Providence is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory
Augustinian high school in New Lenox, IL. A dedicated and caring
faculty and staff integrate the core Augustinian values of truth, unity
and love into all dimensions of student life. A demanding curriculum,
inclusive service programs, competitive athletics and comprehensive
extracurricular offerings challenge students in a safe and nurturing
environment. Our most recent graduates earned scholarships valued at
nearly $28 million dollars. These seniors performed in excess of 20,000
hours of community service during their high school careers. In
addition, Providence Catholic has 29 state championship titles; the most
among private high schools in the state of Illinois.
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Providence Catholic Cheerleaders honored for 2nd Place finish at State
Six Providence Catholic Student-Athletes make College Commitments
Providence Catholic Announces the January Students of the Month
Providence Catholic to Host Junior High Music Step-Up Night
Providence Catholic Announces the December Students of the Month
Providence Catholic Names 43 Illinois State Scholars
Providence Catholic to Award Scholarships to Top Placement Exam Testers
Providence Catholic Announces the November Students of the Month
Seven Providence Catholic Student-Athletes make College Commitments
Providence Catholic Cheerleading Program to Host Annual Junior High Stunting Clinic
Providence Catholic Announces the First Quarter Honor Roll
Providence Catholic Announces the October Students of the Month
Providence Catholic Hosts Junior High Academic Bowl
Providence Catholic Theatre Club To Perform "Leap of Faith"
Providence Catholic to Host Open House for Future Families
Providence Catholic Announces the September Students of the Month
Celtics Bring Out the "FUN" in Fundraising
Providence Catholic Honors National Merit Commended Student
(New Lenox) - Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce that Patrick Connelly, Class of 2016 has been named a National Merit Commended Student. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships that began in 1955. More than 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. Approximately 34,000 students are named Commended Students. “We are very proud of Patrick and his academic achievement in this highly competitive program,” said Harper.
Patrick Connelly, son of John and Heidi Connelly of Tinley Park, is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School and a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. The honor roll student is a member of the National Honor Society, Band, Theatre Club, Computer Club and Strategic Games Club. Connelly has received many prestigious awards including the AP Scholar with Honor award and numerous PCHS academic subject awards.
Providence Catholic Honors the Recipients of the 2015 Cor Unum Award
(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School held their annual President’s Mass of Thanksgiving and Cor Unum award ceremony in late September. Guests gathered to honor this year’s Cor Unum recipients, Bob and Lisa Marth of Mokena and Eric and Carrie Steinbach of Lake Bluff.
The Marths have three children, Eric ‘11, Meghan ‘14 and Karly ‘17, two of whom are Providence Catholic alumni and one who is a current student. The Marth’s daughter, Meghan spoke on her siblings’ behalf, introducing her parents. She spoke of her parents’ upbringing in Catholic families, which was deep rooted in a strong Catholic education. She also spoke to their generosity and their passion for helping those less fortunate through various acts of service. The Marths have been active in the Hockey and Cheerleading programs as well as the Women’s Club and other fundraising activities at Providence Catholic. The Marths are parishioners at St. Stephens in Tinley Park.
The Steinbachs were introduced by Eric’s uncle, Bob Ropa. Mr. Ropa spoke of Eric’s formative years growing up and his love for football, but more importantly what a genuinely ‘nice guy’ he is. Supported by his equally benevolent wife, Carrie and their 5 young sons, Eric and Carrie continue to help others through numerous charities and strive to provide a Catholic education for those with financial need. They have made it their mission to help to provide others with similar experiences that they had growing up in caring and faith-filled environment like Providence Catholic.
The Cor Unum medallion, the school’s most prestigious honor, is awarded annually to persons who exemplify its inscription of "One Heart...in Ministry...in Mission...in Family." Rev. Richard J. McGrath, O.S.A. presented the Cor Unum medallions. “Both couples personify the meaning of ‘Cor Unum’ through their generosity to help Providence Catholic become the school it is today; a community of believers working toward the common goals of providing a safe and healthy environment for students to grow spiritually, academically and socially,” said Rev. Richard McGrath, O.S.A., President of Providence Catholic High School.
To highlight the importance of this award, a $5,000 endowed scholarship will be established in the name of each of the recipients. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need. Last year the school awarded sixteen Cor Unum Scholarships to students. “It is our hope that the Providence community will continue to contribute toward these scholarships to increase the financial assistance available to students in need,” offered Ed Barrett, Director of Institutional Advancement at PCHS. If you would like to support the Cor Unum Scholarship, please call Ed Barrett at (815) 717-3164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence Catholic Names 44 AP Scholar Award Recipients
(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce that 44 students have earned AP Scholar Awards by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams, which were taken in May. “We are extremely proud of these young men and women who strive for academic excellence,” said Harper.
According to data released by the College Board, Providence Catholic students earned the following AP Scholar awards:
AP Scholar with Distinction awardees include:
- 10 AP Scholars with Distinction, which is granted to students who earn an average of at least a 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams
- 11 AP Scholars with Honor is given to students who earn an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and a 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
- 23 AP Scholars, which is designated for students who receive 3 or higher on three or more AP exams
- Colin Brankin '16 (Orland Park)
- Ryan Carp '15 (New Lenox)
- Matthew Diehl '15 (Orland Park)
- Matthew Francis '15 (Orland Park)
- Annicka Griffith '15 (Lemont)
- Victoria Horak '15 (New Lenox)
- Andrew Jatis '15 (Homer Glen)
- Stephanie Mastorakos '15 (Homer Glen)
- Srirajkumar Ranganathan '15 (Lemont)
- Meghan Shea '15 (Orland Park)
AP Scholars with Honor awardees include:
- Sydney Bartecki '15 (Lockport)
- Jason Ciabattoni '16 (Frankfort)
- Patrick Connelly '16 (Tinley Park)
- Emma Griffiths '15 (Mokena)
- Patrick Kay '16 (Orland Park)
- Kerry Kole '15 (Homer Glen)
- Daniel MacLean '15 (Lemont)
- Jack Pell '15 (Mokena)
- Jillian Rademacher '15 (Mokena)
- Benjamin Wasicki '16 (Frankfort)
- Nicholas Zielinski '15 (Mokena)
AP Scholars include:
- Jacob Alfarah '15 (Orland Park)
- Michael Bonaguro '15 (Orland Park)
- Anne Corso '15 (Palos Park)
- Michael Davis '15 (New Lenox)
- Elizabeth Dennis '15 (Lockport)
- Thomas Dillman '16 (Peotone)
- John Eckenstein '15 (Homer Glen)
- Regan Flaherty '15 (Mokena)
- Brittany Hallberg '15 (Tinley Park)
- Alexander Jedlicka-Kriz '16 (Frankfort)
- Hunter Klein '16 (Joliet)
- Mary Kate Kozak '15 (New Lenox)
- Jakob Lambert '16 (Homer Glen)
- Matthew MacNab '15 (Homer Glen)
- Kevin McEneany '15 (Lemont)
- Adam Morrison '15 (Mokena)
- Samantha Schwartz '15 (Joliet)
- Mitchell Sharkey '15 (Mokena)
- James Sharkey '15 (Mokena)
- Kyle Struck '16 (Orland Park)
- Kevin Troy '15 (Homer Glen)
- Brenton Villasenor '15 (Lemont)
- John Wolf '16 (Orland Park)
Providence Catholic Names New Director of Annual Giving and Major Gifts
(New Lenox) - Ed Barrett, Director of Institutional Advancement at Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to name Jane Lagger as the school’s new Director of Annual Giving and Major Gifts. “Jane is a welcome addition to our Advancement Department and brings knowledge of donor directed funds and stewardship of treasure to our team. She will manage the annual giving program and coordinate donor relations for major benefactors to the Providence community,” said Barrett.
Jane joins Providence Catholic after serving the Diocese of Joliet for nine years as the Program Director for the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) under the direction of Bishop Daniel R. Conlon and former Bishop J. Peter Sartain. During her tenure at the CEF, Jane coordinated named scholarships and distributed over $10 million in financial aid to thousands of students at the 47 elementary schools and 7 Catholic high schools in the Diocese.
Furthermore, Jane worked for her parish, St. Dennis in Lockport, the County of DuPage and Hewitt Associates. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Benedictine University.
“It is exciting to be part of a warm and welcoming community who truly lives their mission statement. I feel a personal connection with Providence Catholic and have a particular fondness for the message of St. Augustine ~ to seek God in all things and above all things.” Jane’s top priority will be to strengthen donor giving and support the strategic goals of Providence Catholic High School. “I believe that if we can deepen the connection of alumni and parents, we can increase their philanthropic support of the school. When people become vested in the excellence of PCHS and understand the significant role of our benefactors; giving will naturally increase. My goal is to increase the number of gifts as well as the average gift,” said Lagger.
Jane and her husband, Scott, reside in Lockport and have three children (two currently attending PCHS and one recent graduate), Sam ‘15, Emma ‘16, and Ted ‘17.
Providence Catholic Honors National Merit Semifinalist
(New Lenox) - Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce that Colin Brankin, Class of 2016 has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships that began in 1955. More than 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. Approximately 16,000 of the 1.5 million students are named semifinalists. “We are very proud of Colin who has shown his tremendous academic aptitude in this highly competitive program. His dedication to academic excellence is truly commendable,” said Harper.
Semifinalist Colin Brankin, son of Patrick and Susan Brankin of Orland Park, is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School and a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. The honor roll student is an officer in the school’s National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Council and a member of the Augustinian Youth Ministry and Spanish National Honor Society. Brankin is also a Student Ambassador, Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, Retreat Leader and Peer Tutor. Furthermore, he has been a member of the Math and Scholastic Bowl teams for his entire high school career and the Mock Trial team for the past three years.
Brankin received many prestigious awards including the AP Scholar with Distinction award, numerous PCHS academic subject awards and was named PCHS Student of the Month four times. He was also a 3-time State Qualifier for the school’s Math Team and took 1st place at the Masonics and IHSA Regional Scholastic Bowl competitions in 2015. Moreover, Brankin has been a member of the Celtic Volleyball team for his entire high school career.
Providence Catholic to Host Annual Cheerleading Clinic and Breakfast Food Drive
(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic High School's Cheerleading Program will host its Annual Cheer Clinic and Breakfast Food Drive for students in grades kindergarten through 8 on Monday, October 12 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Individuals and teams are welcome. The cost is $40 per participant, which includes a PC cheerleading tee shirt and a pass to regular PCHS home athletic events for the 2015-16 season. Participants are asked to register by September 18, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Varsity Cheerleading Celtics are the 2013 State Champions, five-time Sectional Champions, and five-time National Champions. During the clinic, participants will have the opportunity to learn chants, cheers, motions, jumps, and stunt with the Celtic cheerleaders and coaches. A light snack will be provided during the clinic, but participants are asked to bring their own water and a non-perishable breakfast item to donate to a local food pantry. Parents are invited to watch their child perform a special routine at noon.
Registration forms and additional information are available at: http://il.8to18.com/providence/activities/cheerleading/g. Please contact Coach Peggy Jensen, Clinic Coordinator at email@example.com with any questions.