Fine Arts Students Qualify

On October 17, senior Dominic Masotti and junior Katie Malone auditioned at the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) musical theatre competition at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC. Their performances advanced both of them to the NATS regional competition to be held in March at the College of Charleston. In Charleston, they will compete against the best singers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

5K Benefits Pearlie Harris Center

On September 26, runners of all ages came out on a rainy day to participate in the 8th Annual Knights Challenge 5K and Family Fun Run. This year, all proceeds benefited the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health at Bon Secour St. Francis. Ms. Harris is a long time supporter of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and former Board of Trustee. Congratulations to junior Ford McCoy who placed first in the 5K race with a time of 20:50. Congratulations to Sam Nixon for winning “Best Dressed” and to the Tierney MS Household and the Palmer HS Household for winning the Household participation contest. A special thanks to Coach George Carr, Coach Marie Kernell, the Boys & Girls Cross-Country Teams, Advancement Representatives, Francis Produce, Greenfield’s Bagels & Deli, First Team Sports, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, as well as many others who lent their support for this event.

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Seniors Active in Civic Education

On September 18, seniors Carter Powell and Kristen Kauffman attended the South Carolina Statehouse National Constitution Day Celebration in Columbia. The program, held in the historic State House Chamber, included the James Otis Lecture Series and a talk on Women’s Rights by SC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jean Toal. The students were selected for this honor based on their interest in government and history and both are now eligible for a $1,500 scholarship award to the University of South Carolina based on their participation at the program. The event is sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of American Board of Trial Lawyers.

More recently, Kristen was selected as one of two students from South Carolina to represent SC and Youth In Government at the national level in Washington, DC, essentially as a lobbyist in the Youth Advocate Program of the YMCA of the USA’s National Advocacy Days in February 2016.

Student Film to Be Showcased at Festival

Congratulations to junior Davie Marchant whose student film, “The Dinner Club”, will be showcased in the upcoming Reedy Reels Film Festival on Saturday, October 17. Her film, featuring SJCS students sophomore Robbie Matlock and junior Thomas Poteat, will be shown with other student submissions and animation movies at the 11:00 A.M. session held at Clemson University’s ICAR facility. Admission to the morning session is $10. More information about the film festival can be found here.

Grandparents Welcomed to Campus

On September 24, St. Joseph’s welcomed grandparents and special friends to campus for its annual Grandparents Day event, hosted by the Parents Guild and St. Anne’s Society. Relatives joined their grandchildren for a special luncheon followed by a presentation from headmaster Keith Kiser. During the presentation, senior Caroline McCoy and middle school students Victoria Kucaba and Faith Reinstein read their selected essays about their grandparents. The day concluded with a Mass celebrated by Father Jeremy von Wodecki, who happily chose to join our community here at St. Joseph’s rather than stay in Washington D.C. to meet the Pope during his trip to the USA.

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Chemistry Class Gets History Lesson

Students in James Sternberg’s AP and Honors Chemistry classes recently had a lesson in the history of St. Joseph’s campus. On September 24, special guest Dr. Jack Scruggs spoke to the classes about his fourteen year role as Vice President of Research and Development of the campus when it functioned as Phillips Fibers until 1993. Dr. Scruggs discussed the different types of fibers and plastics developed in this very building that are still used today including those used in plastic toys (such as the hula hoop), carpet and clothing. He also discussed the difference between marketing and research in the chemical field. Students were surprised to hear that Mr. Kiser’s office once belonged to Dr. Scruggs! After speaking to the classes, Dr. Scruggs toured the new campus with Mr. Sternberg to see how much has changed since becoming St. Joseph’s.


Speech & Debate Competes

On Saturday, September 26, the SJCS Speech & Debate Club, consisting of fifteen members, competed in its first tournament at Riverside High School in a variety of events. Senior Dominic Masotti placed 3rd in Novice Reading and senior Jena Brooks placed 4th in Varsity Program Oral Interpretation. The World Schools Debate team composed of junior Demetri Coundoussias, senior Alie Fink, and freshman Michael Lynch placed 3rd and the team composed of junior Kathleen Browne and freshmen Anna Scott Gardner and Dessa Jones placed 1st. Speech & Debate is coached by faculty members Meby Carr, Dr. Steven Jones, and Megan Koon.

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Powerlifter Breaks Records

Congratulations to sophomore Carson McAbee who broke three South Carolina State USA Powerlifting Federation records at the Palmetto Classic on September 19, 2015 in Charleston, SC. Carson broke the 15 year old teen group squat record with a 330 lb. squat, beating the previous record of 259 lbs. set in December 2012. He went on to deadlift 385.75 lbs., beating the previous record of 275.50 set in December 2012. His total weight lifted also set a new state record of 881.75 lbs. beating the previous record of 716.25 lbs. The Palmetto Classic was Carson’s first time competing as a powerlifter. He plans to compete again in March 2016.