news & updates
October 21, 2020 | Issue 5
School News
Saturday ASAP Virtual Event is fundraiser for financial aid
The annual ASAP Dinner has gone virtual this year. Parents, alumni, and friends are invited to view the event online on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on the school website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel. The video will remain available for viewing for those who wish to watch it later.

With 56 percent of our students receiving financial aid, your support is needed now more than ever. Please mark your calendars for Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and prayerfully consider your gift. We encourage families to gather to watch the virtual event, and those who do so are invited to take part in a Facebook contest. For information on the contest and how you can win a $150 gift card to Board & You Bistro, please see the event posting on the school’s Facebook page.
Students celebrate Sacrament of Confirmation
We offer prayers and congratulations to our students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Some were confirmed last weekend, and some will participate this weekend. 
Freshmen, sophomores put on fall children's show
The freshman and sophomore Providence Players are preparing for this weekend’s children’s show, A Hairy Tale, a play by Charlie Lovett. The fast-paced comedy is a modern spin off of several well known fairy tales, including "Rapunzel," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and others, in which characters learn the meaning of true love and sacrifice.

Because of social distancing restrictions, the show will be performed before limited audiences on Friday and Saturday evening only.
Student Profile
Pioneer Sports News
Girls Golf ends season at regional
By Coach Victor Beeler ‘94

The Girls Golf team had a great season under first-year coach Victor Beeler and Assistant Coach Pat McGuire. Season highlights included several personal best scores for each of the varsity players, and all five varsity starters significantly reduced their stroke averages while setting the tone for our new underclassmen golfers who have joined the team. Additionally, the team placed third in the Culver Classic four-way event.  

The Lady Golfers finished fifth, only 11 strokes from third place, in the Corydon Sectional. The team was led by senior co-captains Reese Bottorff and Lilly Chapman, who both fired a 92. Both tied for the third individual spot advancing to the regional event at Country Oaks Golf Club. Ultimately, Lilly conceded the playoff match to allow her teammate to attend the regional event. The sectional scores were Reese 92, Lilly 92, first-year golfer senior Katie Huff 108, junior Abby Shavers 122, and junior Catherine Pfeiffer 126.

At regional, Reese completed her Pioneer golf career firing a 92, just 10 strokes short of advancing to state on a difficult Country Oaks Golf Course. She was accompanied by Lilly as first alternate.

The 2021 Lady Golfers will rely heavily on the lessons learned this season as several rising sophomores and juniors will be called upon to lead the team.
Thanks to all those who made it out to a match this season to cheer on our Pioneers.
Two Boys Tennis players in All District, team Academic All State
The Boys Tennis team completed its season with a 12-6 record and ranked No. 4 in the district, which was up three spots from 2019. Highlights include beating New Albany for the fifth consecutive season and defeating other traditional tennis powers Silver Creek and Evansville Memorial. The team also beat three teams that won their sectionals this season: New Albany, Charlestown, and Batesville.

The team will graduate seniors Landon Kruer and Michael Hamm, who each earned three varsity letters in Boys Tennis. Landon and junior Jake Rodski have been named to the All-District team in doubles, an honor given to only six teams. The team will earn Academic All-State (GPA above 3.6), an honor awarded to only 10 to 15 percent of tennis schools.
Girls Soccer advances to sectional finals
The Girls Soccer team finished its 2020 season with a hard-fought game in the sectional finals against Trinity Lutheran. The team was led by senior Kayce Quinn and her outstanding performances at goalkeeper. Alongside Kayce was a young, talented group of sophomores and freshmen who look to take this year’s experience forward to make their own mark on the soccer program.
The team will graduate nine seniors: Kayce, Lauren Castleberry, Mia Duggins, Emily Kemp, Mackenzie Gill, Morgan Michels, Ashlyn Druen, Sami Mayrose, and Anna Isler. The team would like to thank the families, athletic department, and school administration for their support during this season.

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Boys Soccer advances to semi-state, two make All-District
Boys Soccer will play in the Evansville North Semi-State on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. ET and will face Indianapolis Lutheran. The team defeated Forest Park 7-2 and Jac-Cen-Del 3-2 in the regional last weekend to advance. Tickets are pre-sale to students only through tomorrow and are $10. A livestream can be viewed at https://www.ihsaatv.org/ for $14.95 per game.

Seniors Luke Hesse and Evan Scott were named to the ISCA All-District 4 teams. Luke made the First Team, and Evan the Second Team.
Football finds way to give back
The Football team traditionally provides service to the community, and to keep up the tradition during COVID-19 restrictions, the team got creative. Each player contributed acts of service at home, and their families then made a donation to the team’s service fund. As a result, the team was able to provide lunch to the Clarksville Police Department as well as more than $300 to the police department’s Shop with a Cop Program.

In unrelated news, senior Jeremy Gettelfinger was nominated to the Touchdown Friday Night (TDFN) Player of the Week Poll for the week of Oct. 5. 

The Football team begins sectional play on Friday at Union County High School in Liberty, Ind. Tickets are $6, and the game starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
Football D-Line coach named new Wrestling coach
Brad Davidson ’03 is the new Wrestling coach. Previously, he was an assistant coach to former longtime Wrestling Coach Phil Cook for two seasons starting in 2007. He also spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Floyd Wrestling Club and Legacy National Team, where he coaches his sons, Will, 7, and Cooper, 4. He also is in his second season as defensive line coach for the Football team.

Coach Davidson has experience as a grappler having wrestled for the Pioneers during his junior and senior seasons after transferring to Providence his junior year. He also played Football and went on to play football at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

Coach Davidson said his goals are to build up the program and help each wrestler meet his individual goals. Some players want to use Wrestling to improve as Football players and Baseball players, and some are seeking to qualify for regionals or semi-state. He said he is honored to named the head coach and is eager for the season to begin next month. 

“I am looking forward to giving back to a program and school that gave so much to me and to building a program the Providence community will be proud of,” Coach Davidson said. “I’m also looking forward to working with our feeder program and Head Coach Josh Stith at Southern Indiana Catholic. Coach Stith is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about wrestling.”

Coach Davidson also said he wants to team to enjoy being part of building a legacy.

“I will have a lot of fun with this group, and I want them to be able to look back 10 years from now and know that they were part of building something special.”

Athletic Director Mickey Golembeski said he is pleased to welcome Coach Davidson back to the Wrestling program.

"We're happy to have Coach Davidson as our coach," Mr. Golembeski said."He has tremendous experience as a competitor and coach. As an alum, he knows about Blue Pride. As an assistant Football coach, he has an inside track to our student body. We're looking forward to his leadership with the wrestling program."

Coach Davidson works at Samtec in New Albany as a hub leader in the Non-Released Transition Group, where he has worked for 11 years.
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.
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.
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.
Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences
Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences, may be scheduled through the end of the week via email, phone or virtual conferencing. Please contact your student's teacher to set up the conference.
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.
PHS Night Scholarship is Monday

Monday, Oct. 26, is PHS Night at Board & You Bistro in New Albany. A portion of proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for an incoming freshman and graduating senior. PHS Night is the last Monday of each month.
Blue News of Old
Three early Pioneers celebrate milestone jubilees

Archivist Ray Day ’57 returns this month to the eVision with an installment of his former "Blue News of Old" feature. This one focuses on three former Providence High School teaching Sisters who are celebrating milestone jubilees in 2020. Two of joined the Sisters of Providence in September 1960 and one in 1940. Click below to Read More.
Blue Pride on Display
Van Laan returns to help with alumni events
Mrs. Krissy (Beyl) Van Laan ‘05 is back at Providence, this time as alumni relations and events coordinator. Previously, she taught English here from 2013 to 2018. 
Mrs. Van Laan is now planning events such as the upcoming 2020 ASAP Virtual Event, the annual Gala Dinner & Auction, and the Pioneer Golf Scramble, as well as coordinating with reunion groups. She will be filling the position previously held by Mrs. Ronda (Miller) Stumler ‘83.

Mrs. Van Laan has a bachelor's degree in English and secondary certification from Ball State University and a master's degree in teaching from Bellarmine University. She also previously taught English at Rock Creek Academy and was a course designer and team leader at The Learning House prior to teaching at PHS.

With deep family roots at Providence, working to plan events with for PHS alumni, families, and friends means a lot to her. 

“Providence has made such an impact on my life, from my time as a student to the wonderful years I spent as a faculty member,” Van Laan said. “I’m excited to connect with alumni and coordinate events to benefit the school that has given so much to me. The entire Advancement team is energized and ready to spread some Blue Pride!”

Mrs. Van’s grandfather the late Stan Denny was a teacher and coach here from 1957 to 1962, and her brother, Steve Beyl ’99, was a social studies teacher and later assistant principal for 11 years until 2018. Her sister-in-law Corinne (Alles) Beyl ’99 teaches English and Spanish. 
Mrs. Van Laan and her husband, Tim, are members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and have three children: Stanley, 5, a pre-kindergartener at OLPH School; Adeline, 3, a preschooler at OLPH School; and Rose, 7 months.
Coming Events
Oct. 23: Scholarship Spirit Wear Day
Oct. 23-24: Children's Show
Oct. 24: ASAP Virtual Event
Oct. 27-28: Junior Retreat
Nov. 1: Open House for 8th graders
Nov. 13: Progress Reports
Let Us Pray
Act of Consecration of the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, you are the fairest fruit of God’s redeeming love; you sing of the Father’s mercy and accompany us with a mother’s love. In this time of pandemic we come to you, our sign of sure hope and comfort. Today we renew the act of consecration and entrustment carried out by those who have gone before us. With the love of a Mother and Handmaid, embrace our nation which we entrust and consecrate once again to you, together with ourselves and our families. In a special way we commend to you those particularly in need of your maternal care.

Mary, Health of the Sick, sign of health, of healing, and of divine hope for the sick, we entrust to you all who are infected with the coronavirus.

Mary, Mother of Consolation, who console with a mother’s love all who turn to you, we entrust to you all those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

Mary, Help of Christians, who come to our rescue in every trial, we entrust to your loving protection all caregivers.

Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, who embrace all those who call upon your help in their distress, we entrust to you all who are suffering in any way from the pandemic.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, who were so wonderfully filled with the light of truth, we entrust to you all who are working to find a cure to this pandemic.

Mary, Mother of Good Counsel, who gave yourself wholeheartedly to God’s plan for the renewing of all things in Christ, we entrust to you all leaders and policymakers.

Accept with the benevolence of a Mother the act of consecration that we make today with confidence, and help us to be your Son’s instruments for the healing and salvation of our country and the world. Mary, Mother of the Church, you are enthroned as queen at your Son’s right hand: we ask your intercession for the needs of our country, that every desire for good may be blessed and strengthened, that faith may be revived and nourished, hope sustained and enlightened, charity awakened and animated; guide us, we pray, along the path of holiness. Mary our Mother,bring everyone under your protection and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.