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April Scholars & Leaders recognized

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

April Scholars – World Languages, French

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April Leaders – House of Truth 

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

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

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

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

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

Luke Hesse, junior, Boys Soccer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will Dykes, sophomore, Football, theater.

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

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

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

April Leaders – House of Spirit 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March Scholars excel in variety of subjects

Earlier this month, we honored students who excel in social studies, Health/Freshman Focus, theatre, and physical education. These 12 students include freshman Dylan Boggs, sophomore Tyler Brogdon, junior Nathan Striby, and senior Donte Davis in P.E.; freshman Jacob Schonard in Health/Freshman Focus; sophomore Zach Van Wie, junior Allen Kruer, and senior Mike Morra; and freshman Avery Johnson, sophomore Penny Trinkle, junior Mara Holifield, and senior Dylan Payne. Click Read More for a Q&A with these March Scholars:

Social Studies

Zachary Van Wie, sophomore, Humility. Quick Recall, Math Team, and Boys Basketball

Question: What do you like about social studies?
Answer: I enjoy social studies because I like to learn about history and about how our country came to be. 

Q: What is your favorite social studies class?
A: AP U.S. History (APUSH) has been my favorite history class that I have ever taken because it is much more in depth than all of the other history classes I have taken. 

Q: What has been your favorite social studies lesson?
A: My favorite part of APUSH so far has been learning about the Civil War. 

Allen Kruer, junior, Truth, Student Ambassador, Math Team, Quick Recall, CYO basketball for OLPH, Pro-Life Club

Question: What do you like about social studies?
Answer: I like learning about history, and I find learning about the past very interesting. Learning how the world works and seeing all the interactions between countries across the world is also very intriguing.

Q: What is your favorite social studies class?
A: My favorite social studies is AP U.S. History because I find it fascinating to learn about our country’s past. It is interesting to see how the country is run and how it has been run in the past.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies project?
A: My favorite project in a social studies class is the final project completed in AP U.S. History. It was about a certain decade, and we were allowed to dress up, sing songs, and dance dances from the decade.

Michael Morra, senior, Truth, Boys Soccer, Bowling Team, National Honor Society

Question: What do you like about social studies? 
Answer: I like social studies because it teaches us about the outside world and what is occurring in it, both in the past and the present. I’ve always liked history so it makes sense social studies is an enjoyable subject for me.

Q: What is your favorite social studies class?
A: My favorite social studies class is AP Government because it has informed me about an essential part of our country that I didn’t know a whole lot about before. I feel like it makes me a better citizen and allows me to make more informed choices as I begin to enter the adult world.

Q: What has been your favorite social studies activity?
A: My favorite social studies project was an AP Government worksheet called “Bureaucracy of Pizza,” which demonstrated how much the government regulates the food industry. It had us take each ingredient of a regular pizza and describe how it was regulated, which made me realize just how much government involvement there can be without us realizing it.

Physical Education

Dylan Boggs, freshman, Courage, Boys soccer 

Question: What do you like about P.E.?
Answer: In P.E., I like that we play multiple games, not just one. I also like how it is a break from normal class.

Q: What is your favorite P.E. activity?
A: My favorite thing to do in P.E. is either ultimate frisbee or indoor soccer.

 

Tyler Brogdon, sophomore, Justice, Football, and Track.

Question: What do you like about P.E.?
Answer: I like P.E. because it helps me with my extracurricular activities. 

Q: What is your favorite P.E.class?
A: My favorite P.E. class is Weightlifting because it helps with my speed and strength.

Q: What has been your favorite P.E. activity?
A: My favorite P.E. activity is max outs because it shows the hard work I’ve put in to lift that much weight. 

Nathan Striby, junior, Faith, Football, and Track.

Question: What do you like about P.E.?
Answer: What I enjoy about P.E. is the inspiring attitude of everyone who is involved within the class.

Q: What is your favorite P.E.subject?
A: My favorite P.E.subject is the advanced class because each day it is a new experience and keeps me healthy. 

Q: What has been your favorite P.E. activity?
A: My favorite P.E.activity we have done is dodgeball. This is because not only does everybody get to be involved at the same time, but each round continues to become even more challenging than the last.

Donte Davis, senior, co-senior executive delegate of Faith, Football

Question: What do you like about P.E.?
Answer: What I like about P.E. is the competitive attitude and spirit that everyone brings to each class. It makes every game way more fun to play and also allows for me to stay active.

Q: What is your favorite P.E.class?
A: My favorite P.E. class is Advanced P.E. because everyone who takes it has a great attitude, and we do a lot of activities that push you to drive yourself harder. Another reason I love the class is because my little brother is in it, and it’s always fun to tease him a little bit.

Q: What has been your favorite P.E. activity?
A: My favorite P.E. activity is dodgeball because no matter who is on your team, there is no guaranteed win, and there is the opportunity to clash heads with some of my classmates.

Health/Freshman Focus

Jacob Schonard, freshman, Loyalty, Children’s Show, Spring Musical

Question: What do you like about Health and Freshman Focus?
Answer: In Health/Freshman Focus, I enjoy being able to learn about myself and how to improve upon myself. The class teaches me how to be a better person.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Health class?
A: Health teaches me all about how to keep myself healthy. Not only physically, but also emotionally and socially.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Freshman Focus class? 
A: Freshman Focus teaches me about the school I go to. I always like to know about where I am and what drew me in closer.

Q: What has been your favorite class project/assignment/activity in either of these subjects?
A: Recently in Health, we had a project where we were assigned to research foods high in nutrients. Not only one but all. I enjoyed learning about what to eat to keep me at the top of my game.

Avery Johnson, freshman, Truth, Spring Musical

Question: What do you like about Theatre Arts?
Answer: What I like about Theatre Arts is acting out fun skits and plays with my friends.

Q: Why did you choose to take this elective?
A: I chose to take Theatre Arts I because I thought that acting would be an interesting thing to try, and I wanted to meet new friends.

Q: What has been your favorite theatre activity?
A: My favorite theatre activity was acting out Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch.

Penny Trinkle, sophomore, Loyalty, Spring Musical, Drawing Club

Question: What do you like about Theatre Arts?
Answer: I like that performing allows people to see you differently. You can get away with acting a certain way on stage that you could never get away with anywhere else in life. 

Q: Why did you choose to take this elective?
A: Theater has always been a huge part of my family’s life. 

Q: What is your favorite theatre class?
A: Theater Arts II.  I really enjoy the lack of math that is required, and I am lucky to have friends who also love theater, and we get to share that together in class.    

Q: What has been your favorite theatre activity?
A:
My favorite theatre activity so far has been Providence Singers.  

Dylan Payne, senior, Humility, theatre including spring musical

Question: What do you like about Theatre Arts?
Answer: What I like most about the theatre arts is that it is so unique. It’s not your average class. You get to learn but also have fun while doing it. It is a way to look at the world in a whole new way.

Q: Why did you choose to take these electives?
A: I was involved in theatre at Sacred Heart and have always wanted to do it, so I knew I would get involved once I got here.

Q: What is your favorite theatre class?
A: Directing because it’s full of freshmen who look up to you, and it’s rewarding seeing them look up to you and realize how you are affecting their life.

Q: What has been your favorite theatre activity?
A: I really have enjoyed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this year. It is such a fun show, and it has so many special moments that I will hold onto for forever.

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Underclassman scholars excel in art, science, Spanish

The November Scholars are outstanding students in Spanish, science, and visual arts. The Q&A below features the freshman and sophomore scholars. The juniors and seniors were featured in the previous issue.

The scholars featured in this issue are

  • Science: freshman Alcindor Smith and sophomore Chloe Brown
  • Spanish: freshman Jackson Bettler and sophomore Cade Carver
  • Visual Arts: freshman Ana Cabezas and sophomore Maya Paris

Freshman Alcindor Smith, Science Scholar, House of Truth, JV Boys Soccer, Drawing Club, Track & Field

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: I like that with science we discover new things that we didn’t know before, and we can use it to better humanity.

Q: What is your favorite science subject?
A:  My favorite is definitely genetics. I just love reading and learning about them. Genetics you can predict future traits with two people, and I love predicting the future also.

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: Back in middle school we did a ton. My favorite was when we did one on tectonic plate movement. We had graham crackers and chocolate frosting, and we crushed graham crackers and moved them as if they were tectonic plates.

Sophomore Chloe Brown, Science Scholar, House of Justice

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: It is constantly all around us, but we don’t always see it.

Q: What is your favorite science subject?
A: I like chemistry because it is a lot of math, but I like biology because we learn about things happening all over our bodies and all around us all the time.

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: My favorite lab was the elephant’s toothpaste lab in chemistry [which created a foamy substance caused by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide using potassium iodide or yeast and warm water as a catalyst].

Freshman Ana Cabezas, Visual Arts Scholar, House of Humility, Dance Team

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer: I like how you can express yourself in many unique ways. Art can be really calming and fun to do.

Q: What is your favorite form of art?
A: Sketching. It is really cool to draw objects and have them look as if it is real. Although it takes a lot of work, it is really satisfying to see my drawing in the end.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: My favorite artist is my oldest brother Steven. He is one of the reasons I always liked to draw. He always drew pictures for my family, and he does for fun and has taught me a lot of skills.

Sophomore Maya Paris, House of Spirit, Dance Team, Girls Tennis

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer: I like having freedom to make what I want in art class, and I like being able to keep my projects.

Q: What is your favorite art class?
A: My favorite art class is ceramics because I like to work with clay and make bowls.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: My favorite artist is Andy Warhol because his style is colorful.

Freshman Jackson Bettler, Spanish Scholar, House of Truth, Cross Country, Track, Theatre

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: I like that I can learn a new language and possibly be able to use it in the future.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: My favorite Spanish project so far has been learning about day of the dead.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: We learned about a lot of grammar, and I didn’t know how to talk [in Spanish] but now I can form simple sentences.

Sophomore Cade Carver, Spanish Scholar, House of Truth, Boys Basketball

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: I like being able to learn something new every day of class.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: My favorite Spanish project was the Dia de Muertos project. This was my favorite because I was able to bake food.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: Direct Object Pronouns have stood out to me the most because they have been the most challenging.

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November Scholars excel in Spanish, science, visual arts

The November Scholars are outstanding students in Spanish, science, and visual arts. The Q&A below features juniors and seniors. The freshmen and sophomores’ answers will be featured next issue.

The scholars are

  • Science: freshman Alcindor Smith, sophomore Chloe Brown, junior Rosie Kempf, senior Zoe Libs
  • Spanish: freshman Jackson Bettler, sophomore Cade Carver, junior Ali Hornung, senior Amanda Pasierbowicz
  • Visual Arts: freshman Ana Cabezas, sophomore Maya Paris, junior Abby Hanlon, senior Gus Schonard

Junior Rosie Kempf, Science Scholar, Math Team, Bowling Club, Providence Players, Student Ambassador, Junior Executive Delegate House of Truth

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: One thing I like about science is how as more questions are answered, more are asked.

Q: What is your favorite science class?
A: AP Chemistry because it is challenging, but fun and interesting. 

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: My favorite lab was the Ideal Gas Law lab in Chemistry.

Senior Zoe Libs, Science Scholar, Cheer, Math Team, Student Ambassador, SEAC and National Honors Society.

Question: What do you like about science?
Answer: I like science because it’s such a vast subject and there’s always something new to learn.

Q: What is your favorite science class?
A: AP Chemistry because it involves a lot of math and labs.

Q: What has been your favorite lab?
A: My favorite lab was a titration lab that I did in chemistry because we got to see a  gradient of color develop in the solution.

Junior Abby Hanlon, Visual Arts Scholar, Providence Singers, Providence Players, Math Team, Student Ambassador.

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer:  I enjoy art because each person is given the ability to creatively express themselves however they want to.

Q: What is your favorite art class?
A: My favorite art class is Intro to 3D Art. This is partly because it’s the only art class I’ve taken (besides theatre), partly because it is an experimental and introductory course, and mostly because my teacher is Mrs. Burden.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: My favorite artist is Wassily Kandinsky because of the use of abstract forms and colors throughout his work, which he used to express his “inner life.” I also admire the resemblance and connection his works had to music.

Senior Gus Schonard, Visual Arts Scholar, Sherlock Club, Tech Crew

Question: What do you like about art?
Answer:  It gives me freedom and a way to express myself.

Q: What is your favorite art class?
A: My favorite art class was Intro to 3D because we got to do a lot of what we wanted.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: I don’t have one.

Senior Amanda Pasierbowicz, Spanish Scholar, National Honor Society, Green Dot Club, Book Club, Art Club, Drawing Club, and Sherlock Club

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: Spanish has several nice attributes, from the cultures it stems from to simply the language itself. It’s an interesting experience, to say the least, trying to translate complex concepts and ideas from English into Spanish; in the end, over the years it has given me a greater appreciation for everyone who speaks more than one language.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: I enjoyed learning about Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” The Spanish culture has a really unique take on death, and I personally like the idea of celebrating the deceased’s life rather than only mourn their death. There’s a place for both, I think; mourning their death first, but then celebrating their memory as well.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: I learned some cultural things I did not know about Mexico, including a practice following the death of a loved one. Instead of having a wake at a funeral parlor, or otherwise sending the body to said parlor, they keep the casket open in the home for everyone to come and see. It stood out to me because it is very different from how wakes are held here, and altogether highlights the different approaches to death.

Junior Ali Hornung, Spanish Scholar, Volleyball, Student Ambassador.

Question: What do you like about Spanish?
Answer: I like being able to learn and speak in a different language.

Q: What has been your favorite Spanish project?
A: We have not done a project yet, but we interact with each other using Spanish all the time.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this year, and why does it stand out to you?
A: One thing I’ve learned about this year is the culture of Spanish speaking countries. It stands out to me because Mrs. Belmonte can give first-hand examples and experiences.

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September Scholars excel in math, theology, English

New this year is the Leaders and Scholars program. Each month, students will be recognized by their teachers or House leaders. This month, one student from each grade was nominated by their teachers in English, math, and theology. This month’s September Scholars for English are freshman Audrey Howell, sophomore Craig Bratcher, junior Drew Jones, and senior Joey Banet; for math freshman Casey Kaelin, sophomore Maddie Beyl, junior Laura Strahm, and senior Austin Grantz; and for theology freshman KB Merchant, sophomore Jake Miller, junior Sam Bowles, and senior Nolan Banet

English:
Freshman Audrey Howell, House of Spirit, Quick Recall, Book Club, Swim & Dive, and Track & Field

Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: I love to read new books, discuss them, and write.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: I don’t think I could choose just one book, but the best book I’ve read recently is called Throne of Glass because there were so many different plot twists throughout the story. It was well thought out, and it was overall an interesting book.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: Sarah J. Maas because the books that I’ve read from her have been planned well and enthralling.

Sophomore Craig Bratcher, House of Faith, Football, and Track

Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: My favorite thing about English class is the group discussions.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: My favorite book would have to be the Harry Potter series because of the amazing world it creates.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: My favorite author is J. K. Rowling, because she created my favorite book series.

Junior Drew Jones, House of Spirit, plans to be in Green Dot and National Honor Society and start up a spikeball club

Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: I enjoy that English class is somewhat opinionated, and allows you to express your thoughts and feelings about various subjects.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. We read it in 10th grade English, and it’s a very touching, intense story about the lives of people (especially women) in Afghanistan during the late 20th century.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: My favorite author is Stephen King because of how creative and unique all of his stories are. I also find it very interesting that a lot of his stories have been made into very successful films. Some of these include The Shining, Carrie, and It.

Senior Joey Banet, House of Integrity
Question: What do you like about English class?
Answer: It gives me a chance to fully express myself though my writing.

Q: What is your favorite book/short story?
A: “I, Me, Mine” By George Harrison

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: My favorite author is Timothy Zahn because I really enjoy science fiction novels, especially the Star Wars novels, which he has written a lot of, and his novels do a great job in making you feel like you’re in a whole other world.

Math:
Freshman Casey Kaelin, House of Integrity, travel/school baseball and basketball

Question: What do you like about math class?
Answer: I like math because there is one definitive answer, it doesn’t involve a lot of writing, and I’m good with numbers.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite subject is algebra because it is like putting pieces together to solve a puzzle.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: I always figure out the tip when we go to different restaurants. I also like to calculate my stats in basketball and baseball.

Sophomore Maddie Beyl, House of Justice, and JV and varsity Volleyball teams

Question: What do you like about math class?
Answer: I like math class because there is always a correct answer, which gives me stability in knowing I have been successful in something that isn’t up for debate.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite type of math class is algebra because solving for variables is more intriguing than that of a shape or something in another form of math.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: I use math to calculate scores of sports games, times, and test scores.

Junior Laura Strahm, House of Courage, Cheerleading

Question: What do you like about math class?
Answer: I like math class because I enjoy working with numbers and getting one specific answer unlike some other subjects.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite type of math is algebra because a lot of algebra has pattern,s and this year in Algebra 2 I’ve already learned how algebra is connected to so many different things in everyday life.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: The most unusual way I’ve used math in everyday life is when I’m planning my day. I wake up at a certain time and figure out how much time I have to get ready before leaving. I balance cheer, work, and homework and see when and how much time I have to do my homework every day.

Senior Austin Grantz, House of Justice, Boys Basketball, Track, and community service for In Heaven’s Eyes

Question: What do you like about Math class?
Answer: Numbers are practical and for the most part, there’s only one definite answer.

Q: What is your favorite type of math?
A: My favorite math subject is algebra, not only because it’s my strongest area, but also because it can be used in everyday life, and it’s helpful in many careers that interest me.

Q: What’s the most unusual way you have used math in everyday life?
A: I would say I eat more at lunch than the average student, which means I have to calculate the number of servings (which has been up to four) and the cost per serving so that I don’t run up my lunch account.

Theology:
Freshman KB Merchant, House of Integrity, Dance Team, and theatre, including community theatre at Clarksville Little Theatre and Derby Dinner Playhouse

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: I get to widen my faith and learn about the different parts of the Bible.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: Saint Genesuis. Because he is the patron saint of actors, dancers, singers, and musicians. It’s pretty cool knowing I have a saint who watches over me while I do what I love!

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A: I loved doing written affirmations. You don’t know who writes them, but when people say good things about you and you can go back and read them, it’s a pretty good feeling!

Sophomore Jake Miller, House of Integrity, Swim & Dive

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: I like to learn about God and my relationship with him.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: Saint Peregrine Laziosi. He is the patron saint of healing, and I look to him whenever I am sick and/or injured.

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A. My favorite retreat experience is my freshman year retreat. I learned so much about my relationship with God on this retreat.

Junior Sam Bowles, House of Humility junior executive delegate, Student Ambassador, Church Connect group, Boys Tennis

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: I can delve deeper into my faith beliefs and learn more about the Church and its history that I didn’t know before.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: St. Michael because I really appreciate the work he does for me considering turning me away from sin and the devil and closer to God. St. Anthony is up there too because he has helped me find multiple lost objects in my life.

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A: I really liked the sophomore retreat because I felt a lot of God’s presence in my life and knew he was with me in every minute. I also established a strong connection with Mary there.

Senior Nolan Banet, House of Loyalty, Volleyball videographer, Quick Recall, National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, and spring musical.

Question: What do you like about theology class?
Answer: It gives me a lot of opportunities to participate. I enjoy responding to questions and sharing my thoughts about the faith with the class.

Q: Which saint do you most admire?
A: I admire Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky because he was very dedicated to his work like I feel that I am and he was willing to interact with people he didn’t know. He is a model for me in the way that he adapted to new situations.

Q: What is your favorite retreat experience while at PHS?
A: My favorite retreat was sophomore retreat because I had the opportunity to help the poor and get a better understanding of the less fortunate. I was empowered to participate in service afterward.

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