The first SJCS “24-Hour Theatre Extravaganza” was a success thanks to many students, parents, alumni, Jubilate Guild officers and faculty who participated in the event. The Fine Arts Department kicked off the school year on Friday and Saturday, August 14-15 with a great celebration and are looking forward to the year ahead. Five newly-written short plays, written by Freshman Natalia Freund, Juniors Davie Marchant and Katherine Sokol, Senior Kate Weaver, and Middle School Faculty, Phyllis Stanton, were showcased along with films submitted by Junior Davie Marchant and SJCS alumna Ellen Willis ’13. Mark your calendars for the next SJCS production: the fall play, “The Curious Savage”, October 29-November 1.
On Saturday, August 22, SJCS students Christian Frank, Lucina Frank, Shannon Murphy, Abby Seidel, Kimmie Thompson, and Kamden Williams volunteered with 150 other participants at the FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Walk for Food Allergy at Heritage Park to raise money for food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. The group felt it was important to participate to represent students at St. Joseph’s who have food allergies as well as advocate for the nearly 15 million people in the United States who live with food allergies. Chaired this year by SJCS parent, Donna Frank, this is the second time that FARE has held the walk in the Greenville area.
Two of St. Joseph’s newest alumni are continuing the work they began in Youth in Government at SJCS. Christopher Baumgarten ’15 and Keyes Gilmer ’15 competed at the Youth in Government National Judicial Competition in Chicago, IL, July 25-31. Chosen as the only appeals team representing the state of South Carolina while seniors at SJCS, Christopher and Keyes competed as appellate attorneys and supreme court justices amongst students from across the nation. The team tied for 6th place overall, and Keyes earned the honor of Outstanding Justice, tying for first place. Chris and Keyes were also chosen to deliver the devotional at the YIG closing convocational.
Friends and family of beloved founding SJCS Board Chair Emeritus, Margaret Ann Moon, gathered on Saturday, August 15th to dedicate the new courtyard garden in her memory. The group gathered together for Mass of triple significance on this date: First, to recognize the Feast of the Assumption; second, to celebrate 15th anniversary of the day in which St. Joseph’s became recognized by the Diocese of Charleston; and third, to bless and dedicate the Margaret Ann Moon Memorial Garden in the Our Lady of Lourdes Courtyard.
We are blessed to have so many community members who prayed, donated, and selflessly gave of themselves to turn this memorial garden into a beautiful space where our students can find comfort. Thank you so much for all of your many efforts. Our prayers continue to go out to the Moon family and hope that this garden brings you peace.
The first ever Pep Band Camp proved to be successful preparation for the school year with nearly thirty students in attendance. The group spent the week preparing music for the upcoming season including the National Anthem and fight songs. The Pep Band is also working on a special patriotic piece to present at halftime of the Varsity Football Military Appreciation Night on September 11th. Freshman Reagan Sahlman is training to be the Assistant Director of the Pep Band and will conduct several pieces of music at the games through her leadership role. Look for the Pep Band performances on September 11 (Military Appreciation Night), October 2 (Homecoming), October 23 (Christ Church), and October 30 (Senior Send-Off).
To kick off their first fall practice on July 31, the SJCS football team gathered to address the needs of others. As in years past, the football team prepared for the upcoming Military Appreciation Night on September 11 by writing to recovering soldiers in hospitals worldwide, thanking them for their service and praying for their recovery.
The very next day, the football community came together once more to help with Come Back To Give Back by painting the field following an early morning practice. The team then began a new tradition, under the guidance of Head Coach Dan Navarro, by refurbishing two homes through the organization Homeworks. The boys along with their families spent the afternoon painting, laying shingles, doing yardwork, light demolition, cleaning and much more for families in need.
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St. Joseph’s annual “Come Back to Give Back” Service Day was held on Saturday, August 1. Sponsored by the SJCS Alumni Board and led by the Advancement and Facilities teams, the event helped prepare the campus for the upcoming school year. Volunteers worked together to landscape and mulch the grounds, line the football field, pressure wash the stadium and sidewalks, clean the school’s exterior, and scrubbed the school buses. Rising senior Alex Foley also joined in on the service day to put the finishing touches on his Eagle Scout project which rebuilt the prayer garden by the picnic tables. Following these activities, FLIK dining service provided boxed lunches for all of the workers. The morning served as a wonderful opportunity for families and friends, both new and old, to meet and reconnect.
Eighty members of the Class of 2019 journeyed to St. Augustine, Florida, for the annual Freshman Class Trip & Pilgrimage last week. Led by senior members of SJCS Campus Ministry Victoria Baumgarten, David Corasaniti, Elizabeth DeMars, Margaret Eberly, Mark Estes, Sarah Kocher, Brian Norton, Mary Veideman, Josh Wakefield, and Hannah Whitmer, the freshmen spent time getting to know one another and explored sites of historical significance such as the Fountain of Youth, Castillo San Marcos, Nombre de Dios Mission, and Flagler College. The students also enjoyed bowling, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, a hoe down, playing on the beach, small-group discussions, and morning and evening prayer on the beach. Students also attended Mass at the Basilica of St. Augustine, the oldest parish in the United States.
Many thanks to our faculty chaperones Pauline Bellavance, Kenneth Covington, Carolyn Johnsen, Keith Kiser, Gabe Lewis, Mireya Lumbreras, and Chuck Milteer as well as our parent chaperones Emmanuel Fajardo, Michelle Lynch, Aimee Lonergan, and John Slaughter.