PROVISCOPE The Student News Site of Providence Catholic High School Sat, 11 Dec 2021 18:02:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrestling 2021-22 Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:58:48 +0000 Wyatt Goorsky gets the win on varsity against a Marist wrestler during the Celtics first meet of the season held at Montini High School.  Good Luck Celtics!

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Four Student Athletes Commit on National Signing Day Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:48:16 +0000 NEW LENOX (November 10, 2021) – Mr. Doug Ternik, Athletic Director at Providence Catholic High School, announced that four student athletes will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. “We are extremely proud of these athletes. They are academically accomplished students in the classroom and leaders in their respective sports. We wish all of them the very best in college and in the future, and are excited to see them continue playing at the next level,” said Ternik.

Laurelei Thormeyer of Frankfort, Illinois, daughter of Jason and Theresa Thormeyer, has been recognized for committing to the University of St. Francis to play basketball on athletic and academic scholarship. She plans to major in Business and minor in Pre-Law. Thormeyer is a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. A member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, she is also a basketball player at Providence.  “I want to thank Providence for the opportunity to grow in my Catholic faith, and for the wonderful relationships that I have made,” says Thormeyer. “Keeping my grades up and working on my time management has helped me prepare for the busy and hectic lifestyle of a college athlete.”

Kelley Rourke of Lockport, Illinois, daughter of John and Sharon Rourke, has been recognized for committing to St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, to play softball on academic scholarship. She plans to major in Physical Therapy. Rourke is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lockport. A member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, she has also been a member of the softball team for three years. Rourke also plays for the 18U Nationals Premier Softball team and has been with the organization for the past four years. “Providence has helped prepare me for college with the courses I have taken and the independence that teachers have given me,” says Rourke.

Drew Brasky of Mokena, Illinois, son of Steve and Carrie Brasky, has been recognized for committing to Denison University to play golf on scholarship. Brasky is a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in New Lenox. A member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, he has also been a member of the golf team for four years. In that time, he has served as captain of the golf team, earned the Tony Lawless Award through the Chicago Catholic League, and was the 2020 Catholic League Champion for golf.   “Providence has prepared me for college by giving me a good base and providing me the skills that are needed to be successful in college,” says Brasky.

Megan Duzansky of Mokena, Illinois, daughter of John and Lisa Duzansky, has been recognized for committing to Benedictine University, to play basketball. She plans to major in Special Education. Duzansky is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mokena. A member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, Megan has also played on the varsity basketball team all four years of high school. This year, she will serve as the team’s captain.  “Providence has given me an amazing foundation that has made me feel well prepared for college,” says Duzansky. “School has also provided a spiritual environment for me to be able to further develop my spiritual relationships.”


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34 Celtics Score 30+ on ACT Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:46:13 +0000 NEW LENOX (December 7, 2021) – Providence Catholic High School Principal Dr. John Harper is pleased to announce that 34 students scored a 30 or higher on the ACT. “These students have excelled academically, and their dedication and hard work to their studies shows in their results on the ACT and in the classroom,” says Dr. Harper. “This is an especially remarkable accomplishment in the midst of a pandemic.”

The complete ACT profile for the Class of 2022 will be available at the end of the school year. For the Class of 2021, the top 10% of the class scored an average of 31.75, which is in the top five percent of all test takers in the country. The top 50% of the class scored an average of 27.25 on the ACT, while the average for the entire student body is 24.4 (which the national average is 21).

“Providence is blessed to have this incredible group of young people who are able to share their talents with our community each and every day,” says Luke Senffner, Director of the Counseling Department. “This impressive achievement was attained by 17% of our senior class, which is nearly double the percentage of students who achieved this same feat throughout the rest of the country.”

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Nathan and Nick Pugh Named to the All-State Honors Choir Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:44:03 +0000

 Providence Catholic High School is proud to announce that two students have made All-State Honors Choir – the third time Providence Catholic has had students named to Honors Choir at state.  Based upon the judge’s scoring of the original videos, Nathan and Nick Pugh were named to the All-State Honors Choir as members of the Bass I section. All State occurs at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria January 26-29, 2022. Music students spend three days rehearsing in specific State ensembles – Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz, Chorus and Honors Choir. Their performances will occur on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Peoria Convention Center.  (Pictured are Nathan and Nicholas).

“All the students who were selected to State worked extremely hard and their perseverance paid off for them. I know the brothers will have a great experience. We are very proud of them and are extremely excited to have them represent Providence Catholic,” says Dr. Stacy Eckert, Director of Choirs, Liturgical Music and Theatre, Tri-M Honor Society & Thespian Honor Society Moderator at Providence Catholic.

The vocalists only had the one audition as their opportunity. Every choir student in the district choosing to audition was given the task to demonstrate their singing abilities on specific repertoire and tonal skills.  After the thousands of video submissions, Nathan and Nick Pugh, as well as Paige Shepherd (Alto 1) were selected to District 1 ILMEA Music Festival which was held on Nov. 20 at Elmhurst University.  (Pictured below are the Pugh brothers with Paige).

In 2021, Nathan was named to the All-State Chorus as a Bass 2. Students being named to the All-State Honors Choir are some of the top singers in the entire state. “I am so very happy for Nick and Nathan,” said Dr. Eckert.

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CHRISTMAS DANCE Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:27:31 +0000 People throughout Providence are very excited for the Christmas dance, turned Christmas Party. This year, since there were no dances last year due to Covid, it is important from a fundraising standpoint for more people to attend the dances this year. Knowing this, the Student Council chose to expand the dance to a game night. Something else that has been added to the dance for the first time:  a Mario Kart tournament. Another change made to the format of the dance that people are excited about is that the dance is now a pajama party instead of ugly Christmas sweaters like it has been in the past. So, students should find their best Christmas pajamas and come to the Student Commons for games and some refreshments that are to be enjoyed at the dance, or to the large gym for some Christmas music to dance and party to. This dance/party is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, celebrate the holidays a little bit early, and spend time with friends.

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2021 – A YEAR IN REVIEW Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:24:32 +0000 Look how fast this year has gone by! 2021 has been an incredibly eventful year. Major political and economic events and iconic pop culture moments have made 2021 a year to remember.

After the mess that was 2020, 2021 was sure to be an interesting year, to say the least. Back in January, Joe Biden was sworn in as our 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris was elected as the first female Vice President. Later that winter, Covid vaccines were approved, and we began the path toward normalcy. At one point, Reddit users crashed the stock market as they invested in the failing video-game company, GameStop. A few months later, Amazon founder Jefferey Bezos launched himself into space. This is just scraping the surface of the national news that broke this past year,

Music, streaming, and movies made a big impact this year. The streaming service Disney+ released several award-winning Marvel series, including Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If?, and Hawkeye. Netflix’s Squid Game provided biting social commentary and was a huge success, becoming Netflix’s most successful show of all time. The #FreeBritney movement was incredibly prominent on social media, and Britney Spears has recently been released from her conservatorship thanks to the strong support. Movies like Jungle Cruise, The Suicide Squad, and Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings helped bring business to struggling movie theatres. In music. Taylor Swift re-recorded her album Red and Olivia Rodrigo topped the charts with her debut album, Sour. Without a doubt, these shows, songs, and films will contribute to 2021’s legacy.

Here’s to 2022 being even more fascinating and jubilant than 2021. Happy New Year Providence!

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Gift Giving Guide Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:21:11 +0000 A gift-giving guide is certainly difficult to make for people at this age. Everyone has different favorites and wants. We all have different preferences and topics we like. Whether you are wanting the new Dyson air wrap, new sports equipment, or solely want gift cards and money, gift-giving and receiving is such a fun aspect of the holiday season.

Giving gifts to friends and family is extremely exciting. Seeing the reactions of the recipient is such an interesting experience. Whether it be an emotional response, a huge thankful hug, or a laughing attack at a comedic gift, reactions to gifts are priceless. Considering these reactions, a great gift is needed. Sometimes the greatest gifts are homemade. Not only are they cheaper, but they are also more personalized and heartwarming. A personalized gift can be lots of things. Whether you are making a homemade treat or a personalized belonging, a fan favorite is the Spotify song frames. Typically, these DIY gifts are easy to make.

Think about the person you are buying for when thinking about creating a gift or making a purchase. What does this person enjoy? What is their favorite color? Questions like these help make the gift-giving decision easier. For example, a friend who plays sports will appreciate active gear more than a friend who loves to read, who may want the newest novel. If this person loves to have the latest tech, the new iPhone or new Apple watch are great options.

When getting a gift for someone, don’t overthink it. Whoever you are buying for will be thankful no matter what. Put a little thought into it, and they are sure to be appreciative. Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!


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FINAL EXAMS Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:15:46 +0000 It is that time of year again, and unfortunately, I am not talking about Christmas, I am talking about finals week. Being one of the most stressful times of the year, finals week has put us all in a little panic this year. From freshmen taking their first-ever finals to sophomores taking a final in almost all of their classes unlike last year, and to the juniors and seniors who are now returning to the “normal” final experience. However, there are numerous tips and tricks that I will share with you to help you get through this finals season.

  1. Start your studying early! It is important to start reviewing notes and other material a couple of weeks before finals, that way you are not cramming as much when it comes time for finals week.
  2. Do not over-study! One of the biggest issues with almost all high schoolers is that they will most likely attempt to overstudy, which in turn will cause a ton of stress, and may end up affecting you and your final grade negatively.
  3. Get enough sleep! Remember, even though it is finals week, does not mean that you should stay up studying extremely late.
  4. Remember, it is still the holiday season! Although it is finals week, remember that Christmas is still right around the corner, and finals do not mean everything.
  5. Relax! Teachers know that you do not remember the lessons that you learned at the beginning of the year perfectly. Make sure you put your trust and faith in them, and everything will be fine.

I hope these five helpful tips and tricks help you get through your finals week! Best of luck and have a happy holiday!

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Holiday Fun for Family and Friends! Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:12:34 +0000 Christmas is right around the corner, but before you get caught up in the stress of shopping and buying Christmas presents, here are some exciting activities that you can do to spend time with your family and friends!

  • Try baking a new dessert! You can make Christmas cookies with your grandma or build a gingerbread house with your younger sibling!
  • Check out Christmas lights near you! There are beautiful Christmas lights in the New Lenox Commons, with free cookies, popcorn, and hot chocolate!
  • Watch some classic Christmas movies with your friends! You can never watch Elf or Home Alone too many times.
  • Take a day to relax with your family by drinking hot chocolate and watching a movie in front of the fire!
  • Write letters to Santa with your cousins or siblings!
  • Color a cute Christmas picture!
  • Build a gigantic snowman when it snows!
  • Go ice skating! There are cool indoor rinks and outdoor rinks!
  • Make your neighbors laugh by going Christmas caroling with your friends!
  • Help your mom or dad decorate the house for Christmas!
  • Host a secret Santa party!
  • Try a new Christmas Starbucks drink or baked good!
  • Decorate Christmas cards for your relatives!
  • Buy and decorate a Christmas tree!
  • Go sledding with your siblings!
  • Listen to Christmas music!
  • Drive around with your family to look at all the cute neighborhood lights!
  • Donate some of your toys to a local drive!
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen!
  • Write a letter to a soldier away from home!
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The Top Five Best Binge-Worthy Shows and Movies to Watch on Your Christmas Break Sat, 11 Dec 2021 17:09:55 +0000 Christmas break is an enjoyable time for everyone. It is when we can spend time with family and friends. Sometimes, we just need to relax and escape to the safety of our TV or streaming platform. Whether you are stuck at a family gathering with your ten seven-year-old cousins or bored out of your mind, here are the top five best binge-worthy movies and TV shows to watch on your Christmas break.

#5: Home Alone

Home Alone is such an amazing and iconic movie. The movie is about a boy named Kevin who is left home alone when his parents forget him at the house when they leave with their large family on a vacation. Kevin sets up weird and memorable traps to stop stupid thieves from breaking into the house. This movie is very funny, and I could spend hours watching it every time Christmas break comes around.

#4: DC’s Stargirl 

DC’s Stargirl is a very well-made and interesting show. It is about a girl named Courtney Whitmore who is chosen by Starman’s staff to be a superhero. In season one, Courtney teams up with her stepfather Pat, a former sidekick of the Justice Society of America, and other lonely high school kids to defeat the Injustice Society of America. In season two, Courtney and her team must go through troubles to defeat the infamous Eclipso. This is an action-packed and eventful show that you will not be able to stop watching.

#3: Marvel’s WandaVision 

WandaVision is just an amazing show. It was the first show I watched when I got my Disney+ subscription. Wanda Maximoff creates this fictional world where she lives with Vision throughout different decades, starting in the 1950s. She ends up fighting Agatha, an evil witch, and Wanda destroys the imaginary world. This show is amazing, and I highly recommend binge-watching it.

#2: A Charlie Brown Christmas 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is another iconic movie that I watch every Christmas. We all know the story and have seen it several times. It is all about Charlie Brown celebrating Christmas with his sad Christmas tree. The movie is just so nostalgic that you will just have to watch it every Christmas, no matter your age.

#1: Spiderman 

The original Spiderman from 2002 is my favorite movie of all time. Starring Tobey Maguire as Spiderman, this movie is fantastic. Spiderman must defeat the Green Goblin while also balancing his life as Peter Parker. There is a perfect balance of action, family, and romance. I have seen this movie five times in only a few years and I will watch it again soon. I highly recommend this movie.


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