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A look at the senior Winter Homecoming Court

The Winter Homecoming Court will be honored at the Homecoming Assembly on Friday, with the king being crowned at the assembly, and the queen  at halftime of the varsity Boys Basketball game on Saturday. The homecoming court includes freshmen Alex Kraft, Grace Purichia, Jaden Johnson, and Ben Kelly; sophomores Maddie Beyl, Brooklynn Nolot, Alex Barnett, and Garrett Huber; juniors Katie Beyl, Lilly Chapman, Isaac Ohlman and David Wall; and seniors Nadia Brooks, Jessica Hartlage, Avery Stumler, Brynna Walthers, Andrew Henderson, Taylor Hensley, Sterling Huber, and Bryce Hutchins.

Here is a Q&A with the Senior Court:

Nadia Brooks, House of Courage, Cheer, Student Ambassador

College Plans: Ball State University, psychology major

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: I was very excited when I found out I was able to be a part of the homecoming court this year. With it being my senior year, I feel as if it’s something I will remember for a long time. It is also a good way to end my time at Providence.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
A: There are a lot of events I’m looking forward to this semester at Providence. I’m excited to go on senior retreat. Some of my friends and previous seniors talk very highly about this retreat, and I’m excited to experience it for myself. I’m also looking forward to going to Dallas, Texas, this year with the Cheerleading team to compete in nationals.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Mr. Makowsky has had a very big impact on me. He always makes himself available to support and listen to students. He makes connections with students and has taught me the importance of building other people up.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite service activity I participated in while at Providence was working at the Salvation Army homeless shelter with a few of my friends. We stayed overnight at the shelter and prepared care packages for the homeless. The experience helped me to see things in life that we take for granted. I realized what an impact just one person can have if we step outside ourselves and take time to try to help someone.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: I enjoyed my junior retreat very much. I was able to connect with some of my classmates beyond my circle of friends. I felt closer to God after leaving retreat. I learned hard times we experience may be similar to someone else’s, and we can help each other through it.

Jessica Hartlage, Senior Activities Rep for the House of Truth, Girls Golf, and Student Ambassador.

College Plans: Indiana University Southeast, major is undecided

Question: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS
Answer: I am really looking forward to senior retreat.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Mr. Purichia has had a huge impact on my life. He not only taught me a lot in the classroom but many valuable life lessons as well.

Q: What is your favorite class?
A: My favorite class has been Intro to 3D Art. I took it this year to try something new, and I ended up loving it. It has been a nice break in my day and allows me to take a breath and have some fun.

Avery Stumler, Senior Executive Delegate for the House of Loyalty, Girls Soccer, Track, Student Ambassador, National Honor Society

College Plans: Major in nursing, undecided on where

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: Being on the Homecoming Court means a lot to me. I’m honored that my class chose me to represent them on the court.

Q: What is your favorite class?
A: My favorite class at Providence was AP Chemistry. I loved having Mr. Hutchins as a teacher. He made learning chemistry fun and interesting. I love chemistry and loved the class as a whole, even when it was challenging.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester at PHS?
A: I am looking forward to my senior retreat and all of the senior activities we get to be a part of in this last semester. Getting to experience all of these things with my best friends will be a lot of fun.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity was Guerin Day my junior year. It was my favorite because Bryce Drury and I won the Pioneer Relay, and then our house won Guerin Day, and it was so much fun.

Brynna Walthers, House of Justice, Volleyball, Green Dot Club, Pinterest Club, Bowling Team, Student Ambassador, National Honor Society Secretary, Pro-Life Club

College Plans: Purdue University; pre-law track

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: Being on the homecoming court is quite an honor for me, and I am honored to have been chosen to represent my school on such an exciting night.

Q: What has been your favorite service activity?
A: My favorite service project would be the time my Volleyball team and I volunteered at Saint Elizabeth’s in New Albany. I was able to grow closer with my team and make a difference in my own community, which is a very special memory for me.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I am looking forward to sharing unforgettable memories with my classmates in this last semester. I am excited for Senior Prom, senior retreat in February, and all of the exciting end-of-the-year senior activities.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: My favorite retreat opportunity thus far has been my junior retreat. I loved getting to know my classmates on a much closer level. I was also led by an amazing team of senior leaders last year who shared their very personal thoughts and stories. I am looking forward to my senior retreat in February.

Q: What is your favorite subject?
A: My favorite subjects are my government, history, and English classes, as they helped me decide what I wanted to study in college. I have had phenomenal teachers who have pushed me to work at a high level and become the student I am today.

Andrew Henderson, House of Faith executive delegate, Football, Boys Golf, Bowling, Student Ambassador, Honors Council

College Plans: Seeking an appointment to the Unites States Naval Academy but currently undecided

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: Being on the Homecoming Court is a great opportunity to represent my school and make some fun memories my senior year.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: Junior retreat was my favorite so far because it was a chance to grow in my faith and deepen my relationship with my peers.

Q: What has been your favorite House activity?
A: My favorite House activity has been helping with the Angel tree before Christmas. Shopping for children and the opportunity to help those in the community in need was amazing.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I am looking forward to having fun this last semester of high school and making memories.

Taylor Hensley, House of Loyalty, Cheer, Track, Boys Volleyball, Dive team

Question: What is your favorite class or subject?
Answer: My favorite class is Advanced P.E. because it gives me new things to try and to also have a little workout. My favorite subject is math because the feeling I get when I get that question right is just a great feeling. It also makes my brain work. 

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: Mr. Makowski has had the greatest impact on my life because I feel like I can trust and talk to him about anything. He’s just a great person.

Q: What does being on Homecoming Court mean to you?
A: Being on Homecoming means to me that you don’t have to have a certain last name or good grades to get on, but by being yourself you can express who you really are. That’s the real crown to me.

Sterling Huber, House of Justice, Boys Basketball, Pro Life Club

College plans: Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I’m looking forward to finishing out the basketball season with my teammates and winning sectionals. Also, just really enjoying everything that comes with senior year and making memories with my classmates.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat experience at PHS?
A: My favorite retreat at Providence is easily senior retreat. It’s hard to describe how great of an experience that was for me and how close I was able to get to some of my classmates that I never really talked to before.

Q: Which teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A:  The teacher who has had the greatest impact on me is Mr. Makowsky. He has had a really positive impact on my faith and is someone that I enjoy talking to about sports or just anything going on in our lives. He is someone that I have a great deal of respect for.

Bryce Hutchins, The House of Spirit, Baseball, Boys Basketball

College Plans: University of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, or Indiana University; accounting major

Question: What does being on the Homecoming Court mean to you?
Answer: It is an honor to be selected to represent Providence and my class.

Q: What are you looking forward to in your last semester?
A: I am looking forward to getting to play for Providence Baseball and Basketball for the last time, and hopefully having a lot of success.

Q: What teacher has had the greatest impact on you?
A: There are many great teachers here at Providence who have had a very positive impact on me, but if I have to choose one other than my dad, I would say Scott Hornung. Coach Hornung coached me for three years, and he has been a great example for me and someone whom I have always looked up to.

Q: What has been your favorite class at PHS?
A: Other than Advanced PE, where I get to employ my competitive spirit, I would say AP US History sophomore year with Mrs. Manning. It was an interesting class, and Mrs. Manning was a great teacher.

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