The club fair extraordinaire

 

Students attend the annual Club Fair.
Students attend the annual Club Fair. (Photo by Lauren Perinovic)

As a substitute for House, Providence’s annual club fair took place place this week in gym C. From “Sailing” to “Dead Directors Society,” students were able to attain information from various clubs.

Encompassing the perimeter of the gym, each club had a table stocked with information hoping to captivate prospective members.

 “The club fair was better this year because we could walk around easier. Last year, it was way too crowded and there was no space to move,” states Liz Murphy ’16 of the fair’s improvement.

 While some clubs lured in students by the promise of candy, others like the “Robotics Club” had their own approach.

 John Mikkelson ‘15 said, “Robotics seems really cool, they have a robot that shoots frisbees.”

 On a heavier note, The Lions for Life club worked on promoting the central mission of their club.

 “Our goal for this booth is to primarily get people interested, and secondly promote the pro-life message,” says Melanie Eastham ’14.

 The purpose of the club fair is to facilitate the process of getting involved. Less initiative is required of those signing up at the fair, as opposed to students having to individually seek out club information.

 Showing involvement in all four years of high school is important to colleges. Nick Bruno ’14 states, “Joining clubs takes learning outside the classroom. It shows you have initiative to be involved in things other than sports and academics.”

 One misconception about the club fair is that it’s just meant for underclassman, and that it is too late to get involved in your later high school years.

Thomas LeVoir ‘14 says, “I was nervous about joining clubs in my younger years, but now that I’m a senior, I want to branch out. There’s no reason not to join something you want to do.”

PA commemorates 9/11

Flags line the driveway and sidewalks of PA in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Flags line the driveway and sidewalks of PA in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Lauren Perinovic)

The twelfth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy is upon the American people, and Providence Academy students are honoring the victims in a special way.

In what has become an annual tradition, the front entrance of PA is patriotically decked out with 2997 American flags, one for each life lost in the terrorist attack in 2001.

The “Lions for Life” were in charge of lining the sidewalks.

2013-14 Providence NET Team members announced

The NET team will arrive at PA on the week of September 16th. They are: Back row: Josh Hollcraft, Anna Roa, Luke Berke, Sarah Marie Pedersen Front row: Mark Schumacher, Grace Rogers, Andrew Larochelle, Jacque Szczepanski
The NET team will arrive at PA on the week of September 16th. Back row: Josh Hollcraft, Anna Roa, Luke Berke, Sarah Marie Pedersen
Front row: Mark Schumacher, Grace Rogers, Andrew Larochelle, Jacque Szczepanski

The new school year is upon us at Providence Academy, which means that a new NET Team will be joining us in the yellow hallways beginning the week of September 16th.

The team is comprised of eight young people from around the United States. PA’s 2013-14 team members are:

Grace Rogers (Team Leader)- 22 from Litiz, PA
Anna Roa- 22 from Lexington, KY
Sarah Marie Pedersen- 19 from Charlottesville, VA
Jacque Szczepanski- 19 from Turner, OR
Andrew Larochelle (Team Leader)- 23 from Dayton, OH
Luke Berke- 22 from Lincoln, NE
Mark Schumacher- 19 from Perham, MN
Josh Hollcraft- 18 from Hughson, CA

Mr. Richard Carillo, who is in charge of campus ministry, says he is just as excited for the NET Team to arrive as anyone else.

“They definitely bring a lot of joy to the halls and are a great witness of someone living their life with a vibrant faith,” he said.

Mr. Carillo says the team will be planning many events such as FUEL Nights. Friday Adoration will begin once again as well.

 

Upper School Library to be converted into College Counseling Center

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Students this fall are sharing their Atrium space with white, plastic bubbles that shield them from the construction going on inside the Library. (Photo by Lila Anderson)

The Upper School’s most popular hangout, The Atrium, has been invaded by strangers in hard hats and the clanging noises of machinery.  The Upper School Library is shielded from view by large white tarps as construction crews work to convert the space into a new College Counseling Center, along with an area for a smaller library.

 The center, one of the several ongoing construction projects at PA, will include three new offices for Upper School counselors. Mrs. Mary Sue Walker, Mr. Brian Estrada, the college counselors, and guidance counselor Mrs. Catherine Berry will move their offices to their new home in mid-October, when the project is scheduled to be complete. The administration designed the new center to be a multi-use facility with a focus on college counseling.

“I think we will serve your college needs even better,” said Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt, citing the center as one of the things he is most excited about in the new school year.

Besides college counseling, the center will still serve as a library, with books being relocated to the back wall (by the windows and furniture), as well as serve several other purposes.

“The new center can be used for larger class meetings, study halls, and computers will be available as well,” said Dr. Ferdinandt.

Students have mixed feelings about the construction in the Atrium and the possible restrictions on their use of the library.

“I never used the library much anyway,” said Vince Sellner ‘14.

“I used it extensively,” disagreed Brendon Boldt ‘14, who was often in the library after school and during study hall. “Not having easy access to the computers is really going to hurt for the rest of the year.”

While Dr. Ferdinandt has quelled rumors that the Upper School Library will be entirely replaced by the new center, students will have to wait until mid-October (or late October, as Dr. Ferdinandt predicts) to see the final product.

Construction crews are working to convert the library space into a College Counseling Center. (Photo by Lila Anderson)
Construction crews are working to convert the library space into a College Counseling Center. (Photo by Lila Anderson)

Back to the grind: 2013 fall sports updates

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Alarm clocks are blaring at early hours of the morning, there is an increase in caffeine intake, and extreme mental and physical exhaustion are apparent…all this before the first day of school.

On August twelfth, Providence athletes made their way out to tryouts, marking the beginning of the Minnesota Fall sports season. For the last two weeks, they have been working to impress their coaches, getting back into shape, and becoming familiar with their new team. All of the teams have already played in competitive games or scrimmages. A significant portion of the season takes place before school begins, which is a critical time in any team’s development.

Girls Volleyball

Heading into tryouts, the girls volleyball players knew they would have a young team, losing nine seniors. Half of the team is composed of girls who were previously on JV.

Heather Leuer ‘14 states, “Our main focus this first week was getting everyone on the same page. Whenever you have a new group of girls it’s important to get them to learn how everyone else plays, so we can play as a team instead of individuals.”

In practice, heavy emphasis has been put on practicing blocking and passing. After losing a close game to Heritage Christian Academy, (3-2) Leuer expects that adjusting these areas will give the team opportunity for major growth.

“Friday’s game was a good loss against a good team; We have no reason to feel poorly about ourselves. Everyone is excited to get back to it, and fix the problems in preparation for future games,” states Leur.

Cross Country

The Providence Cross Country team is working on building a strong team through recruiting runners with a dedicated interest in the sport.  After losing eleven seniors, the team is trying to fill the missing spots.

“The focus this year is creating a hardworking team that encourages the younger kids to stick with the team for the years to come,” states Jenny Walz ’14.

The first race of the season was against Anoka High School. One of the challenges in this race was dealing with the extremely uncomfortable heat with temperatures reaching the high 90’s.

Staying positive, Walz states, “I think it was good to help us get an idea of the younger kids abilities.”

Boys Soccer

Only losing two Seniors, the Boys Soccer team is looking forward to a strong season, having played many years together.

The team traveled to Duluth to play two of their first season games. The boys tied Hermantown 1-1  and beat Superior 3-0.

Luke Ziesmer ’14 states, “What I took away from these first games was that our offense needs to finish our opportunities. We have a very strong defense this year, and I believe that will be a large factor for a successful season.”

In practice, the boys have been working on playing one-touch soccer, playing smart, and by scoring on every chance they have.

In the future, Ziesmer believes, “We will likely prepare differently for the next games because we play better teams than the teams we played this past weekend. Our team possession will have to be better against them.”

Girls Soccer

Similar to  boys soccer, the girls are also are an experienced team, only losing one senior.

The first game of the season was against Orono High School, who the girls lost to in sections in  the 2012 season. This year, Orono squeaked by and beat Providence, with a score of 1-0.

“This is the best we’ve ever done against Orono and it gives us a really good outlook for the rest of the season. We’re hoping the rest of the season goes just as well as it started off,” states Paige McAuliffe ’14.

After coming so close to winning their first game, the girls’ soccer players are determined to attain positive results.

“Our focus has been bonding as a team. We have incredible players and now we just need to be able to work together,” says McAuliffe.

Football

The pressure is on for the boys football team who made it to the section finals last season, losing in a close overtime game. This year, there are five returning players who have starting experience.

“The focus in practice early on is to define the roles of all the players and to implement the offense, defense and special teams,” states Conor White’ 13

On August 24th, the team was able to get in a competitive mindset in a series of scrimmages against Blake, St. Paul Harding, Patrick Henry and the Rockford Area Schools District.

Of what he took away from the scrimmages, White stated, “We are deep in both offensive and defensive lines and are athletes that can make plays in space.”

The first game of the season is Friday August 30th, in an away games versus St. Agnes.

“We are preparing quite well for our first game and have a few kinks to work out, but we feel very confident entering the season,” states White.

Girls Tennis

Although the girls did not lose any seniors, the team welcomed four new players to their squad.

“This year we are focusing on conditioning to build up our stamina for match play,” states Lauren Athmann’ 13.

The girls played their first tournament at Glenco-Silver Lake High School. The team lost to centennial 1-6 but defeated Glenco 7-0.

“I was happy with how we all played, but we need to improve our mental game for upcoming matches,” states Athmann.

 

The 2013-2014 school year kicked-off August 28th, signifying the beginning of homework and the deadline for that neglected summer reading, but for fall sports athletes, the pressure has been felt long before school even started.