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September 25, 2019 - eVision News
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Three named Commended Students
Three seniors have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Bryce Carl, Maria Popson, and Luke Rodski are among nearly 34,000 students throughout the country who are being recognized for placing among the top 50,000 scorers on the 2018 PSAT taken last fall.

Senior Amanda Pasierbowicz is a National Merit semifinalist, as announced last issue . Students enter the contest simply by taking the test. The three Commended Students will receive a certificate at the Senior Awards Ceremony in May.

Maria said she is pleased to be named a Commended Student and was surprised by the news because she finds it difficult to gauge her own performance on standardized tests.

“So that made it even more of a surprise when I was told I was commended,” she said.

She felt prepared to take the test last fall because many of her classes include methods to prepare for the test, whether critical thinking exercises or regular ACT practice problems in math class. She also had been doing practice work for the SAT and ACT in preparation for taking those tests.

Bryce agreed that his classes prepared him for his success in completing the PSAT. He also said that the PSAT was good practice for time management when taking the SAT and ACT.

Luke took the SAT as an eighth grader and said he felt confident going into the PSAT. Learning that he was named a Commended student was a “mixture of relief and also a proud moment,” since he was called down to the office to get the news.

At first, all three of them said they were worried that they might be in trouble, “until I saw it was all smart people down there with me,” Luke said. “It’s just a fun thing to find out.”

Maria and Luke plan to attend Purdue University and pursue engineering, with Maria wanting to focus on industrial engineering. Bryce is planning to apply to the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Louisville to major in business and eventually law. 
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Sophomores celebrate class unity
Earlier this month, the 10th grade class celebrated the Sophomore Unity Ceremony, which included a class mass and a blessing of their class rings or other special token. Each student also received his or her House pin.
Homecoming celebration on Friday
Fall Homecoming is Friday, and the students have been celebrating all week with different themed spirit wear days and competing in the House Bulletin Board Contest, which wraps up today. Tomorrow, the students will be in uniform in order to celebrate the all-school Mass, and each grade is asked to wear a different color uniform shirt. Seniors are asked to wear their royal blue senior shirt, juniors their white uniform shirt, sophomores their light blue shirt, and freshmen their navy blue one.

The Homecoming Court includes freshmen Ainsley Wilt, Susie Grigg, Grant Borden , and Casey Kaelin ; sophomores Julia Thomas, Kadie O'Bannon, Craig Bratcher, and Tyler Simmons ; juniors Sydney Shireman, Anna Coe, Jackson Sanders , and Zack Johnson; and seniors Natalie Boesing, Ceci Rush, Maria Popson, Courtney Glotzbach, Caden Sidebottom, Austin Barnett, Austin Grantz and Carson Happel. For more information on the senior court, see below.
Last weekend for fall show
The final weekend of the fall show, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance on the school website or by calling 812.945.2538 ext. 314.

Coming up: The Advanced Theatre class will visit five of the Deanery schools to perform a Bully Project on Friday and on Tuesday, Oct. 2. “The students are trying to raise awareness with bullying issues that kids face every day,” theatre teacher Mrs. Ellen Holifield said. “They've put together a pretty thoughtful program.”
Senior Court a representation of student body
The Senior Fall Homecoming Court, as one student put it, represents “every spectrum of Providence.” There are House leaders, athletes, academic standouts, actors, and more. Read the Q&As in the link below to learn more about their Providence experience.
Sports Spotlight: Volleyball

This issue’s Sports Spotlight features two Volleyball players, junior Miranda Harley and senior Brynna Walthers. Click below to read about these two defensive specialists.
Girls Golf advances to regional as team
The Girls Golf team stunned the local media predictions last Saturday at the Corydon Golf Sectional. The Lady Pioneers separated themselves by six shots over the remainder of the field to gain a second straight trip to the regional championships. Senior Kennedy Allender led the charge in scoring with a 93. Juniors Reese Bottorff and Lilly Chapman held down important second and third scores to keep Providence at the top of the score column. The all-important 4th score was produced by senior Jessica Hartlage to finish off the field. Senior Kasey Lockard rounded out the participants with a tie-breaker score. Senior Elle O’Bannon did a masterful job of spirit leader to keep the team on task, Coach Ken Allender said. Regional will be held at Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery, Ind., on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.
Volleyball team receives WISH award
The Volleyball team received the “Best of Southern Indiana” WISH award, which was presented to the team on Monday.

In related news, Senior Courtney Glotzbach was nominated for Courier Journal Southern Indiana Player of the Week last week. 
Girls Soccer plans service activity
The Girls Soccer team took the time to work with Holy Family’s In Heavens Eyes ministry recently. This service in the community included the team making lunches and delivering clothes to those in need in the New Albany area. "The girls took the initiative and wanted to take on this service project together, Coach Brett Bass '12 said. "Successfully they were able to make and hand out numerous lunches to families in the area, along with giving clothes to these families as well."
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 .

First Quarter dates
An error on the Master Calendar gave the incorrect date for the end of the First Quarter. The quarter ends on Oct. 3, and grades will be posted in Skyward on Oct. 18.  

 Fall Break coming soon
Fall Break begins Friday, Oct. 4, with students returning to class for an A Day and the start of the Second Quarter on Monday, Oct. 14. School offices will be closed over the break.

Parent/Teacher Conferences Oct. 21
School will dismiss at 2:00 p.m. for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, Oct. 21. Conferences will be 3:30-7:30 p.m. and do not require an appointment. More information will be included in the parent letter on Oct. 18.
FAFSA Night on Thursday
Seniors and their parents are invited to attend the College Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Corridor. (Please enter via the Student Entrance.) The director of financial aid from Ivy Tech will present to students and parents about financial aid and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students and parents are encouraged to come and hear important updates and receive answers to any questions they may have. The FAFSA should be completed by all seniors and the application window will open on Oct. 1, 2019.  

Sports over Fall Break
Classes will not be in session, but most of our sports teams will still be competing over Fall Break. Both soccer teams will begin postseason play over the break, with Girls Soccer playing at Providence. Dates and times will be announced soon. Student sports passes do not apply to postseason events. Click here for the calendar .
ASAP Dinner in less than a week
The Annual Student Assistance Program Recognition Dinner is Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Huber's Orchard & Winery Plantation Hall. This year's event includes the presentation of the Awards of Distinction. Recipients of this year's Awards of Distinction are: Ruth (Uhl '59) Kaiser, Distinguished Alumna; J. Terrence Cody '67 , Distinguished Alumnus; Kerry Gerber , Honorary Alumna; Mark J. Hublar , Community Service Award. The guest speaker is Bellarmine University President Dr. Susan M. Donovan. RSVP by phone at (812) 945-3350 or email advancement@providencehigh.net .
Libs Named OVC Setter of the Week
Lexie Libs ’17 , a sophomore setter for Jacksonville State University's women’s volleyball team, was named Co-Setter of the Week for the Ohio Valley Conference earlier this month. She had a season-best 48 assists in the season opener vs. the University of Alabama Birmingham, 25 vs. Samford and 37 against North Alabama. By the end of the week, she had 110 assists through just 10 sets of action. She also recorded 16 digs.

This is Libs’ first OVC weekly honor for JSU in 2019. She earned setter of the week honors twice last season on her way to becoming a 2018 First Team All-OVC selection.
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.
  • 1956: 2019 Gathering: Oct. 11, 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.
  • 1964: Sept. 28, 2019,  4:30-?, Clarksville Radisson Hotel. Formal invites sent. For more information contact Noelle Kramer Gohmann.  
  • 1984: Oct. 4, 2019, at PHS home Football game, and Oct. 5 at Wick's Pizza in New Albany. Invites have been sent. Register here https://bit.ly/33yq4rU or check out the Facebook event.
  • 2009: Planning underway for fall 2019. Contact Whitney Popp Forbis for more info.
2020 reunion:
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.
Vocal spray leads to new business for ’84 grad
Gina (Summers) Emerson ’84 didn’t intend to start her own company when she went looking for a natural, organic vocal spray. The person who had previously formulated one for her was retiring, so she turned to Rob Pappas ’85, Ph.D., a chemist with expertise in essential oils formulations. She had been reading about the benefits of CBD oil and followed his research on his blog for his company, Essential Oils University. She asked if he could create a spray combining CBD oil and essential oils.

After several different attempts and few “silly” names, Emerson said, the patented spray Vocal Gold, which contains 200 milligrams of full spectrum hemp extract, was born. Emerson was so impressed she asked him to create more formulations for her and in August started the company Dew Drops CBD to share them with the public.
Coming Events
Sept. 26-27: Fall Show
Oct. 1: ASAP Dinner
Oct. 2: Boys Tennis sectional begins
Oct. 3: End of First Quarter
Oct. 4-11: Fall Break
Oct. 7: Boys, Girls Soccer sectionals begin
Oct. 12: Cross Country sectional
Oct. 14: Classes resume
Oct. 15: Volleyball sectional begins
Oct. 21: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 23: Next eVision
Let Us Pray
A Prayer for Autumn
by Teresa Burns
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. 
As we embrace these autumn months,
May the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest. 
May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet remind us of the brevity of this earthly life. 
May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life. 
May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds remind us that you call us to follow your will. 
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.  Amen.

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