Athlete Attends National Invitational

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Rising SJCS junior lacrosse player Christian Castillo was selected to participate in the 2016 Warrior National Prospect Invitational. He represented Greenville at this event, which was held in Richmond, VA July 19-22. The Warrior National Prospect Invitational brings together elite level high school lacrosse players from throughout the nation to one venue, where players have the opportunity to showcase their lacrosse skills in front of NCAA lacrosse coaches. Players are selected for this honor based on academic, athletic, and personal character criteria. For more information, click here.

Students Attend National Conference

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Rising seniors Kathleen Browne and Sydney Hyer and graduate Kristen Kauffman (’16) were selected to attend the YMCA’s Conference on National Affairs held July 1-8 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Center. Each year, the South Carolina Youth in Government (YIG) organization selects 25 students to participate in this conference, bringing together students from across the country to debate national issues. In addition, Kauffman attended the YIG Horizons Values Conference held in late May at Camp Greenville. Young people from across the state gathered for a weekend to discuss the challenges facing teens today, and positive values are promoted as the answer to these challenges. This was Kauffman’s fourth year in attendance.

Students Participate in Homeworks

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More than twenty SJCS high school students spent the week of July 10-16 together doing home repairs for needy families in the Greenville area through the “Homeworks” organization. Students arrived on site early each morning and worked until late afternoon. Projects included sanding, painting, building wheelchair ramps, putting up siding, installing doors, and much more. The students also spent time getting to know the homeowners, praying with them, and sharing meals with them. This project, and others like it, are ways in which SJCS Campus Ministry seeks to encounter Christ in the “meek and humble” among us and to experience the joy in serving others.

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Faculty chosen as AP Graders

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Several SJCS faculty members were recently selected to grade Advanced Placement (AP) exams during the month of June. History Department Chair Kevin Stanton graded AP U.S. History exams in Louisville for his ninth consecutive year. Math Department Chair George Carr graded AP Statistics exams in Kansas City for his eleventh consecutive summer.  High School History Teacher Meby Carr graded AP U.S. History exams in Louisville for her fourteenth consecutive year.

GS Goes Camping

16_gs_campAfter spending freshmen year together, nine SJCS rising sophomores and members of the GS Student Youth Group, Skyler Callahan, James Cancello, Emily Garceau, Jacob Kiser, Sophie Kiser, Isabelle McDaniel, Elizabeth Poinsette, Derek Sheldon, and Abby Weaver recently travelled to Brevard, NC on a two-day camping trip led by SJCS faculty members Michele Houmis and James Sternberg. The group enjoyed time together fishing, hiking, swimming, preparing and eating meals together by campfire, praying, and enjoying one another’s company without the use of cell phones. At the end of the trip, this group of friends reflected on their time together and how to apply what they learned to the rest of the summer, the upcoming school year, and their lives in general. They were most touched by the generosity of others and each person’s willingness to help one another.

Teacher Attends Supreme Court Institute

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SJCS high school History Teacher Meby Carr was selected by Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute June 16-21. This program offered teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail, to learn the methodology for conveying this information to students, and to be able to present workshops on the U.S. Supreme Court. Teachers also visited the Court to attend decisions and a reception; Carr attended the June 20th morning decision readings and an evening reception hosted by Chief Justice John Roberts. The Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm served as her sponsor.