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Seniors grateful to make impact on community

Seniors Clayton Furnish and Katie Huff enjoyed making an impact on the communities in which they live by serving on the Youth Philanthropy Council, a project of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana to develop philanthropy and service among young people. Katie has served throughout much of her high school years, and Clayton has served the last two years. Both said they liked knowing their time on the council will have a lasting impact in the community.

“It’s definitely special, especially working with other people your own age to make the community better,” Clayton said.

Katie agreed.

“Just knowing that we’re helping people and it’s a whole group of people wanting to serve the community and we all have the same goal in mind,” she said.

One of the council’s purposes is to recommend grant applications for approval by the foundation. Knowing that their efforts helped schools, organizations, and others to help the community through various events and projects was special to them, Clayton and Katie said.

“Getting to enact change rather than just wish it (was one of his favorite parts of being on the council),” Clayton said.

Clayton and Katie each got involved in the council at the recommendations of their siblings. Clayton’s brother, Ethan ’18, and Katie’s sister, Abby ’17, were involved during their high school years.

Being on the council this school year was a different experience because their meetings were virtual, making it more challenging to collaborate because “it’s easier to get the vibe of where everyone is at (in person),” Clayton said.

Still, the council continued to have an impact. Each member found different ways to collect coats for the council’s annual coat drive, for example. Clayton set up donation boxes in his family’s laundry mats, and Katie gathered items from her home and her aunt’s house.

The next challenge is recruiting new members, especially since no new members were added this school year and most of the council will be graduating high school. Clayton and Katie give the same pitch they received from their siblings – that being on the council is a fun, easy way to have an impact on others without a significant time commitment.

“It’s been a pleasure being on the council the last two years,” Clayton said. “I’ve met new people, watched people grow in their own way, and seen other people love their community like I do.”

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NEXGEN program teaches leadership skills

Juniors Abby Shavers and Ella Tichy learned leadership and other skills through the Leadership Southern Indiana NEXGEN youth program that they plan to continue to apply throughout their life. They attended three virtual sessions and an in-person session (which included graduation) this school year to improve their financial literacy, life skills, and leadership skills.

Ella, a member of the House of Humility, said she signed up to participate because she wanted to become a better leader as a way to help her community and practice philanthropy. What she most got out of the sessions was how to work better as a team, which actually has its own skill set.

“You had to work with other people without overpowering anyone or not doing anything and letting everyone else do the work,” Ella said.

Ella and Abby were in the same group of about 17 students, and their group was tasked with supporting the non-profit organization Align Southern Indiana and its kindergarten readiness efforts. The organization, which works to bring together community resources and implement solutions to problems in the five Southern Indiana counties, came up with a $10,000 wish list of items for their group to fulfill.

Each member was tasked with raising funds in order to purchase those items. Ella reached out to her fellow parishioners at St. John Paul II Catholic Community, whose contributions totaled about $1,000.

Abby, who is a junior executive delegate for the House of Courage, helped her House organize a Candy Gram drive to bring cheer to Providence students and raise money for the wish list. The Candy Gram drive gave students the opportunity to have candy and an encouraging note delivered for $1 each and raised $168. Abby said she liked being able to explain to students about the purpose of the fundraising and seeing them go from being hesitant to buy a Candy Gram to being eager to buy one.

Ella said she originally was skeptical the group could meet its goal and doubted that each member would participate. Yet everyone did raise different amounts, including organizing a fundraiser at a local restaurant. Together, they met their $10,000 goal.

“It made me feel good,” Ella said. “We all just worked together.”

Working together was more challenging than if all the sessions were held in person, both girls said, especially as they learned to work through technical difficulties. Getting the word out about their fundraiser was also more difficult, but the group overcame all those challenges to succeed.

Abby said she also learned a lot about how mental health impacted communities since each session included a speaker presenting on a different mental health topic. She and Ella encourage the sophomore students to sign up for next year’s class because of all they learned.

“Everything we talked about, whether it was mental health or financial literacy or life skills, it was all tied into becoming a better leader within our community,” Abby said.

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Two juniors learn leadership, business skills

Juniors Landon Kruer and Drew Juliot have enjoyed the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and learn about the local business world. The two have nearly completed their semester-long membership in NEXGEN, a youth leadership and civic involvement course sponsored by Leadership Southern Indiana. Next semester, junior Ryley Gunther will participate.

Landon and Drew attended a monthly field trip touring regional businesses, colleges, and historic sites to learn from professional and community leaders. They visited locally owned businesses such as Samtec to learn about the manufacturing industry, arc Construction Management to learn about entrepreneurship, and Schimpff’s Confectionery to learn about a legacy family business.

They also learned about philanthropy and community service, including painting homes at St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. Landon and Drew will also join the NEXGEN group in volunteering during Metro United Way’s Build-A-Bed Day on Dec. 7, which is the agency’s effort to provide beds to children in need.

Landon said he wanted to take part in the program because he wanted to explore whether a career in business would be a good fit for him. He is glad he did because he not only learned about various types of businesses and from business leaders, which helped him grow as a leader.

“It allowed me to become a better leader and develop my communication skills – and how to communicate with people even if they have different views than me,” he said.

Drew said he enjoyed the opportunity “to learn how to become a future leader in the community,” he said. He especially liked hearing from arc founder Alan Muncy and learning his story.

“This was my favorite because it was inspiring the way he overcame all the obstacles in his life to create a multi-million-dollar company,” Drew said. “From these sessions I have learned how to become a great leader and also how everything in life isn’t going to go your way, and there will be ups and downs.”

Drew said he recommends this year’s sophomores to sign up in the spring for next year’s program.

“It is a great experience where you get to meet many new people and learn new things,” Drew said.

Landon and Drew will graduate on Dec. 13.

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Fellowship a great learning experience for ’14 grad

Patricia Hyndman ’14, a senior biology major with a minor in sales at Indiana University Southeast, has had opportunities few adults in healthcare have had. She spent 10 months learning with and from various CEOs and leaders in the healthcare industry through a fellowship with Health Enterprises Network, an affiliate of Greater Louisville Inc. (otherwise known as the Metro Louisville Chamber of Commerce).

She was nominated for the healthcare leadership program fellowship by the owner and founder of My Health E, where Hyndman has spent the last year as an intern. Hyndman said she was nervous at first about joining the class filled with professionals with years of experience in the healthcare industry, but she soon found her voice.

“It was really intimidating at first,” she said. “But I learned a lot from them by listening to what they talked about.”

Hyndman soon realized she had information to share. Part of her work at My Health E, a non-profit patient advocacy and education website, involves researching and posting local health education events. She also could share what she learned in the course of doing her job about patient advocacy and education.

Still, she did listen and learn more than she shared. She learned about the various sectors of healthcare, elements of health insurance, and regulations in the industry by reading all the assigned material before each session and listening to others. Working firsthand with professionals in all these arenas gave her more experience and information than she could learn in the classroom – although she was able to share on occasion things she had just learned in class.

“It broadened my horizons on everything,” including the different types of health professionals she will be working with in the future when she begins her career in pharmaceutical or medical device sales, she said. She also learned some personal advice, including how to protect herself from an internet security breach. “I just learned that with medical device sales and pharmaceutical sales, I need to invest myself in more than just one area.”

She also assisted the group with its project to create marketing content and templates for the website of the Smoketown Family Wellness Clinic, which includes a pediatric clinic for children living in an area known to have the highest mortality rate in the region – all while being so close to a cluster of downtown hospitals.

Hyndman also is learning what she can from her boss and mentor, Coby Watier, who spent 20 years in pharmaceutical sales and had the reputation of being a leader in her field. Hyndman knew she wanted to learn from Watier, so she reached out to her to see if she could work for her. Watier agreed and created the internship that Hyndman has held for nearly a year, managing My Health E’s social media and focusing on patient healthcare events.

“I knew she was the best, and I wanted to learn from the best,” Hyndman said about why she approached Watier. “I want to learn everything I can while I’m in school because when I get out, I want some sort of experience. I’m learning as much as I can before graduation (in May 2020) so when I do graduate, I can get to work.”

Hyndman also is learning the sales aspect of her desired future career from her job as a salesperson for Hyper Cars, a luxury and performance car reseller and detail cleaning company in New Albany owned by Christian Betz ’11.

Hyndman had worked in the service department at local car dealerships previously and sold car care packages, but this is her first time in car sales. She said she has learned a lot about sales from Betz too and plans to apply it to her future career in pharmaceutical and medical device sales.

“The car and pharmaceutical industries are different, but the similarities are you’re giving people what they want and need, you’re providing services you’re good at, and you have to know about your product.”

As she looks back on the last year and what she has learned, especially from her fellowship and internship, she is amazed at all she gained from the experience.

“I definitely had some doubts (about participating in the Healthcare Enterprises Network) because I was so young and I didn’t have as much experience, but I contributed as much as I could,” she said. “It’s just a blessing to say I’ve been through a program most adults haven’t been through.”

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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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