SJCS Hosts Documentary

In partnership with Furman University, Dorman HS, and Christ Church, SJCS hosted a public screening of the documentary film, “Children of Chabannes,” on Monday, April 11 in the JPII Center. Mr. Norbert Bikales, a child hidden in the small french town of Chabannes during the Holocaust, introduced the film and conducted a question & answer session afterwards.

Students Attend Model UN Conference

The Middle School Model United Nations program, a full-year curriculum implemented in schools with direction from the YMCA Youth in Government staff, helps participants expand their knowledge of global issues while also improving their debate and leadership skills. Students study and represent a particular country, create a “Festival of Nations” display, and write a resolution to be presented at the Model UN Conference. This year’s conference was held April 7th & 8th in Black Mountain, NC.

  • SJCS students Emma Curran, Jessica Gerac, Michelle Peres and Polina Vertigel, representing the Republic of Chad, presented a resolution to construct a “model school” in order to provide educational opportunities for young women. Elizabeth Loudermilk, Rachel Marlar, Emily Mulholland and Ellie Mullins, representing Argentina, offered a resolution to request UN help with locust eradication in rural agricultural areas. Juan Gacha, Shivam Vadalia, Tyler Williamson and Matthew Willson, representing Israel, requested monetary assistance for the defense of areas prone to terrorist incursions and instability. Finally, Samuel Dobson, Russell Warren and Jeffrey Werth, representing Spain, requested monetary assistance to improve airport and homeland security as a means of combating international terrorism. Three of the countries had their resolutions successfully pass out of the initial committee levels, and the resolutions from Chad and Israel successfully passed the UN General Assembly, while Spain’s resolution passed the higher Plenary Session as well. The delegations from Argentina and Spain received awards for Outstanding Resolutions, and delegate Russell Warren was recognized as an Outstanding Delegate for the second consecutive year.
  • For the first time ever, St. Joseph’s had two delegates—Russell Warren and Shivam Vadalia—selected to committee-level Clerk positions, and both delegates were also selected as the USA’s representatives on the Model UN Security Council, another first for the school.
  • In addition to presenting and arguing for their respective resolutions, the students created informational displays on their countries that included authentic foods to sample, and also dressed in costumes from their respective countries during the “Festival of Nations.”
  • Middle school faculty members Joel Brandon and Elaine Trakas served as the team’s moderators this year, working with the students during the semester to prepare for the conference as well as accompanying them to Black Mountain.

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Theatre Presents Spring Musical

The SJCS Theatre Department put on their annual Spring Musical from March 17-20. On the first night of performances, Founders Circle members enjoyed a preview production of State Fair, accompanied by a Flik Dining catered reception which was themed to fit the musical. 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. This classic Rodgers & Hammerstein story settles the audience 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.

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Mini-Mester Offers Unique Learning

St. Joseph’s annual Mini-Mester hosted a variety of classes and learning opportunities, complete with fun and adventures. High School students enrolled in classes ranging from Dog Training to German, French, and South African Cultural Experiences and everything in between. Middle School students participated in a grade specific Mini-Mesters including a day at the Carl Sandburg Home, Kings Mountain, and the Hollingsworth Outdoor Center.

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Forum Hosts Student Leaders

On March 16, St. Joseph’s Pope Francis Forum club hosted a Dialogue & Friendship dinner to honor students across the Greenville community who are interested in diversity and inclusion efforts. Students attending this dinner were given an opportunity to meet other community leaders and peers from their neighborhood schools. Following mealtime roundtable discussions, a panel of speakers including Mary Capers Bledsoe (Diversity Leadership Program at Furman University/ YMCA Director of Youth & Teen Services), Roman Galinanes (Bonner Scholar Program Coordinator at Wofford College), and Jacquetta Ross (Girl Scouts of South Carolina Community Development Manager and Outreach Specialist) answered questions from the students.

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SJCS Golf Continues Successful Season

Led by senior Christian Baliker, the St. Joseph’s boys varsity golf team finished second in the All-Greenville County Golf Tournament held at Green Valley Country Club in late March. Baliker posted a 27-hole total of 106, three shots shy of winner Bennett Gillard of Eastside. Eastside won the team competition with a score of 453. St. Joseph’s, spurred by strong finishes from Ben Loudermilk, Sean Miller and Carly Lyvers, had a 471 score, three shots ahead of third-place Christ Church.

Most recently, St. Joseph’s golf won a tri-match with Southside Christian and Powdersville on April 7. The Knights are currently 8-1 for the season.

Seniors Serve on 3rd Annual Trip

From March 8-13, thirty-nine members of the class of 2016 participated in the 3rd annual Senior Mission Trip to Tampa, Florida. Planned by the Senior Senate, the seniors worked on two Habitat for Humanity build sites and two Restore facilities then visited migrant camps and fed the homeless. In addition to their days of service, the seniors spent time paddle boarding, watching sunsets on the beach, and attended Mass at Sacred Heart in downtown Tampa. Thank you to our faculty chaperones, Jennifer Church, Gabe Lewis, Karen Miller, Jen Patton, and parent chaperones, Mr. Connolly, Dr. Eberly, and Mr. Guest.

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Rising Freshmen Named SJ Scholars

Congratulations to St. Joseph’s rising ninth graders Isabel Poinsette and Andy Widman, who were recently selected as the recipients of the St. Joseph’s Scholar Award. This scholarship, awarded annually to two incoming freshmen, recognizes academic excellence. Isabel is a current eighth grader at SJCS and Andy is a current eighth grader at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Taylors.

Assemblies Address Online Safety

During two recent school assembly periods, guest speaker Steve Morrill, the Director of Technology at Loyola Blakefield, discussed the realities of the digital world head on with SJCS middle and high school students. He talked about the instant access to data which serves as an opportunity for learning but cautioned students about the dark side of social media platforms and internet use. Mr. Morrill, who comes highly recommended by Diocese, the addressed digital footprints, cyber-bullying, distribution of questionable content, and how to establish a positive reputation and how to make good decisions, both in person and online.

SJCS Interact Receives Charter

Congratulations are due to the SJCS Interact Club who received their official charter from the Greenville Rotary Club on March 8. Club members recited the four-way guiding principles pledge and received their banner and charter certificate. The SJCS Interact Club has already been active in their first year of service. Recently, members Breanna Anderson, Emily Garceau, and Travis Garceau participated in a Rotary Club fundraiser at the Swamp Rabbits Hockey game. Through ticket sales and activities such as Chuck-A-Puck, the group raised $1,422 which was then matched to bring the total raised to $4,266. This amount will pay for 7,110 life saving vaccines and boosters in the fight to eradicate Polio.

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