St. Albert the Great Middle School Science Fair

The Science Department hosted their annual St. Albert the Great Middle School Science Fair on November 16 in celebration of its namesake, a Doctor of the Church and Patron of Scientists. The afternoon was open for family viewing as eighth graders presented their science fair projects, seventh grade students presented their inventions, and sixth graders presented projects demonstrating scientific concepts.The winners and honorable mention 8th grade students will be invited to participate in the Greenville County Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March.

  • Eighth Grade Science Fair Award Winners:
    • 1st Place – Patricia Sammon: “Under Pressure”
    • 2nd Place – Preston Saad: “Pure Water: Is Dirt the Answer?”
    • 3rd Place – Jessica Gerac: “Are You Easily Influenced”
  • Eighth Grade Honorable Mention:
    • Brigid Alvis: “Visual Perception Deception”
    • Emily Broderick: “How Does Centripetal Force Affect Objects?”
    • Emma Curran: “Do Adults Remember Middle School?”
    • Samuel Dobson: “What Kills Germs the Best?”
    • Reagan Lillibridge: “Comparison of Attractiveness”
    • Tristan McTigue: “Do Runners Have Greater Lung Capacity?”
    • Fielding Pace: “Mascara”
    • Josh Read: “Propeller Designs”
    • Ashley Spikings: “A Sketchy Solution”
    • Ben Tenant: “The Leidenfrost Effect”
  • Seventh Grade Invention Winners:
    • 1st prize – Ashley Zuchowski: “Umpire Powder”
    • 2nd Prize – Sam Nixon: “The Laundry Collector”
    • 3rd Prize – Isabell Adams: “All-In-One-Use Tool”
    • 4th prize – Abbey langdon: “Mop Sock”
  • Seventh Grade Invention Honorable Mentions:
    • Rachael Knoblach
    • Faith Reinstein
    • Taylor Melzer
    • Charlie Covington
    • Carlos Garcia
    • Andres Lindstrom
    • CJ Sahlman
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Fall 2016 Athletics Round Up

sjcs-varsity-volleyball-october-17-2016-low-resolution-63The Lady Knights Varsity Volleyball team defeated Academic Magnet High School in three straight games by scores of 25-9, 25-4, and 25-6 to win the Class AA State Championship! The following girls received honors this year: Kaely Thompson– All Region, All State, All Stars; Allison Whitten– All Region, All State, Co-region Player of the Year and AA Player of the Year; Leah Saunders All Region, All Stars; Coach Jan Carino was chosen as Region Coach of the Year and also selected by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association to serve as a coach for the North-South All-Star Volleyball Matches held at Erskine College on November 19th.

The SJCS Girls & Boys Cross Country teams competed in the South Carolina High School League Class AA State Championships on Saturday, November 5th. Both teams came home State Champions! The girls team won their seventh consecutive title with the SCHSL, which set a record for most consecutive titles won by a cross country team. The team also won the last two years that we competed in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association giving them nine consecutive state championships! Annika Bissinger, Bryn Bissinger, Caroline Linen, Katherine Uprichard and Anna Thompson made the All-State team. The boys cross country team won their fourth title in the last five years with two runners finishing in the top five places! Alfredo Diaz-Santillan, Ford McCoy, Brendan McTigue, Tristan McTigue, Zac Palmer and Josh Powers all made the All-State team. Ford was the individual champion finishing with a time of 16.12. Congratulations to coaches Marie Kernell and George Carr respectively named Class AA Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year and Class AA Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year, and to all of our runners on an outstanding season!

The Varsity Football team finished their season with a 3-7 record. The team played a number of very close games including one overtime loss and two other games that were lost by one point. Luke Bikulege, Travis Griffin and Nick Dew were selected All Region.  Luke Bikulege was also selected as Greenville News and Fox News Player of the Week. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff for a hard fought season!

The SJCS Varsity Girls Tennis team made it to the Upper State finals of the SCHSL Class AA State Playoffs. They defeated Governor’s School of Math & Science (October 31) and Saluda High School (November 2) before falling to Christ Church (November 7th). Congratulations to Coach Sokol and the entire team on a terrific season!

The SJCS Girls Golf team finished as fifth in the Class AAA State Championship Tournament played at Carolina Springs Golf Club in Fountain Inn. Carly Lyvers finished 11th overall. Congratulations to Coach Mark Matlock, who was named Region Co-Coach of the Year, and to the entire Knights golf team!

The SJCS Girls & Boys Swim teams competed in the Class AAA State Championships on October 15 at the University of South Carolina Natatorium in Columbia. The boys team finished in 5th place and the girls team finished in 7th place. Many of our swimmers swam their fastest times of the year. Some highlight swims for the meet included Liam Walker finishing 3rd in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. The 200 Free Relay team placed 3rd. Swimming on the relay team were Christian Gillespie, Liam Walker, Jack Lonergan and Leo Gibson. Congratulations Coaches Becky Van Evera and Karen Miller and all of our swimmers!

STEM Scouts Get Hands On Experience

Our middle school STEM Scouts have been very active this year! Recently, they have taken two field trips.

The first trip was to CU-ICAR, the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, an advanced technology research campus for the automotive industry. While at CU-ICAR, our students participated in the Deep Orange Challenge. Working in teams, our students designed a vehicle concept based around a prompt: a camper, a sports car, family travel vehicle and so on. They then used everyday materials to build a prototype and presented their ideas to the group.

Second field trip was to Renewable Water Resources, or ReWa, on Mauldin Road. ReWa provides wastewater treatment services, while promoting a cleaner environment, and protecting the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways. The students toured the facility and saw the way in which solids are removed from the wastewater as well as the different treatment areas that clean up the water enough so that it can be put back into the Reedy River. The smell of the high nitrogen and phosphorus solids was very strong at first but by the time the water got to the aeration station the smell was gone!

The goal of the STEM Scouts Club is the encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers in boys and girls. This club is open to all middle school students and meets twice each month for hands-on lab activities as well as field trips.


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Seniors Attend Atlantic Institute’s Future Leader’s Dialog Dinner

img_0572-1On Tuesday, Nov. 1, five St. Joseph’s seniors, Breanna Anderson, Kathleen Browne, Christian Gillespy, Kevondrea Haynes, and Drew Luzzatti,  attended the Atlantic Institute’s Future Leader’s Dialog Dinner at Furman University.  Their table was sponsored by the school’s chapter of National Social Studies Honor Society, and the students were selected as recognized student leaders at St. Joseph’s.  After a round-table discussion on topics relating to the the theme of Discovery, Partnership, Change” as well as how to discover one’s leadership capacity, create peer-to-peer partnerships and create positive change in their communities. and the integration of technology with college students and professionals, the keynote speaker was Mrs. Pamela Evette, a St.Joseph’s parent, and President and CEO of Quality Business Solutions.  At the end of the evening, Breanna Anderson was selected to attend the Bridges Leadership Dinner in Columbia, SC in February.

Math Competition Team Wins 3rd Place at SCISA Middle School Math Meet

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the St. Joseph’s Middle School Math Competition Team travelled to Sumter, South Carolina to compete in the SCISA Middle School Math Meet. There were 29 teams, representing 16 schools, and St. Joseph’s had 2 teams competing.

Students representing St. Joseph’s were Isabella Adams, Everett  Babcock, Baxter Barrett, Sandon Brown, Samuel Dobson, Jessica Gerac, Sara Gushue, Mia Kim, Ethan Montes, Sarah Poteat, and Nikolas Szymczyk. The two teams from St. Joseph’s came in third and fourth place overall. A total of 145 students competed that day, and 3 members from St. Joseph’s, Baxter Barrett, Sandon Brown, and Ethan Montes, tied for 9th place highest individual score. Moderators for the club are Therese DeMars and Elaine Trakas.

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Duke TIP Qualifiers for 2016-17 Announced

Congratulations to the fifty-three SJCS seventh graders, representing 68% of their class, who qualified for participation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP):

Isabella Adams, Benjamin Anderson, Julia Arnett, Everett Babcock, Bryn Bissinger, Averi Brice, Edward Brierton, Sandon Brown, Katie Byrne, Christian Cancello, Allison Cerino, Joseph Clary, Charlie Covington, Andrew Cuppett, Madeline Duwe, Anna Evancho, Juan Carlos Garcia, Jalen Gibson, Julian Gomez, Emily Gushue, Tyler Harvey, Maja Hawthorne, Prosser Heroman, Lyle Jones, Gabe Kiser, Victoria Kucaba, Gabriel Lagleva, Andres Lindstrom, Tut Linen, Nicolas Ludkowski, Pasquale Malafronte, Bailey Manfred, Madeline Manning, Logan Mcmillen, Isabel Moran, Sarah Morris, Samual Nassif, K’nai Nelson, Allison Netterville, Helen Norton, Madison O’Shea, Ellie Peterman, Nicholas Piccuta, Jane Poinsette, Sarah Poteat, Christia Sahlman, Lauren Schofield, Harrison Scott, Trey Speed, Eric Van Emburg, Jamison White, Cole Williams, and Jenna Zuchowski.

These seventh graders became eligible by their achievement on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) or other standardized tests that they took in sixth grade, having scored in the top five percentile in one of the qualifying verbal, math, science, or social studies sections. They are now invited to take the SAT or ACT in December, January, or February for academic recognition.

2016 AP Scholars Announced

2016 AP Pass Rates
The College Guidance Office recently reported that SJCS students scored an 84% pass rate on Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed this past spring. Of the 253 AP exams taken, SJCS students scored a “3” or better on 212 of the exams. A score of “4” was earned on 67 of the exams, while a score of “5” was earned on 73 exams. SJCS students took the AP exams in May of 2016 after completing college-level courses at St. Joseph’s. Students must score between “3” and “5” on a five-point scale to earn college credit. Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on these exams. The state pass rate was reported at 57% and the national pass rate was 56%.

AP Scholars
Forty-eight SJCS students earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in May of 2016. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both based on the successful performance on theses exams.

  • Alexandria Alabau, Victoria Baumgarten, Jared Chamberlin, Grace Cooney, Hunter Corrin, Alexandra Fink, John Kelly, Nathan Petrofes, Jackson Poole, Carter Powell, Olivia Quick, Walker Seman, Alexandra Tamura, Ethan Veideman, and Miles Weissqualified for the “AP Scholar with Distinction Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • Alice Bailey, Jackie Curry, Elizabeth DeMars, Margaret Eberly, Madison Miller, Jack Mobley, Mary Sloan Morris, Thomas Poteat, and Nick Rodriguez all qualified for the “AP Scholar with Honor Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • Anthony Alber, Rhett Baker, Kelly Burns, Caroline Calder, Sophie Coburn, David Corasaniti, Demetri Coundoussias, Mattie Dew, Gabrielle Grayson, Hugo Hernandez, Lauren Jones, Mary Kramer, David Lewis, Caroline Lovett, Drew Luzzatti, Davie Marchant, Caroline McCoy, Will Minasi, Brandon Morris, Bailey Mullins, Clark O’Brien, Julia Ossi, Josiah Tennent, and Hannah White all qualified for the “AP Scholar Award” by completing three or more AP Exams, with scores of 3 or higher.

Ball in the House – A capella Performance November 19

Nationally-touring R&B/soul/pop/ a cappella group, Ball in the House, will be visiting St. Joseph’s for a performance on Saturday, November 19. Based out of Boston, MA, this five member vocal performance group covers a variety of current and classic popular songs. This performance will also feature the SJCS High School Chorus. More information on Ball in the House can be found here.

The performance will be at 7:00 in the St. John Paul II Center, with seating opening at 6:30. General admission tickets will be $5 per person and $20 for a family. VIP tickets are also available for $15 per person. A VIP ticket includes a reserved seat in the first three rows, a pre-show meet-and-greet with “Ball in the House“, and free merchandise.

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Lady Knights Volleyball Class AA State Champions!

636145659907648049-img-4305On Saturday, the Lady Knights volleyball team played, for the first time, in the Class AA state championship match at Dutch Fork High School and easily defeated Academic Magnet High School 25-9, 25-4, 25-6. This is the sixth straight state championship for Coach Jan Carino and the team.
Click below for more coverage on the match from the Greenville News:
Congratulations Knights!
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