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Students Pair Vocational And Providence Educations

Students pair vocational and Providence educations

Students with an interest in vocational subjects not offered at Providence such as engineering, nursing and culinary arts have an opportunity to take these classes at Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany. Students attend Prosser for half the day, either morning or afternoon, and Providence the remainder of the day.

For students like junior Daryl Hunton, who is studying culinary arts, it’s a chance to solidify college plans. Daryl’s Prosser classes also include restaurant experience. The cooking portion of the course includes preparing meals, including catered events, in the Prosser café. This semester, she has learned to cook on the front line and will soon be baking.

She said it was challenging at first taking classes on two campuses, but she soon adjusted.

“Now it’s easier because I’m only studying for two classes a day,” Daryl said.

Ten students attend Prosser Career Education Center for half a school day studying subjects from aviation to computer science.

Senior Stephen Schroering agrees that it seems intimidating at first, from being on time to his Prosser classes and keeping assignments organized for both schools.

“With how my schedule is set up, I have enough time to make it to my second school (Prosser), and I have fewer classes, so it is easier to organize,” Stephen said. “And for the time that I am at either school, I feel like I am given enough time to learn in each of my classes.”

Stephen takes architectural drafting and design, and he also likes the real world experiences. He has learned to use programs such as AutoCad, Solidworks, and Revit as well as the class’s 3D printer, which helps bring his digital designs to reality.

“It is very rewarding to see something I’ve created being used by others,” he said.

He plans to attend IUPUI and study mechanical engineering, and when he graduates PHS, he will have nine credits toward his college major.

“I already have a head start on what they will be teaching me in the future,” Stephen said.

Senior Ethan Barber also is getting a head start, even though his classes aren’t on the Prosser campus this year. He studied aviation at Prosser his junior year, taking classes from aerodynamics and to the history of flight. He also completed the FAA ground school, which is the first step in getting a pilot’s license.

This year, his Prosser enrollment gave him 10 free flight hours at Clark County Airport, which are worth about $2,000 and help with the 40-hour flight time requirement for a pilot’s license. He already has most of his hours in and expects to earn his license in a few weeks.

Ethan said he wants to become a pilot because his father and grandfather are pilots and own small planes. He also likes the freedom and peacefulness he experiences while in the air and hopes to become a professional pilot.

“It’s a perspective most people don’t get to see,” Ethan said. “And I get to go places people wouldn’t normally get to.”

His family’s plane can take the pilot and a passenger to regional destinations for a day trip, and his family has taken his grandfather’s plane on longer trips for vacation.

Ethan is considering flight programs at Indiana State and Eastern Kentucky universities. Or he may take business classes at Indiana University Southeast and take flight classes at Clark County Airport.
Other students in the flight program at Prosser include seniors Phillip Stoner and Frank Caylor, who are taking ground school classes this semester. Other students taking classes at Prosser include juniors Sam Hudlin (computer science/programming), Kaleb McCubbins (fire and rescue), Dylan Seals (welding technology), and Christian Weathers (automotive technology), and seniors Nathan Smith (diesel service and technology) and Jansen Tate (criminal justice).

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Golf Teams Play Indoors Thanks To Donated Golf Simulator

Golf teams play indoors thanks to donated golf simulator

The Boys Golf and Girls Golf teams can practice indoors in inclement weather thanks to a donated golf simulator.

The Boys Golf and Girls Golf teams now have an opportunity to improve their golf skills year round thanks to a donation from former Providence parent Rick Wilson. Mr. Wilson won the hole-in-one putting contest at the Pioneer Golf Scramble in August 2016 and donated the proceeds back to Providence. The simulator was installed in the former campus store and allows golfers to practice in inclement weather. The program includes 35,000 different golf courses, including three local ones, so players can study the course and improve their shot thanks to the statistics provided after every shot, said Boys Golf Coach Victor Beeler ’94.

Coach Beeler said the simulator helps prepare the golfers for the courses on which they will compete but also ensures the team will get in the required 10 practices before the first competition. With the boys’ season in spring, the team has had to practice with snow on the ground in order to meet the minimum. Now they can practice in groups of four any time the weather is colder than 40 degrees. The donation provided enough funding to install a small putting green.

Several of the golfers said they are grateful for that opportunity. Junior Ellie Mayberry, a member of the Girls Golf team, said she likes it because she can still practice in the offseason, especially when the weather is cold and the number of indoor courses in the area is limited. Boys Golf member senior Shawn Fitzgerald agrees.

“It lets me play in the wintertime,” Shawn said. “Golfing is so weather dependent, but now I can keep my swing fresh all year long.”

Senior Will Kaiser said he likes using the simulator to improve his swing and prepare for a course.

“We’re able to play a course, figure out what we’re doing wrong, and then we can take it to the course and fix it,” Will said.

Girls Golf member sophomore Kennedy Allender agrees.

“It tells you the range and how far you are offline so you can work on what you need to fix,” Kennedy said.

Coach Beeler said the program has its drawbacks, but the simulator is close to the real experience with the software allowing the input of different variables, from wind to rain. The simulator won’t replace practice on an actual course, but it does provide features the golfers would not otherwise enjoy.

Girls Golf Coach Ken Allender said the players’ interest in improving their game is sparked by the real time feedback of the program, which keeps them engaged and learning all year.

“The readings in range mode are realistic enough to adapt swing flaws into positive technique with proper instruction,” Coach Allender said. “What a great addition to the facility. There aren’t many schools with this technology at their disposal.”

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Social Media Post Gets Worldwide Attention

Social media post gets worldwide attention

We’ve all heard stories about ordinary people posting a video or photo on social media and having the post go viral, such as the laughing woman in the Chewbacca mask. Kristin (Frederick) McGee ’07 experienced that sort of “fame” recently after posting a before and after photo to social media forum Reddit one night. Allure magazine then asked to use her photo, which was then picked up by several other media outlets and even shown in a clip on The Doctors. While she didn’t make any money from the experience, she enjoyed her short-lived time in the spotlight – and took the leap into starting a blog she had thought about for years.

The before and after post came about one day late last fall when she tried a redness and rosacea coverage product called Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream by It Cosmetics. During maternity leave with her second son, who was born in August, she became interested in watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. A review of the product by YouTuber Casey Holmes, who also has rosacea, caught McGee’s eye. She bought some and was so pleased with the results, she sent the before and after photos to her mom. On a whim, she also posted the photos on Reddit.

Reddit is a public forum where users click Like or Don’t Like on photos and videos posted in various categories, known as subreddits. McGee posted to the subreddit Makeup Addiction and soon after was contacted by Allure to ask permission to use the photo. Within hours, the photo was picked up by other sites – without her permission—and earlier this month was used in a segment on the TV daytime talk show The Doctors.

Beyond her photo being seen around the world thanks to the international reach of The Doctors, McGee’s fame has been mostly limited to friends and coworkers reaching out to say they saw her photo. The Doctors segment showed her photo but used two other women to demonstrate the product, but she received no compensation for it, she said. It Cosmetics contacted her about using the photo on the company’s Instagram page, and when she asked for a free jar of the product in return, there was no reply.

“I haven’t profited from this in any way, other than the free cookbook signed by Dr. Travis (Stork) of The Doctors’” she said. “I gave it to my mom as a Christmas present.”

Making money or going viral was never her intent, but seeing herself on TV and on different websites was both scary and fun, she said. Mostly, she is happy to be able to share news about a product that meets its claims.

“I’m so thrilled that I was able to help other people find a product they love.”

Here is a Q&A with more about her experience:

Q: Why did you choose to post the before/after on Reddit?
A: I don’t frequently post on Reddit, but I enjoy reading interesting threads on Ask Reddit, and I love looking at makeup looks and reading tips on how best to apply makeup. I chose to post on Makeup Addiction because I was so astounded by and pleased with the difference after applying the product. I’ll be honest, part of it was a proverbial pat on my own back for my determination to find the perfect product for my skin, but I also wanted to help other people who may have skin redness and irregularities like I do.

What did you think when these media outlets — and The Doctors — started contacting you?
The only outlets that did ask my permission were Allure and The Doctors. I thought that Allure might be a scam, but I figured giving them permission couldn’t do any harm since the photo was posted publically anyway. It was on their main page within hours of me giving my permission! I was feeding my baby at 3 a.m., and when I saw it, I immediately felt anxious and vulnerable, but I decided to roll with it and laugh about it. Then it showed up on three other websites—Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Sun (UK.). I was shocked, but mostly amused. I joked that I became famous for having terrible skin and that I had become an “international celebrity.” When The Doctors contacted me, that was really the icing on the cake. My mind was blown! It was exciting and fun.

Have you seen your photo any place you haven’t expected to see it?
I was definitely surprised that it showed up on The Sun’s website since they’re based in the UK. I was also surprised to see it on Glamour and Women’s Health’s websites since they never contacted me.

How many reactions to the photo did you get? Would you consider it as going viral?
I couldn’t count. Between the responses on Reddit, Facebook, in person, and now on The Doctors, it was quite a few. I had a few people bring up the word “viral,” but I didn’t believe that photo was really “viral” until The Doctors contacted me. That kind of sealed the deal in my mind.

What social media outlets do you use on a regular basis?
I mainly stick to Facebook, but I do have an Instagram. I actually have two—a public one that’s attached to my blog that I started when all of this happened, and a private one that I mostly share pictures of my boys on. I don’t like the idea of random internet strangers looking at pictures of my boys, so I wanted to totally separate the two accounts.

How are you handling your 15 minutes of fame?
Like I said, it was mostly amusing to me. It’s been really fun. I think the hype is dying down, but it was fun while it lasted.

Do you still use the product?
Yes! I don’t use it every day because I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different products, but when I do use it, I am never disappointed.

What are your goals, plans or hopes for your blog?
I want to show other everyday women, moms in particular, that you can still have fun and have a hobby even when life revolves around your responsibilities. That’s what the blog is to me—a hobby, an outlet that is my own. That’s why I don’t hold myself to a schedule with it; I don’t want to take the fun out of it by making it a job. I like to write when I feel inspired to do so.

Had you thought of blogging previously?
I did start after being contacted by media outlets, but I’ve been wanting to start a blog for years. I could just never narrow down what my niche would be, and this provided an opportunity to discover one and focus down. I have always loved writing. I’m thankful that this gave me the push I needed.

Kristin (Frederick) McGee ’07 and husband Michael have been married for four years and have two sons, Declan, 2, and Bennett, 6 months. She says: “My family is everything to me. I also love working as a (part-time) NICU nurse; it’s a very fulfilling job that I’m absolutely passionate about.”


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Larry Weimer Receives PHS Guerin Award

Larry Weimer receives PHS Guerin Award

Larry Weimer poses with his wife, Jan, after receiving the PHS St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award.

Each year at our Catholic Schools Week Mass, we recognize a faculty or staff member who exemplifies Catholic values and the saintly attributes of St. Theodora Guerin, the foundress of the Sisters of Providence. This year’s recipient of the PHS St. Theodora Excellence in Education award is Mr. Larry Weimer, director of finance.

Mr. Weimer has worked in the Business Office since 1998, the same year that Mother Theodora Guerin was beatified by St. Pope John Paul II. Mr. Weimer is known for his unwavering devotion to family, faith and Providence. With his expertise in finance and accounting, he ensures that our school is financially strong. Our school is debt free and at the same time has some of the finest facilities in the region. He also works diligently to meet the growing demand for financial aid with limited funds, and our families seem to get what they need to afford a Catholic education.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Weimer follows multiple sports teams, including the Pioneers. He is known to offer coaches his insights into an upcoming opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.

“While he does not often get the opportunity to be with students, he is a huge fan of all things PHS,” Mr. Steve Williams told the students at the all school liturgy last week when the award was presented. “He knows the box scores (and) he knows who has the lead in the play and applauds our fine arts and academic accomplishments. (He is) a true, blue Pioneer.”

Mr. Weimer also assists Fr. Adam Ahern at daily morning liturgy, and if Fr. Adam needs to be away, Mr. Weimer conducts the prayer service. At his parish, St. Mary’s Lanesville, he has led parish Catholic Appeal campaigns and chaired its parish finance and stewardship committees. He also is a trained catechist and an extraordinary Eucharistic minister. He is an alumnus of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Bellarmine University.

Mr. Weimer said he was stunned when he learned right before the liturgy began that he was to receive the award following Mass. He was told his family would attend, and he expected his wife and maybe one of his sons who lives in the area. So he was equally surprised to see all his sons and his brothers, including one who lives in Alabama.

A history buff, Mr. Weimer said he is humbled to think he has received an award named after the foundress of the Sisters of Providence who came from France to the wilderness of the territory that became Indiana in order to start a religious order.

“The magnitude of it is still difficult to grasp,” he said. “The Good Lord has helped me and blessed me.”

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Students Learn About Community Through NEXGEN

Students learn about community through NEXGEN

Again this year, four juniors are representing Providence by their participation in NEXGEN, a program of Leadership Southern Indiana that works to engage and develop future regional community leaders who will serve and transform our community. This year’s participants are Annie Gettelfinger, Alex Henderson, Annmarie Tichy and Tyler Upton.

Juniors Annmarie Tichy, Tyler Upton and Annie Gettelfinger are three of the four PHS participants in this year’s NEXGEN program.

This year, the group is divided into two teams, with Tyler and Annmarie on one, and Annie and Alex on the other, along with juniors from high schools throughout the region. Last week, Tyler and Annmarie’s group took part in the fourth of six sessions for the year, Economy and Enterprise Day.

The students attended a breakfast with business leaders from companies throughout the community and featuring speakers Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel ’89 and Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop. The group then traveled by bus to several sites, starting in downtown Jeffersonville at the site of the Towneplace Suites Marriott Hotel project being built by ARC Construction at the corner of Mulberry and Maple streets. ARC President and CEO Alan Muncy, then gave them a tour of the ARC office. Next, the students were given driving tour of River Ridge Commerce Center industrial park on the east side of Jeffersonville guided by Dustin Coffman, River Ridge director of finance and marketing. The day also included a stop at Clark Regional Airport and a tour of Samtec, an electronic connectors manufacturer in New Albany.

Tyler said he likes that the NEXGEN class days offer a chance to meet community leaders and officials and to see how government, businesses and other sectors in the community work. He especially liked the most recent day and the visit to the airport because he wants to have a career as a pilot.

“One thing I learned is that our community is growing rapidly,” he said. “That means that I can have a fulfilling and successful career in my community.”

Annie said she likes how she gets to meet so many students from area high schools. She also enjoyed working on her team’s nonprofit project. Her team raised money at Christmastime to buy gifts for foster children living at Family Ark in Jeffersonville.

Tyler and Annmarie’s team has been paired with the Falls of the Ohio for its nonprofit partner. His team is working on a trifold brochure to encourage more engagement from school-age children at the state park in Clarksville.

Girls Swim & Dive Team Makes A Splash

Girls Swim & Dive team makes a splash

The Swim & Dive team continues to grow and improve after several years of declining numbers. Coach Jim Pfeiffer has focused on recruiting and teaching technique, and the results are obvious. In the regular season, the Girls Swim team improved their times and had some team wins.

At Girls Swim sectional, the team posted a 10-year high in points with 66, almost double its 34 points last year. The team’s seven swimmers advanced to the sectional finals in seven events. Unlike other sports that have multiple levels of postseason events, swimming sectional includes preliminaries and the finals with the top swimmer in each event advancing to state. (Swimmers who meet state time standards also advance until there are 32 competitors for each event.) Diving does hold a regional competition, and senior Madison Roehrs, a

Senior Madison Roehrs places 14th in the Bloomington North Diving Regional. 

former nationally ranked competitive gymnast in her first year on the team, has broken two school diving records and placed 14th in last night’s diving regional after placing third at sectional.

In the Girls Swim sectional preliminaries, sophomore Meg LaMaster placed 16th in the 200-yard individual medley and 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and junior Abby Glotzbach placed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke and advanced to the finals. Sophomore Lauren Stapp placed 18th in the 50-yard freestyle and was second alternate in the finals.

The relay teams did well in the preliminaries. The 200-yard medley relay team of Meg, Abby, Lauren, and junior Anna Thomas placed ninth; the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lauren, Anna, freshman Faith Middleton, and junior Daryl Hunton placed 12th, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Abby, Daryl, Lauren and Anna placed 10th.

In the finals, Coach Pfeiffer said he was impressed with the girls’ performance and their efforts to continue to improve their times. The 200 medley relay team cut nearly 8 seconds off last year’s time and placed 11th. The 400 free relay team won the consolation round and cut 13 seconds from last year’s time.

Coach Pfeiffer credits the extra effort put in by Abby and Meg for their success in individual events and their contribution to the relays.

“Abby is one of the hardest working athletes I have ever worked with,” he said, noting that she regularly swims before school, works out after school, and attends every practice. “If you are to succeed in anything, excel at something, it doesn’t happen just because one wants it, but it comes from work. It’s also believing in oneself that with work, rewards will come their way. And it comes from listening, trying new ways, not being beholden to the status quo.”

He also noted that Meg comes in early to swim and watches the clock to improve her time every practice. She also was willing to try a new race – the individual medley — when she realized she could qualify at sectional. Coach Pfeiffer also worked with her on all aspects of her technique in the breaststroke in order to improve to a qualifying time.

“Because of her work ethic, we had no problem transitioning her into an IM swimmer,” he said. “And it paid off.”

The Boys Swim team will compete in sectionals next week.

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Oceanographer Spends Seven Weeks In Antarctica

Oceanographer spends seven weeks in Antarctica

Susan Howard ’88 has spent much of her career building computer models of the polar oceans and ice shelves in order to help scientists better understand their impact on changes in the climate and sea level. So she was thrilled to get the chance to return to the Antarctic to study the Ross Ice Shelf. It was her second research trip to the region but her first one on land. Being able to see the area she maps and works with on a daily basis from her office in Seattle was an inspirational experience.

Howard recently spent seven weeks working at the McMurdo Station, a research facility operated by the U.S. Antarctic Program, along with colleagues from around the United States and New Zealand, who are part of the ROSETTA-Ice team. She is now back at Earth & Space Research, a nonprofit institute specializing in oceanographic research where she works as a research associate. Her group was invited to be part of the research project because of the members’ expertise in oceanography and the polar regions, to supplement the work of the geologists and glaciologists on the research team.

Her work in Seattle includes data processing, data analysis, and numerical modeling of the Ross Sea and its ice shelves in the Southern Ocean as well as contributing to and writing scientific papers and proposals to share the group’s research. Usually, she works from satellite images and data such as anomalies in precipitation and atmospheric pressure over the continent, so she was thrilled to be able to see the area first-hand.

The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica offers stunning views.

“I’ve been working on the Ross Sea for a long time, so it’s really great to get this opportunity to see what you’re actually working on,” Howard said, “It’s very inspirational. It gives that little spark to keep me doing what I’m doing.”

This second expedition to the Antarctic was more enjoyable for her, she said, because the first one aboard the R/V N.B. Palmer as part of the Southern Ocean GLOBEC cruise in 2001 was in rough seas. It was also near the end of fall, and the region experienced only an hour of daylight, so most of their work was done in the dark. This trip was in 24 hours of daylight, and with the station on land, there were galleys and gyms to visit after work. And blackout shades on their windows helped them sleep at night.

Galleys, gyms, and 24 hours of daylight make Howard’s second trip to Antarctic more enjoyable.

“Even though it was really cold, the sunlight made it more manageable,” Howard said. “It didn’t seem as harsh.”

The first trip did offer more opportunities to see whales and penguins, she said, but she did have the chance to see seals on her most recent trip. Still, the Ross Seas is one of the last untouched areas on the planet, so the beauty of ice shelves and the wildlife was stunning.

Now that she has returned to Seattle, the real work of the expedition is underway. Her team is using its research to improve its mapping of the ocean floor and to create a baseline of data to help scientists “understand what will happen to the ice shelf if ocean warms” and in their research on climate change and rising sea levels, she said.

“With this project, we have increased our understanding of the geologic and glaciological structure of the region and can now do a better job of modeling and understanding past cycles of it and predict future changes to it,” Howard wrote in her blog. “This is the largest of the Antarctic ice shelves, and an important region for understanding the process that affect the ice shelf. This project will provide a solid foundation for future work and other studies as we seek to understand the stability of the ice shelves in a changing climate.”

Howard said she loves her work, a field she stumbled into during an internship with NASA prior to her senior year at Rutgers University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in math with a minor in physics. She had held a lifelong interest in science and was weighing options in applied physics when she discovered oceanography, making that the focus of her master’s degree at Oregon State University.

She stayed in the Northwest after earning her degree and has been with Earth & Space Research most of her career, except for a few years she spent working in New Zealand as a physical simulation developer in the visual FX industry.

Howard said her Providence teachers, particularly the late Norma Reynolds and the late Vera Cummins, nurtured her love of science and math.

“They really were great teachers,” she said. “They just let me be who I was and were very encouraging. No one ever told me no. Sometimes you hear about girls being put off of science and math, but I never felt that. I always felt encouraged.”

She hopes to one day return to Antarctica but has no plans for now. She’s happy to be home with her 14-year-old daughter, with whom she stayed in touch via Google Hangouts, weekly phone calls, and email during her expedition.

“But I would love to go back,” she said. “I’ll figure out a way to go. It was a really great experience and a really good environment with a lot of people doing a lot of interesting work.”

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Retreat Helps Juniors “unstuff”

Retreat helps juniors “unstuff”

This month, the juniors began their retreat experience. The first group went two weeks ago, and the second group returns this afternoon. This overnight retreat is held at Mt. St. Francis and helps the students grow in their faith in order to prepare them for times when they must make tough decisions and even ask difficult questions on their faith journey. The focus is on emptying themselves so that God can truly fill each person. The retreat includes prayer, witness talks, small group discussions, and community building.

Adriel Nacpil got a lot out of his retreat experience and shares:

“Junior retreat was a very enjoyable experience. I learned a lot about who I am, and I was able to hear the thoughts and feelings of others. The overall message of the retreat was that our lives are ‘stuffed.’ Our lives contain good things such as God, family, and friends. However, among them are our sins, doubts, and fears. At one point, we wrote down on paper the things that are weighing us down, and then later we proceeded to burn them, signifying that we would rid them from our lives.

“The retreat was also a great time to spend with my classmates. It forced us to deeply discuss (things) with those outside of our close friends, which strengthened our relationship as a class. Talking and getting to know my classmates better was one of the best parts. I wouldn’t say that the retreat was life changing or anything, but there was a lot to take away from this experience, and I had a lot of fun. Honestly, the time flew by and it has made me more excited for senior retreat.”

Alex Henderson also enjoyed getting to know her classmates and deepening her faith:

“The junior retreat from January 9-10, 2018, was an amazing experience that allowed me to grow closer to my peers and fellow classmates. It was a wonderful opportunity for growth in my faith and in my everyday life.

“Throughout this retreat we were given opportunities for reflection and thought provoking questions to spark conversation. The main topic of the retreat was “Fulfilled.” We talked about how to rid ourselves of the sin and junk in our lives by going to Confession and allowing ourselves to be free of any extra baggage that we might be carrying with us. We are “stuffed” with superficial things. When we are filled with sin and debris, there is no room for anything else. Furthermore, most of us are unable to face the fears that trouble us, because that’s what makes them fears in the first place.

“We cannot be fulfilled until we are empty.

“We have to first fill ourselves before we begin to fill others.

“We were reminded on the retreat that our words and actions contribute to how others are filled.

“This retreat has ‘filled’ my life with possibility and wonder, and I hope to spread what I have learned with those around me.”

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Senior’s  Eagle Scout Project Helps Shelter

Senior’s Eagle Scout project helps shelter

Senior Nik Heiligenberg recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. A member of Troop 4010 out of St. Anthony, he earned the rank in part by completing a project that included building a storage shed for the Haven House homeless shelter in Jeffersonville.

Nik said he came up with the idea for the project after a relative suggested it. With the help of his parents, he set up a GoFundMe account to raise the $1,000 in donations to purchase the kit and supplies. Family, friends and the Callistus Smith Insurance Agency contributed.

He then organized a group of volunteers that included about 30 fellow Scouts, friends and family who worked over six weekends to construct the base and build the shed. A few of the shelter’s residents also helped, including someone with roofing experience who provided invaluable expertise.

The extra space was so sorely needed that the shelter’s staff had started to store items even before the shed was painted, Nik said. Those items had to be removed to finish the project, but it has since been filled, as he saw when he returned to help a fellow Scout with his project of building a playground for the shelter. Seeing it put to such quick use affirmed the need for the project.

“It felt pretty good making everyone happy,” Nik said.

Nik has been a Scout since first grade, starting as a Cub Scout before advancing to Boy Scouts in fifth grade. He said he especially appreciates the leadership training he receives as a Scout and the chance to do outdoor activities. More importantly, he likes the camaraderie and witnessing each other’s personal growth.

“I grew up with them (fellow Scouts), and to see everyone grow up and the service that we do, it’s good to see that,” he said.

Nik plans to attend college at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he has received a direct admit to its Kelley School of Business.

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Gala Is Demonstration Of Blue Pride

Gala is demonstration of Blue Pride

The annual Gala Dinner & Auction is an important fundraiser for Providence, and we couldn’t do it without our alumni, parents, and friends. We say thank you to all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and staff members that helped make the 2018 Gala a successful and fun-filled event! This annual celebration is a vital component of our fundraising efforts to provide student financial aid and is the largest gathering of Providence alumni, parents, and friends.

We are most grateful to the following individuals and companies for their support:

  • Blue Pride Sponsors – Bill (Hon. ’14) and Juanita Beach, Globe Mechanical Inc., Huber’s Orchard & Winery, Koetter Construction, and MAC Construction & Excavating Inc.
  • Blue & White Sponsors – Don Forsee, DDS/Southern Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Inc., German American Bank, Koetter Woodworking, and Norton Healthcare
  • Providence Way Sponsors – Beach Bum Vacation and Orange Clover Kitchen & More
  • Providence Friends Sponsors – Community Transitional Services and The Locker Room
  • Deal or No Deal for Diamonds Sponsor – Koerber’s Fine Jewelry and Felecia Koerber
  • 7 Day Cruise Sponsor – Bliss Travel, Inc., and Mark Bliss

We also thank the hundreds of local business and individuals who donated items and financial support for our auctions and various games of chance, for without your generosity this event would not be possible.

The Class of ’83 team wins the Family Feud contest at Gala.

A special thank you to all the individual teams who were brave enough to compete in our first ever PHS FAMILY FEUD games! And to the “Class of ’83,” the winning team, comprised of Debra (Gettelfinger) Belviy, Michelle (McCauley) Dohrman, Phillip Kruer, Karen (Popp) Schueler, and Martha (Seipel) Wingate, a very special THANK YOU to these alumni for donating their prize of $1,000 back to Providence that evening. That was an unexpected, yet welcomed, surprise!

Brent Rogers ’89 emcees the Gala Deal or No Deal drawing while Felicia Koerber pulls the winning cards.

Our enormously talented Director of Special Events & Alumni Relations Ronda (Miller) Stumler ’83 deserves special acknowledgement for her tremendous work on the Gala. She led the following dedicated team on the Gala Committee: Angie (Grantz) Koopman ’83, Barbara Strahm, DeAnn (Kaiser) Burns ’82, Emily Banet, Kathy (Wilson) Ernstberger ’81, Mike Kerstiens, Stephanie (Mayfield) Mauk ’99, and Susan (Oster) DeVall ’83.

The fun and festivities were masterfully managed by emcee Brent Rogers ’89 (Sounds Unlimited Productions) and auctioneer Hunter Harritt ‘09 (Harritt Insurance/Harritt Group), making the evening most enjoyable.

Finally, thank you to the following volunteers and staff who toiled behind the scenes to help make things run smoothly: Doug Banet ’83, Ann (Chovan) Barnett ’89, Ann (Kaiser) Day ’80, Fred Ernstberger ’81, Debbie Fackler, Jody (Cooley) Fitzpatrick ‘81, Sue (Crone) Glordan ’82, Julie (Datillo) Harper ’80, Huber’s Orchard and Winery staff, Lynn Hesse, Steve Koopman, Phillip Kruer ’83, Robert Lanham, Brian Nance ’99, Valerie Resto, Jack Riddle, Connie Scharre, Dave Smith, Dolores Sparks, Kyle ’11 & Gretchen Strahm, Dewayne Stumler ’82, and Larry and Jan Weimer.

Once again, on behalf of the students we serve, THANK YOU!

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