Athlete Profile: Maria Agudelo Volleyball Marvel

Maria Agudelo '16 is on the right and ready for play. Photo used by permission from facebook.
Maria Agudelo ’16 is on the right and ready for play. Photo used by permission from facebook.

At only 15 years old Maria Agudelo ’16 finds herself a crucial player on the varsity volleyball team. With 8 years of experience and 70 inches in her favor, it isn’t hard to see why.

 “I realized I was good at volleyball in gym class because of my teacher… my mom played volleyball when she was in high school.”

 Since then she has remained committed to volleyball, playing an average of about 10 – 12 hours a week in the offseason.

 Last year Agudelo came to Providence from Columbia and this year is her first year on the varsity team.

 The middle hitter, also called middle blocker, stands front and center – most literally. In this position Agudelo sees much of the action in any given game and is expected to block whenever possible as well as react to quick sets.

 “I love Maria. She’s good at what she does and she knows what she’s doing,” said Heather Leuer ‘14.

 However, Agudelo is no stranger to losing. “Sometimes when I feel I give my very best I think that I can learn more things about losing.”

 As a sophomore starter, Agudelo has a bright future in the sport and hopes to be recruited.

Homecoming week to feature dancing football players, annual Powderpuff game and bonfire

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Homecoming week festivities will begin on Monday, September 23 and will continue through the week.

On Monday, students will be able to wear homecoming T-shirts from 2013 and years past. The high school will begin playing the game “Marked” throughout the day. At 7pm, the movie “Rudy” will be shown in the courtyard, weather permitting.

Tuesday will be class colors day. Freshmen will be wearing red, sophomores will be wearing green, juniors will be wearing orange, and seniors will be wearing pink. Everyone will still be playing “Marked” along with the pin-game. The girls will be able to get pins in the atrium before school, and the boys will be looking to take the pins from them. The person with the most pins wins. There will be a scavenger hunt in House and an after-school Capture-the-Flag game beginning once school is out for the day. At 7pm, students are encouraged to attend the varsity girl’s volleyball game, where Providence will take on Rockford.

On Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear classic prep clothing. “Marked” will continue throughout the day. There will be a pep fest during activity period, which will feature the long-awaited Spirit Squad and Football player dance as well as the fall sports video of the teams dancing to “Call Me Maybe”. At 4pm, the varsity girl’s tennis team is playing Mounds Park, and students are encouraged to attend the match. At 7pm, junior girls will face off against the senior girls in the annual Powderpuff game.

Thursday will be an all school mass, so the upper school will not have an out of uniform day. “Marked” will again continue throughout the day. At 4:30pm, students are encouraged to watch the varsity boy’s soccer team play Concordia. Praise, Worship, and Adoration with the NET Team will be held in the chapel from 7-8:30pm.

Spirit wear can be worn on Friday, and the game of “Marked” concludes. At 7pm, the varsity boy’s football team plays Minnehaha, and there will be a bonfire following the game until 11pm.

Saturday will conclude the 2013 Homecoming week at Providence Academy. From 8-11pm, there will be a semi-formal, non-themed dance.

Mrs. Peterson on duty

Mrs. Sally Peterson is the new Upper School office assistant.
Mrs. Sally Peterson is the new Upper School office assistant.

Mrs. Sally Peterson now fills the seat of Upper School office assistant Mrs. Downs left weeks ago. It is here she now resides daily, writing out student passes and marking tardies.

Mrs. Peterson is a Minnesotan by birth. After attending Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, she earned her degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

“I was the nurse manager of an eye clinic in Edina for almost nine years,” said Mrs. Peterson, before she became a stay-at-home mom.

Mrs. Peterson’s two kids both attend PA: sons Charlie, a 4th grader, and Henry, who is in preschool.

In her free time, “I play with the kids a lot,” she said. Mrs. Peterson also likes running; she raced in the Lozilu Women’s Mud Run 5K this year.

She also loves to read, naming “Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert as one of her favorite books.

As she learns the rewards and challenges of the job of office assistant, Mrs. Peterson’s message to Upper School students is imploring.

“Always check in and check out on the yellow sheets!” she said, with a gesture toward the clipboard on the counter of her desk.

PA Says Goodbye to Quarters

PageLines- footer_paw.pngThere are numerous changes happening at Providence this year. There is construction and the difficulties in parking due to it, the building of the new college counseling offices in the Upper School library, and many other new rules. Among these changes is that there are no longer quarters.

“There are many reasons for not having quarters,” said Mr. Tiffany, Dean of Academics. “One is that the quarter system added unnecessary stress. Artificial halfway points in the semester had teachers divide the semester into equal halves. It unbalanced the semester so that if there was one test in the first quarter and three in the second then it makes the grading unbalanced.”

Brendon Boldt ‘13 says the fact that there are no more quarters makes much more sense.

“It’s a lot more practical, because colleges don’t look at your quarter grades, they look at your semester grade,” said Boldt. “Also there is no pressure of the quarter ending.”

Colleges look at the high school transcript that doesn’t have quarter grades on it but has the semester grades on it.

“They [colleges] look at the transcript that has the semester grades on it and not the quarter grades,” said Mr. Tiffany.

Although some of the structure of the school year is gone, not having quarters may help relieve the stress of finishing the quarter with good grades. Also, the teachers will no longer have have to turn in all the grades, print them, publish them, and send the grades out. It eliminates unnecessary work and also saves money.

Hope in the form of Duck Dynasty

Photo source: A&E Television
Photo source: A&E Television

Lately, it seems like all the shows on TV are junk. There is The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, teaching viewers around the world to fall in love on TV just because it gives you a fuzzy feeling inside. There’s Gossip Girl, which portrays the party lifestyle of New York high schoolers as “the norm”. And there’s Breaking Bad, a show that makes you root for a meth-cooking scientist.

But, wait, there’s hope, and it’s in the form of Duck Dynasty.

A redneck, lovable, Christian-focused family, a success story that requires old-fashioned hard work and determination, and joy in simple human endeavors. Duck Dynasty doesn’t fit in with the shows on TV today, and thank God for that.

Every night before dinner, the Robertson family sits down and thanks God for the simple things: a good day, a healthy family, a sale at the company. How many times as busy human beings do we sit down and enjoy dinner with our entire family? The Robertson’s haven’t lost sight of the importance of God in family life, and they’re teaching their viewers that.

That’s not to say that the show is boring, because it most definitely is not. Uncle Si provides endless laughs with his questionable and crazy antics, Grandma Kay and her love for her son’s wives show that mother-in-laws aren’t so bad after all, and Phil’s confusion while interacting with his numerous grandchildren is sure to put a smile on your face.

There will always be TV shows that make you question whether a moral compass even exists in the hearts of the writers of the shows. They will always be intriguing due to crude humor and crazy antics that allow you to live vicariously through the characters. We as humans will always be addicted to watching the shows that make our blood boil and our heart beat fast.

Wednesdays at 9 pm on A&E Television Networks, the Robertson family takes center stage. Take an hour out of your evening to watch the shenanigans that make Duck Dynasty the wholesome show that it is.