news & updates
September 23, 2020 | Issue 4
School News
Students enjoy Homecoming Week activities
Last week, the students celebrated Homecoming Week with a variety of activities, including two contests. Students participated in a mask decorating contest, and the winners, who received gift cards, included:
  • Overall Winner - Junior Sarah Boehm
  • Most School Spirited – Senior Miranda Harley
  • Most Artistic – Freshman Emily Drury
  • Most Creative – Sophomore KB Merchant
  • Most Colorful - Freshman Tessa Holifield

Each class was then challenged to create a two-sided billboard, and the seniors won that contest and will receive a free spirit wear day.
Senior Grant Dierking was crowned Homecoming King at a lunchtime assembly, and senior Sophia Hottois was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Football game. 
Three named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists
Three students who were named National Merit Scholarship qualifiers last spring have now been named semifinalists. They are three of approximately 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Their next step is to apply to be selected as a finalist in hopes of winning a scholarship. 

Seniors Grant Dierking, Rosie Kempf, and Allen Kruer were named semifinalists based on their score on the PSAT taken last fall. Grant said he was very excited to learn of his ranking and said it will help in his college applications to the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and University of Cincinnati, as he hopes to major in engineering.

“It gives me a lot more comfort with my backup colleges and more confidence that I will stand out in applicant pools,” Grant said. 

Allen said he feels honored to be chosen as a semifinalist and is “extremely happy” with the designation. He also plans to major in engineering and is applying to Purdue, IUPUI, and the University of Louisville as well as plans to expand his application pool.

“Since some colleges offer amazing scholarships to National Merit finalists and semifinalists, I will now most likely apply to many other colleges,” Allen said.

Rosie said she was surprised when she heard the news and agreed with Allen that it opens more possibilities. She hasn’t decided on her college plans but had been considering Indiana University and will explore more options.

“This distinction has made me consider applying to colleges that are more difficult to get in to,” Rosie said. 
Student Profile
Pioneer Sports News
Girls Golf sends one plus alternate to regional
Girls Golf will send two players to regional on Saturday, with one of them as first alternate. Seniors Reese Bottorff and Lilly Chapman both shot a 92 at sectional and tied for the third individual spot advancement. At the playoff Monday, Lilly, who had only three years varsity experience, conceded to Reese, who has four years varsity experience. Reese will advance, and Lilly will be the alternate. 

The team placed fifth at sectional, only 11 strokes from third place. The other scores were by senior Katie Huff, 108, and juniors Abby Shavers, 122, and Catherine Pfeiffer 126.
Senior Football player named Player of the Week
Senior Jaxon Murphy, who plays quarterback and also is a key defensive player, was voted GLICOD's Player of the Week for this week, as announced today.
Purichia hits 600 win milestone
The Volleyball team held its annual Coaches vs. Cancer Night when the team hosted Floyd Central last week. The team was able to collect more than $1,000, and the faculty and additional donors added another $1,000. The proceeds went to the family of senior player Sophia Hottois, whose mother is undergoing cancer treatments in Houston.
The following night, Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90 was honored for her 600th career win. After the Volleyball team defeated Louisville Male, her record stands at 606-181. A new banner was hung in the Larkin Center acknowledging her accomplishment.
Girls Basketball Academy to start play
Informational meetings for the Providence Girls Basketball Academy for girls grades five through eight will be held Sunday, Sept. 27, along with an open gym. The meeting for the fifth-sixth grade girls is 5:30-6:45 p.m., and seventh-eighth grade is 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Sports Spotlight
Parent Connection
Free lunch for all students
Providence has applied for and received funding through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide free plate lunches to all students through the end of this semester, or until funding for the program runs out. Parents received a detailed email on this program last week.
Fall Break starts next week
Fall Break begins Friday, Oct. 2, and continues through Friday, Oct. 9. We wish all students, faculty, staff, and their families a safe, relaxing break. Please continue to keep up social distancing, mask wearing, and handwashing in order to maintain good health. 
PSAT test Oct. 14
The Wednesday we return from Fall Break, Oct. 14, will be an eLearning day for freshmen and seniors and PSAT testing for sophomores and juniors. There will be no virtual classes on this day, but all classes will have eLearning assignments posted.
No Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences, originally scheduled for Oct. 20, have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Information will be forthcoming after Fall Break of ways parents can connect with teachers to discuss any concerns over First Quarter grades. The First Quarter ends Oct. 1, and grades will be posted in Skyward on Friday, Oct. 16.
PHS Cafe is hiring
The Cafeteria has several positions available in the during the school day. 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.
Reminder: No early dismissal 9/25
The early dismissal originally scheduled for Sept. 25 has been cancelled due to the Guerin Day activities originally scheduled for that day being rescheduled until April. School will be in session on Sept. 25 on a regular schedule with a 3:00 p.m. dismissal.
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.
Alumnus starts PHS Night at restaurant to fund scholarship

Zack Flanagan '14, co-owner of charcuterie business and New Albany restaurant Board & You will be funding a new scholarship for an incoming freshman and graduating senior. The scholarship will be supported by sales on PHS Night, to be held the last Monday of the month at the bistro, starting Monday, Sept. 28. Watch the school Facebook page for more info about the PHS Night promotion going forward. Information about the scholarships will be posted on the website in the coming weeks.
ASAP Dinner in the works

President Victor Beeler '94 and Advancement & Alumni Relations Manager Ryan Miller '99 are finalizing plans for the upcoming ASAP Dinner in late October. Watch for more details coming soon.
Blue Pride on Display
Young alumni open new businesses despite pandemic
It’s tough enough opening a small business in any climate, but doing so in the middle of a pandemic is even more challenging. Yet inventive, determined people, such as the three young alumni featured here, continue to turn their ideas into money-making ventures for the sheer love of sharing their passion with the public. Becca Hellinger '15, Collin Rauck '15, and Jack G. Koetter '14 have opened businesses that range from a part-time hobby to a large-scale sporting adventure club.
Coming Events
Sept. 25-27: Fall Show
Oct. 1: First Quarter ends
Oct. 2-9: Fall Break
Oct. 13: First Senior Retreat begins
Oct. 14: PSAT, eLearning for grades 9 and 12
Oct. 16: First Quarter grades posted
Let Us Pray
National Day of Fasting & Prayer
Inspired by the example of Abraham Lincoln who, at the urging of both houses of Congress, three times called the entire nation to fast and pray, all men and women of goodwill are invited on Sept. 24 to fast and pray for God’s mercy on our land in these tumultuous days and the healing and conversion of our hearts.

Fr. John Riccardo and the team of the Detroit-based non-profit apostolate ACTS XXIX are calling for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting tomorrow to ask "for God’s mercy on our nation and for the healing of our hearts—all of our hearts, starting with mine,” Fr. John said. His hope is that the entire country, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all people of good will, would set the day aside as a true holy day, forego food until dinner, and pray for the conversion of hearts.