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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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Junior learns leadership skills at Rotary weekend

Junior Bryce Hutchins recently was selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a leadership program coordinated by local Rotary Clubs. He was one of three students sponsored by the Clarksville Rotary and the only Providence student.

Bryce said he learned various leadership skills and strengthened his self-confidence during the weekend program earlier this month.

“I learned about myself and that it’s good to step outside of my comfort zone and sometimes I need to take control of the situation and be a leader,” he said.

Before attending the program, he would often find himself recognizing that something needed to be done in a situation, but he was reluctant to take the initiative. Through the projects and games he took part in at the RYLA program, he now feels more confident in responding to such situations, “even when I feel a little uncomfortable,” he said.

Bryce said he can implement several of the leadership skills he learned on his sports teams, which include Baseball and Boys Basketball. Having gone through the RYLA program, he now realizes that his coaches saw him as a leader. On different occasions, his coaches had pulled him aside to talk to him about doing his part in being a leader on the team. Now he recognizes that he has those skills after his teachers nominated him to take part in the RYLA weekend.

Bryce said he is grateful to the Rotary Club, which sponsored the program, and to the teachers who nominated him.

“I was really glad to have the opportunity, and it was good to meet new people and get out of my comfort zone a little bit and learn some things about myself,” he said.

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House Student Leader Profile: Truth

Seniors Griffin Rogers and Lauren Tomlin have different approaches when it comes to leading the House of Truth as senior executive delegates. But it provides a good balance, Griffin said.

“I like to lead by example, but I can sometimes take charge,” Griffin said, noting that he likes to focus on morale boosting. “Lauren is more vocal and more in charge.”

Griffin said he likes to build up the spirit of the House members, just like he did for the Boys Soccer team. At House meetings, he brings a positive outlook, and he often sends email encouraging his fellow members to participate in events.

Lauren agrees it is more her leadership style to call be more vocal and to call everyone to attention at House meetings.

“I like helping out my House and having everything in order,” she said. “I help bring order to my House and help take pressure off the adults.”

Griffin, who was previously the junior events coordinator for his House, also is a Student Ambassador and recently finished his third season on the Boys Soccer team. Lauren, who previously was a sophomore and junior delegate for the House, also is on the Swim & Dive team for her fourth season and is a first-year member of Green Dot. Both share a love of theatre. Griffin is in Honk!, the fall musical produced by the Musical Theatre Production class and had a lead in the fall show. Both will be in the upcoming spring musical, Freaky Friday.

Lauren said she likes being involved in leadership, theatre, and athletics because it widens her circle of friends.

“I get to meet a variety of kids and make a variety of friendships and do what I love while spending time with those friends,” she said. “It’s like different little families because of the different things I do.”

Outside of school, Griffin said he likes to write poetry and journal, spend time outdoors, and practice shooting his crossbow, which was a Christmas gift his eighth grade year after his success at archery at CYO camp.

Griffin hopes to attend college at Bellarmine University, Ball State University, or Hanover College. He is undecided on his major. Lauren is deciding between Purdue University, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Louisville, and Indiana University Southeast. She plans to major in elementary education because she wants to “help shape future minds.”

Lauren said she has enjoyed being a leader in the House of Truth the last few years. As a sophomore, she mainly listened to ideas and suggestions for her House, but by her junior year, she was able to share her own ideas in her role as a junior on the SEAC board, made up of junior and senior House delegates. Now as a senior, her role involves listening to everyone’s ideas and consider them.

“It’s really interesting getting everyone’s point of view,” she said.

The House of Truth is again planning an all-school service project for the Christmas season in which the Houses will be challenged to adopt the most families from the local Angel Tree program.

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Sophomore duo attends leadership conference

Last week, sophomores Landon Kruer and Nicholas Hooper represented Providence at the annual Archdiocesan Student Leadership Program held at the Fatima Retreat Center in Indianapolis. They joined other sophomores from archdiocesan and Indianapolis Catholic schools in the three-day conference in honing their leadership skills, networking with students from other schools, and solving real-life, practical school-related problems. 

Landon said he especially liked the nature walk during which one partner led another blindfolded and the small group discussions on how to improve their schools. He is eager to implement several key concepts from the program, including how to respect others regardless of their race, culture, or political beliefs.

Nicholas said he was inspired by a chapel talk on servant leadership and is eager to implement that concept in his life.

“God calls us to lead by serving the lonely instead of what’s taught today to rise about others,” Nicholas said.

The two have several ideas and activities they learned at the conference that they hope to implement at Providence. One is to create and maintain a social media account that focuses on the positive rather than the hate that is often spewed on such channels. The account would encourage students to praise others for their gifts and talents as well as to encourage random acts of kindness, Nicholas said.

Another idea is to implement some of the activities in which they participated at class retreats, such as the Agree/Disagree activity in which people move to different sides of the room based on their answers to various questions. Another activity was the Hot Seat, in which a volunteer answered various questions, starting with general questions and moving on to more personal ones. Both activities give greater insight into others and help build a common bond, Landon and Nicholas said.

“You find out how people you didn’t know have the same experiences as you, and then you discuss it,” Landon said.

The boys also said they each learned more about being an effective leader.

“I can relate to people better,” said Landon, who is in the Spanish Club, a sophomore delegate for the House of Spirit, on the varsity Boys Tennis and Baseball teams, and outside of school, a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. “Before, I hung out with a certain group of friends. I found I can bond with all kinds of people from the people I met there.”

Nicholas realized he was implementing some of the concepts of servant leadership without knowing it. Last year, an injury kept him from playing most of the Baseball and Boys Tennis seasons, but he continued to go to practice and games and cheer on his teammates and be a positive role model. If he makes the varsity team this season, he plans to encourage and work with the JV players to help them do their best while also cheering on the whole team. He plans to use what he learned about being a servant leader to build up his classmates as well.

“I learned that being able to relate to other friend groups, to see how others have different beliefs, and being able to find common ground and relate to them are all good skills to have,” Nicholas said.

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House of Loyalty leaders divide and conquer

Each month, the eVision will profile the senior executive delegate(s) of each House

Seniors Brooke Williams and Bryce Drury split the duties of senior executive delegate for the House of Loyalty, with each focusing on a task that best fits his or her ability. Brooke is planning the Fall Homecoming ceremony for Friday evening, and Bryce is coordinating the assignments for the Guerin Day competition. Brooke’s skills lend to her planning events, including the upcoming Homecoming Dance with the House of Faith, and Bryce knows many of the strengths of the members of their House to assign them to the best position for the House competition.

“I’m passionate about fashion and decorating, so homecoming fits my passions,” Brooke said, adding that her duties include ordering the flowers and organizing who is contributing different items for the event.

Since Bryce is a three-sport athlete – football, track, and swim – he said he knows many of the people in the House and can help them choose the best spot to help the House win the Guerin Competition.

Both Bryce and Brooke are involved in many activities beyond their House leadership position. Brooke is in her third year as a House leader and is also a student ambassador, Eucharistic minister, and cheerleader and is a member of Green Dot, SADD and National Honor Society. She said she enjoys having different opportunities to share her leadership skills. Her favorite activities are being a cheerleader and sharing her school spirit with fans in the stands and being a House leader.

“I get to work directly with other students, and I can see the effects of my leadership in them,” Brooke said. “You can see the end product, unlike in other activities.”

When she’s not at school or cheerleading, Brooke enjoys checking out new fashion trends and taking photos. She has been able to travel to several different countries and all over the country with her family and loves taking pictures of the scenery she sees, she said. She plans to pursue her interests next year with major in marketing and apparel merchandising and either attend Miami of Ohio or Indiana University Bloomington.

Bryce loves each of the sports in which he participates, and this season, he is a wide receiver and corner back for the Football team. He also is involved in several extracurricular activities including Spanish Club, the Drawing Club, and the Art Club and is president of the National Honor Society.

Each activity helps him express a different interest. He has always like drawing and art, he said, so those clubs help him express his talent, and the Spanish Club gives him the opportunity to do various service projects. He said he particularly enjoyed helping plan its Fiesta 5K last year and hopes to do so again. As a House executive delegate, he is glad to be able to lead others by example, especially the new students.

“I try to do the right thing and work hard,” Bryce said.

In his spare time, Bryce likes to play video games, and next year he hopes to attend IU-Bloomington and student art architecture and design.

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Pioneer profile: Fall sports student-athletes

Throughout the year, we will be featuring various student-athletes from the current season. Here are Q&As featuring seniors Sam Kruer (Boys Soccer) and Jacqueline Scott (Girls Soccer) and junior Kennedy Allender (Girls Golf).

Senior Sam Kruer is the center defender on the boys’ soccer team. He also played on the PHS men’s volleyball team over the summer and has played CYO basketball. He is in his 11th year playing soccer and his fourth at PHS.

Question: What do you like about this sport?

Answer: I especially like the type of people who are on the team but also that it involves a lot of activity and I’m able to challenge myself in this sport both physically and mentally. It’s also a larger team sport, and I enjoy being a part of a team that looks out for each other.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?

A: I’m looking forward to going as far as possible in postseason and making great memories with my best friends.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?

A: My favorite subject in school is maybe art. I don’t know why; it’s just relaxing and stress free.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?

A: The most meaningful service project I’ve done is Burrito Riders with my youth group where we made breakfast burritos and delivered them to the homeless in Louisville.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?

A: The best part of being a Pioneer is just seeing the spirit and sense of pride everyone has for the school, especially my relatives who went here and still have great things to say about it. It also has that positive environment that makes it easy for me to talk to teachers about anything I might have going on in life or school.

Junior Kennedy Allender is in her third year of playing on the varsity Girls Golf team. She also plays Softball and is on the Swim & Dive team. She will compete in the Girls Golf Corydon Sectional on Saturday.

Q: What do you like about golf?

A: I like that it is an individual sport put into a team aspect, so we can’t win without everyone, but we can also advance on our own when it comes to sectionals, regionals, and state. I also love the bonding you can have with people from other schools while you play.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?

A: I am looking forward to seeing how far we can go as a team, if we can advance out of sectionals as a team.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?

A: I really enjoy math and science. With math there are very many different ways to solve problems, and science is very neat to me because I think studying the parts of the body and how everything works is very interesting.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?

A: My most meaningful service project has been working in the soup kitchen, it really gave me a whole new outlook on life and made me realize that I should be more grateful for what I have been given.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?

A: I love being a Pioneer because I feel like I have a second family.

Senior Jacqueline Scott plays center midfield and some center back for the Girls Soccer team. She is in her fourth year on the varsity team and has played soccer since she was 5.

Q: What do you like about this sport?

A: I love the feeling of winning and seeing my team come off the field smiling. I just really enjoy the game itself as well.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?

A: I just love being out on the field with my best friends, and that’s what I look forward to every game.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?

A: My favorite subject in school is anatomy because it’s so interesting to me how many little pieces and systems of our body make up the whole and allow us to survive.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?

A: I don’t know if this is technically a service project, but over the summer I was a junior group counselor for a week at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. It was a really amazing experience because I got to watch the kids grow throughout the week by coming out of their shells, making new friends, and growing in their faith.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?

A: My favorite thing about being a Pioneer is the small school environment because I love being able to know all of my classmates.

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Seniors enjoy ‘trip of a lifetime’

For seniors Joe Gryboski and Tyler Upton, applying for the annual Indiana Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., was one of their best decisions as juniors. Both were accepted to represent their county – Tyler is from Clark County and Joe from Harrison County – and spent more than a week over the summer traveling with students from around the state to tour Gettysburg, Penn., and our nation’s capital.

Both students were impressed by the chance to get to meet with and speak to some of Indiana’s U.S. Representatives and its two Senators, they said. Joe said he enjoyed learning about the roles and responsibilities of our nationally elected officials.

They also liked touring the Smithsonian museums, but the most impactful stop for Tyler as the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Tyler said he has long aspired to join the military, and visiting the site made him take even more pride in the military and solidified his desire to enlist.

“It brought pride to look through that museum,” Tyler said.

As much as they enjoyed the sites, both also liked the chance to meet teens from around the state and all over the country, especially at the youth rally. They were able to meet many people there thanks to an activity in which they tried to trade pins with someone from each of the 50 states.

“My favorite part was the 2018 Youth Rally, where students from around the country all come together to learn about REMCs, and then had a party to celebrate,” Joe said. “Getting to meet people from around the USA was awesome. I would absolutely go back in a heartbeat. I highly recommend that anyone who is eligible should apply to go next year.”

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