Seniors receive national honors, one a USNA berth
Congratulations to seniors Adam Garcia and Brogan Welch, who were recently named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students. This is the second highest national academic honor a high school student can receive and is based on results of the PSAT test they took last fall as juniors. 

Additionally, Adam was named a 2017-2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar for excellence in academic achievement, due in part to his 2016 PSAT score. Brogan recently was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy. Read more.
School-wide drive to help orphans in Guatemala
The House of Loyalty's drive for baby supplies for Orphan's Heart, a nonprofit agency that serves orphans and children in Guatemala and other impoverished countries around the world, was a success. Students, faculty and staff donated enough items to fill more than 50 boxes. Seniors Natalie Gallegos and Katie Baker will ship the items to San Juan, Guatemala, where they are going on a mission trip over fall break. A full story on their experience will be in the next issue.

The House of Faith won the drive with 2,160 points, following by Loyalty with 1,419 and Spirit with 1,019.

Students prepare for Guerin Day
On Friday, all students will participate in Guerin Day, an annual field day of friendly competition among the Houses. The winning House will take part in the spring House Cup competition, as will winners of the quarterly points contest. The points contest continues through the end of this week as well, even though the academic quarter ended last Friday. As of today, the House of Faith was leading with 229 points, with Justice close behind at 218, and Loyalty with 186.

Guerin Day activities will include an all-school assembly featuring Justin Campbell '01, who will share insights from his book The New, Complete You: Life Between the Lines. New competitive activities during the day include Zorb ball races, similar to a human hamster ball, and an E-sports competition.

Homecoming King and Queen crowned
Congratulations to Homecoming King Eli Lucas and Queen Marissa Hornung. These seniors were named at the Fall Homecoming celebration last Friday, which included an all-school assembly and a 17-14 win by the Football team over Holy Cross. The full court was named in last week's eVision.
Physics students attend Indianapolis STEM event
Last week, students in Honors Physics and ACP Physics took part in the 2017 Indianapolis STEM Innovators Experience, one of several national events put on by Ten80 Education. The students took part in various icebreaker activities, listened to a panel of experts in STEM fields from the U.S. Army and Don Schumacher Racing, and attended various workshop sessions. During one of the icebreaker activities, the students won the push-up challenge, beating the record by two group push-ups.

Two theatre productions coming in November
The Performing Arts Department will present two different shows in November. First is The Jungle Book, which features the freshman and sophomore Providence Players in the classic tale of Mowgli's adventures in the jungle. Showtimes are Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and students (K-12) and can be purchased at the door; free admission for children under 5. Deanery teachers get in free.

Students in the Musical Theatre Production class are preparing for Godspell. The musical retelling of "The Gospel of Matthew" will be presented in the Ray Day Little Theatre Nov. 9-11 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the school website, by phone (812-945-2538 ext. 254), or by emailing beginning Oct. 20.

Mrs. Delaney teaching choreography for winter musical
Students in Musical Theatre Production class are seeing Mrs. Amy Delaney in a new role. They usually see her at the front desk in the Fr. Mike Counseling Center as administrative assistant to the counseling staff. But after school, she works part time at the Louisville Ballet School teaching ballet and choreographing the school's Spring Showcase. For the last few weeks, she has been working with the Musical Theatre students to choreograph their winter musical, Godspell. Read more.
Spanish Club Fiesta 5K meets fundraising goal
Members of the Spanish Club are very pleased with the turnout at their recent Fiesta 5K: Celebrating Health at Community Park. The event drew about 60 people and raised $200 for the Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana, which brings the total the club has donated to Hispanic ministries in the area over the last 13 years to more than $2,000. The remaining profit, around $200, will help the club host the Louisville Flamenco Society in the spring for an educational demonstration of Flamenco-style dance and music.

Spanish Club members are happy so many people enjoyed the event.
Senior Bailey Brown is one of the club's senior leaders and she helped spread the word about the event. She said she was glad to see so many people attend so the group could give a good donation to the Hispanic Connection. She enjoyed spending time with students she doesn't often get to spend time with during the school day, and she liked that the Mexican food and the piñata was such a hit. Mr. Alan Mathews '88, Spanish teacher and club sponsor, made smoked pork and chicken, and club members brought rice, beans and other food.

Junior Bryce Drury designed the event T-shirt. He said he was glad to see such a diverse range of ages at the event, from grandparents to younger siblings. And senior Cody Gibbs, another senior leader of the club, said he liked that the casual atmosphere made it easy for people to stay awhile and enjoy the celebration.

Sophomore Claire Reyes was one of the primary organizers of the event and said she was pleased that so many came to the event even though the weather was very hot. She liked that people had the opportunity to have fun while also getting exercise. She also was pleased that the club members were able to get so many participants to come. The goal was for each member to recruit four or five people, and she recruited 17 - all helping the club to meet its goal.

"I was proud" to see so many people show up, Claire said. "All of our hard work paid off. It was a success!"

Retreat opens sophomores' hearts to those in need
The sophomore class took part in the Catholic Charities INSIGHTS Immersion Experience over several days last week, with different groups going each day. The students visit various social service agencies in Louisville in order to learn more about poverty and the call to social justice. Visiting homeless shelters and a soup kitchen as well as taking part in a simulation of being a single parent searching for housing had an impact on the students. Click here to read the reflections of three students.
Several sports enter postseason over fall break
Several fall sports teams have started or will soon begin postseason play. Junior Ellie Mayberry represented Providence in the Girls Golf regional last Saturday. Boys Tennis (ranked #26) advances to the Jeffersonville Sectional championship tonight, playing #12 Jeffersonville at 5:00 p.m. after beating Clarksville yesterday. Next week, the soccer teams start sectional play.

Girls Soccer will host sectional for the first time in program history and will face Salem on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Play continues on Oct. 5, and the finals are on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. Boys Soccer will play in the Christian Academy of Indiana Sectionals. Play starts Oct. 2 at 6 p.m., and PHS faces the winner of game one on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. with the finals on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets to both sectionals are $6 per game or $10 for an all-sessions pass for both venues.

Cross Country competes in the Crawford County Sectional at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7. Volleyball will play in the 4A New Albany Sectional starting Oct. 10. Boys Soccer will host regional the week of Oct. 9.

Also over the break, Volleyball will host two regular season home games. The team plays Presentation Academy on Oct. 4 starting at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. and Louisville Male High School on Oct. 5 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. JV Volleyball hosts its tournament on Oct. 7 starting at 9 a.m.
Girls Golf, two junior high teams wrap up season
Girls Golf wrapped up its season with an individual appearance in the Washington Regional by junior Ellie Mayberry. The team enjoyed another winning season in route to a fourth place sectional finish. Sophomore Kennedy Allender narrowly missed advancing to regional as an individual tying for third place. Coach Ken Allender said the young squad is looking forward to their 2018 season returning four starters from the 2017 team. The program would like to say "Thank You and Good Luck" to senior team captain Shea Caylor.

Eighth graders compete in Deanery sports
Several of our eighth graders participated in Deanery sports this fall. Several girls played for their home parish's volleyball team since there weren't enough players for a Providence team. Other students played on Southern Indiana Catholic teams, including football, boys' tennis and cheer. The football team has its last game later this week, but the tennis team recently completed its season.

The SIC Boys Tennis team was 6-5 for the season, with players from grades five to eight throughout the Deanery. Eighth graders Connor McHugh and Caleb Heiligenberg were part of the team, which competed in the Jasper Invitational and against local public school middle schools. The team included a total of 12 eighth graders, and coach Michael Crone '98 said that they all have aspirations to play tennis at their high school next year.

The SIC Cheer team, coached by Christie Evanczyk '09, also is comprised of 13 fifth through eighth graders from our Deanery schools. The team, which includes eighth grader Ella Tichy, cheers for the SIC Pioneers football team and also participates in local competitions. During the fall season the cheer team has participated in two local competitions, placing second at one and first and overall grand champions of the rec division at another. The girls will compete in their final competition on Oct. 22 at the Pioneer Fall Classic held at Providence.
Junior is Player of the Week; team holds fundraiser
Junior Brandon Schafer, kicker for the Pioneer Football team, was voted News & Tribune player of the week for this week, following his game-winning 28-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game vs. Holy Cross on Friday. With just 14.9 seconds to go and the game tied at 14, the team advanced close enough to the goal to allow Brandon the opportunity to try for the field goal. His successful kick gave the team the win, 17-14.

The team also held several activities that evening to draw attention to childhood cancer and raise money for Brandon's 5-year-old sister, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The team wore yellow socks and gave away yellow ribbons. Zaxby's donated its concession stand sales to the Schafer family, and the team donated its 50/50 sales. Tomorrow evening, the New Albany Zaxby's location will donate a portion of all sales between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. to the Schafer family. The store is located at 2870 Technology Blvd. just off Charlestown Road near I-265.

Swim team members pick grapes to earn money for program
The Swim & Dive team got a jumpstart on its season with a fundraiser for the program. Several members of the team helped pick grapes at Turtle Run Winery in Lanesville during one day of the August harvest. Coach Jim Pfeiffer has offered local teams the opportunity to earn money for their programs by helping with the harvest and this year opened it up to his Swim & Dive team. The team picked more than 500 pounds of grapes and earned more than $100 for the program.
Cheer Team to host first competition
The Cheerleading Team not only cheers on the sidelines at football, basketball and other games, but the team also performs a routine at competitions around the state - and in Dallas in just a few months. So far, the team has won first place in its division at competitions at Charlestown and Floyd Central. On Oct. 22, the team will host its first competition, the Pioneer Fall Classic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring local elementary, middle and high school cheer and dance teams.

The team has held a fall showcase the past few years, which allowed local teams a chance to perform their competitive routine in front of a crowd. Turning it into a competition involves hiring judges and renting additional mats. Vendors will also be on hand to showcase their wares. The Pioneer Fall Classic is one way the team is raising money for its trip to Dallas for the National Cheerleaders Association High School Nationals on Jan. 27-28, 2018.

The team is also hosting a crowd sourcing fundraising campaign on Snap Raise. So far, the team has raised nearly $5,900. Coach Christie Evanczyk '09 said the online fundraiser has been more successful than holding multiple car washes or other fundraisers. It gets the word out quickly, and the team can spread the word easily via its Twitter account. The more money the team can raise, the less the 14 cheerleaders will have to pay out of pocket for the trip to Dallas.

The Cheerleading Team also will compete in more competitions before heading to the ISP Regional on Oct. 28 and ISP State Finals on Nov. 4. Next up is the Central Indiana Cheer Championship at Pendleton Heights on Oct. 7.
Head Softball coach needed
The Providence Athletic Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of head softball coach. Preference will be given to candidates with experience as a head coach. Interested candidates should send a letter or email, along with details of their experience and qualifications, including a letter of application, up-to-date resume, a teaching and coaching philosophy statement, and a list of three current references with contact information, to:

Providence High School Athletic Department
"Coaching Position"
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, IN 47129


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Parent Notes: Fall Break and senior photos reminder
Fall Break
Fall Break is Oct. 2-13, with classes resuming as an A day on a BLUE Days schedule. The Main Office will be closed Oct. 2-6 and open Oct. 9-12 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and on Oct. 13 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Yearbook portraits reminder
Reminder that senior yearbook portraits should be taken at either LifeTouch or Whyland's Studios by Nov. 15 for inclusion in the yearbook. Students may have photos taken elsewhere, but the official yearbook portrait must be taken at one of these two studios.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, Oct. 23, with dismissal at 2:30 p.m. Teachers will be in their classrooms for conferences from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No appointments are needed. Parents should enter through the Main Lobby. They can access their student's schedule for information about classroom numbers through their family access in Skyward, and someone will be in the lobby to provide assistance with schedules if needed. Parents do not have to follow their student's schedule in order but may visit teachers as they feel best fits their own needs.
Reunion planning for 2017
Below is a brief listing of reunion info. Comprehensive reunion information can be found by clicking  here .
  • 1955 - Quarterly gatherings: Oct. 13, and Dec. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; Clarion Hotel in Clarksville.
  • 1960: Dec. 9, Clarion in Clarksville, mini-reunion brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • 1962 - Dec. 2, Clarion Hotel, Clarksville - Champagne Brunch 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
  • 1965 - 70th Birthday Party, Sept. 30, 2017, Paula Sellers Robinson's party barn.
  • 1967 - Oct. 27-28, Covered Bridge and The Exchange. Invitations have been sent.
  • 2002 - Nov. 11, The Barn on Old Hill Road, Floyds Knobs. Invitations have been sent. Check class Facebook page.
  • 2012 - Nov. 25, Valley View Golf Club. RSVP via class Facebook page.
ASAP Dinner to feature Fr. Eric Augenstein
Remember to make your reservation for the Annual Student Assistance Program (ASAP) dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Huber's Orchard and Winery's Plantation Hall. The ASAP fund provides help to more than 40 percent of our students whose families apply for financial aid, so your support is needed.

The ASAP dinner launches this effort and provides a complimentary meal as an expression of gratitude for the support we receive. Our guest speaker is a familiar face to many in the New Albany Deanery. Father Eric Augenstein is the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the sacramental minister of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, Ind. Previously, he served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany from 2007 to 2013 and as chaplain at Providence from 2011 to 2013. Father Eric will offer his insights on the inspirational tradition of Catholic education in Indiana and its value in our world today.

The program will also feature a student ensemble performing songs from the musical Godspell, which the Musical Theater Production class will perform on campus in November.

To make a reservation for the dinner, contact the Advancement Office at 812-945-3350 or If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, click here.
Alumnus is executive producer of upcoming film
John-David Pyle '01, known in the film industry as Joda Pyle or Jax Pyle (pictured on the far right in the photo), has been modeling, acting, producing and directing in some form since childhood. He still does some acting, but now he primarily works in character development and film production while trying to build his experience as a director. His most recent effort, as executive producer of the film Bomb City, is garnering awards.

The film, a crime drama based on the true story of the hit-and-run death of punk rocker Brian Deneke in Amarillo, Texas, in 1997, has won awards at three film festivals this year. Most recently, the film won the Knockout Audience Award for Best Film at the Louisville International Film Festival earlier this month. It also won audience awards at film festivals in Dallas and Nashville.

The film tells the story of the division between a group of high school athletes and a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town. The story interested him, Pyle said, because it explores the dangers of prejudice and hate. "It was a story that needed to be told, not just for Brian's sake and his family's sake, but for our culture," he said.

Pyle has a small role in the film as Brady, a skinhead. The film has another local connection - its producer is Pyle's lifelong friend and New Albany native Major Dodge. Look for the film in theaters in the first few months of 2018 and for a longer story on Pyle in the winter edition of the Vision magazine.
Alumnus memorialized with plaque on satellite 
The late David C. Smith '82 made significant contributions to our country's GPS systems and weather satellites during his time at Raytheon before his death in October 2015. To memorialize his contributions, his name was engraved on a plaque of the recently launched Joint Polar Satellite System-1.

His family attended the launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Lompoc, Calif. As the chief ground system architect for the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Program, Smith's contributions helped provide critical weather data to forecasters worldwide. He also was instrumental in advancing the ground system architecture for the JPSS Program.

The memorial plaque attached to the JPSS-1 satellite reads: David C. Smith - Raytheon IIS - System Engineer, JPSS Common Ground System. In memory of your foundational contributions to the Common Ground System architecture.
Thank you for a successful Alumni Night
Last Friday, alumni enjoyed various festivities during Alumni Night festivities, including a book signing by Justin Campbell '01 and recognition of 10 teams celebrating milestone anniversaries of their postseason wins. Thank you to Zaxby's, Terri Lynn's Catering by Design, and Stumler's Catering for donating food for the tailgating reception.
Mountain trek part of fundraiser in friend's memory 
Paul McCauley '88 can't forget Cara Olson, a member of the Class of 1989. Paul and Cara were involved in a car accident in early September 1986, and Cara was killed. During his long recovery, he vowed he would never forget her. He makes sure others remember her too.

Cara was unforgettable, McCauley said. Bubbly, outgoing, always smiling. And the memory of her smile is now the impetus behind a campaign to help children in undeveloped countries born with a cleft palate have a surgery to restore their health. McCauley is in the midst of a campaign to raise $1 million for Smile Train, an organization that trains doctors in-country to perform cleft palate surgeries so that these children can live normal lives. Without the surgery, some can't eat while others are ostracized for being "cursed." To draw attention to the fundraiser, McCauley and his teenage daughter recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Read more.
Fall Break: Oct. 2-Oct. 13
Oct. 17: ASAP Dinner
Oct. 17-20: First Senior Retreat
Oct. 23: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 24: PSAT Test for sophomores and juniors
Oct. 25: Next eVision

October is the Month of the Rosary

Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary

O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.

From Thought.Co

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

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