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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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February/March Student Leaders recognized

Earlier this month, the Student Leaders for February and March were named. These students were nominated by their teachers or coaches and received a fast pass to the front of the cafeteria line for the student leader and a friend to be used this week plus two spirit wear days March 15-16. These students also received recognition on the bulletin board outside of the Cafeteria. Read more for a Q&A with the freshman and sophomore leaders. Next month, we will feature the juniors and seniors in the eVision.

Freshmen:

Eli Theobald, House of Spirit, Wrestling, Football

He was nominated by Mrs. Mary Alice (Lenfert) Knott ’77 as a Student Leader due to his hard work in Wrestling this year.  She recognized his hard work and dedication to this sport, especially since it is your first time competing.

Question: What is your favorite class or subject?
Eli Theobald: My favorite class is math because I have a great teacher, and a lot of my friends are in it. In general, it’s a fun class to be in.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
ET: My coaches are great role models because they are always being great examples of leaders on and off-season.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
ET: I am making the most of this year by doing the best I can in my classes and in my sports.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
ET: My favorite house activity this year has been when we gathered money for a family who is in need so they could have a special Christmas this year.

Iza Smith, House of Loyalty, Girls Basketball manager

She was nominated by Coach Brad Burden as a Student Leader due to her work as the Girls Basketball manager, especially for her hard work and dedication.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Iza Smith: My role model as a leader is my sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. Carver. She was always so nice, but she also had control over the class and everyone always respected her and we always had fun. After I graduated, she got promoted to vice principal, and I think that position fits her very well.

Q: What leadership positions have you held outside of PHS?
IS: I’m not sure if this counts, but a leadership position I’ve done outside of school would be being the oldest out of three sisters. My youngest sister is 4 and my other sister is 11. I know I am a big influence on them, so I try my best to lead them in the right direction.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
IS: My favorite class is math. Although it’s not my favorite subject, Mrs. Knott and the people in that class with me make it so fun, and I look forward to it every other day.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
IS: I’m making the best out of my school year by staying positive and going with the flow. I try not to be surprised if we go virtual, and I always make sure I have a fun time at school and participate the best I can because we don’t know when we could be going virtual.

Ashley Zeller, House of Integrity, Theatre

She was nominated by Mrs. Knott as a Student Leader due to her dedication to mathematics, for the hard work and dedication she puts into it.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Ashley Zeller: My role models as a leader are actually my parents to be honest. They push me to be the best I can be and ever since I was a little kid I’ve been looking up to them. They taught me how to be kind to others, how to live my life through God, and how to solve challenging problems independently.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
AZ: One leadership activity I have been doing outside of PHS is attending a high school discipleship group. They helped me become a better leader by teaching me how to grow closer to my faith and lead others to do the same.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
AZ: My favorite class is most definitely Mrs. Knott’s Algebra class. This is because every class I have been attending of hers, I’ve come to grow this devotion to solve every riddle that comes my way. Every equation she gives me, I see each one as a riddle, and each one is different which I have to use a variety of operations to solve. I can now use what she taught me to grow a successful future, but also to find the might to solve anything.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
AZ: I am making the most out of this school year by hanging out with my friends and using my time learning in class to become a better person.

Tessa Holifield, House of Truth, Theatre

She was nominated by Mrs. Ellen Holifield as a Student Leader due to her work in the Theatre Department, especially for her hard work, dedication, and willingness to pitch in when needed.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Tessa Holifield: My role model as a leader is Mrs. Stacy Gillenwater because she has always showed me how to be strong in faith and lead like Jesus.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
TH: Outside of Providence, I am a member of the Saint Anthony Youth Planning Team. This helps me become a better leader because I’m working with a group of people who have been strong leaders throughout their high school years.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?|
TH: My favorite subjects in school are theatre and English because I love the creativity involved in those subjects and how good shows and stories bring you to new places and have intriguing ways to teach lessons.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
TH: I am making the most of this year by enjoying the time when I am able to be at school and with my friends, taking in every moment, learning everything I can, and trying to find the good in everything.

Sophomores:

Ana Cabezas, House of Humility, Dance Team

She was nominated by Mrs. Donna Burden as a Student Leader for her dedication to the Art Club, for her hard work and leadership especially.

Question:  Describe your leadership style:
Ana Cabezas: My leadership style is making sure everyone gets along and has fun.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
AC: My role model is my mom because she also puts everyone before herself.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
AC: My favorite house activity is doing small actions like buying gifts for other people on Christmas. It is very simple but brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Q: What is your favorite class?
AC: My favorite is Drawing because I get to learn more techniques and practice drawing different objects.

Daniel Fowler, House of Faith, Track

He was nominated by Mrs. Chris Golembeski as a Student Leader for because he is a terrific, hardworking student who shows leadership in the Learning Lab by working from bell to bell. Additionally, he is an excellent example of a dedicated student and a role model for others to see.

Question: Who is your role model as a leader?
Daniel Fowler: My dad because he demonstrates leadership by telling me what to do and how to do it

Q: Describe your leadership style.
DF: My leadership style is leading by example.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
DF: My favorite subject is history because I enjoy learning about the past.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
DF: I am making the most out of this year by doing my best to get on the honor roll.

Jaden Johnson, House of Humility, JV Boys Basketball

He was nominated by Mr. Bart Makowsky ’87 as a Student Leader due to his dedication to the Boys Basketball Team.. “Jaden is an example of someone who leads by example. His hustle and effort at basketball are top notch. He gives everything he has to what he is doing, but he does it with humility and the goal of helping the team be the best that it can be. He is quick with encouragement for his teammates and is always trying to pick them up.”

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
Jaden Johnson: My favorite class in school is English because I like to write about different topics.

Q: Who is your role model as a leader?
JJ: My role model is my grandpa.

Q: What leadership activity has helped you be a better leader?
JJ: Basketball has helped me become a leader because you have to be vocal to your teammates and always have their back.

Q: Describe your leadership style.
JJ: My leadership style is to always help others and set a good example for them to follow.

Emma Scharre, House of Loyalty sophomore student leader, Volleyball manager, Tech Theatre

She was nominated by Mrs. Holifield as a Student Leader for her work in tech theatre, especially for eagerly running sound for school liturgies and always being willing to do what is needed.

Question: What leadership roles have you taken on at school?
Emma Scharre: I led a few new “techies” in the last play I was involved in by running cues.

Q: What leadership activities have you done outside of PHS?
ES: Outside of PHS, I have been working on a reflection garden at Mount Saint Francis for resources for mental health.

Q: What is your favorite class or school subject?
ES: My favorite class has been art (more specifically Ceramics) with Mrs. Burden; however, my favorite class at the moment is Creative Writing, which I am taking as an independent study with Mrs. Beyl.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year?
ES: I am making the most of this year by doing things that I love and trying to better my future by expanding my education and thinking of how I will excel in college.

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Four juniors named Indiana Rising Stars

Four juniors recently were named Indiana Rising Stars, recognizing them as the top in their class academically, Mercedes Benjamin, Maddie Beyl, Dallas Bonnet, and Zach Van Wie. This non-competitive recognition program sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals honors high school juniors for their academic achievement in order to increase their visibility and scholarship opportunities.

Mercedes is a member of House of Humility, Book Club, Drawing Club, Providence Singers, and theater. Her favorite school subject is math “because I excel at it, and I enjoy learning the basic principles for most everything around us,” she said.

Being named a Rising Star is a validation of her efforts and motivation to continue working on her long-time goal of becoming valedictorian of her class, Mercedes said. Keeping this goal in mind has helped her stay focused during virtual learning.

Dallas is the junior executive delegate for the House of Truth, a Student Ambassador, on the Girls Tennis team, and a member of Quick Recall and Book Club. Outside of school, she rides horses and competes in horse shows. She loves to read and write, which makes English her favorite school subject, especially “looking at different writing styles and seeing themes play out across story lines,” she said.

Dallas said she is grateful to be named a Rising Star because it’s a recognition of her hard work. Her goal is to travel the world, and working hard in school is one step to achieving her dreams, she said.

Zach is a member of the House of Humility, Quick Recall, Math Team, and eSports Team. Like Mercedes, math is his favorite subject “because there is always a definitive answer with no room for error,” he said. He is encouraged to continue working hard by being named a Rising Star.

Zach kept up his efforts during virtual learning by “participating in class and giving my full attention to the teachers. Although virtual learning has been hard, it has pushed me to find different ways to learn and succeed,” he said. He has been motivated primarily by his goal of becoming valedictorian.

“I am a competitive person and being valedictorian would be like winning a championship,” “School for me is almost like a sport, where I compete against myself and my friends.”

Maddie  is a member of the House of Justice and loves math because “there is a solidarity and sureness that comes with working with numbers that make finding answers rewarding. In addition, there is so much you can do with math, and the calculations that can be made are intriguing and interesting to me.”

Succeeding in high school is way to ensure her future, she said, keeping her motivated when she is tempted to slack off – or go back to bed during virtual learning. She stayed focused by keeping to a schedule and getting dressed as if class was in person. She also balances making the most of her time, such as starting her homework when instruction ends before the block does – and during virtual learning giving herself a break from screen time and getting exercise. Being named a Rising Star is an acknowledgement of all her efforts.

“It’s so rewarding to be acknowledged for the hard work and stress that come with succeeding in difficult classes,” Maddie said. “It makes it all worthwhile.”

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April Scholars & Leaders recognized

Our April Scholars and Leaders this month were recognized for their excellence in World Languages, French, or for their contribution to the Houses of Truth and Spirit. Mrs. Kerry Gerber delivered a goody bag to each of their homes, and they were featured on the school’s social media sites. Their Q&As are below.

April Scholars – World Languages, French

Abby Adams, freshman, Honors French I, House of Faith, Drawing Club.

Question: What do you like about French in general?
Answer: I like learning about the French culture and enjoy learning the language. Shout out to Ms. A for being a great teacher! She makes learning easy and fun.

Q: Why did you choose to take this world language?
A:  I was interested in taking French over Spanish, but had to take Spanish in junior high. Now I can take French and find that I enjoy it very much.

Q: What was your favorite French class activity?
A: My favorite class activity in French has probably been the Celebrity Family Tree. I enjoyed being able to choose some of my favorite celebrities to be a part of my imaginary family. 

Q: What has been your favorite French eLearning activity?  
A: My favorite eLearning activity has been the Town Planners Project where I got to make up my own town using French words for places in a town. I liked this project because I enjoy using my artistic creativity. 

Dallas Bonnet, sophomore, ACP French III, House of Truth sophomore delegate, Girls Tennis, Honor Council. Outside of school, she rides and shows horses except during the pandemic.

Question: What do you like about French in general?
Answer: I love the way it sounds; it’s such a fluid language and rhythmic. 

Q: Why did you choose to take this world language?
A: I’ve always wanted to go to France one day, maybe live there for a short period of time. I love the French culture and cuisine. France is just beautiful, and I wanted to be able to really understand it and experience it fully by knowing the language. I also liked the language because it’s not all that popular a language to take in this area, and it felt like a cool thing to know. 

Q: What was your favorite French class activity?
A: My favorite French activity we’ve done was the Celebrity Family Tree where we talked about our families in French and described them but instead of having pictures of our actual family members, we got to put celebrities that reminded us of our family.

Q: What has been your favorite French eLearning activity?  
A: My favorite French eLearning activity we’ve done so far is Quizizz quizzes because they’re a great and helpful way to review, and it’s nice for a refresher. 

Monica Nokes, junior, ACP French III, House of Humility, Quick Recall, Tech Theatre

Question: What do you like about French in general?
Answer: I like French because it’s fun to learn and practice and is definitely a challenging language.

Q: Why did you choose to take this world language?
A: I chose to take French because my siblings had taken it and liked the class. I’ve always been interested in French, so I’m glad I have the opportunity to take this class.

Q: What was your favorite French class activity?
A: My favorite French class activity has probably been our sorting activities in groups because we get to work together to solve a puzzle and learn along the way.

Q: What has been your favorite French eLearning activity?  
A: During eLearning, my favorite French activity has been our Quizizz games as a review tool because they are fun and competitive.

Jillian Andriot, senior, French V, House of Humility, Drawing Club, Art Club, Book Club, and Sherlock Club.

Question: What do you like about French in general?
Answer: I love how the French language sounds and is written. I’ve also always found language and how it’s used interesting, so being able to study another language is fascinating to me.

Q: Why did you choose to take this world language?
A: I didn’t choose French in junior high (when she first took world language); I was gently forced into it because the Spanish class was too big. But, I’m glad that it worked out that way!

Q: What was your favorite French class activity?
A: My favorite activity from French class was probably in ACP French III when my class took selfies in our favorite outfits and gave presentations about them in French.

Q: What has been your favorite French eLearning activity?  
A: My favorite eLearning assignment for French class is probably the project that I’m working on now. I recently read The Little Prince in French, and now I‘m practicing creative writing in French by creating an additional chapter for the book.

April Leaders – House of Truth 

Elyse Kristiansen, senior executive delegate (as well her sophomore and freshman years), National Honor Society, Softball, Green Dot, Student Ambassador, Pro-Life Club 

Question: What house activities did you help plan? 
Answer: I helped plan the Can Sculpture Competition. I loved this activity because it allowed the grade levels to get creative and have fun while also helping out the local charity In Heaven’s Eyes. 

Q: What did I like about being a House leader? 
A: I loved being a House leader because I felt like the position really helped me connect with people in my House , specifically the underclassmen. The best parts of my days would be when members of the House would come say hi to me or tell me about their day or even ask for help. 

Q: Describe your leadership style. 
A: I would describe my leadership style as very detailed. I love to plan fun events and organize things with charities and outside groups. I would often plan events, and then let the House members run things when the time came so that everyone got to play a part in the event. 

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: The Can Sculpture Competition. It was so much fun to see all the effort and creativity that went into the art projects. And I loved how involved everyone got in the end when it came to delivering the cans to the charity, specifically the House of Truth and the Boys Basketball team coming together to get the task done. 

Luke Hesse, junior, Boys Soccer

Q: Describe your leadership style. 
Answer: I lead by example, and also try to keep other’s spirits up.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: I represented Providence at the March for Life this year in Washington, D.C. That was such a great experience, and I am happy to have been able to support my beliefs while representing Providence.

Q: What did you like about your House? 
A: I enjoy talking with my small group during the meetings and trying to improve the school.

Maddie Kaiser, freshman executive delegate, Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Pinterest Club, and Drawing Club.

Question: What did I like about being a House leader? 
Answer: I like being a delegate because I am more involved, and my voice is able to be heard.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: My favorite service experience was building the can sculpture! It wasn’t a normal can drive which made it fun.

Q: What did you like about your House? 
A: My favorite thing about my House is the people in it. When we break into small groups during meetings we always have fun during the meetings!

Q: What house activities did you help plan? 
A: I enjoyed helping plan what we did for St. Nick’s Day. It was small, but who doesn’t like getting candy!

Will Dykes, sophomore, Football, theater.

Question: What has been your favorite service experience?
Answer:  My favorite service activity I did at school is the can sculpture.

Q: What did you like about your House? 
A: The House of Truth, I believe, is very connected, and that is my favorite part of being in this House.

Q: Describe your leadership style. 
A: I think I have a very approachable leadership style.  I try to be a good listener and kind to everyone whom I lead.

April Leaders – House of Spirit 

Claire Reyes, senior Executive Delegate, Cross Country, Track & Field, ProLife Club, Quick Recall, National Honor Society, theatre, Student Ambassador. House leader four years – three as class delegate and one as event coordinator.

Question: What skills, gifts, or talents have you contributed to your House?
Answer: For my House, I’ve contributed my leadership, friendliness, and positivity. I’m no Ms.Vander Woude, but I do my best to interact with people in my House and make them smile.

Q: What did I like about being a House leader? 
A: I like being a House leader because I get to connect with more people than I would if I was just a House member. Being a House leader also forces you to be creative and determined. You have to work with a lot of people and somehow come together as a whole. That’s the hardest part, but I enjoy the challenge. 

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: My favorite service experience I’ve had while at PHS is volunteering at the Deanery Cross Country meets. I love seeing the little kids and getting to cheer for them. It’s also nice to have a different service environment. Normally, people go to soup kitchens and homeless shelters, which are extremely important and need our help. However, volunteering with Deanery kids is also important. They might need our help less than the others, but they still need our help to comfort them and be role models for them.

Q: What did you like about your House? 
A: My favorite thing about my House is the leaders I get to work with. I am very fortunate to have Bryce Hutchins as the other senior delegate. He is a hard worker and is always willing to put 110 percent of his effort into any activity. He is also the person who hypes up our house and really puts the “spirit” into the House of Spirit. Ms. Monica Vander Woude and Mr. Scott Hutchins (‘91) are also leaders I am fortunate to work with. They keep our House running and make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. They also make our House fun and include everyone.

Sydney Allen, sophomore, Dance Team co-captain, Book Club, and Bowling 

Question: What roles have you filled in your House
Answer: I helped with our House recycling program and also helped stack cans for our sophomore Spiderman display for the canned food drive.

Q: Describe your leadership style.
A: I’m pretty much an introvert so I wouldn’t say I’m really a vocal leader at all.  I try to do my best to help people and pitch in wherever I can to make our House and our school a good place to be.

Q: What was your favorite service experience?
A: I have enjoyed the projects where we collect things, like the canned food drive, collecting items for the homeless, and the Penny Wars.  I also like collecting the recycling.  

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: I really like that some of my best friends are in the same House as me.  I also have liked getting to know a lot of new people and making new friends in my House.

Landon Kruer, junior executive delegate (previously sophomore executive delegate), Baseball, Boys Tennis. 

Question: What did I like about being a House leader? 
Answer: I enjoy being a House leader because I am able to plan enjoyable activities for members of my House.

Q: Describe your leadership style.
A:
The leadership style that I prefer to use is have members of my House suggest something, then I revise what they suggest, and then I present them with the revisions to be sure they are happy with the final idea or project.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is our small group time during House meetings. We get to meet and talk with people we normally wouldn’t on a day-to-day basis.

Q: What house activities did you help plan? 
A: Some activities I have helped plan in my House are Guerin Day activities, House meetings,  small groups, and Angel Tree shopping and gift wrapping.

Luke Jorden, freshman, Boys Soccer and Boys Basketball, Track & Field.

“He consistently helps with collecting recycling and is a reliable participant in House meetings and activities,” said faculty House sponsor Ms. Monica Vander Woude.

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February Leaders involved in many activities

 

This month 12 students from three Houses are being recognized as outstanding leaders, representing Integrity, Justice, and Loyalty. From Integrity are freshman Grace Purichia, sophomore Katie Riggs, junior Grant Dierking, and senior Maria Popson. Representing Justice are freshman Kiah Betteau, sophomore Aidan Welch, junior Katie Huff, and senior Olivia McCurdy. The Loyalty leaders are freshman Emma Scharre, sophomore Kadie O’Bannon, junior Aaron Burke, and senior Elle O’Bannon. Read on for a Q&A with these February Leaders.

Integrity: Winners of the 2019-2020 Guerin Day, the House’s first Guerin Day win. The House is planning Faculty Night Live, a skit and talent show featuring faculty and staff to be held this spring, and the bonfire along with the House of Justice, an activity to promote school spirit that will be held on Feb. 25.

Grace Purichia, Integrity freshman delegate, Volleyball. In her first year as a House leader, she has collected Advent Angel donations, helped organize the House’s Advent Angel project, and helped organize the rescheduled bonfire and upcoming Faculty Night Live.

Question: What do you like about being a House leader?
Answer: I like to be involved in activities and talk to my classmates, and I like planning all the events and getting to lead the freshmen.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: Advent Angel Project because we got to help families and spend time together.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: I love all the people in Integrity and how much spirit we all have.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity? 
A: Guerin Day because it was a day full of activities, and our House won!

Katie Riggs, Integrity sophomore delegate, Girls Tennis, and spring musical. She is in her first year of being a house leader and one of her roles this year was to help collect donations of money from House members for the Advent Angel Project.

Question: What do you like about being a House leader?
Answer: I enjoy being able to help with the planning of our House events.

Q: What do you enjoy about helping plan House activities?
A: I liked helping to plan the bonfire because last year’s was a lot of fun, and I hope this year is even better!

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: I love that my House came from nowhere and is now one of the best and hardest working houses.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity? 
A: I really enjoyed the bonfire last year because we were free to hang out with our friends and just enjoy the shaved ice.

William Dierking, Integrity junior delegate, spring musical, quick recall, CYO basketball, Pro-Life Club, and Drawing Club. This is his first year as a House leader, and he has helped as a graphic designer, choosing teams, planning projects, brainstorming and promoting team spirit.

Question: What has been your favorite service experience?\
Answer: My favorite service experience while at Providence has been going to the soup kitchen every week and helping the friends I’ve made that attend there.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House project has been going to the Franciscan Soup Kitchen, because it allows us to see just how many people need our help in the community.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: I love that my house is very service oriented and that everyone is willing to pitch in to accomplish a goal.

Q: What House activities have you helped plan?
A: I have helped plan for the bonfire, Faculty Night Live, Advent Angel, and the toiletry donations projects. I enjoyed the fact that all of these projects promoted community, whether in fun, giving, or faith.

Maria Popson, Integrity senior executive delegate, president/cofounder of the ProLife Club, president of National Honor Society, co-captain of Girls Tennis, Girls Soccer, Bowling Team, Pinterest Club, Drawing Club, Student Ambassador, female school mascot, Popcorn Player, lector, Eucharistic minister, Student Executive Advisory Council. She has been a delegate for Integrity all four years and has helped plan House events and activities as well as run House meetings.

She is looking forward to Faculty Night Live. “It’s based off the idea of Saturday Night Live but with school faculty members where they will be performing a variety of skits for the pure enjoyment of the audience. It will be hosted by a secret guest emcee. Be on the lookout for a special teaser trailer to get a taste of what the night will hold for the audience!”

And the Bonfire: “There will be music, games, food, and of course, a bonfire. It’s a great opportunity to interact with students of all grades in a unique fun-loving setting. I strongly encourage everyone to attend for at least a portion of the night.”

Question: Describe your leadership style?
Answer: I try to lead by example. In terms of my House and its goals, this means I participate not just in our own House activities and House competitions, but also in schoolwide events in general. I want to show my fellow House members what it means to have Blue Pride and how to share it with the rest of the school. I also try to lead and organize House initiatives alongside other House leaders that will be appealing to the student body and stimulate a sense of school unity.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader or a leader in general?
A: I love being involved at Providence in general, but by being a House leader, I can be more in-tuned to what’s going on around the school and be able to help in any way I can. Also, especially in the SEAC setting, I want to be a voice for the students.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: My favorite service experience I’ve done while at PHS is the Advent Angel project the Houses have done the last few years. I’ve been able to be involved in all steps of the process while at Providence including collecting and donating money, purchasing the gifts, wrapping the gifts, and delivering them. It’s a unique service experience that all the Houses get to individually carry out for the community, but what I like about it is that the House really comes together during the season of Advent to provide a service for an anonymous family in our community. For the House of Integrity, we’ve had 100 percent participation the last two years on this project, which when you really think about it, that’s amazing.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is the newfound energy the last few years that I’ve been able to tap into to shape our House into the best House at Providence. My House has really turned around since my freshman year. This past year, for the first time in the history of the House system, the House of Integrity won Guerin Day, and you bet we are going to show up in April and snag the House Cup title. I’d like to thank all the members of the House of Integrity for their participation and energy that hves pulled us out of the rough and put us on top.

The House of Justice organizes the Advent Angels project in which all Houses participate to give gifts to a family in need at Christmastime. Justice also organizes the annual May Crowning and works with Integrity to plan the bonfire.

Kiah Betteau, Justice freshman who enjoys helping with House activities even though she’s not in an elected position.

Question: What skills/gifts/talents do you contribute to your House?
Answer: I think I am a helpful person to my House. I helped with the shopping for the Deanery family.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is how everyone is active and wants to do things in the House to help.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity is helping people in need and doing the fun projects at the House meetings.

Katie Huff, Justice junior delegate, Volleyball, helps with Holy Family Youth Ministry with Abbi Hamm ‘16, enjoys yoga. She is in her first year as a House leader and leads her small group at House meetings. I have contributed to the Advent Angels and I have attended mass to earn my house points.

Question: What is your leadership style?
Answer: My leadership style is coming in with a positive attitude. I like helping my peers in any way possible and being optimistic and helpful.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: My favorite thing about being a house leader is that I like being able to have a day in the activities we do and being someone people can come to for help.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: My favorite service experience I’ve done at PHS so far was the canned sculpture food drive. This was so fun because I got to help and participate in it. Building it with my friends was awesome and it was a great way to get everyone to bring in cans.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is our teamwork and great friendships we make.

Olivia McCurdy, Justice senior who provides a lot of help to her House even though she is not an elected delegate; previously the sophomore and junior delegate; Boys Basketball manager, and president of the Drawing Club.

Question: What House activities have you helped plan?
Answer: I do a lot of the art projects for my House. I make birthday cards for everyone in the House of Justice. I’ve also done the House bulletin board and the 2020 vision board that’s by the student entrance. I helped plan meetings and Advent Angels. I really enjoyed organizing the different aspects and knowing what’s happening.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: My favorite service experience was working the junior retreat because I liked leading a small group and just having fun with the other leaders.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is how we all work together to be the best.

Loyalty: Organizes the WaterStep Shoe Drive currently underway through Friday. The used shoes are donated to the nonprofit WaterStep to resell, and the proceeds go to make clean water more accessible in countries where clean water is not always abundant. Hosts the Powder Buff volleyball game between the junior and senior boys, and his year’s proceeds will be donated for recovery in Australia from recent devastating fires.

Emma Scharre: Loyalty freshman delegate, Volleyball manager, JV Quick Recall, Book Club, Drawing Club, Tech Crew for spring musical and Christmas Showcase. As a new leader, she helps with House meetings helped get wrapping paper for the Advent Angel project.

Question: What skills/gifts/talents do you contribute to your House?
Answer: Everything is all quite new to me, so I am still a pretty shy leader compared to the juniors and seniors, but I direct my fellow freshman by being more communicative with them.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: I like being a House leader because I get to know more of the leaders of the school who are in my House, and I get to bond with them more. I also know what it’s like to represent a specific group of people.

Q: What has been your favorite service experience?
A: I helped plan the Advent Angels, which is my favorite service activity we have done so far, and it was so much fun. My fellow students in the House of Loyalty helped buy the family’s gifts, and we wrapped them later. I liked bonding with my fellow students while doing something good for the people in need who need the most help.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is the little events/games we do during House meetings. Last meeting, we won different candies for certain tasks.

Kadie O’Bannon, Loyalty sophomore delegate, Girls Golf, Dive Team, Bowling Team, Softball, CYO volleyball, Pinterest Club. She is in her second year in a leadership position. She enjoys helping plan House meetings, WaterStep Drive, and Powder Buff, and assign Guerin Day positions.

Question: What is your leadership style?
Answer: I believe I have a relaxed and fun style of leading, in that I get to know everyone and have a good time.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: I like having a say and getting to represent my sophomore class.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is that we are driven to try our best in everything we do.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity is Guerin Day because I like to compete.

Aaron Burke, Loyalty junior delegate, theatre, Bowling, Hiking Club, Student Ambassador, on his parish’s Youth Planning Team. He has been a House delegate since freshman year.  

Question: What has been your favorite service activity?
Answer: My favorite service experience that I have been a part of while at PHS was the WaterStep shoe drive. It is a fun school-wide competition to see which house can donate the most shoes, and it also goes towards a really good cause.

Q: What have you enjoyed about helping lead different House activities?
A: I’ve most enjoyed helping out with the Advent Angels. It feels good to be able to help provide gifts for kids who might not otherwise receive gifts on Christmas, and we also have a great time doing it.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about the House of Loyalty is definitely the excitement and enthusiasm that we have every year, especially on Guerin Day. We have celebrated winning the championship two out of my three years while at Providence. Guerin Day has provided me with many lifelong memories.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite house activity is Guerin Day. It is an eventful day full of competition, and it is always fun to win, too.

Elle O’Bannon, Loyalty senior executive delegate, Girls Golf, Bowling Team, Softball, Pinterest Club, Book Club, Student Ambassadors, and CYO volleyball, House of Loyalty Senior Executive Delegate. She has been a house delegate for three years.

Question: What has been your favorite House activity?
Answer: Powder Buff is probably my favorite House activity because the boys get really into it. It also raises money for a really good cause.

Q: What House activities have you helped plan?
A: I have planned Powder Buff for the last two years. I liked getting everything organized and figuring out all of the logistics.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader or a leader in general?
A: My favorite thing about being a House leader is planning all the activities and finding ways to get people involved.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS and why?
A: My favorite service experience at Providence was the Suicide Prevention Walk. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to hear people talk about their experiences with suicide in their life.

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Four juniors named IASP Rising Stars

Four juniors have been named to the Rising Stars of Indiana Class of 2020 by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). Zoe Libs, Maria Popson, Brynna Walthers, and Brigid Welch were nominated based on their academic rank. They each received a congratulatory letter from Rep. Trey Hollingsworth. Here is a Q&A.

Brynna Walthers
Activities/leadership roles: NEXGEN Leadership program, junior executive delegate for the House of Justice, Student Ambassador, SEAC, junior varsity Volleyball team, Green Dot and Pinterest clubs. Also volunteers at St Mary’s Continuing Education nights, New Albany Animal Shelter, Silver Street Soup Kitchen, and New Albany Public Library Children’s Department.
Favorite extracurricular: My favorite is being a part of the NEXGEN Leadership program, where I got a close-up look at how different area businesses work and met successful leaders in our community.
Goals for senior year and beyond? My senior year goals include deciding on a college that best fits my combined interests in law, history, government, and writing as I hope to be an attorney. I also hope to spend as much time with my family and friends as I can before I head off to college.
How do you represent the title of Rising Star? I try to represent the title of Rising Star by setting a good example in all aspects of my life–at school, in my sport, and with my faith.

Maria Popson
Activities/leadership roles: Girls Soccer, Girls Basketball, Girls Tennis, Popcorn Players, Spring Musical & other PHS theatre productions, St. Genesius Society, Student Ambassador, SEAC, junior executive delegate for the House of Integrity, lector, Spanish Club, Pinterest Club, one of three executive members and a founder of the Pro-Life Club, and applying to National Honor Society.
Favorite extracurricular: Not necessarily a favorite extracurricular because I enjoy all of them and they each play an unique role in my life; however, the one that most stands out to me at the moment is the Pro-Life Club. This club just got rebooted following this year’s March for Life. I was intrigued when freshman Andrew Singleton approached Brigid Welch, Elyse Kristiansen, and me to help start a Pro-Life Club at Providence. So, we contacted Ms. Monica Vander Woude, held a few short leader meetings among the five of us, and got the club up and running. I’m very excited for this club and its bright future. The potential for this club is beyond my imagination. And what makes it so great, especially this far in, is the great enthusiasm and participation of the members. This great energy fuels the club and inspires the leaders to work hard to keep the club going in the right direction. We are looking to get some students together to go pray outside the abortion clinic in Louisville for 40 Days for Life during Lent. I can’t wait to see what this club has in store for the future.
Goals for senior year and beyond? From a young age, I couldn’t wait to be a part of the Providence community. The past senior classes have set a high bar when coming to initiating participation in the school and at school activities. A huge goal of mine for senior year is to be a leading figure in the senior class to continue the Blue Pride tradition, whether that be in the hallway, in the classroom, on the court, or in the stands. Another goal of mine is to push myself senior year in order to prepare myself for college and beyond. As far as college goes, I’m still unsure of what I want to pursue. Right now, I’m considering some type of engineering because of my interest in science and math.
How do you represent the title of Rising Star? As a Providence student, I am held to a higher academic standard. Academics is definitely a high priority in my life. Although my schedule may be difficult at times, especially when juggling school and extracurriculars, I know it will help prepare me for college and the real world. I try to work hard and give 100 percent effort in every class, on every team, and everything I’m involved with. Of course, none of this would be possible without my great support system of family, friends, teachers, and coaches, and my relationship with God.

Zoe Libs
Activities/leadership roles: Math Team, Spanish Club, Cheerleader, SMK Cheer coach, and math tutor.
Favorite extracurricular: Cheerleading because I get to be involved in every sport at Providence and experience Blue Pride to its fullest as well as compete with my teammates. I also have the opportunity to share the sport with the elementary students at St. Mary’s of the Knobs as their cheer coach.
Goals for senior year and beyond? I plan to maintain my academic standards through my senior year and into college. I’m undecided on my major, but I plan on majoring in accounting, actuarial science, or engineering. I can’t wait to see where my Providence education takes me.
How do you represent the title of Rising Star? I have worked and will continue to work very hard to maintain my high standards in and out of the classroom. I try my best to be a leader and role model on my team as well as to my classmates.

Brigid Welch
Activities/leadership roles: Track & Field, Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Student Ambassador, co-president of the Pro-Life Club, and junior executive delegate for the House of Justice.
Favorite extracurricular: My favorite is the Pro-Life Club because I have very strong feelings against abortion. I went on the March for Life this year, which really inspired me and the other presidents (Maria Popson and Elyse Kristiansen) to start this club. Now we are able to spread what we learned on the trip and help the movement against abortion here at Providence.
Goals for senior year and beyond? My goals for senior year are to keep my grades up and enjoy my last year at Providence. Beyond Providence, I hope to attend one of the military academies and pursue an engineering degree.
How do you represent the title of Rising Star? My grades and schoolwork are very important to me. I always try to do my best on everything I turn in. I also like being a leader and helping as many people as I possibly can.

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