Senior named Commended Student
Senior Adriel Nacpil has been named a 2019 National Merit Commended Student based on the results of the PSAT he took the fall of his junior year. He is one of about 34,000 students across the country to receive the honor for their exceptional academic promise. He will receive a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Adriel said he was pleased to receive the honor and that it is a reflection on the efforts he has put into his academics.

"I'm just happy that the hard work pays off," he said. "I'm sure my family will be proud too."

Adriel is the senior executive delegate for the House of Humility, a lector, and a member of Quick Recall, Math Team, and Spanish Club. He is applying to the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University and plans to major in computer science or computer engineering.

"I want to thank my family for always encouraging me to always do my best in everything I do," he added.
Now accepting reservations for ASAP Dinner
Be sure to make your reservation for the Annual Student Assistance Program reception and dinner on Oct. 24  at 6:30 p.m. at Huber's Orchard & Winery Plantation Hall. Archbishop Charles Thompson will be the featured speaker. All parents, alumni, and friends are invited to attend. Funds raised go directly to help students in need of financial assistance.
School News: Homecoming, field trip, bonfire
Field trip provides real life examples
Students in the new Intro to Engineering class are learning elements of this field in various ways, from guest speakers and field trips, to hands-on projects. Recently, Dr. Gerald Evans, professor emeritus at the University of Louisville's Department of Industrial Engineering, spoke to the class.

The students also are busy designing two fixtures for an ACP Physics lab. The students are learning the engineering process, including developing a concept into a design using CAD to building a prototype and then a finished product. The engineering class also recently visited New Albany manufacturer Technidyne, which provides solutions for the paper and pulp industries.

Senior Ellie Mayberry said she enjoyed the field trip because it allowed her to see a real-life application of the prototype process.
"It was very beneficial to our class by allowing us to see how many different jobs and skills are required for a company to be successful," she said. "We got to see prototypes for their color touch machine, which allowed us to see how the prototyping process works in large companies."

Bonfire tonight
The Houses of Integrity, Spirit and Justice are hosting a bonfire tonight, Sept. 27, from 8:00-10:00 prior to Guerin Day. Students can enjoy music, corn hole, hacky sack and free snacks and drinks. Admission is free for those who wear a Providence T-shirt (which earns one House point) or a House T-shirt (which earns two House points). Students not in Providence wear will pay $1 admission.

Guerin Day is Friday
Tomorrow, our students will take part in Guerin Day activities and compete for their House. The winning House will be an automatic finalist for the House Cup in the spring. The day will begin with guest speaker Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University, and then move into the competition. Students will enjoy activities such as quick recall, dodgeball, kickball, extreme obstacle course and more. Dismissal is at 2:00 p.m.

Homecoming king and queen crowned
Earlier this month, the students celebrated Fall Homecoming. Seniors Zach Tackett and Anna Thomas were crowned the king and queen. The court, p ictured in the banner photo above seated, left to right, included freshman Ava Book, sophomore Cai Celestin, junior Maria Popson, seniors Annmarie Tichy, Jacqueline Scott, Madison Kruer, and Anna Thomas, junior Jenna Gerard, sophomore Gillian Evans, and freshman Molly Coyle. Standing left to right are freshman Cade Carver, sophomore Aaron Burke, junior Gabe Tucker; seniors James Hoke, Austin Hughes, Bryce Drury, and Zach Tackett, junior Taylor Hensley, sophomore Josh Russell, and freshman Jackson Folz.
Sophomore loves to help others
Sophomore Beth Wimsatt
already has nearly four times the required amount of service hours to meet her graduation requirement. But she has no plans to stop helping others. She is a member of the New Albany Deanery Youth Ministry Action Team (YMAT) and is involved at her parish, St. Mary of the Knobs, from volunteering at the parish fish fry to babysitting during Bible study sessions. What she has most enjoyed, though, are the summer camps and mission trips in which she has been involved. Read more.
Mr. Hornung hopes to inspire physical fitness
Mr. Ben Hornung '75 has been in education 39 years, most of them at Providence. He began teaching P.E. at St. Anthony and Sacred Heart after earning his bachelor's degree in 1979 from Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa) in P.E. and health with a minor in driver's education. (He first attended junior college Northwest Missouri State University on a baseball scholarship and transferred to Grand View to continue his degree and play baseball). Since joining the Providence faculty in 1986, he has taught health, science, P.E. and driver's education, the latter two his current primary subjects . Read more .
Pioneer profile: 4 more fall sports student-athletes
Throughout the year, we will be featuring various student-athletes from the current season. This issue, we feature the following:

Senior Bradon Dykes started running Cross Country for the first time his freshman year when he was looking for a new sport and has run every year since. He also participates in Track & Field in the spring. 

Senior Carson Carrico plays No. 1 singles for the Boys Tennis team, a sport he has played for seven years now. Tennis is a year-round sport for him, and he plays in USTA travel tournaments in the off season. He won his spot in sectional play lost night and will advance to the individual state tournament.

Senior Hanna Mitchell is a middle hitter on the Volleyball team, a sport she has played for nine years, including the last four at Providence.

Sophomore  Laura Strahm has been a cheerleader for seven years, and this is her second year on the PHS Cheer Squad.

Sports news: regional, player recognition, Fall Break
Boys Tennis senior advances to state tourney
Boys Tennis concluded a successful season with a 2-3 sectional loss to Jeffersonville. Winning for Providence was senior captain  Carson Carrico at No. 1 singles and junior Gavin Galligan and freshman Jake Rodski at No. 2 doubles.

The close loss demonstrated how the team improved after a 1-4 loss to Jeffersonville in the regular season. The regular season loss sparked an eight-match win streak, which included defeating New Albany, defeating Evansville Memorial, and winning the Columbus East Invitational. Pioneer Tennis finished with a 10-7 record and a #5 district ranking.  Carson will continue in the individual state tennis tournament. Senior Harry Green 's tennis career comes to an end after a 13-5 individual record, playing No. 1 doubles the entire 2018 season.

Girls Golf advances to regional

The Girls Golf team finished its season at the rain-soaked Washington Regional on Saturday after placing third at sectional last weekend. The girls represented their school for the first time in four years at the semi-state level. Competing for the Pioneers were seniors Ellie Mayberry and Alex Henderson, junior Kennedy Allender, and sophomores Lilly Chapman and Reese Bottorff. The Pioneers will be saying goodbye to Ellie and Alex. With a good core group returning, the team looks forward to a great 2019 campaign.
Fall Break sports action
Next week is Fall Break, but many of our Pioneer teams will still be in action. Sectional play starts next week for Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer and other sports the following week. Here's a quick breakdown:
  • Girls Soccer, ranked No. 9, will host sectional for the first time and will face Southwestern Oct. 4 at 5:00
  • Boys Soccer, ranked No. 10, will play at CAI in the semi-final on Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. Providence will host regional.
  • Senior Carson Carrico will represent Boys Tennis in the individual sectional tournament. Date, time and location will be announced next week.
  • Volleyball, ranked No. 2, will play at Presentation next Wednesday, and the PHS JV Tournament is Oct. 6. The varsity team will compete in the 4A Seymour Sectional beginning Oct. 9, with the official draw scheduled for Sept. 30.
  • Cross Country will compete Saturday in the Nike Valley Twilight and the following Saturday in the Crawford County Sectional.
  • Football will host Milan on Oct. 5 and Linton-Stockton on Oct. 12 with sectional play starting Oct. 19.
  • For a full schedule, click here. 
Volleyball player voted Player of the Week
Volleyball player and senior Lilly Bivens was voted Courier Journal Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 17. She was nominated for recording 40 assists and 13 digs in the team's win over Class 3A No. 1 Fort Wayne Dwenger 3-1.

Earlier in the season, teammate sophomore Ali Hornung was nominated for recording 21 kills in the team's win ranked Hamilton Southeastern.

Football players recognized
Last week, the Football game at Holy Cross was voted the WHAS11 HS GameTime Game of the Week. The team and cheerleaders were featured on Great Day Live on Thursday and during the 5:00 and 6:00 evening news hours.

Additionally, several football players were recognized in the News & Tribune for having top performances the week of Sept. 17, when the team beat 3A Charlestown 28-14. Junior linebacker Alex Fougerousse had 12 tackles and a sack plus an interception; senior kicker Brandon Schafer had two punts of over 50 yards and was 4-for-4 in kicking extra points; senior running back Kaden Williams ran for 138 yards and a touchdown. The week of Sept. 24, he also was named a top performer for his two touchdowns in the 14-7 over Holy Cross.
Parent Notes:  Open House, FAFSA Night, Fall Break
Share your love of Providence
Be sure to invite a family member, neighbor or friend to attend the Providence Open House on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. The event is open to families of children of all ages and will showcase Providence academics, extracurriculars, theater, and athletics. No reservations are required, and more information is available by contacting Mr. Dave Smith, director of enrollment management, at 812-945-3350 ext. 320 or

FAFSA Info Night tonight
Seniors and their parents are invited to attend the College Financial Aid Night tonight, Sept. 27, at 6:30 in the Administrative Corridor. The Ivy Tech director of financial aid 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.
Fall Break next two weeks
Fall Break is next week and continues through Oct. 12. The Main Office will be open Oct. 1-5 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  When we return on Oct. 15, classes will resume on a BLUE Day and A Day schedule.
The final 2 1/2 weeks of October will be busy with activities.
Oct. 17: Sophomore Unity Ceremony
Oct. 22: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 p.m.- 2:00 dismissal
Oct. 24: PSAT for sophomores and juniors
Oct. 26-27: The Enchanted Bookshop, Robinson Auditorium

Senior parents reminder
Seniors must have their yearbook photo taken at Whyland's Studio in Jeffersonville or Lifetouch in Highlander Point in Floyds Knobs by the end of October. Please schedule an appointment soon. A good time to have these taken is over Fall Break.
Thank you for attending Alumni Night, Pizza Party
We thank all alumni who took part in recent activities. Many alumni were in attendance at the Sept. 14 Homecoming/Alumni Night game and enjoyed light snacks under the Alumni Tent on the Pioneer Athletic Center patio inside Murphy Stadium. 

We also thank everyone who attended our inaugural Pioneer Pizza Party. We enjoyed sharing information about planning for your child's Catholic high school education. Look for more such events to be scheduled in the future.
Reunion planning for 2018
Reunion planning is underway for the class years ending in 3 and 8. To ensure you receive reunion information in a timely manner, please update your contact info here.
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. Dates: Dec. 7, 2018. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions.
  • 1960 - Annual mini-reunion brunch will be on  Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Orange Clover Copper Room. Details will be on  class web page and  Facebook page.
  • 1973: Oct. 12 - Stevie Ray's Blues Bar, 8:00-?; Oct. 13 - The Levee at the River House 7:00-? Accommodations available at the Sheraton for $119 a night (mention PHS Class of 1973). Anyone interested in playing golf, call Pat McCrite at 502-548-0846.
    Register online for the event at The Levee. Invitations have been sent.
  • 2008: Nov. 3, 2018, Covered Bridge Golf Club. Save the date and other info on class Facebook page. Invitations coming soon.
Save the date: Class of 1969 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. More info to follow. And mark your calendar for the Golden Diploma Dinner hosted by Providence on March 2, 2019. Save the dates will be sent.
History of Providence basketball available
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during school hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping.

If you are in any way related to the Providence community you'll surely appreciate this first-of-its-kind Providence publication. Tradition, heritage and Pioneer blue pride leap from every page. Think graduation. Think birthdays. Think anniversaries. Think reunions. And then order an extra one for yourself.

The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Alumni couple finds new opportunity in far north
Dr. Erin Schroeder-Anderson '04 loves being a dentist. She also enjoyed running her own practice in Floyds Knobs -- except for the parts that had nothing to do with dentistry. She found herself working on the business side and with insurance companies into the evenings and taking time away from her young daughter and her husband, Christian Schroeder-Anderson '05. So when an opportunity to practice dentistry without the hassles of business management came about, she realized it was something she couldn't pass up, even though it meant moving more than nine hours away to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And it meant her husband needed to find a new job as well.
Sept. 27: FAFSA Info Meeting
Sept. 27: Bonfire
Sept. 28: Guerin Day
Oct. 1-12: Fall Break
Oct. 17: Sophomore Unity Ceremony
Oct. 22: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 p.m.- 2:00 dismissal
Oct. 24: PSAT for sophomores and juniors
Oct. 26-27:  The Enchanted Bookshop, Robinson Auditorium


Feast day of St. Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence, Oct. 3

Providence will be closed on the feast day of the foundress of the Sisters of Providence, who started our school in 1951. But you can still celebrate it locally.

St. Mary Church Lanesville, which is celebrating 175 years, has a direct connection to St. Theodore, who founded the parish school. The parish is hosting "In Her Own Words," a one-woman play on Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. Based on the journals and letters of Indiana's first saint, the play tells the story of St. Theodore, centering on her strength, humor,  pioneering hardships, determined spirit and profound trust in Providence. The performance also will include interludes of music and creative movement featuring Nora Pritchett of Sisterhood Drama Ministry. There is no cost for this anniversary event and reservations are not required.

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, pray for us.   

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

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