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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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