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November Scholars named in 4 subjects

This month, 15 students have been recognized for their outstanding work in the classroom and have been named November Scholars. These students demonstrated a noteworthy performance on a test, presentation, quiz, or homework; exemplary participation and input in class discussion; superb peer leadership by assisting classmates with homework, new concepts, and so on; modeling Christian principles, or living the Providence Mission. The students recognized this month include:

  • English: freshman Leah Stapp, sophomore Erin Popson, junior Ainsley Wilt, senior Carley Wright
  • Math: freshman Osvaldo Flores, sophomore Iza Smith, junior Alex Kemp, and senior Allison Mercer
  • Social Studies: sophomore Sawyer Elias, junior Abby Adams, and senior David Wade
  • Theology: freshman Michelle Landeros-Mendez, sophomore Connor Sad, junior Ben Kelly, and senior Autumn Grantz

Read on for a Q&A with these students:

Leah Stapp, freshman, English 9, House of Faith, Girls Basketball manager

Question: What do you like about your English class?
Leah Stapp: I like my English class because Mrs. Beyl is very organized and put together to the point we always know what to do when we get into the classroom.

Q: Which is your favorite: nonfiction, fiction, reading, writing, speech, or creative writing?
LS: My favorite is reading because I’ve always been a big reader, and I love the books and short stories Mrs. Beyl has picked out for us so far.

Q: What has been your favorite English assignment so far?
LS: My favorite English assignment so far has been our personal narrative short story. We were given the assignment to write about something really important in our life, and I love to free write about anything.

Q: What have you learned in your English class(es) that you have used outside of school?
LS: Something I have learned in English class that I used outside of school would be our vocabulary words. My mom was talking to me and described something with one of our vocab words we learned a while before and I didn’t have to ask what it meant.

Erin Popson, sophomore, Honors English 10, House of Courage Sophomore Delegate, Honor Council, Pro-Life Club, Providence Singers, and Theatre

Question: What do you like about your English class?
Erin Popson: I really enjoy the environment. My teacher, Mrs. Bentley, is always open to discussion, and she truly has a passion for every lesson she teaches. She especially is strong in her faith, praying at the beginning of every class and allowing us to speak freely about personal morals when deeper subjects come up in our reading and writing. Overall, we are always pushed to do better in everything we do—inside and outside of the classroom.

Q: Which is your favorite and why: nonfiction, fiction, reading, writing, speech, creative writing?
EP: Reading-wise I love discovering new worlds through fiction. It’s as if with a single story, a whole new way of thinking can be incorporated into my life. I also enjoy the writing aspect of my English classes, though, because it allows me to do the same thing that these writers do and inspire readers with new knowledge.

Q: What has been your favorite English assignment so far?
EP: When our class read Frankenstein freshman year, we did a project to review the book before our test. The assignment was to create news articles that would cover the entire book, but my group asked for permission to make it into a news cast. It was so fun to add a modern twist to a classic novel!

Q: What have you learned in your English class that you have used outside of school?
EP: We have covered a lot of topics in my English class. Most of them pertain to not only literature and language but to the real world. Many great lessons have come from this way of studying, including 1) respect of others’ opinions and 2) clear communication and discussion. With these ideas in mind, our class has been able to choose opposing sides of arguments about modern problems that come up in our reading and writing without forceful debate. It’s really helped me grow in my own opinions and openness to those that my fellow students—and people outside of school—may have, even if it means we are contradicting

Ainsley Wilt, junior, English 11, House of Spirit, Theatre. Outside of school: actor, film creator, and model

Question: What do you like about your English class?
Ainsley Wilt: My favorite thing about my English class is the engagement Mrs. Miller provides. She keeps the class involved and gives us activities to help us grasp each topic.

Q: Which is your favorite: nonfiction, fiction, reading, writing, speech, creative writing?
AW: Reading is my favorite activity because it allows me to learn as much as possible. Books contain knowledge from those before us. Reading is not only something I enjoy, but it also allows me to take advantage of that knowledge and apply it to my life.

Q: What has been your favorite English assignment so far?
AW: My favorite English assignment so far is the creative writing project. I got to talk about something I was really interested in, and it was very enjoyable for me.

Q: What have you learned in your English class that you have used outside of school?
AW: A lesson I have learned in English is from The Crucible — that is to stay true to yourself no matter what and to take ownership of your mistakes.

Carley Wright, senior, English 12, Communications, House of Courage

Question: What do you like about your English classes?
Carley Wright: In my English class I like how the teacher let us pick the genre of our independent reading. It is really difficult for me to pay attention to something I’m not interested in, so being able to choose what I want to read lets me be more attentive and excited to read. Also, I enjoy what we are reading in class at the moment, which is the Canterbury Tales. It’s different from what I usually read and keeps me wanting to learn more about the other tales of each person. 

Q: Which is your favorite: nonfiction, fiction, reading, writing, speech, or creative writing?
CW: My favorite genre to read is fiction because it allows authors to be creative and clever with their writing and to be able to explore their mind and try to find new ways to entertain their readers.

Q: What has been your favorite English assignment so far?
CW: My favorite assignment so far is to read one of the Canterbury Tales: The Pardoner’s Tale. It’s a story about three rioters looking for Death due to the plague taking the life of their friend. Instead of death they find gold, which leads to the moral of the story that greed is the root to all evil. I liked this assignment because it was an ironic story and a fun read.  

Q: What have you learned in your English classes that you have used outside of school?
CW: I have used critical thinking and using my own opinion to analyze readings and come to my own conclusions, to be able to think for myself and observe.

Math

Osvaldo Flores, freshman, Honors Geometry, House of Truth, Spanish Club

Question: What do you like about your math class?
Osvaldo Flores: I like the atmosphere of the class and the subjects that we learn.

Q: What has been your favorite math class so far?
OF: My favorite math class is geometry because it has been challenging me to do my best.

Q: What has been your favorite math assignment so far?
OF: Probably my favorite assignments have to be angles and parallel lines worksheets just because of how great it felt solving for x, especially the questions with a bunch of angles.

Q: What have you learned in your math class that you have used outside of school?
OF: I have been able to use everything that I have learned in my math class to help with my siblings’ homework

Q: Have any of your math classes influenced your future career?
OF: My math class has opened a lot more career choices for me to consider, like engineering.

Iza Smith, sophomore, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, House of Loyalty sophomore delegate, Girls Golf, Tech Theatre

Question: What do you like about your math classes?
Iza Smith: The thing I like most about my math classes are the fun teachers and helpful classmates.

Q: What has been your favorite math class so far?
IS: My favorite math class has been Honors Algebra II because Mr. Book is a great teacher, and I prefer algebra over geometry.

Q: What has been your favorite math assignment so far?
IS: My favorite math assignments are when we get into groups and do scavenger hunts and puzzles.

Q: What have you learned in your math class(es) that you have used outside of school?
IS: In my math classes I’ve learned how to better work with others and problem solve, not just with math, but with real-life problems.

Q: Have any of your math classes influenced your future career goals
IS: Yes, I want to be an optometrist, but after my math classes I’ve thought about being an algebra teacher.

Alex Kemp, junior, Honors PreCalculus & Trigonometry, House of Humility, Boys Tennis, Student Ambassador

Question: What do you like about your math classes?
Alex Kemp: I enjoy the sense of problem solving in math. Being able to use everything you’ve learned and be able to work out a problem and get the correct answer is very enjoyable and makes you feel accomplished.

Q: What has been your favorite math class so far?
AK: My favorite math class has been Honors Algebra II. I really enjoyed this class, and Mr. Book was able to teach it in a very engaging and fun way, that made it easy to pay attention and learn. I enjoyed the satisfying math that came along with Algebra, also.

Q: What has been your favorite math assignment so far?
AK: My favorite math assignment has been factoring projects in Algebra. These projects were always fun and were able to make math fun. Factoring is satisfying and calming to be able to solve and figure out.

Q: What have you learned in your math class(es) that you have used outside of school?
AK: I have learned how important it is to pay attention to even the smallest of details, and that they can have a large impact, both in real life and in math.

Q: Have any of your math classes influenced your future career goals?
AK: Yes, due to these classes I have pushed myself to want to advance in the math field and am considering majoring in business or engineering.

Allison Mercer, senior, Honors PreCalculus & Trigonometry, House of Courage senior leader, Student Ambassador, National Honor Society tutor, and Senior Executive Advisory Council

Question: What do you like about your math classes?
Allison Mercer: I like the fact that math classes require me to work with numbers because working with numbers just makes sense to me.

Q: What has been your favorite math class so far?
AM: My favorite math class so far has been pre-cal, because it’s new material that I get to learn. It also helps me a lot in physics.

Q: What has been your favorite math assignment so far?
AM: My favorite math assignments are Khan Academy lessons because they’re typically pretty easy but still help me learn the topic.

Q: What have you learned in your math class(es) that you have used outside of school?
AM: Math classes have taught me how to tip, estimate money in the bank, and much more. These skills will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Q: Have any of your math classes influenced your future career goals?
AM: My math classes, specifically pre-cal, will help me for my college math classes that I need to take. I want to be a doctor and the prerequisites for medical school include calculus, physics, and chemistry, which all require high level math skills.

Social Studies

Sawyer Elias, sophomore, AP U.S. History, House of Justice, Theatre

Question: What do you like about your Social Studies class?
Sawyer Elias: I like that we often work together to understand a topic. Mrs. Harritt is really good at explaining things in different ways, such as games and group debates.

Q: What do you enjoy about taking challenging AP social studies classes?
SE: I like the challenge of an AP class. It helps me get credits for college. I really like the setup of an AP class, since I often get lost if we stay on one topic for too long.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies class so far?
SE: My favorite social studies class so far has been the class where we played a game where one person was facing the board and the other facing away. We had to give the person facing away clues to help them guess the keyword on the board.

Q: What have you learned in your social studies class(es) that you have used outside of school?
SE: In my social studies class, I’ve learned how to answer questions better. Mrs. Harritt is really good at teaching different techniques for test taking and how to thoroughly answer a question.

Abigail Adams, junior, AP World History, House of Faith, Art Club, Drawing Club, Theatre, and Student Ambassador

Question: What do you like about your Social Studies class(es)?
Abigail Adams: For one, I love my teacher, Mrs. Harritt, and I love her teaching style. She teaches in a way that is easy for me to understand the subject better.

Q: What do you enjoy about taking challenging AP social studies classes?
AA: I have taken AP US History, and I’m currently taking AP World History. I enjoy taking the AP classes because they’re able to challenge my pre-existing understanding of history.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies class so far?
AA: My favorite social studies class so far has probably been AP World. I really enjoy learning about how the world grew together and how each country created history in our world.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies project so far?
AA: My favorite project so far in AP World was a project where we had to do an Autopsy of an Empire and really learn about the empire and how it thrived.

Q: What have you learned in your social studies class(es) that you have used outside of school?
AA: Just general knowledge of history has allowed me to be able to realize what we need to do to be better to not repeat the bad events in history.

Q: Have any of your social studies classes influenced your future career goals?
AA: My history classes since being at Providence have made me consider becoming a history teacher in the future.

David Wade, senior, AP Government, Ivy Tech Psychology, House of Integrity, Boys Soccer, National Honor Society

Question: What do you like about your Social Studies class(es)?
David Wade: I like how we learn to apply what has happened in the past to what is happening currently. You’d be surprised at the amount of things that are similar between the past and present.

Q: What do you enjoy about taking challenging AP social studies classes?
DW: I have taken all AP social studies classes. I believe that it has helped me become a better student by challenging me to be better than what I had been previously.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies class so far?
DW: My favorite social studies class so far has been AP Gov. This is because I really like what we’re learning about, and I really like the way we’ve been going about learning it.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies project so far?
DW: My favorite project is the fantasy Congress project we’ve been doing currently. It’s a good mix between fun and learning about congressional representatives, plus the winners get extra credit.

Q: What have you learned in your social studies class(es) that you have used outside of school?
DW: I have learned how to write many essays until time limitations, and that has greatly helped me speed up my essay writing progress. This helps with essay-based assignments, so I can finish them quickly.

Theology

Connor Sad, sophomore, Paschal Mystery, House of Courage, Football, Wrestling

Question: What do you like about Theology class?
Connor Sad: What I like most about theology class is Mr. Loner’s teaching approach, and I enjoy the way he tries to keep everyone in the class involved in the lesson.

Q: What does it take to excel in Theology class?
CS: To excel in theology class, you have to pay attention and take notes to understand what is going on.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in Theology class helped you in other areas?
CS: What I have learned in theology class that has helped me in other areas is to have detailed note taking.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment/project in Theology class and why?
CS: My favorite assignment in theology class so far has been the archangels assignment. It really helped me gain a better understanding of the roles and what the angels are known for.

Autumn Grantz, senior, History of the Catholic Church, House of Spirit, National Honor Society, Green Dot Club

Question: What do you like about Theology class?
Autumn Grantz: What I like about Theology class is being able to more deeply understand the religion I’ve grown up with my entire life. Being able to learn about the history, how other religions connect to Catholicism, and the blessings that God gives us every day is something I truly love learning about.

Q: Which is your favorite: prayer, social justice, service, religious history, Catholic teachings, general theology?
AG: My favorite aspect of theology is prayer because it is how we communicate with God. We can share our thoughts and feeling with him, our fears and successes, our hopes and desires, and our thankfulness for God’s love, miracles, and sacrifices.

Q: What does it take to excel in Theology class?
AG: To excel in Theology class, one needs to think about why we have this class at Providence in the first place. We are able to learn about our God and all that He has done for us. Looking into one’s own life and how God is present has helped me more easily understand the lessons we learn in theology.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in Theology class helped you in other areas?
AG: Learning about God’s support and encouragement for me to do what is right, put in maximum effort into all my activities, and to turn to Him in times of stress has been extremely helpful. If I’m worried about a test in another class, I know I can turn to God because my religion teachers have taught me the importance of laying our stress at God’s feet. He takes care of us and wants what is best for us!

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