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November Scholars in PE & Health, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts

This month, students who have demonstrated leadership or excellence in the subjects of PE & Health, Visual Arts, and Theatre Arts are recognized as November Scholars. These students include:

  • P.E. & Health: freshman Mary Furnish, sophomore Lucas French, junior Grant Williams, and senior Nick Sexton
  • Visual Arts: freshman Jillian Hinton, sophomore Caelea Graf, junior Autumn Grantz, and senior Anna Coe
  • Theatre Arts: freshman Erin Popson, sophomore Aidan Singleton, junior Kayla Badon, and senior Victor Beeler

Read the Q&As with these students:

P.E. & Health

Mary Furnish, freshman, PE, Freshman Focus, House of Courage, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis

Question: What do you like about PE/Health class?
Mary Furnish: The atmosphere in PE class is so lively and vibrant. It is the one class of the day where everyone knows they can relax and have fun.

Q: What is your favorite PE activity?
MCF: I am nowhere close to being a runner, but the running that we do during the first part of the block is one of my favorite activities. Everyone dreads running, including me. In the moment I don’t like the experience, but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is incredible. This gives me the motivation I need to do it all over again next class.

Q: What does it take to excel in PE/Health class?
MCF: You don’t need to be a three sport athlete in order to do well in Physical Education. What especially helps me excel is keeping a good mental attitude towards every activity and everyone. You should always support your classmates and cheer for them, even if they are on the opposing team.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in PE/Health class helped you in other areas?
MCF: Freshmen PE has helped me gain a better understanding with athletics and my health. I feel more possessive over my health and body, knowing that I need to exercise, stretch, and take care of myself in order to live a longer, fuller life.

Lucas French, sophomore, Fitness, House of Faith, Football and Wrestling.

Question: What do you like about PE/Health class?
LF: The thing I like about P.E. Class is that I get to have a class where I don’t have to worry about homework and studying, and I can have fun with my friends.

Q: What does it take to excel in PE/Health class?
LF: To excel in P.E. class, you to need follow directions carefully and not goof off while participating in whatever activity you are doing.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in PE/Health class helped you in other areas?
LF: P.E. Class has helped me learn that being physically active is important in your lifestyle, and it has helped me take a break from school work and have fun with my friends.

Q: How are  you making the most of this school year?
LF: I’m getting involved in different sports and also giving relentless effort in the classroom to keep my grades up.

Grant Williams, junior, Advanced PE, House of Loyalty, Boys Basketball

Question: What do you like about PE/Health class?
GW: I like PE because it gives you a break from school work.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in PE/Health class helped you in other areas?
GW: PE has taught me that even on days that you have little motivation, you can still push through it.

Q: What is your favorite PE activity?
GF: My favorite activity would have to be dodgeball.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
GW: I’m making the most of this year by hanging out with my friends and having a positive look on things.

Nick Sexton, senior, Advanced PE, Advanced Weight Lifting, House of Courage, Boys Basketball

Question: What do you like about PE/Health class?
NS: I like the competitiveness in the class.

Q: What is your favorite PE activity?
NS: Flag football because it’s the best thing we’ve done so far.\

Q: What does it take to excel in PE/Health class?
NS: It takes effort and not slacking off.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
NS: I am trying to make this year as fun as possible with all the things going on in the world.

Visual Arts

Jillian Hinton, freshman, Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art, House of Spirit, Girls Soccer, club soccer

Question: What do you like about art class?
Jillian Hinton: I love the calm and fun environment of the class. There are times when everyone has to listen to instructions for our project, but there is also work time when the students can chat, relax, and sometimes listen to music as long as they are working efficiently.

Q: What does it take to excel in a visual arts class?
JH: It is very important to listen to all the instructions that the teacher gives you and give 110 percent effort into each project. Even if you aren’t the most skilled artist, having fun and doing your best are essential to excelling.

Q: What has been your favorite project in art class?
JH: I just completed my “Beyond the Border” project using watercolors and stippling. This is one of my favorite projects because I got to combine new techniques that I learned to make a very cool piece of artwork that I never knew I was capable of making.

Q: What is your favorite visual arts activity?
JH: My favorite visual arts activity is sketching because I like to experiment with different pressure and shading with my pencil. I am also excited to try out some sculpting or ceramics next semester in 3D Art.

Caelea Graf, sophomore, Digital Design, House of Humility, Drawing Club, Girls Soccer, and Net Surfers club soccer

Question: What do you like about art class?
Caelea Graf: I love both the art teachers because they’re really nice and make class a lot of fun.

Q: What has been your favorite project?
CG: My favorite project was printmaking in Ms. LeBrun’s Intro to 2-D Art class.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in art class helped you in other areas?
CG: Art class has taught me that there is never one way to do something and everyone has different perspectives.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
CG: I’ve been making the best out of this school year by hanging out and enjoying my time with my friends at school.

Autumn Grantz, junior, Jewelry, House of Justice

Question: What do you like about art class?
Autumn Grantz: I love art class because it’s always relaxing and a break from my difficult classes.

Q: What is your favorite visual arts activity?
AG: I love all of the classes I’ve taken for visual arts, but ceramics is always so fun to mold and shape clay. That is what relaxes me the most, and I can let my creativity flow.

Q: What does it take to excel in a visual arts class?
AG: Patience is a HUGE skill to have in visual arts. I used to get aggravated very quickly if I didn’t make something perfect the first time I did it, but now I’ve learned that I need to take time to slow down and redo anything I need to improve on.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment?
AG: My favorite assignment in my current art class, Jewelry, has been making rings. It takes time to do this, and when I finish, I always feel proud of myself. It’s not extremely challenging, but it also isn’t easy, which is what I love because I’m able to slowly improve my skills one step at a time.

Anna Coe, senior, Ceramics, Jewelry, House of Loyalty, Girls Tennis, Boys Tennis manager

Question: What do you like about art class?
Anna Coe: I like art class because it’s a time where I can use my creativity and have a break from the stress from school.

Q: What is your favorite visual arts activity?
AC: My favorite visual arts activity is jewelry because I can make pieces for my friends and incorporate their personality and preferences in the jewelry that I make.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in art class helped you in other areas?
AC: In art class, I’ve learned to have patience and to trust the process.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment?
AC: My favorite assignment in Jewelry class is wire wrapping because there isn’t a specific way it’s supposed to look. Everyone’s looks unique, and there isn’t a set of directions to follow.

Theatre Arts

Erin Popson, freshman, House of Courage, Theatre Arts I, Providence Singers, Children’s Show, Spring Musical, possibly Girls Tennis

Question: What do you like about theatre class?
Erin Popson: I just see theatre class as a way to open up and have fun. It’s helped me meet people and grow closer with the environment as a whole. I’m learning a lot and laughing the whole way through.

Q: What does it take to excel in a theatre arts class?
EP: You really need to be willing to go farther than anyone else. You have to do more than the person before you and set a standard that will challenge the others to go even farther than that.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment in theatre class?
EP: I’ve really enjoyed working with improv. Not only does it strengthen skills to work onstage, but it also leads to some very entertaining moments. We had students acting like gorillas and PE teachers and kids not wanting to eat vegetables just in the first few days of working on the spot. When you’re improvising, you can never know for sure what’s going to come from it . . . though, there’s usually quite a bit of yelling.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
EP: This school year has definitely been crazy, but I’ve just been holding onto prayer and thanking God for His blessings, even in this time of chaos. We are so fortunate to be receiving an education that will allow us to have weekly mass and help us grow in faith. It’s one of the things that we shouldn’t be taking for granted in this time.

Aidan Singleton, sophomore, Theatre Arts II, House of Justice, Providence Singers, Quick Recall, and ProLife Club.

Question: What is your favorite theatre arts activity?
Aidan Singleton: My favorite theatre arts activity is character building. It is a chance for me to understand, get in touch, and ultimately become the character I play.

Q: What has been your favorite project?
AS: My favorite theatre project was last year’s Christmas play in Theatre 1. We did “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.” I was Linus and a Narrator. I loved being able to switch to a different show and become a totally different person.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in theatre class helped you in other areas?
AS: The things I’ve learned in Theatre have helped me to communicate better and understand myself better.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
AS: Even with COVID-19, I have been able to make this school year great. I was in the production of “Hairy Tale” and I’m involved with Singers this year. This has made me able to continue this year and finish it with my head high. Theatre has given me something to look forward to when the pandemic ends.

Kayla Badon, junior, House of Humility, Musical Theatre Production, Providence Singers

Question: What do you like about theatre class?
Kayla Badon:  The thing I like most about theater is the feeling of not being alone. Of course, everyone wants their moment to shine, but when the curtains finally close and there’s no audience to cheer you on, you have a family in the end to celebrate with. These people see you when there isn’t an audience and when your voice may crack once or twice. These people share moments of endless laughter and maybe sometimes tears. But most of all, these people share a family. Theater is my home.

Q: What is your favorite theatre arts activity?
KB: My favorite activity is singing and script writing, mostly because I love to sing but also writing because the script is the foundation of the show. And being able to put something like that together is the best feeling.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in theatre class helped you in other areas?
KB: Everything I have learned in theater so far has taught me so much. One big thing I’ve learned is to speak my mind and to really come into myself. When you’re on stage, you are you, even though you may be playing as someone else. It takes your imagination, creativity, and dedication to make that character stand out. So learning to be more of myself and to speak out helps me in my communication verbally. And it gives me a chance to really be seen as me.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
KB: I am making the most of this school year by not taking it for granted. I’m sure I could speak for most by saying this year has been a challenge, but I’m grateful to God I made it this far. This year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take some harder classes and really push myself because who I decide to be now determines who I will be in the future.

Victor Beeler, senior, Advanced Theatre II, Musical Theatre Production, House of Courage, Boys Golf, theatre productions

Question: What do you like about theatre class?
Victor Beeler: What I like about theatre class in general is that I get some classes where I get to be myself and do what I love like singing and acting on stage, all the while doing it with some of my best friends.

Q: What does it take to excel in a visual arts class?
VB: What it takes to excel in a theatre arts class is determination and a positive attitude. It’s easy to just give up and sit around, but that’s when things can start crumbling. To excel, you have to show up every day ready to work.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
VB: I’m making the most out of this year by taking in all the little things. This is my last year to perform at Providence, so when I’m in rehearsals, or practicing at home, and when I’m performing, I just think this is one of the last times to do this, so give it everything you’ve got.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in theatre class helped you in other areas?
VB: Theatre class has helped in my other areas by teaching me to never give up. I’ve been through ups and downs, but it’s taught me that with a good attitude and determination, you can do anything.

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