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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.


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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The Celtic cheerleaders proudly display their peanut butter and jelly donations.

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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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