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Leadership camps help develop skills, faith

Several students have had opportunities recently to attend leadership camps. Freshman Aidan Singleton and junior Allen Kruer attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program at Bradford Woods in Morgan County, Ind., sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clarksville. Sophomores Zach Applewhite, Dallas Bonnet, Brayden Gronotte, Kadie O’Bannon, and Aidan Welch attended the Student Leadership Program at the Fatima Retreat Center in Indianapolis, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Juniors Landon Kruer and Nicholas Hooper, who attended SLP last year, went as youth leaders.

Allen Kruer (standing on left) and Aidan Singleton share their experience at RYLA with members of the Rotary Club of Clarksville.

Aidan and Allen said they enjoyed their experience at RYLA, which is an intensive leadership experience sponsored by local Rotary clubs to develop young leaders’ skills and basic networking in a fun environment. Many of their activities were outdoor team-building activities, and they both said they learned a lot.

Aidan said he felt that he came back having improved his listening and public speaking skills, and the skills he learned will help him be “a better student, listener, and friend.” He also strengthened his self-confidence.

“I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to,” said Aidan, who is in the House of Justice and involved in theatre, Quick Recall, Providence Singers, Pro-Life club, and Pinterest Club.

Allen said he wanted to attend because he wanted to improve his leadership and communication skills, and the camp helped him do that. He most benefited from working on effective communication skills.

“When I had an idea for a particular activity, I had to effectively communicate it to the group so that everyone knew their role and what they were doing,” Allen said “It also helped me realize that a good leader must relate with their team, so that the team feels more comfortable following instructions and has more fun completing them.”

Allen, who is in the House of Truth, on the Quick Recall Team, and plans to run Track this spring, also said he benefited from the friendships he developed so quickly.

“I learned just how close a group of people who had never met each other in their lives could come in just a few hours,” Allen said. “The activities promoted teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership skills that everyone got to experience together.”

The sophomores who attended the SLP retreat said they enjoyed learning specific leadership skills.

Aidan Welch, who is the sophomore delegate for the House of Justice and on the Boys Soccer team, said he learned that leaders must have a degree of humility.

“I learned ‘Don’t take the credit but take the blame,’” Aidan said.

Brayden, the sophomore delegate for the House of Humility and member of Honor Council, Bowling Club, and Quick Recall, said he liked how the retreat tied in the spiritual aspects of being a leader.

“I became closer to God and learned how Jesus was leading in his life,” Brayden said.

Zach, who is on Honor Council, Swim team, and Boys Tennis, said he learned that leaders need to be good listeners and to lead by example as Jesus did.

“You need to go through the actions, not just tell them what to do,” Zach said.

The senior girls organized it and raised money by buying shirts (that were up charged $5) and also donations of parents. We donated to The Lyme disease association.

Dallas is in Honor Council, Girls Tennis, Book Club, Quick Recall, and Drawing Club and with her horse is involved in dressage competitions through the Stonehurst Riding Club. (And recently won her first regional title in Arabian Horse Association Region 14.) She said she liked learning what makes a Christian, or servant, leader different than just being a good leader.

She particularly liked the feet washing activity, which recalled Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. The junior leaders washed the feet of the adult leaders, and the small group leaders washed the participants’ feet.

“It was moving because it drove home that point of why Jesus washed the feet of his disciples,” Dallas said.

Kadie, who is in Girls Golf, Bowling Club, Dive team, Softball, Spikeball Club, Pinterest Club, and Drawing Club, and sophomore delegate for the House of Loyalty, agreed that the retreat went beyond improving one’s leadership skills.

“It truly changed my life as cliche as that sounds,” Kadie said. “I really just grew in my faith and met amazing people who are interested in the same things as me. It helped me branch out of my comfort zone more and relate to more people as a leader.”

She also learned to improve her skills in adapting to different situations, which will help her be a better leader “because I know how to find things in common with them.” Now, she wants to apply what she learned and work on creating a culture of inclusiveness.

As a group, the students want to bring back the theme of “Pack the House,” which gets the student body more engaged in extracurricular activities.

Landon and Nicholas said they wanted to return as leaders to help others have the same positive experience they had.

“It made a difference in my life, and I wanted to make a difference in others’ lives,” Landon said.

Landon was a small group leader and enjoyed having a direct impact on the participants and their experience.

“I helped them become better leaders by explaining my experiences from the retreat, how they can learn from the retreat and each other, and how they can bring what they’ve learned back to their school to benefit their fellow students,” Landon said.

He also liked the contrast being participating and leading.

“The retreat was different as a leader because instead of being served, we were the servers, giving light to other students,” Landon said. “I enjoyed the fact that I was able to help others meet new people, but most importantly find God. I feel my leadership skills did improve as well, because I learned how to better connect with those students who I was around during the retreat.”

Nicholas was the junior sacristan, meaning he went “from group to group to help with their projects and generate ideas.” That way, he got to work with each of the participants in some capacity. And see their skills grow.

“As the retreat went on, it was interesting to see the kids begin to lead in their own way,” Nicholas said. “Although we all come from different schools and are fresh faces to most, it’s a truly amazing thing to watch everyone grow closer together by the end.”

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October Leaders honored

 Each month, 12 students are named Scholars or Leaders. This month, students from each grade in the Houses of Courage, Faith, and Humility received the recognition for the work they do in their House.

The October Student Leaders are:

Courage: freshman Maddie Beeler, sophomore Abby Shavers, junior Victor Beeler, and senior Shelby Wright
Faith: freshman Bailey Heavrin, sophomore Sarah Boehm, junior Nicholas Hooper, and senior Andrew Henderson
Humility:  freshman Ella Unruh, sophomore Akhil Long, junior Sophia Hottois, and senior Lauren Stapp

Read the Q&A:

Shelby Wright, senior, House of Courage Senior Executive Delegate, third year House leader, Softball, Quick Recall, Math Team.

Question: What skills/gifts/talents do you contribute to your House
Answer: As a leader I am most focused on listening to the thoughts and ideas of the people in my house.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: I love being a House leader because I get to make people’s ideas a reality.

Q. What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: My favorite service experience was when each House did the Angel Trees. It was fun shopping for the kids with the people in my House, especially knowing that it was going to such a good cause.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity was the tailgate we had before Guerin Day. I loved seeing the enthusiasm my House had.

Victor Beeler, junior, House of Courage Junior Executive Delegate, Fall Show, Providence Singers.

Question: How would you describe your leadership style?
Answer: My leadership style is mainly to take charge and to get things done as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: I like being a House leader because it means that I can bring ideas to the table and get to see some of them planned out and put into action.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: I remember one year we made cards for our middle school teachers, and it was really fun and creative and had a great time doing it.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: The thing I enjoy most about our House is the fun that we have in all of our meetings.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: Definitely Guerin Day!

Abby Shavers, sophomore, House of Courage Sophomore Delegate, Girls Golf, Math Team

Question: What do you like about being a House leader?
Answer: I like that I get more of a say in the events that we host as a House.

Q: What House activity have you helped plan?
A: I helped to plan our Coat Drive and Guerin Day breakfast.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: I enjoyed the Penny War last year.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: I like that my House has a lot of spirit.

Maddie Beeler, freshman, House of Courage Freshman Delegate, Volleyball, theatre.

Question: What do you like about being a leader?
Answer: I enjoy being a leader and getting to be on the inside of things. I have filled my position with responsibility, respect and positivity.

Q: What House activity have you helped plan?
A: I helped plan a breakfast we did before our Guerin Day, and I enjoyed talking with the people in my House (during the breakfast).

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: My favorite service project was when I went to St Elizabeth Catholic Charities and helped clean their yards.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my house is the people in it.

Lauren Stapp, senior, House of Humility Senior Executive Delegate, former Junior Executive Delegate, Swim (4th year and team captain)

Question: What skills, gifts, or talents do you contribute to your House?
Answer: I’m very organized and creative, so that’s something that I’ve been able to bring to my House. I enjoy planning events for my House.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader or a leader in general?
A: I like being able to share my ideas, make decisions, and see results. It’s nice to know that my role was important and that it meant something.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: I helped with Empty Bowls my freshman year. I really enjoyed this event because I was able to help with setup and with running the event. I liked how all the bowls sold were made by students at PHS and the event benefited the community because the money was donated.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is the unity between the students and the teachers/faculty.

Sophia Hottois, junior, House of Humility Junior Events Coordinator, Freshman and Sophomore Executive Delegate, Student Ambassadors, Volleyball, Pro-life Club, Pinterest Club, Spanish Club

Question: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
Answer: My favorite service experience at Providence is definitely the Angel Tree project. I love the fact that we can give so many people the opportunity to have a great Christmas and put a smile on their faces. I also love to shop, especially for little kids since they have the cutest clothes.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity is Guerin Day. I love participating in certain activities, running around to watch different events, cheering on my friends and House members, and the competitive atmosphere. Also, I think it’s interesting that even though each House is divided throughout different activities, they have to work together in order to be successful.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: To me, a leader is someone who is constantly aware of the people around them and helps their peers grow in some sort of way. Leaders become better by rising up the people around them. Out of all the characteristics of a leader, being able to help others is my favorite. I love helping people, and I love the way it makes me feel.

Q: How would you describe your leadership style?
A: I would say that I try my best to include everyone and be as honest and approachable as possible. I’m also rather loud, especially when I laugh, which causes me to catch other people’s attention, even when I’m trying not to. I let people know that they can talk to me about anything, and I will help them in whatever way they need me too. However, I still want to complete tasks as efficiently as possible, so, when necessary, I’ll be assertive as well. Living in a positive atmosphere is super important to me, and I like to bring that kind of energy to those around me

Akhil Long, sophomore, House of Humility, Cross Country

Question: What do you like about being a leader?
Answer: I like helping people grow in different ways.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: I helped out at a fellow Scout’s Eagle project.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My friends and the adults who help out.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: The House Mass honoring Brandon Tevis (House of Humility, Class of 2016) because it helped carry on his memory.

Ella Unruh, freshman, House of Humility Freshman Delegate, Children’s Show, singer in a local band

Question: How would you describe your leadership style ?
Answer: My leadership style is to be able to speak up and make decisions but also hear out and follow through with the needs of others. I’m more of a creative person, so when coming up with ideas I tend to think outside the box.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: I like being a House leader because my voice and the voice of others around me can be heard more loudly and be carried out. And a leader in general, I like being able to be in control of my choices and to be an outgoing and helpful person. I feel like when you are a leader, others around you tend to mock your decisions and attitude so I like to set a good example (I try my best).

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is the House spirit and feeling like you’re on a team and in it together, that we are able to accomplish things and bring joy to others through service.

Andrew Henderson, senior, House of Faith Senior Executive Delegate, former Sophomore Delegate, former Junior Executive Delegate, Football, Boys Golf

Question: What activities are your House planning for this semester?
Answer: One activity that the House of Faith led was the tailgate before the Providence vs. Silver Creek Football game. This was a great social event that allowed students time to get together and meet new people before the game.

Q: How would you describe your leadership style?
A: I like to lead by setting a good example for others to follow. I can be a vocal leader when needed but like to let my actions serve as a model for others.

Q: What do you like about being a House leader?
A: I enjoy getting to know and being able to help guide the younger students in my House. The House system allows upperclassmen the opportunity to make the transition for underclassmen easier.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS and why?
A: The Penny War is a fun way the entire school gets involved in raising money for a good cause.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: I enjoy the family-type atmosphere of our House and getting to know other students who would not normally be in my “circle” of friends.

Nicholas Hooper, junior, House of Faith junior Executive Delegate, former co-sophomore executive delegate, Baseball

Question: How would you describe your leadership style?
Answer: I feel like my style of leadership is through example. I always make sure to carry myself respectfully and with a purpose because you never know who may be watching.

Q: What is your favorite service experience you’ve done while at PHS?
A: My favorite service project that I took part in was the Christmas Angel Tree project. It was very rewarding to see so many people gather together to help out families who needed a little extra help that Christmas.

Q: What do you like about being a leader?
A: I like being in positions of leadership because I feel that it gives me an outlet to share my experiences and ideas. Also, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my ideas, or the ideas of my group, take root and make a positive difference in the lives of people around us. I feel proud that I can artistically represent my House and do my part to improve the quality of our projects.

Sarah Boehm, sophomore, House of Faith Sophomore Delegate, Children’s Show, Providence Singers, Spring Musical, Track, Cross Country, Swim.

Question: What do you like about being a House leader?
Answer: I like being a house leader because I like planning activities.

Q: What House activity have you helped plan?
A: I helped to plan a tailgate before the Silver Creek Football game, and I enjoyed planning it because I like planning events.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your House?
A: My favorite thing about my House is the people who are in it.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite house activity is just Guerin Day.

Bailey Heavrin, freshman, House of Faith Freshman Delegate, theatre, Providence Singers.

Question: What do you like about being a House leader?
Answer: My favorite part is planning fun events.

Q: What do you like about being a leader in general?
A: I like having my voice heard in this position and I can speak for those who don’t.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: One event we have had was the tailgate. The best part is watching everyone have a good time with their friends.

Q: What do you enjoy about your House leadership role?
A: The best part of of holding this position is being able to connect with new people.

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Mrs. Mauk’s love of math helps students learn

Math teacher Stephanie (Mayfield) Mauk ’99 loves her job, and it shows. She loves her subject, and she enjoys helping her students learn problem solving skills to help them find the right answer. She is in her eighth year at Providence, and her 16th year overall. She also is in her sixth year as Math Department chairperson. She teaches AP Calculus, Honors Precalculus & Trigonometry, Precalculus & Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics.

As much as she enjoys teaching math, she wasn’t always certain math would be her subject. Although she enjoyed her math classes at Providence, she also likes history. Once she decided she wanted to become a teacher, she knew she had to choose between the two. Her history classes at Ball State University, however, focused on “memorizing a lot of dates,” she said. She enjoyed her math classes so much more, that she chose math education for her major. She has been happy with her choice ever since.

“I like math because there’s a right and a wrong answer, but there are lots of ways to get there,” she said. “So we do a lot of problem solving, and it’s good seeing kids working to get the answer.”

Mrs. Mauk also makes sure her students have a variety of ways to apply the lessons she teaches. After she spends time giving direct instruction, the students spend the remainder of the block in a variety of activities, from board work to working in pairs at their desks.

“I want them to do most of the learning themselves and working to get the answer to add to my direct instruction,” she said.

Mrs. Mauk said it may look like students are doing most of the work, but she spends a lot of time preparing each lesson, especially since the department no longer uses textbooks now that students have iPads. She uses state standards and College Board standards to develop the curriculum for each subject and provides instruction and activities for students to master those standards.

She said she feels gratified seeing her students work hard to learn the concepts and necessary problem-solving skills. Her students not only take advantage of work time during class time, but many of them come to her room before school, and not only on BLUE Days. She also is pleased that the percentage of students passing the cumulative AP Exam has generally increased year over year. In 2017, 25 of the 29 AP Calculus students passed the exam, for example.

Mrs. Mauk applies the same approach of empowering students as faculty sponsor of the House of Courage. When she first became a House leader, she led the meetings but soon realized the students would be more attentive listening to other students, and the student leaders would be better leaders by taking charge of various tasks. Now, she sees the student leaders learning responsibility and working hard to achieve a goal, such as winning the Third Quarter Points Challenge.

Mrs. Mauk also has a creative side and gets to enjoy that as a faculty sponsor of the Pinterest Club along with Mrs. Mary Alice (Lenfert) Knott ’77 and Mrs. Corinne (Alles) Beyl ‘99. The teachers and students agree on a craft found on Pinterest and then get together so they can each work on the activity.

The House Leadership Program, extracurriculars like the Pinterest Club, and the close-knit community are some of the things that make teaching at Providence different than her previous teaching jobs. Mrs. Mauk taught at a much larger school in the Indianapolis Public Schools system prior to returning to the New Albany area and taking the job here.

“It was such a big difference teaching here,” she said. “I just love knowing everybody. I love going to the students’ games, and they get excited to see me and other teachers there. It’s a job where even if I come in in a bad mood, it doesn’t last long. The kids want to be here, and they are interested in learning. That makes it fun.”

Mrs. Mauk has a master’s degree in secondary education from IUPUI. She and her husband, Tony, live in Floyds Knobs with their son Lucas, 11, and spend much of their free time attending his sporting events. They are members of Holy Family. She also has two adult stepsons, Gavin and Garrett.

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Students practice being philanthropists

Six of our students participated in the Youth Philanthropy Council sponsored by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. High school students from the area sit on the council, and their primary duty is to recommend the awarding of grants to organizations that benefit youth. PHS students on this year’s council include seniors Bryce Drury, Charlie O’Bryant, and Alex Henderson, junior Claire Reyes, and sophomores Katie Huff and Ryley Gunther.
Ryley said he enjoyed being on the council. He was on the team that made the presentation to recommend a grant for Miles for Merry Miracles and found it rewarding.

“It was an opportunity for us to learn how to properly award grants to organizations and what those organizations are doing,” Ryley said.

Alex said she joined the council this year because she was intrigued by the opportunity to learn about local philanthropy projects.

“Not only were we exposed to different local foundations who help people in need, we were also able to connect with students of all ages from schools around the community,” Alex said. “This was my first year on the Youth Philanthropy Council and I’m so glad I was able to participate.”

Claire said she was glad she applied after reading about the opportunity in school announcements.

“I saw it as an opportunity to be involved in the community in addition to just being involved at my parish and in school,” Claire said. “I really liked getting to meet new people. And I liked the process of going through the applications and determining who deserved the grants.”

Claire also recommends that students sign up to participate next year.

“It’s a good opportunity, and you can learn a lot,” Claire said.

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Justice leaders motivate House to win

Seniors Kaden Williams and Anna Thomas bring a competitive spirit and differing gifts as co-senior executive delegates for the House of Justice. Anna has the energy to motivate the members of the House to accomplish what needs to be done, and Kaden is a good spokesperson to inform everyone of any necessary information. But they both like to win, and their working together to get their House involved helped their House win the First Quarter Points Contest, they said.
“We’re really competitive,” Anna said. “We’re always trying to win.”

Kaden said that he enjoys helping his House win and achieve its goals.

“I like getting a group of people who don’t usually get together to work toward the same goal and come together and compete,” he said.

He credits Anna with being a big reason the House can work together because she has a sister, Julia, who is a freshman, which helps her connect with the younger grade and get everyone in the House involved.

Anna said she enjoys seeing everyone contribute, such as when Justice partnered with Integrity and Truth to put on the bonfire at Fall Homecoming and when they shopped for the Angel Tree project. Next, the House will plan the May Crowning ceremony.

Anna is on the Softball and Girls Track teams and was previously on the Bowling Team. She is a member of National Honor Society, Green Dot, SADD, and Spanish Club, and she is a Eucharistic Minister. She plans to major in nursing at Indiana University Bloomington.

Kaden is on the Baseball team and was on the Football team and he is a member of National Honor Society and a Eucharistic Minister. He plans to attend Butler University and major in pre-med.

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Two seniors earn Eagle Scout rank

Seniors Matthew Nokes and Sam LaMaster recently were named Eagle Scouts by the Boy Scouts of America, the highest rank  in Boy Scouts and one that requires advancement through several ranks, the earning of more than 20 merit badges, and organizing a service project. Both belong to Boy Scout Troop 4010 at St. Anthony Parish and have been in Scouting since first grade.

Sam’s project was to design, build, and install shelving in a gym loft and maintenance building at St. John Paul II School in Sellersburg. He spent 188 hours overall including planning and on-site work. With the help of his grandfather and father, Brian LaMaster ’89, who are skilled at woodworking, he was able to design the shelves, and he then organized several work days to install them with the help of members of his troop and some of his friends.

His father donated the wood for the shelves, having saved it for another project and then didn’t need it. Sam then asked family to contribute money for the rest of the supplies, raising about $100.

Sam said he learned a lot in organizing the project and fulfilling all the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank.

“It felt like a good opportunity for me to use all the skills from my years in Scouting,” Sam said. “I finally had a chance to put all those together and have an application for them. It also proved my leadership skills overall.”

He said he feels a great relief having completed the project and the process to apply for the rank advancement. Often, the Eagle Scout rank is a culminating experience for a Boy Scout, but Sam said he intends to stay involved. He enjoys the troop’s service projects, such as helping at Lanesville Heritage Weekend, and the troop’s adventures. Every other summer, the troop has taken a big trip. He took part in one to Alaska that included mountain climbing and white water rafting in Class 4 rapids and one to northern Minnesota canoeing along the Canadian border, which was the more difficult because it was a survival trip that required them to fish for food.

Matthew also feels a great relief having his Eagle Scout project complete. Although the project required only 130 hours of works time, the process was spread over 18 months because the parameters of the project changed within a few months of his starting on it. Last October, he completed the rebuilding and repairing of the Stations of the Cross trail at Mount Saint Francis. He also built two benches and put down gravel and did some landscaping along the trail.

Matthew had a total of 35 people helping him over 12 work days and raised about $300 from families at St. Anthony Parish. His grandfather also donated wood for the project. Planning all those elements and coordinating all the volunteers was more difficult than he thought it would be, he said. Now that he is finished he feels a great deal of satisfaction, especially since he was able to work on a project where people will pray.

“I was very glad I could do a project that coincided with my faith,” Matthew said. “I’m glad to help Mount Saint Francis because I go there a lot on campouts and for some retreats. It felt good to help them out.”

Coincidentally, another Providence Boys Scout once worked on the same project. Andrew Marking ’11, now head groundskeeper at Quad Cities River Bandits in Davenport, Iowa, replaced all the crosses on the trail for his Eagle Scout project.

Matthew said he has enjoyed being a Boy Scout, especially going on summer trips. His favorite was the survival skills trip to Minnesota.

“It definitely builds your character and life skills,” he said. “It teaches you things you wouldn’t get out of a typical youth program.”

Completing his Eagle Scout rank gives him a great sense of accomplishment and also allows him to look back to see how his past activities and achievements have led up to that final award.

“I feel like I’ve learned so much, and I’m glad I have something to show for it,” Matthew said.

Matthew plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington and is considering several majors, including history and several foreign languages. Sam plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in mechanical engineering.

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House of Faith leaders make a good team

Seniors Megan Flanagan and Alex Henderson are used to working together as co-delegates for the House of Faith. Since sophomore year, the two have been sharing the delegate role and find it works well. Now as senior executive delegates, they have the chance to plan activities and motivate their House to get involved. 

Alex said the two have similar leadership styles, and when one has an idea, they discuss it before taking the idea to their faculty leaders. Megan said Alex is strong in her faith and contributes a lot to the House’s spiritual activities, and Megan likes to plan the social activities.

“We bounce ideas off each other to get a really good outcome,” Megan said.

Megan said she is most proud of the dance their House sponsored after the Fall Homecoming football game because it was well attended by the underclassmen and everyone seemed to have a good time. Alex said she was really proud of the House’s participation in the Spirit of the Season drive at Christmas because many of the students and faculty in the House donated money or time to allow them to get the gifts their sponsor family needed.

Next up, the House of Faith is planning to revive the Silhouette Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. Megan said she wanted to bring back the former House of Faith tradition because she remembers her brothers, Zack ’14 and Aaron ’16, talking about it. Megan added that her brothers are the inspiration for her getting involved in her House because of the things they shared when they were involved. And she hopes to plan House activities that inspire her housemates to share the fun they have with their younger siblings and keep the tradition going.

Alex also wants to set an example that will continue with younger members. She said she enjoys being able to share her faith with underclassmen in their House while also helping them have fun.

“It has been such a humbling experience leading the House of Faith this year because I have seen the work that needs to be put in to create the fun and productive atmosphere that the House system has fostered the past few years,” Alex said. “By leading this House built on faith, I hope that I serve as an example for younger students that it’s important to get involved and to share their faith with others.”

Megan also is a member of SEAC, National Honor Society, and Green Dot. She was a three-year member of the Volleyball team before a surgery sidelined her this year. She said her favorite is SEAC meetings with Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger ’74 because she not only is able to have a hand in planning school activities but also she can make a connection with the adults in the administration like Dr. Ernstberger and get to know them better.

Alex is four-year member of Girls Golf, including three years on varsity; a member of the St. Genesius Society, on the executive council for Student Ambassadors, a student leader for Liturgical Music Ministry, a member of Providence Singers and the Popcorn Players, and outside of school, a part of the Youth Ministry Action Team (YMAT) with Catalyst Catholic (formerly known as New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries). She also has been involved with Book Club, Green Dot, Pinterest Club, and the Cheerleading team. She also is a cast member of the spring musical, Freaky Friday, something that means a lot to her because it’s her last show at Providence.

“It has been such an amazing experience to be able to perform for the Deanery schools and to perform in the beautiful Robinson Auditorium the past four years,” Alex said.

Megan plans to attend Indiana University-Bloomington and has received a direct admit to the Kelley School of Business in the entrepreneurship program. She said business ownership runs in her family, from her father owning a Chick fil A in Elizabethtown, Ky., to her brother Aaron starting his own catering business while he’s in culinary school. She and her brothers often talk about going into business together, so she looks forward to studying entrepreneurship in college.

Alex said she hopes to make her college selection in the next few weeks and plans to major in psychology and/or biology with the goal of continuing on to medical school in order to become a physician in neonatology or neurosurgery.

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House of Integrity profile: It feels good to win

Haylee Hall

Jacqueline Scott

House of Integrity co-senior executive delegates Jacqueline Scott and Haylee Hall are thrilled their House has won the Second Quarter points competition, which will land them in the House Cup finals in the spring. It is the first time Integrity will appear in the House Cup since the competition began.

“It feels awesome to see the seniors putting in the effort,” Haylee said. “It’s a sense of gratification for us as senior leaders seeing people in the House putting in effort and getting us rewarded for it.”

Haylee said one important way the House won points in the Second Quarter was through the commitment of the House members to attend morning liturgy on Thursdays, one of the way Houses can earn points.

Jacqueline said she was impressed with how the House members came together to support the Spirit of the Season giving challenge during Advent. Nearly every House member donated money, and many of them took a turn shopping, wrapping the gifts, or delivering them.

“Everyone took part,” Jacqueline said. “We collected enough money we could get all the (assigned family’s) children’s gifts and something for the parents too.”

Jacqueline and Haylee said they’ve seen more commitment from their House members all school year, something they credit to the House faculty leader Mrs. Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90, who serves as a permanent substitute teacher and Volleyball coach. Integrity came in a close second in the First Quarter points, and Mrs. Purichia inspired the House leaders and members to work hard in the last quarter to get the win.

Jacqueline is involved in many activities, including Girls Soccer.

“Coach P. has been an amazing leader,” Haylee said. “She’s so enthusiastic, and that carries over to the House, especially the leaders.”

House leaders and members have been inspired all school year to get involved – and not just to earn points. That showed in how everyone came together to put on the bonfire last semester. It had been several years since Integrity sponsored the bonfire, which at one time kicked off what is now known as Guerin Day. Haylee said she wanted to bring back the event because she remembered hearing about it when she was in middle school. As the leaders began planning it, they quickly decided to bring on other Houses to help organize it in order to make it more manageable – and to get more students interested in attending. Jacqueline and Haylee said their plan worked, and they were pleased with how many students attended.

Jacqueline and Haylee said they like working together to plan things for the House and are quick to point out each other’s strengths. Jacqueline is “analytical and organized,” Haylee said. And Haylee “is creative and thinks outside the box to think of ways to get people involved,” Jacqueline said.

Jacqueline is on the Girls Soccer team, is a member of the Spanish Club and SEAC, and is a Student Ambassador. She plans to attend Indiana University-Bloomington and major in chemistry on the pre-med track.

Haylee throws the discus for the Girls Track & Field team.

Haylee is on the Volleyball and Track & Field teams and a member of the Pinterest Club. She plans to attend IU-Bloomington and has received a direct admittance to the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and plans to major in biology and East Asian language and culture with plans to go into dermatology. She is teaching herself Korean and learning the alphabet to get a head start.

Both girls have held leadership positions in the House since sophomore year and said it feels good to accomplish a goal during their senior year.

“It shows the initiative we both have in making our mark, and it feels good knowing we could go out winning something substantial for our House,” Haylee said.

“I think it will keep going too,” Jacqueline said. “I want the enthusiasm to continue even next year.”

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Students explore political leadership at Lugar Symposium

Juniors Maria Popson, Andrew Henderson, and Claire Reyes attended the Lugar Leadership Symposium at the University of Indianapolis in December and are grateful for what they learned. The day began with an address by former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and a photo opportunity afterwards. The students then chose two breakout sessions to attend.

Claire attended sessions on immigration and the Me Too Movement, which she found to have a lot of similarities to our Green Dot program because of its emphasis on being an active bystander in order to stop others from being treated unjustly. She said she also learned a lot from the immigration session, which she chose because her parents are immigrants.

“I have a much better understanding of the immigration process,” Claire said, adding that she found especially interesting the differences in modern and past immigration policies and processes.

Maria and Andrew attended a session on politics in the 2018 primaries and the upcoming 2020 primary. Maria said attending the session was informative and she now feels more comfortable discussing the political process and structure. She also learned a lot in the session on North Korea, which explained the history of the country and its relations with the United States.

Andrew said the sessions, including one on U.S. leadership in the world, provided new insight for him, especially on our country’s responsibilities as a world leader. He is interested in history and enjoys learning about government and politics, and he plans to implement some of what he learned about leadership.

“We learned how we can be leaders in our community by having healthy debates,” Andrew said. “It was a leadership opportunity, and I’m going to use my leadership skills in my community.”

The students also said they enjoyed meeting other teenagers from around the state, and Maria recognized several from other leadership events she had attended.

“More people should go,” Claire said. “It was a lot of fun.”

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House of Spirit leaders focus on unity, fun

Seniors Ross Reyes and Alyssa Perkins share the duties of senior executive delegate for the House of Spirit, and their different approaches blend well for the success of the House. Ross is the resource for House members to come to with questions, and Alyssa brings ideas and tries to make the meetings fun.

Alyssa said her leadership style was inspired by Abbi Hamm ’16, who was the executive delegate when Alyssa was a freshman.

“Abbi was really energetic and involved,” Alyssa said. “I think it’s cool that I can take on that kind of role for the freshmen so they can feel comfortable. I also try to be fun and energetic to make things entertaining.”

Ross is good at planning, and he helped match House members’ skills and interests to place them in the best spots for the Guerin Day competition in late September. He previously was the sophomore and junior delegate for the House. He is a member of the Quick Recall team, which finished up its regular season last week, and was in Honk!, Providence Singers, and Popcorn Players. Next semester, he will have a role in Freaky Friday, the spring musical.

Alyssa is new to House leadership but not in being a leader. She is a cheerleader, and those skills come in handy as she works with the House. She recently presented an idea for the House to do a Valentine’s Day service project in which the members will sell candy grams to benefit the American Red Cross. She said she is enjoying her House leadership role and building unity in the House.

“I enjoy how the classes are coming together,” she said.

Ross said he likes helping students express their ideas and having input into school activities.

“I like to be involved with what we’re doing,” he said.

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