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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 27 state championship titles; the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois.


12/14/14

Providence Catholic announces the November Students of the Month

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(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce the school’s “Students of the Month” for November. “We are very proud of these students who were recognized for achievements and/or improvement in school courses as well as other school-related activities,” said Harper.

Every month, each academic department chairperson selects one student as its “Student of the Month” from a number of students nominated by faculty and staff.  Students of the Month receive a certificate of recognition, have their photos displayed in Providence Catholic High School’s main hallway for the following month and are invited as a group to have lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Janlyn Auld.

The Providence Catholic High School Students of the Month for November are standing left to right: junior Johanna Bastas of Mokena (Fine Arts), freshman Scott Slocum of Channahon (Physical Education), junior Jack Wheeler of Homer Glen (English), senior Dan Ricker of Tinley Park (Administration), senior Benjamin Justice of Homer Glen (World Language), sophomore John Irwin of Homer Glen (Science), sophomore Jake Scheeringa of Plainfield (Mathematics) and junior Allison Hernandez of Homer Glen (Theology).   Sitting left to right: senior Elise Jazdzewski of Homer Glen (Tutoring), senior Zoe Horak of Lockport (Social Science & Business) and senior Clayre Bandyk of Mokena (Technology).

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12/10/14

Providence Catholic to Award Placement Exam Scholarships to Top Testers

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School will host its Incoming Freshman Placement Exam on Saturday, January 10, 2015, beginning at 8 a.m.  The exam is open to all eighth graders interested in attending Providence Catholic for the 2015-2016 school year.  Pre-registration is not necessary, but there is a $25 testing fee due on the day of the exam.  All testers are asked to bring two #2 pencils and a completed Student Information Form, which is available on the Placement Exam page of the school’s website.  Calculators are not allowed to be used for the exam.

The top fifteen scorers on the Placement Exam will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward his/her freshman year tuition.  Significant scholarship and grant opportunities are available to prospective students; information will be provided to students the day of this exam.  More than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants were awarded to current students.

Providence Catholic is a co-educational, college preparatory Augustinian high school located on 75 acres in New Lenox. 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 28 state championship titles; the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois.

Please call Mrs. Rachel Ellingson at 815-717-3160 with any questions concerning Providence Catholic’s Incoming Freshman Placement Exam.  The school is located at 1800 W. Lincoln Hwy. in New Lenox.

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12/4/14

Providence Catholic names 46 Illinois State Scholars

(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School is pleased to announce that 46 students have been recognized as 2015-2016 Illinois State Scholars.  This prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) that recognizes the top high school students from across the state as this year’s State Scholars.  Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores at the end of the junior year.  “We are very proud of these students and their significant accomplishment,” offered Harper.

The following 46 senior students from Providence Catholic High School have been named 2015-2016 Illinois State Scholars:  Kyle Burke (Homer Glen), Michael Bonaguro (Orland Park), Ryan Carp (New Lenox), Erik Carroll (Tinley Park), Justin Chmura (Tinley Park), Anne Corso (Palos Park), Michael Davis (New Lenox), Katherine Deters (Joliet), Cameron DiBiaso (Homer Glen), Matthew Diehl (Orland Park), Mary Fashingbauer (Tinley Park), Matthew Francis (Orland Park), Ryan Gardner (Lemont), Maeve Garvey (Mokena), Genevieve Gerrity (Homer Glen), Morgan Greenwood (Shorewood), Corynne Griffith (Lemont), Emma Griffiths (Mokena), Brittany Hallberg (Tinley Park), Victoria Horak (New Lenox), Ashley Hovorka (Lockport), Andrew Jatis (Homer Glen), Christina Jazdzewski (Homer Glen), Brian Jensen (Tinley Park), Beth Kavanaugh (Tinley Park), Kerry Kole (Homer Glen), Daniel MacLean (Lemont), Matthew MacNab (Homer Glen), Stephanie Mastorakos (Homer Glen), Kevin McEneany (Lemont), Adam Morrison (Mokena), Jack Pell (Mokena), Jill Rademacher (Mokena), Raj Ranganathan (Lemont), Joseph Santschi (New Lenox), Amelia Schroeder (Joliet), James Sharkey (Mokena), Mitchell Sharkey (Mokena), Meghan Shea (Orland Park), Christian Spesia (Joliet), Kevin Troy (Homer Glen), Kyle Troy (Homer Glen), Shannon Washburn (Lockport), Stephen Westman (Tinley Park), Andrea Zecca (Minooka) and Nicholas Zielinski (Mokena).

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11/25/14

Providence Catholic to host Christmas Concert and Toy Instrument Collection

(New Lenox) – To celebrate the holiday season, Providence Catholic High School invites the community to attend their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, December 15.   The talented PCHS Choir, Concert and Jazz Bands will perform at 7 PM in the school’s Sacred Heart Gymnasium (enter door 9).  The evening will be filled with traditional Christmas music so guests can sing along.  Admission is free, however, there will be a collection at the door for those who are able to donate a toy instrument or make a monetary donation.  Donations will benefit children in Haiti.  There will also be a reception in the school’s cafeteria following the concert.  For more information, please call (815) 717-3152 or (815) 717-3321. 

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11/19/14

Providence Catholic announces the October Students of the Month

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(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce the school’s “Students of the Month” for October. “We are very proud of these students who were recognized for achievements and/or improvement in school courses as well as other school-related activities,” said Harper.

Every month, each academic department chairperson selects one student as its “Student of the Month” from a number of students nominated by faculty and staff.  Students of the Month receive a certificate of recognition, have their photos displayed in Providence Catholic High School’s main hallway for the following month and are invited as a group to have lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Janlyn Auld.

The Providence Catholic High School Students of the Month for October are standing left to right: senior Haley Troche of Joliet (Administration), senior Jessica Purvis of Shorewood (September -Tutoring), junior Olivia McGill of Plainfield (Fine Arts), freshman Cole Smith of Channahon (Tutoring), sophomore Matthew Troy of Homer Glen (World Language), freshman Domas Kavaliauskas of Lemont (Science), junior Caleigh Jaskierski of Tinley Park (English), junior Emily Bowles of Tinley Park (Theology) and sophomore Shannon Knoebel of Lockport (Mathematics).  Sitting left to right: sophomore Samantha Dorning of Orland Park (Social Science & Business), freshman Claire Barrett of Tinley Park (Physical Education) and freshman Natalie Schaefer of Mokena (Technology).

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11/13/14

Five Providence Catholic Student-Athletes make College Commitments

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(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce that Damon Bartos, Jack Brody, Morgan Greenwood, Alyssa Jurges and Troy Howat will continue their respective sports at the collegiate level.  “We are extremely proud of these young men and women for their leadership and hard work.  We wish them the very best in college and in the future,” said Harper.

Damon Bartos, son of Mike and Michelle Bartos of Mokena, committed to continue his baseball career at Marian University (Fond du Lac, WI).  Bartos received an athletic scholarship and plans to major in Environmental Science.  He is a graduate of Mokena Junior High School and a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church.

Jonathan (Jack) Brody, son of John and Sue Brody of Lockport, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Indianapolis where he will continue his basketball career.  Brody received an athletic scholarship and plans to major in Sports Marketing.  He is a graduate of Homer Junior High and a parishioner at St. Dennis.  Brody has been a member of the Celtic basketball team for the past four years and is senior Team Captain.  He was named CCL All-Conference and All-Area.

Morgan Greenwood, daughter of Kelvin and Erin Greenwood of Shorewood, signed her National Letter of Intent to attend DePaul University where she will continue her softball career.  Greenwood received an athletic scholarship and plans to major in Chemistry (Pre-Medicine).  She is a graduate of Holy Family School and is a parishioner at Second Baptist Church.  The honor roll student is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the Celtic softball team for her entire high school career.  Greenwood is senior co-captain, named All-Conference for past three years, All-Area Honorable Mention in 2014 and currently holds the school’s homerun record (16).

Alyssa Jurges, daughter of Paul and Lynne Jurges of New Lenox, signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Lewis University where she will continue her basketball career.  Jurges received both and an academic and athletic scholarship and plans to major in Communications.  She is a graduate of Liberty Junior High and is a parishioner at St. Jude Church in New Lenox.  The honor roll student is a member of Habitat for Humanity and has been a member of the Celtic basketball team for the past four years.  Jurges is a two year Team Captain and was named All-State, All-Area, and All-Conference last season.
 
Troy Howat, son of Rick and Janet Howat of Plainfield, committed to continue his basketball career at Carroll University (Waukesha, WI) where he plans to major in Physical Therapy.  He is a graduate of St. Mary Immaculate School and a parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate Church.  The honor roll student is a member of the National Honor Society, Mock Trial Team and has been a member of the Celtic basketball team for the past four years.

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11/10/14

Providence Catholic Cheerleaders to Host Annual Junior High Stunting Clinic

(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic High School cheerleaders invite students in grades 6-8 to attend their third Annual Stunting Clinic on Tuesday, December 9 (4:30 pm to 7:30 pm).  The Providence Catholic cheerleading team were 2013 State Champions, five-time Sectional Champions and five-time National Champions.  The cost is $35.00 per participant, which includes a PC cheerleading tee shirt and a 2014-15 season pass to regular-season PCHS home athletic events. 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn proper stunting technique, execution and progression within a stunt-group setting; flyers will learn body positions and stretching exercises.  Individuals and stunt groups are welcome.  Clinic participants should bring a light snack and water.  Please register by Friday, November 21 to ensure your tee shirt size by visiting the PCHS cheerleaders 8to18 webpage.  If you have any questions about the Clinic, please contact Laura Duesing, Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach at pchscheer@comcast.net or Coach Peggy Jensen, Clinic Coordinator at peggyjensen5@yahoo.com.  The Clinic will be held at Providence Catholic High School at 1800 W. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, IL. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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11/7/14

Providence Catholic Names AP Scholar Award Recipients
 
(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce that 38 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.
 
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Three student qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Eric Connelly '14 (Tinley Park), Jessica Talwar '14 (Orland Park) and Kimberly Trochuck '14 (Homer Glen).
 
Eleven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Kathleen Andrews '14 (New Lenox), Julie Baffoe '14 (Orland Park), Eric Connelly '14 (Tinley Park), Samantha Irvin '14 (Joliet), Sean Murray '14 (Manhattan), Clare O'Donnell '14 (Lemont), Noah Peterman '14 (New Lenox), Daniel Salazar '14 (Joliet), Jessica Talwar '14 (Orland Park), Kimberly Trochuck '14 (Homer Glen) and Maia Zalik '14 (Orland Park).

Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Joseph Fekech '14 (Plainfield), Emma Griffiths '15 (Mokena), Zachary Lake '14 (Manhattan), Morgan Manghera '14 (Tinley Park), Stephanie Mastorakos '15 (Homer Glen), Margaret Turk '14 (Joliet), Elisia Venegas '14 (Crest Hill), Connor Welch '14 (New Lenox) and Tanner Zielinski '14 (Shorewood).

Eighteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher.  These students are Anne Corso '15 (Palos Park), Katherine Czerwinski '14 (Homer Glen), Michael Davis '15 (New Lenox), Taylor Dickason '14 (Frankfort), Michael Ford '14 (Homer Glen), Megan Gardner '14 (Lemont), Meghan Grill '14 (Homer Glen), Alexandra Kieffer '14 (Orland Park), Kaitlyn Kman '14 (Tinley Park), Kyleigh Maday '14 (Lemont), Kevin McEneany '15 (Lemont), Daniel Niemiec '14 (Homer Glen), Jack Pell '15 (Mokena), Srirajkumar Ranganathan '15 (Lemont), Joseph Schaefer '14 (Mokena), Courtney Suggs '14 (Frankfort), Anne Whisson '14 (Homer Glen) and Haolin Zhu '14 (Plainfield).

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11/6/14

Providence Catholic Observes Red Ribbon Week

(New Lenox) -  Red Ribbon Week was marked at Providence Catholic High School in late October.  PCHS took many steps to promote awareness for its students.  At the beginning of the week, Guidance Department aides distributed red wristbands to the entire student body.  Throughout the week, Augustinian Youth Ministry (AYM) members staffed an educational display table in the cafeteria where students were encouraged to take publications warning of the dangers of drug use.  Midweek, students wore red to take a stand against the illegal use of drugs and alcohol.  Furthermore, students discussed these issues in their Theology and Health classes throughout the week.

The Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 as a response to the torture and death of a federal drug enforcement agent, Enrique Camarena.  Wearing and displaying red ribbons are signs that an individual is against the promotion, sale, purchase and use of illegal drugs or any drug used in an illegal or unhealthy way.  This includes the use of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21.

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11/5/14

Providence Catholic High School Announces First Quarter Honor Roll

(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce the school’s First Quarter Honor Roll.  The honor roll includes two categories; first honors recipients must obtain a 3.51 - 4.00 G.P.A., whereas second honors students receive a 3.00 - 3.50 G.P.A.  “Nearly seventy-five percent of our students made the first quarter honor roll.  We are very proud of our students who work hard in the classroom and strive for academic excellence,” said Harper.

The First Quarter Honor Roll includes:

Seniors 1st Honors: Justino Alberico (Manhattan), Jacob Alfarah (Orland Park), Elena Alvarez (Shorewood), Grace Barrett (Tinley Park), Tess Barrett (Tinley Park), Sydney Bartecki (Lockport), Mary Beattie (Wilmington), Danielle Beechy (New Lenox), Erin Blackburn (Mokena), Matthew Bomba (Plainfield), Michael Bonaguro (Orland Park), Victoria Borrelli (Frankfort), Robert Brueggert (New Lenox), Zoe Bruni (Lockport), Grace Burchett (Mokena), Kyle Burke (Homer Glen), Carter Bussey (Lockport), Andrew Byars (Homer Glen), Ryan Carp (New Lenox), Erik Carroll (Tinley Park), Dominic Cascino (Palos Park), Matthew Cederberg (Plainfield), Justin Chmura (Tinley Park), Carly Cicirale (Lockport), John Colbert (Manhattan), Anne Corso (Palos Park), Michael Covelli (Lockport), Kristen Crawford (Elwood), Madeline Culligan (Orland Park), Michael Daly (New Lenox), Michael Davis (New Lenox), Margaret DeMauro (Tinley Park), Elizabeth Dennis (Lockport), Katherine Deters (Joliet), Cameron DiBiaso (Homer Glen), Matthew Diehl (Orland Park), Madeline Dudczyk (Joliet), Angela Duensing (Mokena), Leah Duggins (Palos Park), John Duzansky (Mokena), John Eckenstein (Homer Glen), Mary Fashingbauer (Tinley Park), Madison Fisher (Tulsa), Kerianne Fitzgerald (Manhattan), Regan Flaherty (Mokena), Matthew Francis (Orland Park), Kyle Gardner (Lemont), Ryan Gardner (Lemont), Maeve Garvey (Mokena), Genevieve Gerrity (Homer Glen), Morgan Greenwood (Shorewood), Annicka Griffith (Lemont), Corynne Griffith (Lemont), Emma Griffiths (Mokena), Bryan Grill (Homer Glen), Isabel Guidotti (Plainfield), Nicholas Hahn (Frankfort), Brittany Hallberg (Tinley Park), Brian Heidegger (Orland Park), Meghan Hickey (Homer Glen), Brendan Hoffmeister (Homer Glen), Victoria Horak (New Lenox), Zosia Horak (Lockport), Katriona Horan (Orland Park), Ashley Hovorka (Lockport), Troy Howat (Plainfield), Justin Hunniford (Frankfort), Thi Huynh (Mokena), Andrew Jatis (Homer Glen), Christina Jazdzewski (Homer Glen), Brian Jensen (Tinley Park), Alyssa Jurges (New Lenox), McKenna Kaup (Orland Park), Kajus Kavaliauskas (Lemont), Beth Kavanaugh (Tinley Park), Kerry Kole (Homer Glen), Jacqueline Loupakos (Lemont), Kevin Lynch (Orland Park), Daniel MacLean (Lemont), Matthew MacNab (Homer Glen), Gillian Madia (Joliet), Joshua Magold (Orland Hills), Stephanie Mastorakos (Homer Glen), Will McCabe (Mokena), Matthew McConnell (Mokena), Brendan McDonnell (Tinley Park), Kevin McEneany (Lemont), Daniel Miller (Tinley Park), Sarah Miller (Channahon), Elise Morris (Plainfield), Adam Morrison (Mokena), Theresa Murphy (Tinley Park), Christian Nielsen (Plainfield), Micaela Niven (Lockport), Martin Palmasani (New Lenox), Karina Pantoja (Lockport), Jake Payton (Orland Park), Kaitlyn Peil (Tinley Park), Jack Pell (Mokena), Maryssa Presbitero (Homer Glen), Jillian Rademacher (Mokena), Srirajku Ranganathan (Lemont), Nicholas Rojas (Lemont), Jacob Rost (Orland Park), Miguel Salazar (Crest Hill), Mikayla Sanders (Mokena), Nicholas Santangelo (Manhattan), Joseph Santschi (New Lenox), Amelia Schroeder (Joliet), Kelly Schultz (Tinley Park), Kirsten Schultz (Tinley Park), Samantha Schwartz (Joliet), James Sharkey (Mokena), Mitchell Sharkey (Mokena), Meghan Shea (Orland Park), Rebecca Sidler (Mokena), Damian Simrayh (Lemont), Christian Spesia (Joliet), Jillian Sweeney (Homer Glen), Kevin Troy (Homer Glen), Kyle Troy (Homer Glen), Nathan Vejvoda (Homer Glen), Brenton Villasenor (Lemont), Taylor Warfield (Orland Hills), Shannon Washburn (Lockport), Robert Watson (Frankfort), Stephen Westman (Tinley Park), Nicolas White (Channahon), Andrea Zecca (Minooka), Joseph Zemen (Manhattan) and Nicholas Zielinski (Mokena).

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Seniors 2nd Honors: Alyssa Aiello (Lockport), Heather Baker (Orland Park), Cascidy Bandyk (Mokena), Clayre Bandyk (Mokena), Luke Beamish (New Lenox), Nicole Beechy (New Lenox), Michael Beller (Homer Glen), Benjamin Bernecker (Orland Park), Sophie Bonacorda (Plainfield), Miles Boykin (Tinley Park), Alexander Brittan (Orland Park), Ashley Butkiewicz (Lemont), Rachel Cipich (Crete), Joseph Connolly (Orland Park), Robert Connolly (Orland Park), Kristen DeCaro (Orland Park), Ezekiel DeYoung (Homer Glen), Sean Diehl (Orland Park), Michael DiGiovanni (Mokena), Jordan Ernst (Mokena), Tessa Fairbairn (Elwood), Justin Gardner (New Lenox), Allison Garetto (Homer Glen), MacKenzie Glos (Orland Park), Michael Grossmayer (New Lenox), Nicholas Grynevich (Joliet), Carly Halper (Mokena), Allison Hanson (Shorewood), Shane Hickey (Frankfort), Michael Houlihan (Oak Forest), Matthew Iaciancio (Tinley Park), Elise Jazdzewski (Homer Glen), Michael Jerik (Tinley Park), Taylor Juricek (New Lenox), Benjamin Justice (Homer Glen), Ashley Koerner (Frankfort), Johnathan Koval (New Lenox), Nicholas Krejci (Plainfield), Kevin Krenz (Lockport), Samuel Lagger (Lockport), Kelly McDermid (Homer Glen), John McErlean (Oak Forest), Connor McGinnis (Orland Park), Joseph McGuire (Manhattan), Timothy McNally (Lockport), Meghan Meagher (New Lenox), Emelia Misischia (Monee), Dominic Monsivais (Romeoville), Kevin Moriarty (Homer Glen), Meghan Murphy (Orland Park), John Narcissi (Mokena), James OConnor (Frankfort), John OConnor (Tinley Park), Matthew OHalloran (Homer Glen), Zachary Oprzedek (Lockport), Hannah Petrusha (Monee), Anna Pfeiffer (Lockport), Nicholas Pillish (Crest Hill), Alainna Plut (Plainfield), Jessica Purvis (Shorewood), Joshua Sifuentes (Crest Hill), Jessica Skole (Joliet), Daniel Stolarek (Frankfort), Nicholas Sullivan (Orland Park), Robert Svidron (Shorewood), Jakob Swenson (Homer Glen), Rebecca Tompkins (Palos Park), Brendan Treacy (Homer Glen), Haley Troche (Joliet), Emmet Trost (Elwood), Hannah Wagner (Mokena) and Patrick Walsh (Channahon).

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Juniors 1st Honors: John Alfirevich (Lemont), Rachel Alles (Tinley Park), Grace Baffoe (Orland Park), John Barrett (Lemont), Johanna Bastas (Mokena), Claire Baudek (Joliet), Allison Bebar (Joliet), Lauren Bernas (Orland Park), Emily Bowles (Tinley Park), Colin Brankin (Orland Park), Margaret Broderick (Joliet), Kathleen Caruso (Lemont), David Charnot (Orland Park), Spencer Cherry (Orland Park), Amanda Christianson (Plainfield), Jason Ciabattoni (Frankfort), Patrick Connelly (Tinley Park), Alessandra Conte (Shorewood), Carly Cosentino (Tinley Park), Jessica Cothern (Plainfield), Ryan Coyle (Orland Park), Connor Creed (Lockport), Sera Cummings (New Lenox), Natalia Cutrano (Joliet), Anna Czerwinski (Homer Glen), Hannah Davis (Mokena), Haley Dee (New Lenox), Jeannine Diab (Mokena), Kevin Diehl (Orland Park), Thomas Dillman (Peotone), Anthony DiNardi (Palos Park), Nicole Dorigan (Lansing), Jackson Dvorak (New Lenox), Liza Ellingson (New Lenox), Kevin Fitzgerald (Orland Park), Joven Garces (Plainfield), Kendall Gloss (Homer Glen), Nicole Glynn (Lemont), Samantha Gorecki (Homer Glen), Rachel Gorski (Shorewood), Brenna Harper (Plainfield), Brooke Hasier (Monee), James Havlin (Orland Hills), Mason Heimlich (Elwood), Allison Hernandez (Homer Glen), Michael Higgins (Homer Glen), Connor Hilty (Mokena), Joshua Holm (Mokena), Grace Huguelet (Frankfort), Brittany Jackson (Monee), Caleigh Jaskierski (Tinley Park), Alexander Jedlicka-Kriz (Frankfort), Bradley Jenner (Lemont), Kendal Judge (Plainfield), Joseph Juodvalkis (Plainfield), Eric Justice (Homer Glen), Michael Kamowski (Peotone), Patrick Kay (Orland Park), Thomas Kelley (Orland Park), Hunter Klein (Joliet), Blake LaBelle (Orland Park), Emma Lagger (Lockport), Jakob Lambert (Homer Glen), Clare Lima (Tinley Park), Justin Lumanga (Frankfort), Christina MacNab (Homer Glen), Maegan Magante (Homer Glen), Sydney Mann (Lockport), Michael Markasovic (Frankfort), Amanda Martinez-Babiuk (Mokena), Mia Massaro (Homer Glen), Daniel McDonald (Orland Park), Olivia McGill (Plainfield), Michael McGuire (Frankfort), Kassem Moukahal (Orland Park), Danielle Mulligan (Elwood), Harry OConnell (Frankfort), Bernard ODonnell (Lemont), Brendan OHara (New Lenox), Anna Olenek (New Lenox), Thomas Owoc (Lockport), Maria Papes (Elwood), Ryan Pilon (Shorewood), Mary Poulos (Orland Park), Valerie Richards (Shorewood), John Richardson (Mokena), Margaret Ruane (Mokena), John Scholl (Orland Park), Mary Schultz (Tinley Park), Carson Sineni (Homer Glen), Catherine Spesia (Joliet), Joseph Strick (Mokena), Kyle Struck (Orland Park), Kevin Sullivan (Lemont), Scott Tatro (Orland Park), Ryan Townsend (Frankfort), Matthew Trzesniewski (Orland Park), Ada Wang (Frankfort), Benjamin Wasicki (Frankfort), Anne Webster (Homer Glen), John Wheeler (Homer Glen), John Wolf (Orland Park), Michael Wolf (Orland Park), Christopher Zeniecki (Frankfort) and Kaitlyn Ziska (Homer Glen).

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Juniors 2nd Honors: Colin Airola (Shorewood), Michael Altobelli (Tinley Park), Theodore Azar (Joliet), Rudy Batis (Joliet), Alexandra Beller (Homer Glen), Nikolas Bertucci (Elwood), Ryan Blackburn (Plainfield), Emily Boggetto (Joliet), Connor Bowles (Tinley Park), Jerod Burczak (Homer Glen), Timothy Cederberg (Plainfield), Kathleen Compagno (Orland Park), Mary Cummings (Lemont), Mitchell Cunningham (Orland Park), Matthew DeCarlo (Lemont), Jacob Ditzler (Mokena), Griffin Duesing (Tinley Park), Jonas Duncan (Plainfield), Jack Dunne (Tinley Park), Bridget Fudala (Homer Glen), Carrie Fuesel (Orland Park), Matthew Gilles (Tinley Park), Angel Gkizas (Homer Glen), Anna Goggins (Joliet), Edward Gomez (New Lenox), Bryan Gronek (Tinley Park), Matthew Gruszkowski (Orland Park), Shawn Harper (Plainfield), Zachary Hendrick (Lockport), James Jeffries (Mokena), Shaun Johnson (Frankfort), Dana Joseph (Orland Park), Oliver Kapelski (Homer Glen), Ryan Kole (Homer Glen), McKenzie Korhorn (Plainfield), Sarah Lennon (Orland Park), Gianna Lullo (New Lenox), Brendan McGinnis (Lockport), Gavin McKendry (Lemont), Alyssa Murphy (Homer Glen), Athena Nakos (Orland Park), Adam Nichols (Elwood), Noah OBrien (Manhattan), Melanie Olson (Homer Glen), Connor ONeill (Manhattan), Nicole Partipilo (Homer Glen), Dominic Pascale (Mokena), Taylor Pfeiffer (Tinley Park), Brandon Pierce (Rockdale), Zachary Pych (Homer Glen), Megan Reyes (New Lenox), Aidan Rowe (Homer Glen), Elizabeth Rush (Plainfield), Tyler Schiemann (Beecher), Nicole Shemanske (Monee), Stephen Simowitz (New Lenox), Patrick Slade (Frankfort), Anna Smagala (Lemont), Sarah Steed (Morris), Jackson Stulas (Lockport), Emma Sulski (Orland Park), David Triche (Frankfort), Eric VonBorstel (Frankfort), Jack Walsh (Tinley Park), Matthew Waznis (Joliet), Hannah Wojciechowski (Plainfield), Zachary Xydakis (Lemont), Thomas Younker (Tinley Park), Casey Zavodny (Orland Park), Jacob Zdanowski (Joliet) and Matthew Zubik (Homer Glen).

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Sophomores 1st Honors: Ryan Anderson (Mokena), Francis Baffoe (Orland Park), Brad Baldys (Mokena), Jessica Baldys (Mokena), Makenna Bartecki (Lockport), Thomas Bernecker (Orland Park), Tyler Bomba (Plainfield), Alejandra Botello (Monee), Isabella Bucciferro (Joliet), Kelcie Burdiak (Joliet), Luke Bussey (Lockport), Matthew Byars (Homer Glen), Mark Cachey (Tinley Park), Daniel Canning (Homer Glen), Shannon Cooley (Orland Park), Alexi Cornelio (Wilmington), Cara Cox (Mokena), Emily Cummings (New Lenox), Kurt Dankovich (Homer Glen), Angelique DeBellis (Orland Park), Joshua Deffenbaugh (Plainfield), Allyssa Demma (Orland Park), Natalie Deters (Joliet), Thomas Dickason (Frankfort), Samantha Dorning (Orland Park), Margaret Doyle (Orland Park), Jared Drake (Shorewood), Michael Drew (Plainfield), Holly Dryer (Mokena), Hope Ehling (Plainfield), Bridget Geary (Mokena), Samantha Gillooley (Homer Glen), Riley Graham (Manhattan), Elise Grill (Homer Glen), Alyssa Gromala (Mokena), Molly Hallberg (Tinley Park), Michael Halleran (Orland Park), Adam Harrington (Orland Park), Joseph Harris (Orland Park), Christian Hecht (Tinley Park), Maureen Hennenfent (Homer Glen), Max Hernandez (Homer Glen), Kevin Horan (Orland Park), Meghan Howat (Plainfield), Alexandra Hoye (Homer Glen), Drew Hunniford (Frankfort), John Irwin (Frankfort), Mallory Jatis (Homer Glen), Amy Jensen (Tinley Park), Eric Juds (Orland Park), Sarah Kaley (Tinley Park), William Karabel (Homer Glen), Danielle Kieffer (Orland Park), Domenic Kimak (Bolingbrook), Shannon Knoebel (Lockport), Arthur Kraus (Elwood), Claire Kruchten (Joliet), Joshua Lambert (Homer Glen), Jacob Mahaffey (Plainfield), Haley Malovan (Homer Glen), Maggie Manalli (Lemont), Lindsey Marnell (Mokena), Karly Marth (Mokena), Colin Martin (Orland Park), Michael Massaro (Homer Glen), Kyle McBrady (Frankfort), Brendan McGuire (Woodridge), Meaghan McGuire (Woodridge), Paulius Mikuzis (Homer Glen), Kate Miller (Tinley Park), Meghan Mitoraj (Mokena), Faith Morrison (Mokena), Meghan Morrissette (Joliet), Robert Mueller (Frankfort), Caroline Murphy (Tinley Park), Tadziu Oprzedek (Lockport), Claire Paciga (Orland Park), Nina Pantoja (Lockport), Brian Peck (Orland Park), Zachary Pell (Romeoville), Joseph Pericht (Orland Park), Luke Picard (Homer Glen), TJ Quinlan (Orland Park), Kellista Quirke (Flossmoor), Hailey Radakovitz (Tinley Park), Kathleen Reynolds (Palos Park), Justin Ries (Orland Park), Grace Rost (Orland Park), Gino Sanfilippo (Tinley Park), Isabella Santangelo (Manhattan), Jake Schutter (Mokena), Ingrid Schwartz (Joliet), Matthew Sebek (Joliet), Summer See (Orland Park), Sophia Senese (Lemont), Caitlin Shanahan (Orland Park), Samantha Sharkey (Mokena), Alexandra Smyth (Lemont), Cecilia Spesia (Joliet), Stella Spesia (Joliet), Nicholas Spreitzer (Shorewood), Elizabeth Stack (Tinley Park), Caitlin Stephens (Orland Park), Celine Stroup (Shorewood), Patrick Sullivan (Tinley Park), Maria Svidron (Shorewood), Oscar Tellez (Joliet), Justin Tomaselli (Shorewood), Ursulina Tomczak (Homer Glen), Aaron Tompkins (Palos Park), Liam Trost (Elwood), Matthew Troy (Homer Glen), Natasha Tuminello (New Lenox), Morgan VanderWey (Tinley Park), Alexa Vennetti (Orland Park), Richard Warfield (Orland Hills), Rachael Wasmund (Lemont), Aidan Wheeler (Homer Glen), Joshua Wilcox (Mokena), Jamie Zavodny (Orland Park), Joshua Zubik (Homer Glen) and Kailey Zych (Monee).

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Sophomores 2nd Honors: Isabella Altobelli (Tinley Park), Cameron Aurelio (Orland Park), Michael Bebar (Monee), Christopher Biggs (Plainfield), Zachary Bilotta (Lockport), Christopher Binder (Frankfort), Lauren Bird (Tinley Park), Madysen Brenn (Channahon), Michael Cascino (Palos Park), Jordan Chavez (Crest Hill), Matthew Ciabattoni (Frankfort), Richard Costello (Homer Glen), Michael Crawford Jr. (Elwood), Jordan Dababneh (Orland Park), Claire Diamond (Lockport), Kiley Duffy (Wilmington), Olivia Duggins (Palos Park), Liam Flaherty (Mokena), Owen Flaherty (Mokena), Melissa Flynders (Mokena), Gabija Gorys (Homer Glen), Claire Graham (Shorewood), Matthew Grzywacz (Orland Park), Grace Hamilton (Frankfort), Kamryn Hensley (Joliet), Daniel Herman (Frankfort), Jorie Hermosillo (Plainfield), Anne Huguelet (New Lenox), Ryan Iaciancio (Tinley Park), Jane Ji (Frankfort), Jonathan Jimenez (Plainfield), Colin Kaminsky (Homer Glen), Bridget Kavanaugh (Tinley Park), Jacqueline Kelly (Tinley Park), Dallas Klein (Joliet), Lukas Kliarskis (Lemont), Anthony Krabbe Jr. (South Chicago Heights), Lea Kulpinski (Tinley Park), Theodore Lagger (Lockport), Danielle Lagone (Mokena), Nicole LaPapa (Lockport), Jacob Lawler (Mokena), Kevin Marmo (Mokena), Josephine Marron (Mokena), Andrew Masterson (Homer Glen), Franchesca Mata (Joliet), Maureen McLoughlin (Homer Glen), Ryan Minikel (Lemont), Mary Murphy (Mokena), Riley Nolan (Frankfort), Nicholas Noonan (Tinley Park), Matthew Noone (Mokena), Kevin OBoyle (Plainfield), Hunter OShea (Braidwood), Gabrielle Pawlak (Lockport), Robert Pierce (Rockdale), Karli Pikowitz (Tinley Park), Daniel Porter (Orland Park), Jennifer Powell (Homer Glen), Mateo Probst (Lockport), Erin Pushic (Frankfort), Amanda Rachke (Elwood), Kevin Remiasz (Channahon), Jenna Renas (Lockport), Elizabeth Rohrer (Mokena), Cassandra Rojas (Lemont), Jacob Rott (Orland Park), Brenna Russell (Lockport), Gabrielle Salazar (Plainfield), Angel Sandoval (Homer Glen), Dominic Schroeder (New Lenox), Alissa Schultz (Tinley Park), Kyle Smith (Joliet), Megan Sullivan (Orland Park), Matthew Swanson (Orland Park), Jason Swenson (Homer Glen), Monica Tadros (Orland Park), Cailyn Talamonti (Manhattan), Trae Thompson (South Holland), Tyra Thompson (South Holland), Tyler Trella (Manhattan), Jake Vennetti (Orland Park), Frank Walsh (Elwood), Madison Watson (Frankfort), Katherine Wheeler (Orland Park) and Rebecca Wilko (Orland Park).

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Freshmen 1st Honors: Olivia Alfirevich (Lemont), Dominick Ambrose (Tinley Park), Angelique Anonuevo (Tinley Park), Brandon Balog (Lockport), Magdalene Bandyk (Mokena), Claire Barrett (Tinley Park), Gregory Beeson (New Lenox), Jacob Best (Frankfort), Karli Boyd (Homer Glen), Allison Boyer (Lockport), Payten Bruni (Lockport), Thomas Burchett (Mokena), Bruno Caruso (Lemont), Zixi Chen (Tinley Park), Kelsey Clarke (Homer Glen), Anastasia Cokinos (Orland Park), Tara Collins (Monee), Grace Combs (Homer Glen), Querida Contreras DeFrias (Monee), Emily Conway (Homer Glen), Isabella Corso (Palos Park), Emma Coughlin (Tinley Park), Payton Craig (Lemont), Audrey Cunningham (Orland Park), Ryan Curwick (Manteno), Cameron Cutler (Shorewood), Nora Czupek (New Lenox), Andrew Dalton (New Lenox), Genevieve DeMauro (Tinley Park), Rachael Dion (Lockport), Jessica Dorigan (Lansing), Stephanie Duensing (Mokena), Charles Dunne (Tinley Park), Matthew Dykas (Orland Park), Emma Eckenstein (Homer Glen), Benjamin Emery (New Lenox), Devin Evans (Mokena), Hannah Falejczyk (Manhattan), Eduardo Favela (New Lenox), Harrison Fenoglio (New Lenox), Hunter Fenoglio (New Lenox), Brighid Fobert (Channahon), Jack Francis (Orland Park), Brendan Gales (Tinley Park), Aaron Gaspardo (Orland Park), Ava Gleason (Frankfort), Dylan Gorski (Shorewood), Mitchell Gray (New Lenox), Rachel Gregory (Homer Glen), William Griffiths (Mokena), Isabelle Hanson (Shorewood), Sydney Harder (Channahon), Jacob Hilty (Mokena), Jonathan Horak (New Lenox), Mike Hu (Frankfort), James Huguelet (Frankfort), Thomas Huguelet (New Lenox), Jake Iannantone (Homer Glen), Gavin Jaime (Shorewood), Nicholas Jones (Wilmington), Nicholas P. Jones (New Lenox), Emily Joos (Country Club Hills), Caden Kalinowski (Mokena), Kevin Kavanaugh (Tinley Park), Matthew King (Romeoville), Braden Kobus (Shorewood), Katelin Kowalkowski (New Lenox), Megan Kulpinski (Tinley Park), Kennedy Lake (Manhattan), John Land (Frankfort), Zackari Landy (New Lenox), Nicholas Lappin (Channahon), Alyssa Lennon (Orland Park), Matthew Lewandowski (Frankfort), Connor Lima (Tinley Park), Joseph Markasovic (Frankfort), John McAllister (Lockport), Chase McCool (Plainfield), John McFarland (Frankfort), Aidan McGinty (Joliet), Mary Middleton (Frankfort), Grace Monahan (New Lenox), Elizabeth Motola (Lockport), Alexandria Naleway (Shorewood), Brendan Nieukirk (Tinley Park), Analisa Nolan (Frankfort), Joseph Nugent (Manhattan), Joseph OConnell (Mokena), McKenzie OMalley (New Lenox), Kevin Osborne (Lemont), Jack Patterson (Mokena), Kathryn Pfeiffer (Lockport), Emily Pilon (Shorewood), Gianna Prucha (Mokena), Matthew Rachke (Elwood), Hannah Regan (Mokena), Bailey Remiasz (Channahon), Corrin Remiasz (Channahon), Jacob Reyes (New Lenox), Maeve Richardson (Mokena), Samuel Rost (Orland Park), Mary Grace Santschi (New Lenox), Katherine Saunders (Frankfort), Abigail Schaefer (Mokena), Natalie Schaefer (Mokena), Taylor Schaefer (Mokena), Brian Seeber (Mokena), Stefannie Sestak (Manhattan), Emily Sicinski (Mokena), Nathan Simowitz (New Lenox), Scott Slocum (Channahon), Mariano Sori-Marin (Mokena), Gary Spencer (Homer Glen), Peter Spesia (Joliet), Rex Stengele (New Lenox), Cassidy Stolarek (Frankfort), Keely Tess (Orland Park), Carina Tolan (Tinley Park), Andrew Traven (New Lenox), Dawn Triche (Frankfort), Emma Urchell (Tinley Park), Anthony Waldron (Plainfield), Frances Webster (Homer Glen) and Benjamin Zawacki (Channahon).

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Freshmen 2nd Honors: Antonio Alejo (Tinley Park), Blake Alfarah (Orland Park), Alec Baltazar (New Lenox), Dominic Borrelli (Frankfort), Rofelio Botello Jr (Monee), Madeline Brittan (Orland Park), Samuel Brody (Lockport), Abby Bruno (Orland Park), Anthony Cappello (Homer Glen), Zach Carlsen (Romeoville), Anna Carroll (Tinley Park), Cameron Cecola (Bolingbrook), Catherine Cicirale (Lockport), Sean Costello (New Lenox), Morgan Coyle (Orland Park), Matthew Crosse (Tinley Park), Hunter Dauparas (Mokena), Sophia Davis (Mokena), Andrew DeBoer (Joliet), Timothy Dee (New Lenox), Thomas Farley (Mokena), Renee Forneris (Joliet), Luke Freeman (Homer Glen), Andrew Fries (Homer Glen), De'Shon Gavin (Joliet), Miranda George (Joliet), Amanda Gillooley (Homer Glen), Silvestros Gkizas (Homer Glen), Noel Gurrola (Joliet), Jack Halper (Mokena), Thomas Harlovic (Lemont), Riley Harper (Plainfield), Abigail Hartley (Mokena), Katelyn Hoff (Tinley Park), Andrew Holm (Mokena), Molly Houlihan (Tinley Park), Madison Jasper (Joliet), Robert Jeffries (Mokena), Connor Jennings (Lockport), Ryan Joslyn (Homer Glen), Ethan Judge (Mokena), Michael Jurlow (Plainfield), Domas Kavaliauskas (Lemont), Dakota Kotowski (Channahon), Aaron Krockey (Homer Glen), Jack Kropke (Channahon), Marissa Lewinski (Shorewood), Jakob Magurany (Mokena), Courtney Mahalik (New Lenox), Jack McConnell (Mokena), Steven Meyer (Homer Glen), Vivian Mitchell (Orland Park), Hailey Mulcahy (Homer Glen), John OConnell (Frankfort), Lauren OConnor (Homer Glen), Nathaniel OHalloran (Homer Glen), Athena Okrie (Orland Park), Austin Omiecinski (Tinley Park), Angelina Panelli (Homer Glen), Alex Pecho (Mokena), Ethan Petric (Elwood), Victoria Pietka (Lemont), Matthew Pirc (Elwood), Benjamin Riner (Manteno), Tyler Roat (Lockport), Felipe Rodriguez (Joliet), Lily Ryan (Joliet), Patricia Sabal (Frankfort), Mary Senffner (New Lenox), Olivia Smagala (Lemont), Jack Small (Lemont), Cole Smith (Channahon), Kiara Smith (Joliet), Tanner Stone (Lockport), Sean Streicher (Plainfield), Keegan Trainor (Frankfort), Kevin Treacy (Homer Glen), Ryan Vallone (Mokena), Carlos Venegas (Crest HIll), Erynn Wakefield (Shorewood), Carson White (Channahon) and Olivia Whittle (Homer Glen).

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11/5/14

Providence Catholic Theatre Club presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

(New Lenox) Providence Catholic High School Theatre Club recently performed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Theatre in Joliet.  The musical was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.  It is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI) and directed by Mrs. Michele Urda; Mrs. Ann Waldron, Music Director; Mrs. Rosario Knezz, Choregrapher; Mrs. Alice Hartel, Costume Designer; Mr. Dale George, Technical Director and Mrs. Sandra Krejci, Production Manager.

Lead Cast included:  Claire Diamond (Lockport) as Rona; Gillian Madia (Joliet) as Rona; Brandon Pierce (Rockdale) as Panch; Alyssa Flanagan ( Homer Glen) as Olive and Olive’s mom; Sarah Lennon (Orland Park) as Olive and Olive’s mom; Genevieve Gerrity (Homer Glen) as Logainne; Emma Sulski (Orland Park) as Logainne; Ben Bernecker (Orland Park) as Coneybear; John Rodack (Lockport) as Coneybear; Rachel Gorski (Shorewood) as Marcy; Johanna Bastas (Mokena) as Missy Mahoney; Will Karabel (Orland Park) as Barfee; Nick Krejci (Plainfield) as Chip; Brad Baldys (Mokena) as Contestant; Jessica Baldys (Mokena) as Contestant; Collette O’Connell (Mokena) as Contestant and Lauren Thompson (Joliet) as Contestant.

Supporting Cast included:  Cameron Aurelio (Orland Park) as Jesus Christ and Ensemble; Ryan Rabe (Plainfield) as Olive’s dad, Janitor and Ensemble; Tom Bernecker (Orland Park) as Dan (dad) and Anthony Waldron (Plainfield) as Carl (dad).

Walk On Roles include:  Olivia Whittle (Homer Glen) as Coneybear’s sister and Ensemble; Alex Taylor (Joliet) as Coneybear’s dad, janitor and Ensemble; Clara McKendry (Orland Park),voice 2 and Ensemble and Valerie Richards (Joliet) as Coneybear’s mom, voice 1 and ensemble.

The Ensemble included:  Grace Baffoe (Orland Park); Maegan Magante (Homer Glen); Kaitlyn McPartlan (New Lenox); Micaela Niven   (Lockport); Megan Reyes (New Lenox); Miguel Salazar (Joliet) & crew; Katie Saunders (Frankfort) and Celine Stroup (Shorewood) and Crew.

Musical performances by:  Patrick Connelly (Tinley Park) percussion; Danny Canning (Homer Glen) percussion; Patrick Kay (Orland Park) saxophone; Grace Mackay (New Lenox) clarinet; Eileen Mulligan (Elwood) clarinet; Robert Pierce (Rockdale) percussion; Emma Sierzega (Joliet) saxophone and Emily Bebar (Monee) Flute.

Crew Included:  Heather Baker (Orland Park); Miranda George (Joliet); Sydney Harder (Channahon); Lia Kaminski (Homewood); Michael Kamowski (Peotone); Corrin Remiasz (Channahon); Maria Svidron (Shorewood); Carlos Venegas ( Shorewood); Eric Von Borstel (Frankfort); Samantha Wieczorek (Lemont); Gabe Wolcott (Joliet) and Chris Zeniecki (Frankfort).

Makeup by: Georgia Hiotis (Orland Park) and Tessa Vecchi (Frankfort).

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11/5/14

Providence Catholic Women’s Club to Host Annual Shopping Night

(New Lenox)  Providence Catholic High School Women’s Club will host its annual Shopping Night on Thursday, November 20 from 5 PM to 9 PM in the school’s cafeteria (please enter through door #14).  Guests will have the opportunity to get a jump start on their holiday shopping and peruse unique and amazing gifts from numerous upscale vendors.  Raffles for great gifts along with complimentary appetizers and refreshments will also be available to guests.  For more information, please contact Patti Senese at (630) 863-5811 or psenese@seneseassociates.com.  Providence Catholic is located at 1800 W. Lincoln Highway in New Lenox, IL. 

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10/28/14

Providence Catholic Hosts Junior High Academic Bowl

(New Lenox)  Providence Catholic High School (PCHS) recently hosted its fourteenth Annual Academic Bowl competition that welcomed more than 200 seventh and eighth grade students.  Participants competed in several subject areas including Language Arts, Social Science, Science, Mathematics and Geography.  Students earned personal scores in each subject area, which were tabulated and compared to their peers.  An award presentation took place following the competition.  Trophies were awarded to the top four teams at both grade levels, as well as to the top five individuals in each subject area.  “This is a great opportunity for students from the surrounding area to familiarize themselves with academic competition and test their knowledge,” offered Mrs. Janlyn Auld, Assistant Principal at PCHS.

This year’s top awards were as follows:

8th Grade 1st Place Team Competition
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Orland Hills

7th Grade 1st Place Team Competition
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Orland Hills

8th Grade 1st Place Individual Competition
Language Arts – Alyssa Gomez from Holy Family (Shorewood)
Social Science  – Mark Wencl from SS. Cyril & Methodius (Lemont)
Science – Derek Freeman from Holy Family (Shorewood)
Math – Nadine Akkawi from Noonan Academy (Mokena)
Geography – John Nash from Trinity Christian (Shorewood)

7th Grade 1st Place Individual Competition
Language Arts – Anna Piacente from St. Michael (Orland Park)
Social Science – Michael Nacek from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (Orland Hills)
Science – Claire Dow from St. Raymond (Joliet)
Math – Connor McNamara from  St. Michael (Orland Park)
Geography – Christopher Cokinos from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (Orland Hills)

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10/23/14

Providence Catholic Kicks off the Season of Giving

(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic students have been busy this Fall.  The season of giving began with events sponsored by the Augustinian Youth Ministry (AYM), a service-based student organization with more than 400 members.  In October, students, faculty members, alumni and parents of students donated nearly 60 units of blood during the annual PCHS Blood Drive; this donation may help as many as 180 people in need.  AYM also supported a Teddy Bear Drive, which was initiate by senior Rachel Gorski of Shorewood.  “My friend Caley witnessed first-hand the loneliness kid’s experience when they are hospitalized so she started collecting stuffed animals for these children,” said Gorski.  Providence Catholic students donated several hundred teddy bears and other stuffed animals that were donated to Rush Children’s Hospital.  In November, AYM will be collecting non-perishable goods for the annual food drive; toys and gift cards for children and teens will be collected in December.

Furthermore, members of the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI) are nearing their fourth year of hosting “Sandwich Patrol.”  Every month members of SAVI and other student volunteers prepare 200 sandwiches and other lunch items and deliver them directly to Morning Star Mission in Joliet.

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10/21/14

Providence Catholic Honors National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Students

(New Lenox) -  Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce that three members of the Class of 2015 have earned National Merit distinction.  Meghan Shea was named a National Merit Semifinalist; Stephanie Mastorakos and Srirajkumar Ranganathan were named Commended Students.  “We are very proud of these students who have showed their outstanding academic ability in this highly competitive program.  Their dedication to academic excellence is truly commendable,” said Harper.

Semifinalist Meghan Shea, daughter of Kevin and Susan Shea 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 a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Augustinian Youth Ministry and Habitat for Humanity.  Furthermore, Shea is a Student Ambassador, Eucharistic Minister, Freshman Welcome Leader and received the Geometry Honors PCHS Academic Award.  She has also been a member of the cross country team for the past three years.

Commended Student Stephanie Mastorakos, daughter of Chris and Maria Mastorakos of Homer Glen, is a graduate of St. Michael School and is a parishioner at St. Spyridon Church.  The honor roll student is an AP Scholar with Honor, a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity, Mock Trial Team and Math Team. Furthermore, Mastorakos received Biology Honors, Health and Spanish 2A PCHS Academic Awards.

Commended Student Srirajkumar Ranganathan, son of Thodur and Usha Ranganathan of Lemont is a graduate of St. Cyril and Methodius School.  The honor roll student is an AP Scholar, a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity and received PCHS Academic Awards is AP US History, Algebra 2 Honors, Chemistry Honors, Physics Honors, Economics, Church History, Christian Morality, AP English Language and Composition, AP European History and Pre-Calculus Honors.  Furthermore, he has been a member of the tennis team for the past four years.

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 50,000 students are recognized as scholars; commended students represent two-thirds and semi-finalists represent one-third of the high scorers.

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10/16/14

Providence Catholic Choir Performs at Sounds of Sacred Music

(New Lenox) Providence Catholic High School choir recently performed at the 4th Annual Sounds of Sacred Music, which was held at Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle on September 30.  Sponsored by the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), this annual event welcomed nearly 200 benefactors.  Guests enjoyed the musical talent of three school choirs including Providence Catholic.  “We were honored to be invited to perform for this great event.  The Singing Celtics learned five songs in less than one month and performed them beautifully,” said Dr. Stacy Eckert, Providence Catholic Choir Director.
The Catholic Education Foundation for the Diocese of Joliet will provide nearly $1.9 million in tuition assistance this next school year to high school and grade school students enrolled in Catholic schools. The CEF generates its funding through an annual fall campaign, parish assessments, and donor directed planned gifts.  The CEF is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Joliet.  The operations of the Foundation are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors under the direction of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon.  For more information about the CEF, visit the website at www.CEFJoliet.org

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10/15/14

Providence Catholic Cheerleading Teams Support Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

(New Lenox) – Although athletic rivals, Providence Catholic High School and Bishop McNamara High School Cheerleading programs joined forces to collect peanut butter and jelly from fans at the October 10 home football matchup in Bishop Kaffer Stadium.  A total of 282 jars were collected; peanut butter from Providence Catholic fans and jelly from Bishop McNamara fans.  The collection was donated to the local Joliet office of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which serves Will County food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs for youth and seniors in need.

“It was especially rewarding to see the Augustinian value of unity in action and we plan to make this an annual event,” said Laura Duesing, Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach.

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10/10/14

Providence Catholic to Host Open House

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School, located on 75 beautiful acres in New Lenox and only minutes from I-80 and I-355 welcomes all grade school students and their families to attend their annual Open House on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Several hundred faculty, staff, coaches, students and parents will be on hand to share information about and their experiences with the various academic, spiritual, athletic and extracurricular programs that PCHS has to offer,” said Rachel Ellingson, Director of Enrollment.  “Guests will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the hospitality of the Providence Catholic family.”

“Our demanding co-educational, college preparatory curriculum is evidenced by the success of our most recent graduates who earned scholarships valued at nearly $28 million.  We offer inclusive service programs; in fact, our recent graduates performed in excess of 20,000 hours of community service during their high school careers,” added Fr. Richard McGrath, President. 

Moreover, Providence Catholic offers competitive athletics and comprehensive extracurricular offerings.  The school currently holds 27 state championship titles; the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois.  In 2014, the school’s varsity baseball team captured the state championship title and the poms and cheerleading teams both placed third at state.

Please call Mrs. Rachel Ellingson at 815-717-3160 with any questions concerning Providence Catholic’s Open House.  The school is located at 1800 W. Lincoln Hwy. in New Lenox.  For more information about PCHS, please visit www.providencecatholic.org.

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10/10/14

Providence Catholic High School Theatre Club to present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

(New Lenox) Providence Catholic High School Theatre Club will perform The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 30, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Theatre in Joliet.  Performances times are Thursday (7 pm);  Saturday (2 pm and 7 pm) and Sunday (3 pm).  This award-winning musical comedy is about six awkward spelling champions and has charmed audiences across the country.  Tickets for all performances are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, children and senior citizens.  For ticket information please call (815) 485-2136 ext. 3323.  The musical was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.  It is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI) and directed by Mrs. Michele Urda; Mrs. Ann Waldron, Music Director; Mrs. Rosario Knezz, Choregrapher; Mrs. Alice Hartel, Costume Designer; Mr. Dale George, Technical Director; Mr. Tom Jasper, Technical Director and Mrs. Sandra Krejci, Production Manager.

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10/9/14

Providence Catholic Women’s Club to host “Viva La Fiesta” Annual Social and Auction

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School Women’s Club will host “Viva La Fiesta" Annual Social and Auction on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the school's Sacred Heart Gymnasium (enter Door #9).  The evening will begin with cocktails and dinner at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $60.00 per person, which includes a buffet dinner.  There will also be a cash bar as well as live and silent auctions and entertainment.
To purchase tickets, donate an auction item or for more information, please visit Providence Catholic Women’s Club on Facebook or call Sue Diehl at (708) 359-8072.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the students of Providence Catholic High School.

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10/9/14

Providence Catholic to Host Junior High Academic Workshops

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School is bringing back “Provi Preview,” which will offer a variety of academic workshops for students in grades 6-8. The complimentary workshops will give students the opportunity to learn something new and exciting while experiencing what it is like to be a Celtic! Please contact Mrs. Rachel Ellingson at (815) 717-3160 with any questions.

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The 1st Semester workshops are as follows:
“Exploring Traditions around the World”
Monday, October 27 @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Class limit: 60 – register by 10/21/14
Sponsored by the PCHS World Language Department
Scavenge the school to discover different traditions from around the world. Learn interesting facts, dance, eat food and enjoy many other activities to learn about many cultures. 
“Coding is not a head SCRATCHer!”
Tuesday, November 4 @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Class limit: 30 – register by 10/28/14
Sponsored by the PCHS Technology Department
Participants will learn to code using Scratch, the highly acclaimed, free program from MIT. Students will use their creativity to produce games, animations, and stories using Scratch. The workshop will consist of group work and individual projects, all of which can be continued at home. 
“Poetry Slam”
Tuesday, November 18 @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Class limit: 40 – register by 11/11/14
Sponsored by the PCHS English Department
Discover how poetry can be cool! In this workshop, junior high students will work with high school students and teachers to learn about the craft of performing poetry. As the final showcase, students will participate in a poetry slam, where they will perform for a panel of judges.
“Sensational Science”
Thursday, December 11@ 4 pm – 6 pm
Class limit: 60 – register by 11/27/14
Sponsored by the PCHS Science Department
Students will have some science fun in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. During each rotation, PCHS teachers and students will work with junior high students on exciting hands-on activities.

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10/8/14

Providence Catholic announces the September Students of the Month

(New Lenox) – Dr. John Harper, Principal of Providence Catholic High School, is pleased to announce the school’s “Students of the Month” for September. “We are very proud of these students who were recognized for achievements and/or improvement in school courses as well as other school-related activities,” said Harper.

Every month, each academic department chairperson selects one student as its “Student of the Month” from a number of students nominated by faculty and staff.  Students of the Month receive a certificate of recognition, have their photos displayed in Providence Catholic High School’s main hallway for the following month and are invited as a group to have lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Janlyn Auld.

The Providence Catholic High School Students of the Month for September are standing left to right: sophomore Ryan Sullivan of Orland Park (English), senior Brendan Hoffmeister of Homer Glen (Theology), junior Tyler Wilson of Joliet (Science), junior John Wolf of Orland Park (Technology), senior Nicholas Barker of Tinley Park (Mathematics) and freshman Michael Curwick of Manteno (Physical Education).  Sitting left to right: sophomore Lauren Bird of Tinley Park (Administration), junior Allison Hernandez of Homer Glen (Social Science & Business) and sophomore Cecilia Spesia of Joliet (World Language).  Not pictured:  senior Jessica Purvis of Shorewood (Tutoring).

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10/1/14

Providence Catholic Honors the Recipients of the 2014 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, Rob and Laura Martin of Homer Glen and Bob and Rosemary Leonard of New Lenox.
The Martin’s have three children, Jessica ‘96, Robbie ’00 and Ryan ’02, who are Providence Catholic alumni.  Robbie delivered a heartfelt tribute to his parents at the award ceremony, attesting to their strong commitment to Catholic education, their devotion to faith, family and those with special needs.  On behalf of his siblings, he also expressed profound gratitude to his parents for the gift of Catholic education and their service to Providence Catholic and St. Bernard’s Parish.
The Leonards were introduced by their dear friend, Lisa Marth of Mokena.  Marth spoke eloquently of her thirty year friendship with the Leonards and drew a parallel between their service to the Providence Catholic community and the Augustinian tenet that God can best be discovered in the company of family and friends.  The Leonards were leaders of the Turf in ‘12 fundraising campaign that resulted in the installation of artificial turf in Bishop Kaffer Stadium.  Their three children, Candice ‘06, Bobby ‘09 and Jordan ‘13 are Providence Catholic alumni.
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 ebarrett@providencecatholic.org.

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10/1/14

Providence Catholic’s Harvest Drive Brings out the “Fun” in Fundraising

(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic High School concluded its Annual Fall Harvest Drive on September 19.  Through the hard work of students, parents, teachers and patrons who supported the school, this year’s Fall Harvest Drive has generated more than $370,000.

“Despite the difficult economic times, the PCHS Harvest Drive continues to be one of the most successful student fundraising programs in the nation for Catholic high schools,” said Ed Barrett the school’s Advancement Director.  “We are grateful to our families and patrons who understand the importance of its success to the financial well-being of the school.”

To celebrate this success, the entire student body enjoyed the traditional spirit-filled Harvest Drive Olympics at the conclusion of this drive.  Several events took place, including dodge ball, tug-of-war and an obstacle course.  The Olympics concluded with the annual pie-in-the-face-of-a-faculty-member; this year’s volunteer target was Mrs. Pat Foster, Dean of Students.

The 2014 Harvest Drive top-selling student was senior Nicolas Bratcher of Lockport who raised $5,500; the top selling PCHS siblings were the Stolarek family (senior Daniel and freshman Cassidy) of Frankfort who raised $2,000.   Following the Olympic celebration, Fr. Richard McGrath, OSA, President, drew eleven raffle tickets and named the $10,000 Grand Prize winner along with 10 other winning tickets totaling $5,000. All top-sellers and raffle winners are posted on the Harvest Drive page of the PCHS website at www.providencecatholic.org.

Harvest Drive was initiated in 1968 to raise funds for the school, which was facing a financial crisis.  Faced with the prospect of closure, the school sponsored a car raffle and carnival that generated $15,000 the first year and $32,000 the following year.  Pleased by the results of this fund-raising effort, the officials decided not to close the school.  Since then, this three-week fundraiser has grown to generate more than $370,000 annually to help offset the difference between tuition and the cost of operating the school.

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9/16/14

Providence Catholic’s Annual Harvest Drive to Conclude with Olympic Celebration and Raffle Drawing 

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School’s annual Fall Harvest Drive officially kicked off on August 27 and will conclude with the grand prize raffle drawing and “Olympic” celebration for students on September 19.  Through the hard work of students, parents, teachers and patrons who supported the school, last year’s drive generated more than $370,000.   “The Harvest Drive is among the most successful student fundraising programs in the nation for Catholic high schools,” said Ed Barrett the school’s Advancement Director.  “Our families understand the importance of its success to the financial well-being of the school.” 

All Providence Catholic students are required to participate in this fundraiser.  Their obligation is met by selling advertisement listing space and/or raffle tickets to businesses, community members, family and friends.  Advertisement listings will be featured in the Harvest Drive E-Directory, which will be accessed through the school’s website. 

Raffle tickets are $10 each and will give the purchaser a chance to win the $10,000 Harvest Drive Grand Prize, which will be drawn on Friday, September 19. There will be additional raffle prizes drawn for 1st through 10th prizes, which range from $100 to $2,000. Winners need not be present.

For more information or to support Harvest Drive, please contact Ms. Jamie O’Brien, Harvest Drive Coordinator at (815) 717-3163 or harvestdrive@providencecatholic.org.  

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6/19/14

Providence Catholic Celebrates the Class of 2014 Commencement 

(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic High School celebrated the Class of 2014 commencement on June 5 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.  Each of the 282 members of the class crossed the Rialto stage to receive their PCHS diploma, marking the completion of four successful and memorable years. During the ceremony, Valedictorian Eric Connelly (Tinley Park) and Salutatorian Jessica Talwar (Orland Park) addressed their classmates with powerful words of encouragement and expressed their gratefulness to family, friends and Providence faculty and staff.

During the special awards portion of the graduation ceremony, Athletic Director, Doug Ternik announced Noah Senffner (New Lenox) as the recipient of the Senior Athletic-Spirit Award and Marybeth Galick (Homer Glen) as the recipient of the Jaime Garcia Scholastic Athlete Award.  Fr. John Merkelis, O.S.A. named Dominic Azar (Joliet), Clare Huguelet (New Lenox) and Abigail Persicketti (Manhattan) as the recipients of the Bishop Blanchette Religion award.  Furthermore, Morgan Manghera (Tinley Park) and Sean Murray (Manhattan) received the prestigious Bishop Roger Kaffer Leadership Award.

Ninety-nine percent of the Class of 2014 will continue their education at a college or university.  Approximately 750 scholarships valued at nearly 28 million dollars were offered to this class.  Sixteen percent of this class were named Illinois State Scholars. These seniors performed in excess of 20,000 hours of community service during their high school careers.  Almost 90% of the class participated in at least one of the school’s 21 sports and/or 27 extracurricular activities.  Forty-two students signed National Letters of Intent or made commitments to continue their respective sports at the collegiate level, which is nearly 15% of the class and the highest number in the school’s history.  In addition, this class witnessed many athletic accomplishments including the varsity baseball team’s recent IHSA State Championship and third place finishes at State by both the varsity cheerleaders and poms.  Providence Catholic now has 27 state championship titles; the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois. 

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