectional
Volleyball will play Castle on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11:00 a.m. in the 4A Bloomington North Regional. The team beat Jennings County 25-8, 25-6, 25-7; Floyd Central 17-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-15, and New Albany in the finals 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 to win its ninth straight sectional.
Boys Basketball helps with Deanery XC meet
Coach Ryan Miller ’99 is happy to be back at Providence and is prepping for the Boys Basketball season, which will begin soon. In his first season as head coach, he already he is looking for ways for his team to give back to the community.
In late September, Coach Miller and the team volunteered to assist with the Southern Indiana Catholic Cross Country Invitational, which involves hundreds of elementary school runners from Southern Indiana and Kentucky at Community Park in late September. The team distributed bottled water and collect bibs from runners during the four-hour event.

The Boys Basketball team also is hosting a Basketball Academy for Deanery school children grades kindergarten through eighth. Click here for more information.
Boys Tennis ends successful season in sectional final
Boys Tennis had a strong finish to its season, ending 13-9 thanks to a seven-game win streak in its final weeks. The team advanced to the sectional finals by defeating Clarksville 5-0 before losing to Jeffersonville. The team won the Columbus East Invitational and placed third in the New Albany Invitational. The team graduates one senior, Gavin Galligan, and expects a strong core to return next year.

The team was named to Academic All State as a team. Individual awards include junior Michael Hamm named to All District singles, and junior Landon Kruer and sophomore Jake Rodski named to All District doubles.
Senior Portrait Deadline
Seniors should have their yearbook portraits taken by Dec. 1. Fall Break is a good time to schedule these photo sessions. Click here for guidelines. Parents have until Dec. 31 to purchase a baby ad .
FAFSA workshop coming soon
Seniors and their parents are invited to attend the College Financial Aid Workshop on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Corridor. More information coming soon.
NCYC volunteers needed
Do you remember the time you went to NCYC or were not able to go due to another conflict? Now is the chance to go even though you may be out of high school. Volunteer and give back to current high school youth.

From Nov. 21-23 more than 20,000 Catholic teenagers assemble at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium to express their love of Christ and show the strength of their faith at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). It truly is an awe-inspiring and life-changing event—not just for those youth in attendance, but also for the nearly 1000 volunteers needed to successfully support this event! Can you share a few hours of your time? After you volunteer you can stay and experience the conference yourself - visit the thematic village where there are areas to shop for catholic items, talk to those in vocations, and just experience something or attend a break out session or general session in Lucas Oil Stadium. You are invited to attend closing mass on Saturday night as well in Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Please check out these links below to find out more and sign up to volunteer!
4 honored at ASAP Dinner
Providence recognized four outstanding individuals with Honors of Distinction at the ASAP Dinner earlier this month.
Outstanding alumni:
Ruth (Uhl) Kaiser ’59 (George ’57 (dec’d.) was previously director of religious education at Holy Family, a longtime coach and Girl Scout leader, and a Providence Booster Club member – all while raising four children: Dr. Sheryl (Kaiser) King ’80, Christopher Kaiser ’81, DeAnn (Kaiser) Burns ’82 , and Rebecca (Kaiser) Wenning ’86.
Hon. J. Terrence Cody ’67 , in his 20th year as Floyd Circuit Court judge and previously a local attorney since 1974. Father of Patrick Cody ’03 and Shane Cody ’05 , he also is on multiple boards, including the Floyd County Hospital Foundation and Goodwill BridgePoint Services.

Honorary Alumna: Kerry Gerber , a teacher and administrator at Providence since 1982. She previously taught Freshman English, Public Speaking, and Acting as well as chaired the English and Fine Arts Departments and directed the Popcorn Players. She served as the administrator for the junior high from its creation in 1989 until its close in 2017. She is assistant principal and director of academics, a role she has held since 2004. She is the mother of Tristan (Jones) McGill ’03, Caitlin (Jones) Fellows ’04, Brendan Jones ’07, and Collin Jones ’09 .
Community Service and Honorary Alumnus: Mark Hublar is a professional motivational speaker promoting inclusion for those with disabilities. He was honored for his broad range of community service, which includes being a board member for Down Syndrome of Louisville and the Arc of Indiana; his work with organizations to develop programs to educate individuals with disabilities on starting their own businesses and living on their own through organizations such as the Indiana Center on Community Living and Careers. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his efforts, including Employment Client of the Year from Rauch, Inc., and the Laura Lee Self-Advocate Leadership Award sponsored by the Helen A. Keller Institute for Human Disabilities, George Mason University – Life Program and the Syracuse University – Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive High Education.

A huge Providence football fan, he would have attended PHS as his brothers Mike ’82, Greg ’86, and Todd ’93 did, but services to for students with Down Syndrome were not available at PHS at the time. In recognition of his love for Providence, he was named an Honorary Alumnus as well.
Reunion dates for 2019
Reunion season is underway for the class years ending in 4 and 9. 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.
  • 2009: Planning underway for fall 2019. Contact Whitney Popp Forbis for more info.
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.
'61 grad a strong influence on Indy school
Bob Tully ’61 fell in love with Catholic education while a student at Providence. He may have spent his career here had another opportunity not taken him to Indianapolis. There, he became football coach and religion teacher, then athletic director, then campus minister, and now vice president of mission and ministry for what is now known as Roncalli High School.

His dedication to the football program earned him public recognition in recent years. Last year, he was named to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame along with retired Roncalli head coach Bruce Scifries. This year, Roncalli named the football field after Tully.
Coming Events
Oct. 25: Deanery Science Fair
Oct. 25: Football sectional
Oct. 26: Volleyball regional, Cross Country semi-state
Oct. 26-27: James & the Giant Peach
Oct. 28: Powder Puff game
Oct. 29: Spirit Wear Day for First Quarter Honor Roll students
Nov. 1: All Saints Day
Nov. 11: FAFSA Workshop
Nov. 12-15: First Senior Retreat
Let Us Pray
Prayer for All Saints Day
Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints. I desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ. Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbors. Amen.

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