Congratulations to our top three scholars: Heidi Popson ’18, valedictorian; Shawn Fitzpatrick ’18, salutatorian; and Emma Kerr ’18, salutatorian. These three students have the highest academic rank in the senior class and addressed the graduates and those in attendance at the commencement this past Sunday. Click here to read more about these students.
Heidi has been very active in her four years at Providence. For the House of Integrity, she was a freshman and sophomore delegate, and the junior and senior executive delegate. She also was a Student Ambassador, a Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the National Honors Society. She was involved in the Spanish Club all four years, the Pro-Life Club for three years, the Pinterest Club and Green Dot for two years, and S.A.D.D. for one year. She also was active in activities outside of school. She attended Hoosier Girls State last summer and One Bread One Cup Liturgical Camp for three summers.
She plays No. 1 doubles on the Girls Tennis team, which won semi-state 4-1 last Saturday and was a member of the team all four years, helping her team claim three sectional and regional titles in a row. Her freshman year, she was named the Girls Tennis MVP and was the 2015 Individual Tennis Sectional champ. She also played Girls Soccer for two years and Girls Basketball for one year, and was the Boys Tennis manager for two seasons. She recently was named to the Courier Journal All-Area Southern Indiana Girls Tennis Team.
Heidi received the Fr. Tom Stumph Excellence in Leadership award from the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries for her dedication to service. Over the last four years, she accumulated nearly 150 service hours serving primarily as a youth leader for Holy Family Youth Ministry and a regular volunteer for the soup kitchen at St. Paul Episcopal in New Albany. She also helped with the PHS STEM Camp and the Youth Tennis Camp.
She said the extra-curricular activity that is most meaningful to her is on the Holy Family Youth Ministry Team because “it gives me the opportunity to share the passion I have for my faith with the young Church and encourage them to get involved in the parish. I also love working with other people so it is great to get to do this alongside my classmates and friends.”
During her time at Providence, she also received the Father Mike Hildebrand Scholarship and the Saint Michael’s College Book Award. At the Senior Awards Ceremony, she received the Four Years Honor Roll Award, Distinguished Scholars Award, and the Kathleen Polansky Theology Award.
Heidi plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington and major in nursing.
Emma Kerr, salutatorian
Emma has been very involved in extracurricular activities at Providence, including four years in S.A.D.D., two years playing Girls Soccer, three years as a Student Ambassador, and one year in National Honors Society. She has served in a variety of ways in the community, including helping with Blessings in a Backpack, as a leader on a Confirmation retreat and the Eighth Grade Holy Family Retreat, and a volunteer at the New Albany Soup Kitchen. She was named an AP Scholar with Honors for her success on AP tests her junior year; has received Spanish, Math, Science, and English department awards; and at the Senior Awards Ceremony, she received a Four Years Honor Roll Award and Distinguished Scholars Award.
She said her proudest academic accomplishment prior to senior year was earning a 5 on the AP Government Exam. The class was one of her favorites and fueled her “passion for the topic.” She hopes to extend her interest in government into bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from IU Bloomington – plus a minor in Arabic – with the goal of having a career in the CIA as a counter-terrorism analyst. Her goal is to apply for an internship at the CIA as a freshman and study abroad in Morocco her junior year.
Emma already has been hard at work prepping for her college studies and has been trying to teach herself Arabic and has applied to scholarships to be able to study abroad to learn the language better. She said she wants to work for the CIA in order “to promote justice (and) safety and implement human rights in foreign countries that need it.”
Shawn Fitzpatrick, salutatorian
Shawn has been a leader at Providence and in outside activities, having been the House of Loyalty Senior Executive Delegate and the senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 4036. He also earned the Boys Scout rank of Eagle Scout. At Providence, he was a member of the Spanish Club all four years, a Student Ambassador for two years, and a Eucharistic minister and lector for two years. He is a four-year member of the Boys Golf team, which competes in sectional on June 4 at 8:00 a.m. He also played Freshman Boys Basketball and was the manager for Girls Golf two years and Boys Basketball three years, earning nine varsity letters and the Athletic Blanket award.
Outside of school, he was involved in the Knights of the Holy Temple for two years and was a lector at Holy Family for four years. His service activities include going on a service mission trip to Nicaragua, completing his Eagle Scout project, and serving as a Confirmation retreat leader, and Eighth Grade Retreat leader. He also is well traveled and has been on family trips to Italy, France, Spain, Aruba, Canada, and Jamaica plus 20 different states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
He was named an AP Scholar with Honor last year for his success on multiple AP exams. He also received multiple Math Department awards over his for years as well as receiving the University of Louisville Book Award earlier this year. At the Senior Awards Ceremony, he received the Four Years Honor Roll Award, a Distinguished Scholars Award, the Don Zipp Blue Pride Award, and the Sister Joseph Louise Mathematics Award.
Shawn said his greatest personal achievement was earning his Eagle Scout rank, having set the goal in sixth grade and earning it as a sophomore. His most influential school activity has been his time on the golf team because it taught him “honesty, integrity, and patience. Golf has also helped me build friendships, not only with my teammates, but also with other players, my coaches, and other adults from the golf course.”
Shawn has received a direct admittance to the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington, where he plans to major in accounting.
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