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Senior Court ready for Homecoming

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, we will celebrate Winter Homecoming at the Boys Basketball game vs. New Washington. The Senior Court includes Edward Bobkoskie, Aaron Burke, Isaac Ohlmann, Kieran Kelly, Abby Hanlon, Hannah Bissig, Ali Hornung, and Lydia Rush. Read More for a Q&A with the Senior Court:

Lydia Rush, House of Courage senior activities representative, Volleyball (four years), Pinterest Club.

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Lydia Rush: Being on this Winter Homecoming Court my senior year is special to me because I’m on the court with my best friend, Ali Hornung. Since we won’t be going to the same school next year, I’m glad this is another fun thing we have the opportunity to do together!

Q: What are your college plans?
LR: My college plans are to attend Indiana University Bloomington and be a Hoosier 

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
LR: Mr. Hutchins because he works so well with the students and does his best to have fun things we want to do.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
LR: I’m looking forward the last couple weeks of school doing all of the fun senior stuff and getting ready for college.

Q: What is your favorite memory from an activity you have been involved in at PHS?
LR: My favorite memory from an extracurricular activity is leading the Volleyball team with my fellow seniors to semi state our final year together and playing the best volleyball we’ve ever played.

 

Isaac Ohlmann, House of Humility, Football, Track & Field

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Isaac Ohlmann: Being on the Homecoming Court means that I am respected enough by my peers to represent our class in front of the entire school and others.

Q: What are your college plans?
IO: My college plans are to attend the University of Tampa, majoring in sports management and minoring in business marketing.

Q: What is your favorite memory from an activity you have been involved in at PHS?
IO: My favorite memory from an extracurricular activity at school was definitely the Football team’s win over Charlestown this year. It was our first win under Coach Mac and our first home win of the year, and I overall probably had the most fun playing in a Football game than I ever had before.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
IO: The teacher with the greatest impact on me was definitely Mrs.Knott. Mrs.Knott was the first teacher I ever had at Providence with her being my 1A teacher 7th through 9th grade. I feel she is the best teacher you could have to start your time at Providence because of her passion for teaching and how she’ll never leave any student behind and will always push you to perform at your highest level.

Q: What is your favorite class or subject?
IO: My favorite class this semester has been Intro to 3-D Art with Mrs.Burden. Even though I am one of the only seniors in the class, Mrs. Burden makes everyone feel on an equal learning and playing field. I have never enjoyed nor ever been good at art, but Mrs. Burden has made it my most enjoyable class with her ability to make any project fun.

Ali Hornung, House of Integrity, Volleyball, Student Ambassador, Lector, and National Honor Society 

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Ali Hornung: Being on Homecoming Court to me means I get to represent the senior class and the school as a whole. 

Q: What has been your favorite service activity while a PHS student and why?
AEH: My favorite service project at Providence has been the Angel Tree every year. I love getting to shop for and wrap presents for those in need. 

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
AEH: I am looking forward to spending time with my friends at any school activity during this last semester of high school.

Q: What is your favorite class or subject?
AEH: My favorite class is Advanced PE because it is a nice break from other classes and I get to spend time with my dad (Mr. Scott Hornung ’81).

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
AEH: My favorite House Activity is always Guerin Day because it is always a fun and competitive day between the Houses. 

Edward Bobkoskie, House of Humility, Boys Soccer

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Edward Bobkoskie: It’s an honor to represent our senior class.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
EB: Just enjoying my last couple months as a high schooler.

Q: What is your favorite memory from activity you have been involved in at PHS?
EB: Winning the Boys Soccer state championship is of course my favorite memory.

Q: What is your favorite class or subject?
EB: Study hall because I can study and do my homework in there.

Kieran Kelly, House of Integrity, Boys Swim, Quick Recall, theatre. 

Q: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Kieran Kelly: Being on Homecoming means a lot because I have the opportunity to represent my class.

Q: What is your favorite class or subject?
KK: History because I find it really interesting, and I enjoy learning about it.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
KK: I’m looking forward to the spring musical because I’ve done it since freshmen year and I enjoy it. It’s always a lot of fun. I’m also looking forward to finishing out the swim season because I’ve had a really good time on the team the past four years.

Q: What is your favorite memory from being involved in an activity at PHS?
KK: One of my favorite memories from spring musical is the whole opening night experience. Before the show everyone warms up together, and we play games. Then afterwards, we go out to eat. The whole cast and crew go, and we have a fun time.

Q: What has been your favorite service activity while a PHS student?
KK: My favorite would have to be the Penny War. It’s always an exciting competition, and it all goes to a good cause.

Aaron Burke, House of Loyalty leader, Pro-Life Club, Student Ambassadors, and National Honor Society, and former member of the Bowling and Hiking clubs.

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Aaron Burke: I have never really seen myself as super popular, so being nominated on the Homecoming court is a huge honor. To me, it means that my classmates have my back and are always there to support me throughout everything in life. 

Q: What are your college plans?
AB: My college plans are to attend Purdue University and major in either atmospheric science or pre-med. 

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
AB: My favorite retreat experience was junior retreat because I enjoyed being able to form relationships with my classmates by opening up to them and witnessing them open up to me and the others. 

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
AB: For my last semester at PHS, I am looking forward to performing in my last show, getting ready for college, and making more unforgettable memories with my friends. 

Q: What is your favorite memory from being involved in an activity at PHS?
AB: My favorite theatre memory is when Keith Kaiser from WDRB came to showcase our musical Jesus Christ Superstar and told us to stand on stage and run off when he yelled “PLACES!” After he was done talking and yelled the cue, everyone ran off stage. Except, of course, Mara Holifield. She was left alone in confusion standing an awkward distance away from Keith, and she slowly walked off after realizing she was the only one there. You can still watch the whole thing on their website. 

Hannah Bissig, House of Humility

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Hannah Bissig: It is an honor for me to be nominated for Homecoming Court. As chaotic as this year has been, it makes me happy knowing that we can still have this school tradition.

Q: What is your favorite class or subject?
HB: Ceramics has been my favorite class at Providence because I enjoy being creative and making cool things.

Q: What are your college plans?
HB: I plan to attend U of L and study political science.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
HB: The teachers who have had the greatest impact on me are Ms. LeBrun and Mrs. Burden because they have a fun, creative, and nurturing approach to teaching.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
HB: I am looking forward to making lifelong memories with my fellow classmates.

Abigail Hanlon, House of Spirit, theatre, and Math Team

Q: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you? 
Abigail Hanlon: It is an honor to be chosen by my classmates and friends to represent our class and the school.

Q: What is your favorite class or subject?
AAH: My favorite class is theatre because it is much more relaxed than a normal classroom setting, and you really get to interact with your classmates in new and exciting ways.

Q: What are your college plans? 
AAH: At the moment I am unsure of my college plans, but I would like to look into studying architecture and design or engineering.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS? 
AAH: I am really looking forward to experiencing all the senior activities that take place like Senior Retreat and Senior/Mom Lunch.

Q: What is your favorite memory from being involved in an activity at PHS?
AAH: My favorite memory was practically all of Fall Show senior year. We did a lot of weird and hectic things, but the best part was dropping my mic pack in the toilet two minutes before a show and having our sound manager run across the catwalk to get me a new one. (Sorry, Alex!)

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A look at the senior Winter Homecoming Court

The Winter Homecoming Court will be honored at the Homecoming Assembly on Friday, with the king being crowned at the assembly, and the queen  at halftime of the varsity Boys Basketball game on Saturday. The homecoming court includes freshmen Alex Kraft, Grace Purichia, Jaden Johnson, and Ben Kelly; sophomores Maddie Beyl, Brooklynn Nolot, Alex Barnett, and Garrett Huber; juniors Katie Beyl, Lilly Chapman, Isaac Ohlman and David Wall; and seniors Nadia Brooks, Jessica Hartlage, Avery Stumler, Brynna Walthers, Andrew Henderson, Taylor Hensley, Sterling Huber, and Bryce Hutchins.

Here is a Q&A with the Senior Court:

Nadia Brooks, House of Courage, Cheer, Student Ambassador

College Plans: Ball State University, psychology major

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: I was very excited when I found out I was able to be a part of the homecoming court this year. With it being my senior year, I feel as if it’s something I will remember for a long time. It is also a good way to end my time at Providence.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
A: There are a lot of events I’m looking forward to this semester at Providence. I’m excited to go on senior retreat. Some of my friends and previous seniors talk very highly about this retreat, and I’m excited to experience it for myself. I’m also looking forward to going to Dallas, Texas, this year with the Cheerleading team to compete in nationals.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Mr. Makowsky has had a very big impact on me. He always makes himself available to support and listen to students. He makes connections with students and has taught me the importance of building other people up.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite service activity I participated in while at Providence was working at the Salvation Army homeless shelter with a few of my friends. We stayed overnight at the shelter and prepared care packages for the homeless. The experience helped me to see things in life that we take for granted. I realized what an impact just one person can have if we step outside ourselves and take time to try to help someone.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: I enjoyed my junior retreat very much. I was able to connect with some of my classmates beyond my circle of friends. I felt closer to God after leaving retreat. I learned hard times we experience may be similar to someone else’s, and we can help each other through it.

Jessica Hartlage, Senior Activities Rep for the House of Truth, Girls Golf, and Student Ambassador.

College Plans: Indiana University Southeast, major is undecided

Question: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS
Answer: I am really looking forward to senior retreat.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Mr. Purichia has had a huge impact on my life. He not only taught me a lot in the classroom but many valuable life lessons as well.

Q: What is your favorite class?
A: My favorite class has been Intro to 3D Art. I took it this year to try something new, and I ended up loving it. It has been a nice break in my day and allows me to take a breath and have some fun.

Avery Stumler, Senior Executive Delegate for the House of Loyalty, Girls Soccer, Track, Student Ambassador, National Honor Society

College Plans: Major in nursing, undecided on where

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: Being on the Homecoming Court means a lot to me. I’m honored that my class chose me to represent them on the court.

Q: What is your favorite class?
A: My favorite class at Providence was AP Chemistry. I loved having Mr. Hutchins as a teacher. He made learning chemistry fun and interesting. I love chemistry and loved the class as a whole, even when it was challenging.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
A: I am looking forward to my senior retreat and all of the senior activities we get to be a part of in this last semester. Getting to experience all of these things with my best friends will be a lot of fun.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity was Guerin Day my junior year. It was my favorite because Bryce Drury and I won the Pioneer Relay, and then our house won Guerin Day, and it was so much fun.

Brynna Walthers, House of Justice, Volleyball, Green Dot Club, Pinterest Club, Bowling Team, Student Ambassador, National Honor Society Secretary, Pro-Life Club

College Plans: Purdue University; pre-law track

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: Being on the homecoming court is quite an honor for me, and I am honored to have been chosen to represent my school on such an exciting night.

Q: What has been your favorite service activity?
A: My favorite service project would be the time my Volleyball team and I volunteered at Saint Elizabeth’s in New Albany. I was able to grow closer with my team and make a difference in my own community, which is a very special memory for me.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I am looking forward to sharing unforgettable memories with my classmates in this last semester. I am excited for Senior Prom, senior retreat in February, and all of the exciting end-of-the-year senior activities.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: My favorite retreat opportunity thus far has been my junior retreat. I loved getting to know my classmates on a much closer level. I was also led by an amazing team of senior leaders last year who shared their very personal thoughts and stories. I am looking forward to my senior retreat in February.

Q: What is your favorite subject?
A: My favorite subjects are my government, history, and English classes, as they helped me decide what I wanted to study in college. I have had phenomenal teachers who have pushed me to work at a high level and become the student I am today.

Andrew Henderson, House of Faith executive delegate, Football, Boys Golf, Bowling, Student Ambassador, Honors Council

College Plans: Seeking an appointment to the Unites States Naval Academy but currently undecided

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: Being on the Homecoming Court is a great opportunity to represent my school and make some fun memories my senior year.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: Junior retreat was my favorite so far because it was a chance to grow in my faith and deepen my relationship with my peers.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity has been helping with the Angel tree before Christmas. Shopping for children and the opportunity to help those in the community in need was amazing.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I am looking forward to having fun this last semester of high school and making memories.

Taylor Hensley, House of Loyalty, Cheer, Track, Boys Volleyball, Dive team

Question: What is your favorite class or subject?
Answer: My favorite class is Advanced P.E. because it gives me new things to try and to also have a little workout. My favorite subject is math because the feeling I get when I get that question right is just a great feeling. It also makes my brain work. 

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Mr. Makowski has had the greatest impact on my life because I feel like I can trust and talk to him about anything. He’s just a great person.

Q: What does being on Homecoming Court mean to you?
A: Being on Homecoming means to me that you don’t have to have a certain last name or good grades to get on, but by being yourself you can express who you really are. That’s the real crown to me.

Sterling Huber, House of Justice, Boys Basketball, Pro Life Club

College plans: Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I’m looking forward to finishing out the basketball season with my teammates and winning sectionals. Also, just really enjoying everything that comes with senior year and making memories with my classmates.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: My favorite retreat at Providence is easily senior retreat. It’s hard to describe how great of an experience that was for me and how close I was able to get to some of my classmates that I never really talked to before.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A:  The teacher who has had the greatest impact on me is Mr. Makowsky. He has had a really positive impact on my faith and is someone that I enjoy talking to about sports or just anything going on in our lives. He is someone that I have a great deal of respect for.

Bryce Hutchins, The House of Spirit, Baseball, Boys Basketball

College Plans: University of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, or Indiana University; accounting major

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: It is an honor to be selected to represent Providence and my class.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I am looking forward to getting to play for Providence Baseball and Basketball for the last time, and hopefully having a lot of success.

Q: What teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: There are many great teachers here at Providence who have had a very positive impact on me, but if I have to choose one other than my dad, I would say Scott Hornung. Coach Hornung coached me for three years, and he has been a great example for me and someone whom I have always looked up to.

Q: What has been your favorite class at PHS?
A: Other than Advanced PE, where I get to employ my competitive spirit, I would say AP US History sophomore year with Mrs. Manning. It was an interesting class, and Mrs. Manning was a great teacher.

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