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October Scholars stand out in four subjects

This month’s Scholars represent the subjects of English, Math, Social Studies, and Theology. These students represent all four grades and have been nominated by teachers in those subjects by demonstrating at least one of the following:

  • Outstanding Performance on a test, presentation, quiz, homework
  • Participation and input in class discussion                        
  • Superb peer leadership: assisting classmates with homework, new concepts, etc.
  • Modeling Christian principles or living the Providence Mission

Read below for a Q&A from each student:

English

Kalena Martin, freshman, House of Integrity, involved in theatre and art

Q: What do you like about English class?
Kalena: I enjoy some of the short stories and writing.

Question: What is your favorite subject in English?
KM: I love writing fiction, and it’s actually one of my hobbies!

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
KM: I’m making the most of this school year by studying and getting my work done as best as possible.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in English class helped you in other areas?
KM: English has helped me with vocabulary, terms, and usage of words, which helps me with my writing out of the classroom.

Ethan Richards, sophomore, House of Courage, Boys Soccer, Track

Question: What do you like about English class?
Ethan: I like that there isn’t one correct answer. I like that you can have a different answer from someone else and still both be correct.

Q: What is your favorite subject in English?
EDR: I like writing fiction the most, because in fiction you can write about anything that comes to your mind, and you can be creative and use your imagination.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in English class helped you in other areas?
EDR: I have learned how to answer critical thinking questions, such as taking information and answering a question that might not be directly stated in the text.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
EDR: I am making the most of this school year by doing all my homework the day it is assigned so I don’t fall behind. I’m also keeping in touch with my friends on days that we are having classes virtually.

Catherine Pfeiffer, junior, House of Spirit, Swim & Dive, Girls Golf

Question: What has been your favorite assignment/project in English class and why?
Catherine: My favorite assignment in English this year is the “I Believe” essay because I like writing essays

Q: What does it take to excel in English class?
CP: It takes actually reading what is supposed to be read to excel in English.

Q: What do you like about English class?
CP: The thing I like about English is that it’s pretty simple.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
CP: I am keeping good friendships with good people to make the most of this school year.

Sean Wetzel, senior, House of Courage
College plans:
considering University of Louisville or Purdue University in an area of engineering

Question: What do you like about English class?
Sean: One thing I like about English class in general is that it has greatly improved my writing skills.

Q: What does it take to excel in English class?
SW: One major thing I feel is necessary to excel in English classes is to be able to understand pieces of work, both what is on the surface and the more complex aspects. I also feel like understanding the basic structure of writing is incredibly important.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in English class helped you in other areas?
SW: I feel that English class has helped me in other areas by improving my ability to write out my thoughts in a clear manner, which is helpful in many other situations than simply writing a paragraph for class.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
SW: I am making the most of this year by doing whatever I can to stay active and participate in activities, even with there being more limits this year.

Math

Avery Drury, freshman, House of Spirit, Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Girls Track

Question: What is your favorite math activity?
Avery: Something that I like about math class in Mrs. Knott’s room is doing board work. For whatever reason I find that more enjoyable than doing a regular worksheet or taking notes.

Q: What does it take to excel in Math class?
AD: For me personally I am not great at math but I do try hard to keep a good grade.

Q: What has been your favorite math assignment?
AD: My favorite assignment in math would probably have to be anything with graphing.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
AD: I am making the most out of this school year by hanging out with some of the people I didn’t go to (grade) school with and by trying to go to the sporting events to hang out with people and make memories.

Taylor Bansbach, sophomore, House of Faith, Volleyball

Question: What do you like about Math class?
Taylor: The things I love about math class are the teachers and the classmates.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
TB: How I am making the most out of this year is to enjoy every moment because you never know if our school could get shut down like we did in the spring. 

Q: What does it take to excel in Math class?
TB: The thing that will help you excel in math class is practice.

Sophia Reisert, junior, House of Faith, Softball, Drawing Club

Question: What does it take to excel in Math?
Sophia: To excel in math, it takes hard work and dedication. When things get tough, you have to have these skills to do your best.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
SR: I have been doing the same routine I have done every year since freshman year: love life to the fullest. Although there have been setbacks, you shouldn’t let COVID-19 tear you down.

Q: How has math helped you in other areas?
SR: Math is a very used skill, and it has helped me in a lot of my science classes (ex. Chemistry).

Q: What do you like about math class?
SR: I like math because there is always a right answer to a problem.

Jackson Lorenz, senior,  House of Justice, Baseball
College Plans: Study exercise science

Question: What do you like about math class?
Jackson: In math class, I like that I can always get help very easily from my teachers.

Q: What is your favorite math subject?
JL: My favorite is Algebra because I understood that the most and knew how to solve the problems.

Q: What has been your favorite math assignment?
JL: My favorite assignment was the 1.1-1.4 Test in Pre Calculus because I did very well on it.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
JL: Taking in everything I learn and not taking time with my friends for granted.

Social Studies

Alcindor Smith Jr., sophomore, House of Truth, Drawing Club, Boys Track

Question: What does it take to excel in social studies?
Alcindor: It takes mainly commitment. In this class you’ll need to be able to take good notes, do your homework on time, and study for the tests as well as asking for help when you need it. If you can do all that, then you will do well in the class.

Q: What do you like about social studies in general?
AS: I like that it’s a class where you can freely speak your mind in subjects and give your opinion on most topics since (depending on the class/topic) it’s relevant to how we live in the world today. It’s also great that you can have frequent class discussions with your teacher and classmates.

Q: What is your favorite history subject?
AS: My favorite would be World History. I say this because I just feel that you learn even more about what happened before us in the whole world rather than just what happened in the United States.

Q: How are you making the most out of this year?
AS: This year (as I do every year) I’m trying to do better than I did the previous year. So that means do better with turning in assignments, consistently have good grades, etc.

Zachary Applewhite, junior, House of Justice, Boys Tennis, Quick Recall, Swim Team, Math Team, and Girls Tennis Manager

Question: What do you like about social studies?
Zach: Social studies has always been interesting to me because learning about how the past has affected how we live now and how even people from history that we idolize were just other people like us.

Q: Which is your favorite history subject?
ZA: I like world history because it covers people from everywhere and we see where a lot of today’s ideas and technology originated from.

Q: What does it take to excel in social studies class?
ZA: Paying attention in class and studying a few minutes every day.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
ZA: I’m taking four AP classes along with taking part in extracurricular activities.

Cai Celestin, senior, House of Spirit, Quick Recall, Theatre
College Plans: I have been accepted by Indiana State University and but I am still considering and applying to other schools. I am undecided on a major.

Question: What do you like about social studies?
Cai: I like social studies because it helps us understand why and how things became they way they are. The more you learn about history, the better you are at recognizing patterns and similarities.

Q: What is your favorite history subject?
CC: Personally, my favorite was American History. I found it very interesting just how much this country has changed in a relatively short time.

Q: What does it take to excel in social studies class?
CC:  I think to excel in Social Studies you have to have a good sense of understanding why and how things happen. You need to understand the sequence of events but also be able to provide context and explain what led to those events.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies project?
CC: My favorite was the Decade projects we did near the end of AP US History because they were really fun and it focused more on popular culture and society in those times.

Theology

Elizabeth Riddle, freshman, House of Integrity

Question: What do you like about Theology class?
Elizabeth: I like discovering how the natural meets the supernatural. It’s fun to learn about everything that couldn’t be created by itself, and how it was created by a higher being, God.

Q: Which Theology subject is your favorite?
ENR: My favorite is religious history. I like being able to read about big events in the Bible and then finding small details to put together why and how the event happened.

Q: What does it take to excel in Theology class?
ENR: I think you really have to believe what you’re being taught is true and look into historical evidence for it to make sense.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment/project in Theology class?
ENR: My favorite assignment in Theology so far has been the “Seeing God in Me.” This is my favorite because it made me think about all [the ways] I can and do think about my faith as well as think about those who support my faith.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in Theology class helped you in other areas?
ENR: Specifically in Biology, I have used specific detail from my Theology class to write better journals.

Mason McGuire, sophomore, House of Integrity, Volleyball manager, Girls Basketball manager, Tech Crew for theater.

Question: What do you like about Theology class?
Mason: What I like theology is learning about God and what he created.

Q: What does it take to excel in Theology class?
MM: It takes hard work and focus to get a decent grade.

Q: How has what you’ve learned in Theology class helped you in other areas?
MM: What has helped me in theology is by getting closer to my faith in God and learning what he wants from us.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
MM: I’m making the most of the year by trying new things and not worrying about the past.

Lauren McCombs, junior, House of Spirit, Girls Soccer

Question: What do you like about Theology class?
Lauren: I like that Theology class helps us strengthen our relationship with God and helps us better understand how to be a good Catholic.

Q: Which Theology subject is your favorite?
LM: I like religious history because it’s interesting to learn about how traditions in the Church originated.

Q: What does it take to excel in Theology class?
LM: To excel in Theology class it helps to pay attention and ask questions if you don’t understand something.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment in Theology class?
LM: My favorite assignment was doing a presentation on a pilgrimage site because it was interesting to get to learn about different customs in the Church around the world.

Emma Kaelin, senior, House of Integrity, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, and club volleyball
College plans: Play volleyball at Indiana State University and study speech pathology

Question: What do you like about Theology class?
Emma: One thing I like about Theology class in general is that I really enjoy being able to talk about my faith to others.

Q: Which Theology activity is your favorite?
EK: My favorite part of Theology is prayer because I love being able to talk to God about anything.

Q: What does it take to excel in Theology class?
EK: To excel in Theology class, you just have to listen and study. If you do these two things, you will be set for the class.

Q: What has been your favorite assignment in Theology class?
EK: My favorite assignment I have ever done in a theology class was the assignment in Miss VanderWoode’s Class. She read off a statement about a situation, and we had to decide if it was moral or immoral. This assignment was fun because it made us apply our knowledge of morality, but it also showed us what the Church says is moral.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
EK: I am making the most of this school year by trying to be involved in as much as possible. I am trying to volunteer to help out, go to games, and lead in new ways.

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