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Footloose cast eager to perform

This weekend marks opening night of Footloose, the 2021 spring musical. The cast is thrilled to be able to perform before a live audience. And while seating is limited, tickets are available to the public for $15 each. Masks are required, and social distancing will be maintained between households. Tickets are sold out for this Friday’s and Saturday’s performances, and this Sunday’s is close to full, but seats are available at the other three shows next weekend. Please support the Providence Players and order your tickets today by calling (812) 945-2538 ext. 301.
 
Available show times are Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. (few seats remain); Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m.
 
The cast is confident that audiences will love this show, which is based on the 1984 film of the same name. 
 
“Audiences will enjoy a lot of aspects of this show because there is something for everyone,” said senior Anna Isler, who plays Vi Shaw, the pastor’s wife. “From energetic dance numbers to emotional ballads, Footloose has heart and soul.”
 
Senior Victor Beeler, who plays the lead role of Ren, adds that audiences will enjoy the comedy in the show as “how much nostalgia from the original film is captured in this show, not only with the dialogue, but with the songs as well. With hits like ‘Holding out for a Hero,’ ‘Almost Paradise,’ and of course ‘Footloose,’ there is something that everyone will recognize!”
 
Sophomore Maddie Beeler, who is Victor’s sister and plays his mom, Ethel, said that audiences will also enjoy the authentic costuming, the sets, the live orchestra, and most of all the cast.
 
“Everyone in this show is so much fun to be around and act with,” Maddie said. “I’m so excited for everyone who’s coming to see it!”
 
Sophomore Ella Unruh, who plays Ren’s love interest, Ariel, said the show is what everyone needs right now.
 
“I believe audiences are going to love how truly fun this play is,” Ella said. “During these hard times, I feel like people are craving dancing, letting loose, and enjoying the good in life. We can see the journey of how an uptight town turns into a fun and bright place throughout this play, and I hope the audience feels free to enjoy themselves and truly cut loose as well!”
 
The cast has worked hard to learn or improve their dancing skills to perfect the multiple, fast-paced dance numbers in the show, which will also entertain audiences. Senior Aaron Burke, who plays Willard, Ren’s best friend, had to learn how to dance in cowboy boots. Victor and Ella Unruh each spent hours practicing on their own outside of rehearsal to get the footwork down. 
 
“My character Ariel expresses herself a lot through dancing,” Ella said. “I actually don’t have any experience dancing, so taking on this role meant a lot of at-home practice! In all honesty, my friends have been an amazing help through this, and I’ve learned a lot in this play.”
 
Victor said his minimal dance experience was limited to what he had done in previous spring shows, so he too spent hours at home in his “basement learning these dance moves, but over time I finally learned them, and they’re some of the most fun dance combos I’ve ever done!”
 
Read on for a Q&A with some of the cast:
 
Anna Isler, senior, Vi Shaw — the pastor’s wife; House of Courage
College Plans: Ball State University, psychology
 
Question: What do you like about your role in general?
Anna Isler: I like my role as Vi because she is so different than any character I’ve played before. She is conflicted and complex, but most importantly, she has a big heart. 
 
Q: What do like about playing an older character?
AI: Playing an older character has been really interesting. I don’t know what it’s like to be a mom or experience inner turmoil the way that Vi does, so Mrs. Holifield and Mr. Breedlove have helped me break down her character, and I hope it translates well on stage. 
 
Q: What is most challenging about your role?
AI: The most challenging part of my role is getting the older mannerisms down as well as portraying the meaning behind the words I’m given. Sis gets intense. 
 
Q: What are you looking forward to this spring musical?
AI: I’m looking forward to acting alongside Kieran Kelly (who plays Reverend Shaw) because I think we have a nice dynamic. We are good friends outside of theatre, so it’s been really great to dig deep with him. He’s super talented, and I couldn’t ask for a better stage husband.  
 
Years in PHS Theatre: 4
Shows: Jungle Book (monkey), The Enchanted Bookshop (Heidi), Jesus Christ Superstar (ensemble), Honk! The Musical (Dot), Freaky Friday (teen ensemble), Little Shop of Horrors (urchin), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (wife). 
Other performing arts: Providence Singers four years, Popcorn Players two years, voice lessons 2018-2021.
 
 
Ella Unruh, sophomore, Ariel Shaw – the pastor’s daughter; House of Humility
 
Question: What do you like about your role in general?
Ella Unruh: This year I was given the opportunity to portray a character unlike any other character I’ve ever played, and I love diversifying and experimenting with different roles. As Ariel is a protagonist, she is a very rebellious character with a lot of inner conflict, and it’s been amazing to get to know her character and be able to play her.
 
Q: What is most challenging about your role?
EU: One of the most challenging parts about Ariel would have to be that she has two very different sides to her. To modern society, she’s seen as the perfect daughter of the very notorious pastor of the town; but to her friends, she’s rebellious, fun, risk-taking, and not so picture perfect. She has a lot of pain from her past that drives her motives and inner conflict that I’ve been working to reciprocate.
 
Q: This is your first lead role in spring musical but not your first being lead on stage. What are you looking forward to the most?
EU: Most of all, I’m looking forward to the ability to perform again. I’m used to always performing in some shape or form, and with the pandemic, it’s limited a lot of that. I truly thrive on the Providence stage, it’s where I found my love for theater, and it’s where I hope to continue to be. This play is not just fun, but it also has a very touching story behind it. I can’t wait for others to enjoy a live play again, and I can’t wait for all the smiles and laughs I’ll get to see and hear from the audience!
 
Q: What do you enjoy about being part of a large cast as opposed to being the lead or solo singer?
EU: Being a part of a large cast opposed to a lead singer or soloist is a true blessing. Our cast is so truly talented, and I personally learn so much from my fellow castmates. I think we all learn from each other. The blessing to be a part of a team to put together a show this amazing is something very special and something I’ll never take for granted.
 
Years in PHS Theatre: 5 (including Deanery shows)
Other performing arts: Performed with her band, The Roux, at the New Albany and Jeffersonville River stages; writes and records original music
 
Victor Beeler, senior, Ren McCormack – new kid in town; House of Courage, Boys Golf
 
Question: What do you like about your role?
Victor Beeler: What I love about my role is that I get to play an optimistic kid who just wants to get out and express himself through dance. I get to play every emotion too! I get to be lighthearted and funny, but I also get to play out some of the more serious moments and explore Ren’s personal moments.
 
Q: What is it like having your sister play your mother?
VB: Having my sister play my mom is the funniest thing ever! The dynamic we have is very similar to what the characters have in the show. We’re both very sarcastic with each other and have lots of love. Being able to perform alongside with her and to see her shine on that stage is absolutely amazing! She’s the best sister I could’ve asked for, and I’m so glad I get to be right next to her for my senior year!
 
Q: What is most challenging about your role?
VB: I would say the most challenging thing for me is having to mix singing and dancing together. Normally it’s fairly easy for me, but this year has been a challenge for sure! Ren has lots of high notes that take a lot of air, and he also has a lot of dancing, which also requires a lot of air, so it took a while for me to find the balance, but I finally found it, and it’s so much fun!
 
Q: What are you looking forward to this spring musical?
VB: What I’m looking forward to this spring musical is to just perform. With last year’s run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat being cut short, it’s so refreshing finally getting to get back on stage to sing and dance. Just the fact that we are able to perform this year is fantastic!
 
Q: What is your favorite PHS Theatre memory?
VB: My favorite PHS Theatre memory has got to be opening nights in the guys’ dressing room! Anytime a new person joins the cast, we have an initiation ceremony with all of us just being super goofy. And every year all the guys submit songs, and we compile them all into a crazy playlist that we play to sing along to.
 
Providence Shows: Jesus Christ Superstar (apostle), Honk! (Ugly), Freaky Friday (Parker), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), All Shook Up (Dance Chorus), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Roger), and Walk Two Moons (Mr. Winterbottom)
 
 
Madeline Beeler, sophomore, Ethel McCormack – Ren’s mom; House of Courage, Volleyball
 
Question: What do you like about your role in general?
Maddie Beeler: Ethel is Ren’s mom, who is very independent. She is a single mother who is trying to take care of her son and give him a good life after her husband has just left her. I love this role because I’m very independent myself. Ethel has to make decisions not only for her son but for herself, and she’s very sure on the outside but contemplates whether it was the right decision she made on the inside. This role is so much fun, and I love getting to play her and trying to express that to the audience. 
 
Q: What has it been like playing the role of mom to your older brother?
MB: Playing my older brother’s mother has been so much fun. I always joke around that I kind of act like his mom already because I boss him around a little bit. Ethel and Ren’s relationship is very similar to mine and Victor’s. Ethel and Ren are very sarcastic to each other, but they know when to be serious and be there for each other. Victor and I are the same; we are always so sarcastic with each other but he’s there for me and I’m there for him. He’s the best big brother ever. It’s also very cool that I get to play this role with him his senior year. I love him so much, and I’m very excited for everyone to see it. 
 
Q: What is most challenging about your role?
MB: The most challenging thing about playing Ethel is trying to be an adult. I am not an adult and don’t know what it’s like to be a mother yet. There’s a lot of details I need to have down to come off as an adult to the audience, such as my posture and my tone of voice. For the most part, it’s simple and things I know I need to do, but it’s about getting them down and displaying that to the audience that’s challenging. 
 
Q: This is your first lead role in spring musical. What are you looking forward to the most?
MB: What I’m looking forward to the most is getting to perform and have a name role. This past year has been crazy for everyone because of Covid, and I’m very happy we get to perform at all this year. Having a name role is a lot of responsibility because knowing your songs and your lines is a lot of work, not only mentally but physically. So I’m very excited for all my work to pay off. 
 
Q: What is your favorite PHS theatre memory? 
MB: My favorite PHS memory so far because I’m just a sophomore and have many memories to make has been getting ready for shows in the girls’ dressing room. We’re always playing music and getting hyped up. Then also going out to eat with everyone after the show and just celebrating another good night. I got to do all those for the first time last year during Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
Years in Providence Theatre: 2
Shows: James and the Giant Peach (Narrator), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (ensemble), A Hairy Tale (Narrator) 
 
 
Kieran Kelly, senior, Reverend Shaw; House of Integrity, Swim Team, Quick Recall
 
Question: What do you like about your role in general? 
Kieran Kelly: I really like how fun the character is to play. He’s super complex and has all these sides to him that he switches between throughout the play. It’s been a lot of fun exploring his character more in depth.
 
Q: What do like about playing the antagonist? 
KK: I like how conflicted Shaw is. While Shaw is an antagonist, he’s not a bad person. He’s just someone who’s been through a lot. I really enjoy getting to play him as someone who believes he’s doing the right thing.
 
Q: What is most challenging about your role? 
KK: The most challenging part about my role is my interactions with other characters, especially Ariel and Vi. Shaw has a very complicated relationship with his daughter and wife, and it can be hard to figure out how to best convey all the nuances in them. 
 
Q: What are you looking forward to this spring musical?
KK: I’m looking forward to being able to do one last musical with the whole cast and crew, especially the seniors. Also, I’m looking forward to eating out after the shows!
 
Years in PHS Theatre: 4
 
 
Aaron Burke, senior, Willard Hewitt – Ren’s best friend; House of Loyalty senior executive delegate, Student Ambassador, Hiking Club, Pro-Life Club
College plans: Purdue University, meteorology/atmospheric science
 
Question: Is the character you play similar or the opposite of your personality? How does that help you portray him on stage?
Aaron Burke: My character, Willard, has a personality that is very different from my own. Willard is a country boy who is very naïve to the realities of the world beyond Bomont. He is also very defensive and isn’t afraid to fight anyone who he sees as a threat. Our personalities are similar in a way because deep down he has a lot of common sense and he is a huge momma’s boy. 
 
Q: What is most challenging about your role?
AB: The most challenging part about my role has been learning how to dance in cowboy boots and also learning how to portray Willard as the character he is. He has many layers that I have had the joy of exploring over the past few months. 
 
Q: What are you looking forward to this spring musical?
AB: In this performance, audiences will enjoy a show with an immense amount of energy and movement. They will witness a story that revolves around the values of love, friendship, family, and community. Our cast has worked hard to make the show as elaborate and alive as possible. 
 
Q: What do you like about your role in general?
AB: My favorite part about my role is Willard’s country flare. I have learned to use a country accent throughout the show, and I am always wearing boots and a cowboy hat. 
 
Q: What is your favorite PHS Theatre memory?
AB: My favorite PHS memory was during Walk Two Moons when Mara Holifield printed out too many pictures of me that I had taken on her phone the night before and scattered them throughout the auditorium, backstage, and the dressing rooms. It seemed like everywhere I turned there was a picture of me. I learned not to take pictures on other people’s phones.
 
Years in PHS Theatre: 4  
Shows: Jungle Book (monkey), The Enchanted Bookshop (Tom Sawyer), Jesus Christ Superstar (apostle), Freaky Friday (Wells’s dad, Savannah’s friend, ensemble), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Police Officer, Mr. Thompson), Little Shop of Horrors (Skip Snip), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ruben) and Walk Two Moons (Gramps)
 
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Senior named Indiana Academic All-Star

Senior Allen Kruer is seeing his hard work pay off. He has focused on doing his best in the classroom while also getting involved in various extracurricular activities. As the top-ranked senior in his class, he was nominated for consideration as an Indiana Academic All-Star. Last week, he learned he was one of 40 seniors in the state to receive the award presented by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Allen said he is proud to receive the award, especially since there are only 40 recipients. Each school in the state is able to nominate a student who excels in the classroom while also being actively involved in their school and community. Nominees fill out an application and select a teacher who influenced them.

Allen selected Dr. Stacey Yankey, his sophomore and senior math teacher, because she encouraged him to join the Math Team as a freshman. Up until that point, he had only been involved in sports and not in academic or non-athletic extracurricular events. At her invitation, he joined the team, which meets to take a math test four times in school year. His freshman year, he ranked sixth in the district and ranked second the next two years.

“I wouldn’t have done it otherwise,” Allen said. “Besides that, she’s an overall great teacher. I like how she always makes sure everyone knows what’s going on.”

In addition to Math Team, Allen was on the Freshman Boys Basketball team, ran track as a sophomore, and plays CYO Basketball. This year, he has joined the Boys Golf team. His other activities include Honor Council, Student Ambassador, Quick Recall, Pro Life Club, National Honor Society (of which he is president), and senior executive delegate for the House of Truth.

The Academic All-Star award is one of several honors he has received this year. He is a National Merit Scholar Finalist, the class valedictorian, and a Presidential Scholar candidate, for which he was selected based on his SAT and ACT scores – he will learn this month if he is a semifinalist for that award.

His academic success and extracurricular involvement and leadership have also garnered him acceptance into several top colleges, including the University of Notre Dame, the University of Louisville, and Purdue University. He intends to study mechanical engineering and is leaning toward UofL for its co-operative study program.

Seeing his hard work pay off is gratifying as he prepares for college.

“Ever since freshman year I always tried to keep all As and do my best,” Allen said. “I just carried it through and now I’m reaping the benefits of it.”

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Sports Spotlight on Baseball

Our Sports Spotlight this issue is on the Baseball team and features junior Jake Rodski and senior Nicholas Hooper. Coach Scott Hutchins ’91 said he nominated Jake because he is “an incredibly hard worker, and his improvement from the beginning of spring practice until now has been remarkable. He is unselfish and exactly the kind of teammate that everyone wants to play with. The coaches expect Jake to play a big role in our team’s success this season.”

Of Nicholas he said, “Hoop has endured a real battle over the last four years to get to a point where he is physically able to play. We are a program that places a high value on toughness, and no one is tougher than Hoop. He brings enthusiasm and a positivity to the team every single day. He is a true role model for the other players and coaches. It is impossible to make excuses when you see what he has gone through and the way he has handled himself.”

Photo by Amy (Donner) Lorenz ’88

Jake Rodski, junior, catcher and outfield, House of Truth, extracurricular activities: weight lifting

Question: Which playing position is your favorite? 
Jake Rodski: Catcher is my favorite because you control the game and get to talk to all the batters.

Q: What do you like about being on the PHS Baseball team?
JR: What I like most about being a part of the baseball team is the energy and laughs we get during our games.

Q: Coach Hutchins said you are unselfish and a hard worker, which shows in your improving throughout spring practice. Why is this season important to you and was that a motivating factor in the effort you have put forth?
JR: This season is very important to me because of our team’s potential to go far, and our determination to reach Victory Field.

Q: What is your favorite class?
JR: My favorite class is Weights because Mr. Ben Hornung is a great teacher.

Q: What do you like about being a Pioneer?
JR: What I like being about a Pioneer the most is the close relationships you can make with the people around you.

Q: What have you done to stay in shape and prepare for this season after not competing last spring?
JR: To stay in shape for this season, I have pumped iron with my friends at the gym as a true passion.

Photo by Amy (Donner) Lorenz ’88

Nicholas Hooper, senior, second base, House of Faith, extracurricular activities: painting and guitar
College plans: University of Louisville to study mechanical engineering

Question: How did you get starting playing baseball?
Nicholas Hooper: I’ve been playing baseball ever since I can remember starting with playing catch with my dad. I always really loved baseball from a young age.

Question: Which playing position is your favorite? 
NH: Second base has always been my favorite position. The satisfaction that comes with successfully executing a double play is one of my favorite things about baseball.

Q: What do you like about being on the PHS Baseball team?
NH: The team atmosphere has always been a very important aspect of the game for me. No matter what I’m doing on the field, I can always find a way to have fun as long as I’m with my team.

Q: Coach Hutchins said you are a role model in toughness and working through challenges. What has been your motivation was your inspiration to continue to work hard to be able to play your senior year?
NH: For me, getting back to playing baseball this season is symbolic. It’ll mark a new beginning in my life free of the physical limitations I’ve had to work with for so long. Getting to finally live a physically normal life has always been a dream of mine, and getting to run out to my position senior year after surgery would be the comeback I’ve always dreamed of.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
NH: After a year of not being able to play baseball, getting to soak in every second of this season is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. The littlest moments on and off the field with my team seem so grand now, and I try especially hard to make the most of them.

Q: What do you like about being a Pioneer?
NH: I’ve always loved that being a Pioneer feels like being a member of a large family. It has always been a very welcoming and loving atmosphere that I’m proud to be a part of.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat or House activity while at PHS and why?
NH: Going on senior retreat was a very special experience for me. It allowed me to strengthen my relationship with my classmates, with God, and with myself. I was blessed to leave with a new perspective on life that I wouldn’t have received if it weren’t for the experiences I had on retreat.

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Telling the story of a family miracle

Greg Hublar ’86 and his brothers Mike ’82 and Todd ’93 never saw their brother Mark (Hon. ’20) as being any different than the three of them despite his being born with Down syndrome. Because his family always included him in everything, from wrestling on the living room floor and playing backyard sports, t0 playing on organized sports teams, Mark Hublar desired to be just like his brothers.

Like his brothers, Mark went to college – although several years after high school – and graduated with a degree in public speaking from Jefferson Community Technical College. Like his brothers, he moved out of his parent’s home and lives in his own apartment. He worked to support himself and even started his own business as a motivational speaker and has his own website, Mark Hublar Speaks.

Mark’s motivational speaking took him around the country, allowing him to advocate for others with disabilities and encourage businesses to employ them. Before the pandemic, he was doing well enough that Greg Hublar was inspired to write a book about his brother’s life, so that Mark would have a book to sell at his speaking engagements to bolster his income – and help provide some money for his future retirement.

Greg said he had actually felt called to write his brother’s story a decade ago and had even written out titles for each chapter. Last year, he brought out his old notes and started the writing process, beginning with interviewing his parents, who had found themselves in their mid-20s with a baby whom doctors recommended be institutionalized.

The story of how his parents relied on their faith in God to take their son home instead of following the advice of the time is detailed in the book A Miracle Named Mark, which is for sale on Mark’s website. The book not only tells Mark’s and his family’s story, but it can also be a resource for other families who are raising a child with Down syndrome.

Greg said he came up with the title of the book as he put the story together. During his childhood, he and his brothers never considered Mark and his progress a medical marvel. He was simply their brother.

“Growing up, he was not treated differently than any of us,” said Greg, who is four years younger than Mark. “Mark was just one of us. I never really appreciated what he was doing as we were growing up. He was just Mark.”

As he gathered research for the book, he began to realize just what his parents had done, choosing to raise a child with Down syndrome in an age before support groups, before inclusion of special needs children in school classrooms, and when most children born with Down syndrome spent their lives in a special facility and away from their families.

“Now I realize he really was a miracle right in front of us,” Greg said.

Writing and publishing a book was a first for Greg, who is national sales manager for Flexible Materials Inc., but the topic was easy to cover because of the tight family bond the family has. Once he had the story written, he turned to DiggyPOD printing services to print the book. The service includes a template to follow and step-by-step instructions that helped Greg through the process.

The Hublars chose to sell the book themselves through Mark’s website rather than through other vendors to ensure that Mark would “maximize the return to his retirement fund,” Greg said, adding that he and his wife, Lisa, process and mail all book orders. Brother Todd handles the accounting, and Mike takes care of any legal aspects.

Mark and his family also are choosing to donate 10 percent of the proceeds of each book sale to one of the several organizations that have benefited Mark in some way. When someone orders a book, purchasers choose which organization to support. And every quarter, the family makes a donation to those organizations.

The book is off to a good start, and the Hublars hope that sales will continue as Mark gets back to work. Over the last year, Mark’s business was impacted by the pandemic as he was staying isolated to protect his health. Now that he’s been vaccinated, Mark is ready to hit the speaker circuit again.

As for Greg, writing this book has given him greater insight into just how remarkable his brother’s journey is.

“It’s really miraculous how far he’s come,” Greg said. “I have a new perspective on the depth of the impact he’s had on other people, the impact and the changes he’s made. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to document his story while everybody’s still alive.”

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Junior/Senior Student Leaders recognized

The Junior/Senior Student Leaders for the months of February-March include juniors Brayden Gronotte, Caleb Heiligenberg, Kadie O’Bannon, Abby Shavers, and Ella Tichy,and seniors Alex Rousselle, Brooklyn Stocksdale, Eli Watson, and Beth Wimsatt. Read More for the Q&A with these students:

Kadie O’Bannon, junior, House of Loyalty Junior Delegate, varsity Girls Golf, varsity Swim Team, Bowling Team, varsity Softball, CYO Volleyball, Pinterest Club (president), Art Club (leader), Drawing Club, Student Ambassador, The Letter Project

Question: You were nominated for your leadership in Art Club. What do you enjoy about Art Club?
Kadie O’Bannon: I love this club because I love art and using it to express myself… and obviously hanging out with Mrs. Burden.

Q: What qualities do you have to make you a good leader?
KO: I have always been told that I am a natural-born leader by teachers, coaches, leaders, etc. I believe my get-stuff-done while having a good-time mentality helps me in my leadership. I feel that I am very inclusive and outgoing to include everyone in whatever I am doing.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
KO: It is very, very hard to pick just one because I truly enjoy all of them. My favorite sport I think would be softball because of the community among the team. I love the fast pace of the game and getting hyped up in the dugout with my teammates. I would say my favorite leadership position is being a Student Ambassador because I enjoy being a part of something much bigger than myself. I love helping as many people as I can during my time here at Providence.

Q: What is your favorite class?
KO: Well, obviously, I absolutely love Mrs. Burden’s art classes. But outside of art, my favorite class that I am currently enrolled in is Communications with Mrs. Miller because I enjoy giving speeches about topics I am passionate about and I love debating. However, I am most excited about my business classes and my photography class next year because those are two of my biggest passions.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
KO: I am making the most of this school year by not taking any fun time for granted. Whether it’s a football game, basketball game, practice, or just even a parking lot pump-up jam sesh before or after school, I am not taking any moment for granted because I only have so many left. Another way I am making the most of this school year is by capturing every moment on “the kadie vlogs.”

Abby Shavers, junior, House of Courage Junior Delegate, Girls Golf Team, Math Team

Question: You were nominated for your leadership in NEXGEN. Why did you apply to this community activity?
Abby Shavers: I applied to NEXGEN to learn more about local businesses: how they are managed and how do they help the community.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
AS: I have helped coach both Holy Family’s sixth grade Math Team and Holy Family’s third grade Volleyball Team. I also was nominated Holy Family’s NJHS President in 2018.

Q: What qualities or motivation do you have that make you a good leader?
AS: I always want to do my best, and I want everyone included to do their best as well. I believe this helps me to motivate myself and others to work their hardest.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
AS: My favorite extracurricular activity is golf. I enjoy playing for fun and for the Providence girls’ team. Golf has provided me with more friends and has helped to teach me perseverance and patience on and off the course.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
AS: My favorite subject is anything in visual arts. I have always loved to create art, and Providence has allowed me to learn more about many different types of visual art such as ceramics and fiber arts. I hope to corporate art into any future career I may have.

Ella Tichy, junior, House of Humility, Cheerleading

Question: You were nominated for your leadership in NEXGEN. Why did you apply to this activity?
Ella Tichy: I applied because I’m interested in developing my leadership skills in order to make them applicable in my life. I also enjoy helping the community and philanthropy. The final day is Tuesday, April 13th.

Q: Describe your leadership style.
ET: My leadership style is very considerate. I find it easy to step up to the role when I am called to it. When in a position like that, I try to make sure everybody is taken into consideration. I enjoy starting compromise and conversation when in a leadership position to make sure all opinions are valued. My style is very relaxed!

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
ET: My role model as a leader is my dad. He coached many of my athletic teams growing up, which gave me an example of how to lead in an efficient way. He always takes the lead but not in an overwhelming way. He makes sure everybody feels included and valued. He’s the reason I find it easier to step up to leadership positions.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
ET: My favorite extracurricular is cheer! I enjoy the community I’ve found there and the ability to lead, but also follow as a team. I love how it pushes me to be the best I can be, and I’m super excited about sectionals!

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
ET: My favorite school subject is science. Right now, I’m taking Anatomy with Mr. Purichia, and it’s definitely been one of my favorite classes! I think it’s always interesting to understand how we as humans work and function on a daily basis.

Brayden Gronotte, House of Humility, Junior Executive Delegate, Quick Recall (team captain), Esports, various leadership roles

Question: You were nominated for your leadership in Quick Recall. What do you enjoy about this club?
Brayden Gronotte: I enjoy this club because multiple of my friends do it, and it helps me gain extra knowledge that I would not have had otherwise.

Q: What qualities or motivation do you have that make you a good leader?
BG: A quality that I have that I believe makes me a good leader is my ability to communicate well with people even if I barely know them in order to get things done.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
BG: The best House activity in my opinion is Guérin Day because it allows the entire student body to take a well-deserved break and partake in some friendly competition with their schoolmates.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
BG: My favorite extracurricular activity is Quick Recall because it offers a good dynamic between team and solo play with the way that it operates.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
BG: My favorite school subject is and always will be the subject of science because it seeks objective truths rather than abstract ideas like literature.

Alex Rousselle, House of Justice, Swim Team, Sound Manager for Tech Crew
College Plans: study in the field of health and medicine, location undecided

Question: You were nominated for always being willing to set up the sound for Mass. What do you enjoy about setting up the soundboard?
Alexander Rousselle: I really enjoy working with all of the technology related to the sound board. I find it really interesting all of the cool effects that can be done with it.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
AR: My favorite extracurricular activity is working on the tech crew. I always have a lot of fun and I really enjoy working with all of the technology as well as the rest of the crew members. It’s really a joy watching the show come together from the beginning of tech week to the first show.

Q: What activities or traditions are you looking forward to in your last semester?
AR: The activity that I had been looking forward to the most for this last semester was the Senior Retreat. I’ve been at Providence for five years now and that has been one of the biggest mysteries, so I was super excited to finally experience it for myself.

Q: What qualities do you have that make you a good leader?
AR: One of the qualities that I think makes me a good leader is that I listen to what the people around me have to say. I take their suggestions or concerns regarding projects and situations and use them to improve our original ideas and plans while trying to minimize anything going wrong.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
AR: My favorite House activity has to be Guerin Day because I enjoy the competitive spirit everyone gets and you never know what crazy things are going to happen.

Brooklyn Stocksdale, senior, House of Humility Senior Executive Delegate, Popcorn Players, spring musical, Student Ambassador
College plans: I have not committed but plan on studying medical laboratory science at Purdue University

Question: You were nominated for your hard work, dedication and willingness to do what is needed. Why is putting forth this effort important to you?
Brooklyn Stocksdale: It’s always important to try your best and help out in any way you can. Not only will it help you feel more productive and accomplished, but it will also help everyone around you by making the best of situations.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
BJS: My role model for leadership is one of the past managers at my job. He made a huge difference in my work life by taking the time to teach me individually how to be efficient and have fun at the same time. From him, I learned the importance of establishing a personal connection because it makes everything so much more comfortable, fun and productive.

Q: What leadership positions have you held outside of PHS and how did they help you become a better leader?
BJS: I frequently train new employees at my job, and it’s taught me to better connect with people from the get go and has taught me how to better explain to and support those around me.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
BJS: My favorite House activity was shopping for the Angel Tree families junior year. It was so fun to hang out with other members of the House while also making a difference in someone else’s life. We even found a baby sized fedora!

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
BJS: My favorite activity is Popcorn Players. When I was in elementary school, it was always my favorite show to watch. Even though we didn’t get to have a normal tour this year, it was still nice to be able to spread the Christmas cheer to the Deanery schools virtually.

Eli Watson, House of Integrity, Baseball, Boys Basketball. A leader on and off the field/ court for the baseball and basketball team.
College plans: Western Kentucky University, where he will play baseball

Question: You were nominated for being encouraging to your teammates and leading by example. Why is doing so important to you?
Eli Watson: Being a great leader is very important to me because by setting a good example it allows the younger kids to learn from what I do and later on do the same or hopefully better from what I do which I feel is very important.

Q: Describe your leadership style.
EW: I’d say my leadership style is by voice and by example. I’m the type of leader that will be the loudest in the area and push my squad to its max, and when it’s my turn to put the team on my back, then that’s what I’ll do.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
EW: My ideal role model is my older brother. He went to Providence, and I got to experience him lead his team to a state title while he battled through injury. He truly understood his role and brought the team to become united as one and each individual played for the person who stood next him.

Q: What qualities or motivation do you have that make you a good leader?
EW: I think the qualities I have is the straight-up drive to be the best athlete or student I can be in any situation and also the constant positivity I bring and never hang my head through adversity.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
EW: My favorite activities to do are Baseball and Boys Basketball. Getting to play with my brothers on the field and the court is a true blessing, and it brings a lot of happiness for me. Never a dull moment around those guys.

Beth Wimsatt, House of Humility, Swim Team, Tech Crew leader
College plans: Attend Marian University and major in nursing

Question: You were nominated for your hard work, dedication and willingness to do what is needed. Why is putting forth this effort important to you?
Beth Wimsatt: I put forth the effort in hopes to motivate people around and help as much as I can.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
BW: Mother Teresa is my role model because she always did what she could to help those around her. She gave everything she had and was grateful for her life.

Q: What leadership positions or activities have you held/done outside of PHS, and how did they help you become a better leader?
BW: I am on the Deanery SALT team as well as a middle school retreat leader. These have helped me be a better leader through learning from my mistakes and learning from the other leaders around me.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
BW: My favorite House activity is Guerin Day because everyone has so much fun with all the crazy events.

Q: What is your favorite extracurricular activity?
BW: My favorite extracurricular is swim mostly because of the people. We have way too much fun at practice and always have a great time at meets.

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Senior receives appointment to US Naval Academy

Senior Landon Kruer is relieved to finally have the college search process behind him and even more pleased to have received an appointment to his top choice, the U.S. Naval Academy. Landon received news of his appointment earlier this month and plans to major in marine engineering or naval architecture. He plans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps following graduation from the Naval Academy.

Landon said he has been interested in the U.S. Armed Forces since he was in sixth grade, partly because his grandfathers were both in the U.S. Army Reserves. Originally, his desire was to join the U.S. Navy, so he joined the Louisville division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a youth leadership development program sponsored by the Navy. He also attended a Naval Academy summer STEM camp.

He began setting his sites on the Naval Academy for college, especially after one of his cousins received an appointment. Landon said he feels more confident in his decision to attend the Naval Academy after talking with his cousin and hearing about his experience. He said his cousin has a similar personality to his, which boosted his confidence in the program.

“It’s good to hear from someone who’s like me, so I know I would like it,” Landon said.

As a member of the Baseball and Boys Tennis teams, Landon is used to being physically active, so the rigorous training paired with the intensive college program appeals to him, he said. He also has a strong patriotic streak.

Naval Academy graduates commit to serving 10 years as an officer in the Navy or Marines after earning their degree, and Landon plans to commit to the Marines. Although the Navy originally appealed to him, as he began looking into the different Armed Forces, he felt more drawn to the Marines for its more diverse career options protecting the country by air, ground, or water.

“You can get a little bit of everything in the Marines,” Landon said.

Landon also dreamed of flying planes for the Marines, but his recent physical revealed a red/green color deficiency in his eyesight of which he’d been unaware. The diagnosis required a medical waiver to get into the Naval Academy and prevents him from flying. Although he is disappointed he won’t be able to fly, he is thrilled to have his appointment to the academy and is open to other opportunities in the Marines.

“It was just a big relief,” Landon said of receiving the waiver and his official appointment. “Now I can stop applying to other colleges.”

Other appointments in recent years include Andrew Henderson ’20, Brigid Welch ’20, Brogan Welch ’18, Patricia Mattingly ’15, and Charmaine Solis ’14.

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Sports Spotlight: Track & Field

Our Sports Spotlight this issue is on the Track & Field team and features seniors Gavin Caswell and Lizzy Isgrigg. Coach Jeanne Luther ’82 nominated them for the Spotlight because they are both dependable leaders.

“Gavin has really grown from a quiet freshman to a team leader,” Coach Luther said. “He’s like having another assistant coach; he knows the technique and helps his teammates every day.”

Lizzy leads her teammates by example, Coach Luther said.

“Her love for high jump shows in her training and her willingness to help her teammates,” Coach Luther said.

Read more for a Q&A with these players:

Lizzy Isgrigg, senior, high jump and sprints, House of Loyalty, Art Club

Question: What are you looking forward to this season?
Lizzy Isgrigg: I’m looking forward to just having a good senior season, and improving my personal bests.

Q: What have you done to stay in shape and prepare for this season after not competing last spring?
LI: To stay in shape after not having last season, I took Weights class to make sure I stayed active.

Q: Which event is your favorite?
LI: My favorite event is high jump because of learning the form and curve of jumping.

Q: What do you like about being on the Track & Field team?
LI: What I most like about the Track team is the coach’s pushing you to do your personal best. I like being on the Track team because I get to be a part of a team and compete as a team, but also compete individually too.

Q: Coach Luther said you lead by example. Why is leading by example to your teammates important to you and who is your role model as a leader?
LI: At practices I always try to do my best to improve, hoping others will do the same on their own. Coach Cox is a great model for encouraging people doing their very best.

Gavin Caswell, senior, shot put and discus, House of Humility, spring musical

Question: How did you get started in Providence Track & Field?
Gavin Caswell: I’ve been doing Track & Field ever since I was a freshman, and I was opened up to the sport by my Freshman Boys Basketball coach., who is the hurdles coach. A good thing he did too because this would turn out to be my favorite sport.

Q: Which event is your favorite and why?
GC: Discus is my favorite sport. It is also the hardest out of shot put and discus in my opinion. I love this sport so much because of the challenges that come with it. There are so many intricate parts to discus, and I want to master them all.

Q: What do you like about being on the Track & Field team?
GC: I like being on the Track & Field team because it is like a family. I also feel like a team leader because I’m a senior now.

Q: Coach Luther said you are a team leader that helps the younger players with technique. Who is your role model as a leader?
GC: I find this to be very honoring because I look to Coach Luther as my role model. She currently holds the school record for the girls in shot put, and she has been pushing me to become better from day one.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
GC: I am looking forward to shattering my personal records this year, in both shot put and discus.

Q: What have you done to stay in shape and prepare for this season after not competing last spring?
GC: I have been lifting over the summer, and I am currently in Weights class.

Q: What’s a fun tradition the Track & Field team has that you are looking forward to this season?
GC: Well, every time someone that throws shot put or discus breaks their personal records, they are rewarded with a milkshake by Coach Luther.

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February/March Student Leaders recognized

Earlier this month, the Student Leaders for February and March were named. These students were nominated by their teachers or coaches and received a fast pass to the front of the cafeteria line for the student leader and a friend to be used this week plus two spirit wear days March 15-16. These students also received recognition on the bulletin board outside of the Cafeteria. Read more for a Q&A with the freshman and sophomore leaders. Next month, we will feature the juniors and seniors in the eVision.

Freshmen:

Eli Theobald, House of Spirit, Wrestling, Football

He was nominated by Mrs. Mary Alice (Lenfert) Knott ’77 as a Student Leader due to his hard work in Wrestling this year.  She recognized his hard work and dedication to this sport, especially since it is your first time competing.

Question: What is your favorite class or subject?
Eli Theobald: My favorite class is math because I have a great teacher, and a lot of my friends are in it. In general, it’s a fun class to be in.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
ET: My coaches are great role models because they are always being great examples of leaders on and off-season.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
ET: I am making the most of this year by doing the best I can in my classes and in my sports.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
ET: My favorite house activity this year has been when we gathered money for a family who is in need so they could have a special Christmas this year.

Iza Smith, House of Loyalty, Girls Basketball manager

She was nominated by Coach Brad Burden as a Student Leader due to her work as the Girls Basketball manager, especially for her hard work and dedication.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Iza Smith: My role model as a leader is my sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. Carver. She was always so nice, but she also had control over the class and everyone always respected her and we always had fun. After I graduated, she got promoted to vice principal, and I think that position fits her very well.

Q: What leadership positions have you held outside of PHS?
IS: I’m not sure if this counts, but a leadership position I’ve done outside of school would be being the oldest out of three sisters. My youngest sister is 4 and my other sister is 11. I know I am a big influence on them, so I try my best to lead them in the right direction.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
IS: My favorite class is math. Although it’s not my favorite subject, Mrs. Knott and the people in that class with me make it so fun, and I look forward to it every other day.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
IS: I’m making the best out of my school year by staying positive and going with the flow. I try not to be surprised if we go virtual, and I always make sure I have a fun time at school and participate the best I can because we don’t know when we could be going virtual.

Ashley Zeller, House of Integrity, Theatre

She was nominated by Mrs. Knott as a Student Leader due to her dedication to mathematics, for the hard work and dedication she puts into it.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Ashley Zeller: My role models as a leader are actually my parents to be honest. They push me to be the best I can be and ever since I was a little kid I’ve been looking up to them. They taught me how to be kind to others, how to live my life through God, and how to solve challenging problems independently.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
AZ: One leadership activity I have been doing outside of PHS is attending a high school discipleship group. They helped me become a better leader by teaching me how to grow closer to my faith and lead others to do the same.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
AZ: My favorite class is most definitely Mrs. Knott’s Algebra class. This is because every class I have been attending of hers, I’ve come to grow this devotion to solve every riddle that comes my way. Every equation she gives me, I see each one as a riddle, and each one is different which I have to use a variety of operations to solve. I can now use what she taught me to grow a successful future, but also to find the might to solve anything.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
AZ: I am making the most out of this school year by hanging out with my friends and using my time learning in class to become a better person.

Tessa Holifield, House of Truth, Theatre

She was nominated by Mrs. Ellen Holifield as a Student Leader due to her work in the Theatre Department, especially for her hard work, dedication, and willingness to pitch in when needed.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Tessa Holifield: My role model as a leader is Mrs. Stacy Gillenwater because she has always showed me how to be strong in faith and lead like Jesus.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
TH: Outside of Providence, I am a member of the Saint Anthony Youth Planning Team. This helps me become a better leader because I’m working with a group of people who have been strong leaders throughout their high school years.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?|
TH: My favorite subjects in school are theatre and English because I love the creativity involved in those subjects and how good shows and stories bring you to new places and have intriguing ways to teach lessons.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
TH: I am making the most of this year by enjoying the time when I am able to be at school and with my friends, taking in every moment, learning everything I can, and trying to find the good in everything.

Sophomores:

Ana Cabezas, House of Humility, Dance Team

She was nominated by Mrs. Donna Burden as a Student Leader for her dedication to the Art Club, for her hard work and leadership especially.

Question:  Describe your leadership style:
Ana Cabezas: My leadership style is making sure everyone gets along and has fun.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
AC: My role model is my mom because she also puts everyone before herself.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
AC: My favorite house activity is doing small actions like buying gifts for other people on Christmas. It is very simple but brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Q: What is your favorite class?
AC: My favorite is Drawing because I get to learn more techniques and practice drawing different objects.

Daniel Fowler, House of Faith, Track

He was nominated by Mrs. Chris Golembeski as a Student Leader for because he is a terrific, hardworking student who shows leadership in the Learning Lab by working from bell to bell. Additionally, he is an excellent example of a dedicated student and a role model for others to see.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Daniel Fowler: My dad because he demonstrates leadership by telling me what to do and how to do it

Q: Describe your leadership style.
DF: My leadership style is leading by example.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
DF: My favorite subject is history because I enjoy learning about the past.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
DF: I am making the most out of this year by doing my best to get on the honor roll.

Jaden Johnson, House of Humility, JV Boys Basketball

He was nominated by Mr. Bart Makowsky ’87 as a Student Leader due to his dedication to the Boys Basketball Team.. “Jaden is an example of someone who leads by example. His hustle and effort at basketball are top notch. He gives everything he has to what he is doing, but he does it with humility and the goal of helping the team be the best that it can be. He is quick with encouragement for his teammates and is always trying to pick them up.”

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
Jaden Johnson: My favorite class in school is English because I like to write about different topics.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
JJ: My role model is my grandpa.

Q: What leadership activity has helped you be a better leader?
JJ: Basketball has helped me become a leader because you have to be vocal to your teammates and always have their back.

Q: Describe your leadership style.
JJ: My leadership style is to always help others and set a good example for them to follow.

Emma Scharre, House of Loyalty sophomore student leader, Volleyball manager, Tech Theatre

She was nominated by Mrs. Holifield as a Student Leader for her work in tech theatre, especially for eagerly running sound for school liturgies and always being willing to do what is needed.

Question: What leadership roles have you taken on at school?
Emma Scharre: I led a few new “techies” in the last play I was involved in by running cues.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
ES: Outside of PHS, I have been working on a reflection garden at Mount Saint Francis for resources for mental health.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
ES: My favorite class has been art (more specifically Ceramics) with Mrs. Burden; however, my favorite class at the moment is Creative Writing, which I am taking as an independent study with Mrs. Beyl.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
ES: I am making the most of this year by doing things that I love and trying to better my future by expanding my education and thinking of how I will excel in college.

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Senior girl one of first to achieve Scouts BSA Eagle rank

Senior Monica Nokes has done what few girls have done – earned the rank of Eagle Scout. She has been around scouting her whole life thank to the involvement of her brothers, Matt ’19 and Mark, a sophomore. Her dad, Garry Nokes ’87, also is involved, as the Scoutmaster of Troop 4010 at St. Anthony of Padua in Clarksville. Two years ago, she officially joined the troop when Scouts BSA was formed and opened the way for girls to join the previously all-male organization.

Monica was so eager to join her brothers and her dad that she signed up the first day girls were allowed into the renamed organization, Feb. 1, 2019. In just two years, she was able to earn the various ranks needed to advance to the top rank of Eagle.

“I have always been involved in Scouts because of my brothers’ involvement and because my dad is the Scoutmaster of the Boy Scout Troop 4010, but I never got to earn advancement or recognition for my work and time spent learning Scout skills because I’m a girl,” Monica said. “I’m so glad Scouts now allows girls the same opportunities as boys, and it’s inspiring for these younger girls to see they are equally as capable as everyone else.”

Monica did start out as a Girl Scout but her troop disbanded. In 2017, she joined the St. Anthony-based Venture Crew, a co-ed high adventure opportunity under the Boy Scouts umbrella.

For her Eagle Scout project, Monica reorganized the prop room for the St. Anthony School theatre program. Her project included developing a plan, raising funds, and organizing a work crew to build shelves and organize props, costumes, and other equipment. She said she chose the project because she was involved in tech theatre at St. Anthony and is now at Providence.

“It’s very important to have a well-organized space to utilize for shows,” Monica said. “The greatest accomplishment was ensuring that the room was no longer a fire hazard and can be used for years to come.”

Planning and executing an Eagle Scout project can be stressful enough, since the intent is for the Scout to demonstrate leadership and organization, not completing the work himself or herself. Like most Scouts, she had to ensure she kept to her timeline while also balancing her school and other responsibilities. “Navigating the pandemic and making sure my helpers stayed safe and healthy” added an additional layer of stress, however.

Now that her project is complete, she feels a great sense of accomplishment.

“It was so important to me to earn Eagle because I set very high goals for myself and pushed myself to earn it within the short two years I had in Scouts,” Monica said. “My dad and older brother are both Eagle Scouts, and I see the impact it’s had on them. So all of my hard work and skills culminated in earning this rank, even though it’s really just a title. Scouting has had such profound effects on my life, and earning Eagle is such an accomplishment I couldn’t have achieved without my other troop members and personal drive.”

Monica will remain involved in Scouting through the summer, including traveling with her troop to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for a 12-day backpacking trip. Being able to do such adventures has been the highlight of tagging along with her dad and brothers before she joined Venture Crew and Troop 4010.

“I really enjoy backpacking and hiking,” she said. “I’ve been so lucky to travel to Alaska and the Smoky Mountains on backpacking trips, and I’ve seen and experienced the most beautiful things that I could’ve never imagined.”

Her love of the outdoors and Scouting adventures have inspired her career choice in environmental science.

“Scouts has given me opportunities in nature that have deepened my concern for our planet and inspired me to study it more,” Monica said.

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Sports Spotlight: Boys Basketball

This issue’s Sports Spotlight is on the Boys Basketball team. Coach Ryan Miller ’99 nominated seniors Zack Johnson and Nick Sexton. Coach Miller said, “Zack has battled through adversity and injury this season, and even when sidelined with injury, he has still been a presence with his leadership – pushing and encouraging his teammates to strive for their best effort. Zack’s motor is always running and he is ever ready to go into attack mode on the basketball court.” Of Nick, Coach Miller said, “He has been making strides to emerge as a leader for the team during his senior season, which has made his coaches proud. Nick is known for being a fearless competitor and playmaker on the floor.” Read More for a Q&A with these players:

Photo by Corinne Seebold

Zack Johnson, senior, forward, fourth season, House of Loyalty

Question: How did you get started playing basketball?
Zack Johnson: I’ve been playing since I was a kid and playing for Holy Family School.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing your position?
ZJ: I play a 4-5 spot. I like posting up at this position on bigger post players and rebounding.

Q: What do you like about being on the Boys Basketball team?
ZJ: We all get to play ball together.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the postseason?
ZJ: I am looking forward to another sectional championship.

Q: How are you making the most of this season despite its challenges?
ZJ: I am making the most of the season by trying to stay positive about the weird season we have had.

Q: What has been a highlight of the season for you?
ZJ: Having a season and getting as many games as we got!

Q: Coach Miller says that you “lead through your highly competitive spirit and determination.” What do you enjoy about competition, and how do you share that with your teammates?
ZJ: Coach is right, and I enjoy competing because I enjoy winning, and I share that with my teammates by playing to win every game. I think they feed off my intensity and determination to win, and I see it in them when we play sometimes.

Photo by Corinne Seebold

Nick Sexton, senior, guard, fourth season, House of Courage, enjoys playing golf and fishing

Question: How did you get started playing basketball?
Nick Sexton: I have been playing basketball since I was 4 years old when I started playing Biddy Ball at the YMCA.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing in your position?
NS: My primary position is point guard. I enjoy all the different options a point guard has on the floor. You can pass, score, and help make the play.

Q: What do you like about being on the Boys Basketball team?
NS: I like all the friendships and working as a team. I also enjoy the memories on and off the court with my teammates. Coach Miller and all the coaching staff have really brought our bond as a team together over the past two years.

Q: What has been a highlight of the season for you?
NS: The highlight of the season is that we have been able to actually have a basketball season because of the pandemic. I was worried last year when our regional games were cancelled, so I am thankful to be playing this season.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the postseason?
NS: I am looking forward to the opportunity to win sectional for the second year in a row and advance to regionals.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service experience?
NS: My most meaningful service experience was helping feed the homeless. It really makes you grateful for the family and things you have in life.

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