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Providence’s Caitlin Markey Crowned Champion of Character by CIF

By Steve Knez
BurbankNBeyond Staff Writer

A full week after winning a prestigious student-athlete award, Caitlin Markey is still smiling from ear to ear. But then again, the Providence High School senior is always smiling. Markey is confident but humble. She is intelligent and full of promise. She is a natural leader and inspirational teammate. 

“Caitlin represents our school very well,” said Athletic Director Andrew Bencze, who nominated Markey for the award. “She handles herself with class and dignity.”

Providence Athletic Director Andrew Bencze and Caitlin Markey (Photo by Steve Knez)

On October 1, 2012, Markey was honored by the CIF Southern Section at the 9th Annual Dr. Jim Staunton Champions for Character Ceremony at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. The award is given to student-athletes, coaches, administrators and schools who best embrace good sportsmanship and the principals of “Pursuing Victory with Honor.”

Markey was just one of 14 students to be recognized.

“I like talking to people and I love being a leader,” she said.

Not only is Markey a leader in the classroom and on the soccer field, but she is the ASB President as well.

“Balancing academics and athletics with ASB is definitely a challenge, but it is totally worth it,” she said with a smile. “You just have to manage your time properly.”

As a sophomore, Markey experienced success on the soccer field as Providence was loaded with talent and veteran players. However, her junior year was more of a challenge as the team lost nine players to graduation and victories were few and far between. She was forced to step up and lead the team through a difficult season.

“It’s easy when things are going well,” Bencze said. “But Caitlin shined last year as a junior when times were tough. She handled herself very well.”

Markey’s ability to shine in the face of adversity is one of the main reasons Bencze nominated her for the award. She is the first student from Providence to win such an award. Last year, Victor LeBreton, the school’s vice-principal, was honored with a character award and the school as a whole was honored as well.

The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people and lasted about two-and-a-half hours. In addition to a trophy, banner and letterman patch, Markey received a $500 scholarship during the event. She is currently researching colleges and prefers to attend school locally next year at UCLA or LMU.

An honor roll student and oldest of four brothers and sisters, Markey credits her mother as her biggest inspiration.

“She is the greatest example for all of us,” Markey said. “My mom is a true champion.”


Providence High School Cuts Ribbon on New Science Center

By John Savageau
Staff Writer

Students arrived at Providence High School Monday morning not only for their first day of school, but also to celebrate cutting the ribbon on their new science center.  New, modern, cutting-edge science classrooms will help students pursue their dreams in media, technology, and medical sciences.

Bishop Wilkerson blesses the Science Center (Photo By John Savageau)

“It became apparent the 1955 science environment needed improvement” noted Sister Lucille Dean, Chair of Providence, Health and Services Board of Directors, and former Principle of the school.

The new science center, with 3 state of the art physics, chemistry, and biology labs, dazzle visitors and students.  Several students were overheard discussing how much fun it will be to “break in” the classrooms.  Guests provided their approvals, and teaching staff strained to get to work.

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson explained that Providence High School has a close relationship with the adjacent Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, and the school has a great interest in promoting development and interest in the sciences.  Both Providence HS and the Medical Center share common roots with the Sisters of Providence, which since 1843 has served communities through service in education and health care.

A recurring theme in the science center’s opening ceremony highlighted ties between Providence High School’s goal of preparing students for service in health care and other service professions, and the need for ensuring a student never loses their soul or faith in the pursuit of knowledge.

Science Center Bio Lab (Photo By John Savageau)

According to Paul Kaminski, Director of Advancement, Providence HS began raising money for the project in 2007, ending with a total of $3.2 million.  Completed in 3 stages, including a new quad and lunch area, the Science Center was the third and final phase.

Providence HS opened in 1955, and has been co-educational since 1974.  Enrollment continues to be strong, competitive, and students follow a course directed at college preparation, as well as participating in elective programs including Medical Focus, Media Focus, and Technology Focus.  Graduates have entered universities throughout the United States, from Syracuse University, the University of Minnesota, to UCLA.

Students gather in the Providence HS Activities Center for the Science Center Dedication(Photo By John Savageau)