MS Friends Visit SJCS

Several middle school students invited friends or met new friends during the annual Middle School Bring-A-Friend To School Day held on Friday, January 15. Eighty visitors in grades 5-8 accompanied current SJCS middle school students for a half day of classes, lunch, and recess. Student-friend pairs spent the day learning and collaborating on a variety of topics. For example, in the 6th grade, math students “Faced-Off” playing an integer operation card game; history students explored Brazil’s Carnival traditions and made parade masks as a culmination of their studies in South America; science students, in their studies on animal diversity, played a card game called Predator; in literature classes, students partnered with their friends to create dioramas; chorus students learned an arrangement of the spiritual “Wade in the Water.” For 7th grade students, grammar classes had a sentence diagramming competition where teams competed based on the speed and accuracy; history students divided into teams for a history “Quiz Bowl”; 7th grade math and 8th grade pre-algebra classes played “dominos” with pentagons. Last but not least, 8th grade history class watched a film and discussed the historical impact of the Roaring Twenties on American history while science students used KEVA planks to complete engineering challenges.

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Admissions Note: If you missed out on Bring-A-Friend Day and you or someone you know is interested in visiting SJCS, prospective parents and students are welcome to drop in at one of our upcoming Open Door Thursdays to be held on March 10th, 17th, and 24th, at any time between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM for a tour and talk with one of our administrators. Contact Barbara McGrath, Director of Admissions at for more information.

Debate Team Competes

On February 13, several Speech and Debate members participated in the last regular season tournament at Eastside high school. Sydney Hyer placed 6th in Congressional debate in the Senate, Emily Pares received the Presiding Officer Award for the Senate, and Kate Weaver was awarded 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation. SJCS faculty members Rod McClendon and Meby Carr coached the students while Chuck Milteer and Joel Brandon volunteered as judges for the tournament.

Senior Advances as National Merit Finalist

Congratulations to senior Jack Mobley, who has officially advanced to National Merit Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The National Merit Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on high school student results on the PSAT. Students who achieve the ranking of Finalist are the top one percent of the nation’s high school students.

Seniors Compete in Literary Meet

On February 3, six seniors competed at the SCISA state literary meet in Summerville, SC. Competing were Grace Cooney and Miles Weiss in Extemporaneous Essay Writing, Emma Gross and Jared Chamberlin in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Jena Brooks and Josiah Tennent in Dramatic Oral Interpretation. Grace placed third in the state in Extemporaneous Essay Writing and Jena placed second in the state in Dramatic Oral Interpretation. The team is sponsored by Megan Koon and were also accompanied to the meet by Meby Carr.

Spring Musical Introduced

The SJCS Fine Arts Department proudly presents their annual Spring Musical, State Fair. Based on the film, State Fair follows the adventures of one Iowan family as they journey to the 1946 state fair. Whether it be winning the mincemeat and hog competitions or finding love, each member of the Frake family is wishing on a star, or a five dollar bet, for the outcome of this adventure. With favorites such as “It’s a Grand Night For Singing” and “Isn’t It Kinda Fun?” you will enjoy this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein story, settling back into a simpler time only to realize that family dynamics and the dreams deep in the heart of the American life have been consistent throughout time.

Join the SJCS Cast & Crew for their performances of State Fair, March 17-20!

Thursday, March 17: 7:00 PM – Preview Performance – All tickets $10
Friday, March 18: 7:00 PM – Adults $15; Students/Senior Citizens $10
Saturday, March 19: 7:00 PM – Adults $15; Students/Senior Citizens $10
Sunday, March 20: 3:00 PM – Adults $15; Students/Senior Citizens $10; Sunday Family Matinee discount* $60
*Sunday family discounts can only be purchased at the Box Office at the Sunday show.
Alumni: Your comp tickets can only be reserved at the Box Office or via email to

Abel – Dominic Masotti
Melissa – Maddy Miller
Margy – Kate Weaver
Wayne – Thomas Poteat
Emily – Jena Brooks
Clay – Robby Matlock
Lem – Joey Pelicano
Hank -Jacob Kiser
Pat – Jack Mobley
Charlie -Josiah Tennent
Vivian – Kelly Burns
Jeanne – Elizabeth Poinsette
Eleanor – Sophie Coburn
Harry – Cole Fesler
Dave Miller – Sean Davis
Gus – Greg Gardziola
Fairtones – Elizabeth DeMars, Katie Malone, Caroline McCoy, Sara Slaughter
Dance Ensemble – Gabbie Gardziola, Greg Gardziola, Dessa Jones, Lauren Jones, Sophie Kiser, Lauren Miller, Savannah Muron, Sydney Read, Lilly Slaughter, Dillon Spikings, Abby Weaver, Gabrielle Wimberly
Ensemble – Skyler Callahan (Violet), James Cancello (Hoop-La Barker), Margaret Carroll, Maria Clark, Elizabeth Harris, Hugo Hernandez, Addison Horton, Haleigh Kauffman, Maddie Koontz, Davie Marchant, Brannon Timms (Chief of Police), Connor Williams (Stralenko/Mr. Heppenstahl)

Players Named by

Congratulations to SJCS sophomore Allison Whitten who has been named to the 2015 High School All-American by Allison was one of only two players from the state to receive this honor and one of only 150 players named across the United States. Earlier this year, Whitten was named one of 30 finalists for National HS Sophomore of the Year.

Congratulations are also due to SJCS junior Kaely Thompson who has been awarded High Honorable Mention by Earlier this year, Thompson was named one of the finalists for National HS Junior of the Year.

Both Whitten and Thompson helped to lead St. Joseph’s to win their fifth consecutive Class A State Volleyball Championship this year.

Students Attend Hearing & Rally

On January 27, a group of St. Joseph’s students traveled to Columbia, SC for the annual National School Choice Rally. Michael F. Acquilano, who represents the South Carolina Catholic Conference, arranged for St. Joseph’s students to attend a SC Senate Committee hearing prior to the rally. The students were invited to sit at the committee table by the presiding Senators while presentations were conducted and questions asked. After the hearing concluded, students met with several Senators and were invited to visit their offices. The visit to the State Capital culminated with a rally held at the Township Auditorium with hundreds of other South Carolina students to support initiatives for private schools and non-traditional education.

Senior Signs to Furman

Congratulations to SJCS senior Sean Langan, who committed to play Soccer for Furman University on National Signing Day. During his high school athletic career, Sean has contributed to the team’s consecutive State Championships all three years he has been on the team and was named All-State and All-Region his Junior year. In addition to SJCS athletics, Sean has been a member of the CESA premier team for the past four years, assisting in securing their own State Championships.

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Students Prepare for SC Primaries

In preparation for the February South Carolina Presidential Primaries, approximately twenty SJCS students recently attended a poll training workshop. The students took the Poll Workers Oath of Office and learned about their potential polling site responsibilities such as monitoring the voting equipment and issuing ballots to registered voters.

Engineers Share Experiences

On Thursday, January 7, the SJCS Technology and Engineering Advisory Committee (TEAC) hosted a panel of SJCS alumni to present their engineering experiences to high school students interested in similar fields. Held during lunch period, over fifty students listened to alumni who are currently majoring or have careers in Engineering.

A special thank you to:

  • Stanley Bikulege (SJCS ’14): Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michael Kopscik (SJCS ’12): Biomedical Engineering at Clemson University
  • Daniel McCullough (SJCS ’11): Civil Engineering Graduate from the Citadel employed at Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Justin Mohr (SJCS ’07): Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Clemson University employed at General Electric

Coach Paul Reaches Milestone

Congratulations to SJCS Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Paul Assinesi, on reaching a milestone of 100 wins at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Prior to their game on Tuesday, January 19, Athletic Director RJ Beach and senior players Carter Powell and Walker Seman presented Coach Assinessi with a commemorative basketball and thanked him for his years of dedication before going on to win against Brashier Middle College. His wife Karen and sons Kelly and Landry Assinesi, both SJCS graduates, were also present for the award. Coach Assinesi has been with SJCS as Head Basketball Coach since 2009. Prior to St. Joseph’s, Coach Assinesi coached middle, high school, and AAU competition basketball. He also founded and served as program director of “Kids Two the Hoop,” a non-profit organization for southern California youth.