Gillespy Named to Morehead-Cain Class of 2021

Gillespy-Christian-Sutton-Rust004-2Congratulations to Christian Gillespy, St. Joseph’s first Morehead-Cain Scholar! The Morehead-Cain Scholarship was the first merit scholarship program established in the United States, founded at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. It also features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences designed to support students as they learn and grow. During the course of four summers, scholars will have opportunities to complete an outdoor leadership course, commit themselves to public service in the U.S. or abroad, conduct research at sites around the world, and gain experience in private enterprise. (


To be selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar, recipients must demonstrate exceptional  leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement, and physical vigor.


Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Congratulations to the 99 members of the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Class of 2017! Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated Friday evening, May 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the John Paul II Center, and the Commencement Exercises were Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 10:00 AM in the gymnasium. Headmaster Kiser and the entire faculty and staff were pleased to welcome the many families and friends to our campus to celebrate the achievements and exceptional character of this year’s graduating class.

This year’s Father Fox Award recipient, Sophie Coburn, delivered the Salutation address, and the Farewell address was given by the recipient of the Redemptoris Custos Award, Breanna Anderson.

The Class of 2017 has earned the following accolades:

100% college acceptance.
$11.5 million in college scholarship money.
86 students (87% of the class) received scholarship offers, with an average award package of over $137,000 per student.
Of those 86 students, 82 seniors (83% of the class) received a South Carolina state scholarship award: 18 Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, 60 Life Scholarships, and 4 Hope Scholarships.
4 students were awarded a “full ride” (full tuition or tuition and room and board) to at least one college.
15 members of the class committed to continue their athletic careers in college.
The Class of 2017 was also distinguished by the addition of 19 new colleges and universities to the ever-growing list of schools to which the previous graduates were accepted, including Emerson College, Queens College of the CUNY, University of Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Both video and photography from the ceremony will be available shortly, so please check back soon!

2016-17 Spring Sports Awards & Honors: Director’s Cup Winner!

St. Joseph’s Catholic School has been awarded the Carlisle Cup (formerly the Directors Cup) for Class 2A by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association. The runner up was CCES, scoring 170 points behind. This award is a testament to the outstanding work of all our student athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers, and the support of all who came out to cheer! Congratulations for an incredible first year in 2A!

Varsity Boys Baseball (3rd in Region, District Champions)

All-State – Jack Culumovic
All-Region – Jack Culumovic, AJ Minerva, Paul Minerva
Region Player of the Year – Jack Culumovic
North/South Baseball Selection – Jack Culumovic
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Jack Culumovic (1st team)

Team Awards
Most Outstanding Player – Anthony Minerva
Knight’s Armor Defense Player – Jack Culumovic
Knight’s Leadership Award – Luke Bynum, Jonathan Monts
Pitcher of the Year – Matthew Marchal

Varsity Boys Golf (1st in Region, 2nd in State)

All-State – Ryan Gorman, Ben Loudermilk, Sean Miller
All-Region- Ryan Gorman, Ben Loudermilk, Sean Miller
Region Player of the Year – Ben Loudermilk
Region Coach of the Year – Mark Matlock
North/South Golf Selection – Sean Miller
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Sean Miller (2nd team)

Team Awards
MVP – Ben Loudermilk
MVP – Ryan Gorman
Leadership Award – Sean Miller

Varsity Boys Lacrosse

All-State – Christian Castillo (1st team)
Lacrosse Coaches Association All-State – Christian Castillo, Luke Bikulege
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Christian Castillo (1st team), Luke Bikulege (2nd team)

Team Awards
Offensive MVP – Christian Castillo
Defensive MVP – Grayson Kinsler
Unsung Hero – Christian Gillespy
Most Improved – Peter Baer

Varsity Girls Lacrosse

Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Monica Frazier (1st team)

Team Awards
Team MVP – Monica Frazier
Offensive MVP – Lizzie Reinstein
Defensive MVP – Mary Corasaniti
Most Improved – Sophie Coburn

Varsity Boys Soccer (1st in Region, 2nd in State)

All-State –Drew Luzzatti, Nathan Meglic, Henry Smith, BJ Tally
All-Region- Alfredo Diaz-Santillian, Drew Luzzatti, Henry Smith, BJ Tally
Region Player of the Year – Drew Luzzatti
Region Coach of the Year – Frank Kucinic
North/South Soccer Selection – Diego Franco
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Drew Luzatti (1st team), Henry Smith (2nd team)

Team Awards
MVP Offense – Alfredo Diaz-Santillian
MVP Defense – BJ Tally
Team MVP – Drew Luzzatti
Coaches Award – Diego Franco

Varsity Girls Soccer (1st in Region, 2nd in State)

All-State- CeCe Hendricks
All-Region- Jane Cajka, CeCe Hendricks, Agnes Stanton, Anna Thompson
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – CeCe Hendricks (2nd team)
Region Player of the Year – CeCe Hendricks
Region Coach of the Year – Rick Morris

Varsity Girls Softball (3rd in Region)

All-Region- Jackie Curry, Megan Palash, Sydney Richardson
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Jackie Curry (1st team), Sydney Richardson (2nd team)

Team Awards
Scholar Athlete Award – Jackie Curry
Coaches Award – Megan Palash
All Heart Award – Sydney Richardson

Varsity Boys Tennis (2nd in Region)

All-Region – Maclean Armstrong, Mack Self
State Singles Selection – Maclean Armstrong

Team Awards
MVP – Maclean Armstrong
Leadership – Mack Self
Most Improved – Austin Helmer

Varsity Boys/Girls Track (Boys, 2nd in Region, 1st in State / Girls 3rd in Region, 8th in State)

Region Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year- Liam Martin
All-State – Annika Bissinger, Ford McCoy, Brendan McTigue, Zac Palmer, Josh Powers
All-Region- Annika Bissinger, Davis Cooney, Quint Greggs, Liam Martin, Ford McCoy, Nick McElveen, Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Zac Palmer, Jacob Peterman, Josh Powers
SCHSL Class AA Track and Field Coach of the Year – George Carr
Greenville News Upstate Sports Award – Annika Bissinger (2nd team), Ford McCoy (2nd team), Brendan McTigue (2nd team), Zac Palmer (2nd team), Josh Powers (2nd team)

Region 1-AA Male Athlete of the Year – Ford McCoy

Team Awards
Girls Track
MVP – Annika Bissinger
Coaches Award – Annamarie Bell
Coaches Award – Madison Turcotte
Most Improved – Averi Brice

Boys Track
MVP – Ford McCoy
Coaches Award – Liam Martin
Coaches Award – Jacob Peterman
Most Improved – Brendan McTigue

Register Today, Race Day June 3rd


5K Run / 1 Mile Walk Family Event
Saturday June 3, 2017

Please join us for the 2nd annual Caracciolo Classic family fundraiser event to benefit the Adorno Father’s Foundation. The Foundation is a 501C, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting seminarians and priests in the order of the Clerics Regular Minor in their preparation into Catholic priesthood through retirement.


Saturday June 3, 2017
Packet Pick Up/Registration: 7:30–8:00 AM 5K Race Start: 8:30 AM
1 Mile Walk Start: 8:40 AM

St. Joseph’s Catholic School – Football Field
100 St. Joseph’s Drive Greenville, SC

FEE: $25 includes run/walk registration, eligibility for door prizes and dry fit shirt. Thanks to generous sponsors, youths will have fee waived for registration and door prizes, but may purchase shirt for $15.

ONLINE: Register and pay with credit card at

IN PERSON: After Sunday Mass, Jesus Our Risen Savior or from 7:30-8:00 AM Race Day, St. Joseph’s Football Field

MAIL: Download registration form and mail with check payable to “Adorno Fathers Foundation”: Jesus Our Risen Savior Catholic Church, Adorno Fathers Foundation, 2575 Reidville Road, Spartanburg, SC.


Mills Uniform Summer Sale

10% Off everything and 25% Off other select in-stock items plus FREE shipping on orders $100+ from June 15 – 24, 2017. For all in-store, online and phone orders. Please use coupon code GCMSUMMER2017 when shopping online.

Please Note: We have a large selection of uniform pieces in various sizes should you need to determine your size prior to ordering. Please see Mrs. Hawkins at the Front Desk.Summer Sale 2017 v10 flyerSHOP NOW

*Sale for in-store, online and phone orders from June 15 to June 24, 2017. 25% off merchandise varies by store. Free UPS SurePost standard ground shipping on orders $100+ placed from June 15 to June 24, 2017. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases. All sales final on clearance items – items ending in $.99.

National Latin Exam Award Winners Named

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The American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League have named their award winners for those students who took the National Latin Examination this year.

Representing St. Joe’s for Latin II were:

James Clemence – cum laude certificate
Abby Horne – magna cum laude certificate
Sami Miller – silver medal and maxima cum laude certificate
Daniel Pekalak – silver medal and maxima cum laude certificate
Luciana Strathern – gold medal and summa cum laude certificate
Thomas Zakrzwski – gold medal and summa cum laude certificate

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Dominic Mosley – gold medal and summa cum laude certificate

Finally, Francesca Strathern was also presented with the Randolph College Book Award for her outstanding achievement in Latin.

Congratulations on your excellent scholarship!

Boys and Girls Soccer Take 2nd in State Championships

_RSS2702In two amazing matches, both our girls and boys varsity soccer teams were defeated by Academic Magnet in the state championship games Friday in Columbia, placing St. Joseph’s in 2nd in the entire state our first year in Class 2A.

The Lady Knights played at 2:00 PM in their first ever championship game, showing tremendous fight all the way to the finish to close the game with a score of 2-6. Congratulations to Coach Rick Morris and the entire team for a fantastic season!

The boys soccer played at 4:00 PM, also facing down a tough opponent in the Academic Magnet team. Tied at the half, the boys finished with a final score of 2-3. After claiming five consecutive state championships in Class A, we’re so proud of our boys for taking it all the way in our first year in 2A! Congratulations to Coach Frank Kucinic, who celebrated his 200th SJCS win this year, and the whole team for a great season!

_RSS3315Also, the South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association has selected Diego Franco ’17 to participate in the North/South All-Star Soccer Classic. The match will feature the top high school senior boys soccer players from the northern part of the state against the top players from the southern part of the state. The match will take place on June 24 at the District Three Stadium in Rock Hill.

Congratulations to the following players who were named to the All-State team:

B.J. Tally
Henry Smith
Drew Luzatti
Nathan Meglic

CeCe Hendricks

 Congratulations to all our student athletes and coaches on a great season! GO KNIGHTS!

Boys Track and Field State Champions

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Saturday afternoon at Spring Valley HS in Columbia, the girls and boys track and field teams competed in their state championship meet. The boys team finished as State Champions by scoring 80 points! That was 22 points better than Keenan HS who finished in second. The following team members had top 5 finishes in their events:

Ford McCoy– 1st in the 800, 1st in the 1600, and 2nd in the 3200
Liam Martin– 2nd in the 400 and 4th in the 200
Brendan McTigue– 2nd in the 800 and 5th in the 1600
Jacob Peterman– 3rd in the 400
Josh Powers– 4th in the 1600 and 5th in the 800
4 x 800 relay team- 1st place (Ford McCoy, Brendan McTigue, Josh Powers, Zac Palmer)

The Lady Knights track and field team finished in 8th place. Annika Bissinger placed first in the 800 and 1600 and the 4 x 400 relay team (Annika Bissinger, Isabel Poinsette, Madison Turcotte, and Avery Brice) finished in 4th place.

Congratulations to Head Coach George Carr, Assistant Coaches Terry Crosby, Phyllis Stanton, James Sternberg, and Phil Barnhill and to all of our Track and Field athletes!

The boys golf team is completing their season in North Augusta today and tomorrow by competing in the Class AA state tournament.

St. Joseph The Worker Day Impact


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Every year, the students of St. Joseph’s Catholic School divide into their households and take a day off from their classes to serve in the Greenville community. It’s an awesome opportunity for us to get our hands dirty and put our faith into action through corporal works of mercy.

This year, our students and their household deans provided roughly 130 hours of service at more than 30 locations including:

Monastery of the Poor Clares, St. Mary Magdalen Church and Preschool, Little Steps, McCall Hospice House, Washington Center, Simpsonville Health & Rehab Nursing Home, Second Chances Thrift Store, Serenity Place, YMCA Recreation Center, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Generous Garden, City of Greenville (Reedy River Cleanup), Homeworks, Catholic Radio Station, Knights of Columbus Hall, Meyer Center for Special Children, Blythe Academy Carnival, Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church and School, Sara Collins Elementary School, Greenville’s Gift, Greenville Humane Society, Red Cross Office, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and Brookdale Greenville.

SJCS Receives Valued Lives Award for School Excellence in Diversity

StJosephs_UDLAD-7 (Medium)On May 10th, St. Joseph’s was honored to receive the Valued Lives Award for School Excellence in Diversity during the 13th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards. The awards are hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Riley Institute at Furman, in partnership with Upstate Chambers.

We are so proud of the efforts of our students and the leadership of the PFFDD (Pope Francis Forum for Dialogue and Diversity) in striving to make our school culture one of inclusion that recognises “there are many members, but one body.” ( 1 Cor 12:20) Special thanks to teacher Jennie Neighbors for her incredible work with the PFFDD!

This award recognizes excellence in diversity by acknowledging the valued practices in K-12
schools. To be considered for this award, schools have recognized the following practices:
V—encouraging value for personal expression and experience
A—fostering awareness and self-reflection
L—promoting learning and inclusive teaching
U—uniting communities by involvement and service
E—demonstrating equity in the school’s programs, staff, and practices
D—engaging in continuous dialogue and meaningful interactions

Schools receiving this award have done an outstanding job in weaving these principles into its vision and mission and have promoted these principles beyond the walls of the school, demonstrating that all individuals are important and have the potential to be significant contributors to the Upstate community and beyond.

MS Scholarship Opportunities – Deadline Extended May 31


MS Scholarship_extendedSt. Joseph’s Catholic School is offering two middle school scholarship opportunities for incoming 6th grade students. The scholarship will cover 50% of tuition for each winning applicant and is renewable for two consecutive years contingent upon the applicant maintaining A/B grades and an excellent disciplinary record throughout middle school. All rising 6th grade students applying for admission for the 2017-18 academic year are eligible.

To apply, students must compose a 250 word essay addressing the topic “Why I Would Benefit from a Catholic Education.”

Submissions are due by email to the Admissions Office at by May 31, 2017. Late entries will not be considered. Winning applicants will be notified by June 15, 2017.

Playoffs Update: Boys Soccer Stuns CCES for 4-3 Victory, Baseball Honors


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Last night was a classic case of “it ain’t over til it’s over”! The Knights boys soccer team mounted an epic comeback after trailing 3-0 against Christ Church for most of the match. The Knights began their wild ride with a goal near the nine minute mark and followed that with a rocket of a goal from close to 40 yards out with less than six minutes remaining in the game. The Knights tied the game with a goal inside of two minutes remaining and capped off the victory, and a spot in the State Championship match, with a goal with less than 15 seconds left in regulation.

Congratulations to Coach Kucinic and the guys on a special performance! They will play for the Class AA state title on Friday at 4:00 at Irmo HS.

Also last night, the varsity baseball season came to an end at Chesnee HS after a 14-4 loss in the Upper State Tournament. The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association has named Jack Culumovic ’17 to the Class AA All-State team. Congratulations go out to Coach George Turman and the players on a great run in the playoffs and a District Title!

SJCS Welcomes As-Sabeel Academy

As-Sabeel Visit (76) (Small)On May 3rd, the SJCS Pope Francis Forum welcomed students and teachers from As-Sabeel Academy to St. Joseph’s for a school visit.

We visited As-Sabeel two months ago and we wanted to reciprocate their generosity! They brought 15 middle school students and four teachers. We paired their students with St. Joe’s students for a tour of the school, then we all participated in an ice breaker to discover our commonalities, Father Duncan gave a short presentation on Christianity and Catholicism, and we had lunch together. It was a chance for students of both schools to get to know each other in a spirit of friendship, fellowship, and dialogue. We were honored to have the opportunity to host As-Sabeel and promote “a new civilization of peace,” as Pope Francis has called us to do.

Spring Playoff: Girls Soccer First Upper State Champion Win


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The Lady Knights soccer team defeated Greer Middle College Charter 3-0 to win their first ever Upper State Championship! They will play Academic Magnet High School for the Class AA state title on Friday at 2:00at Irmo High School.

Also yesterday, the SJCS baseball team defeated Landrum HS 1-0. They will play another elimination game today in the Upper State Tournament at Chesnee HS at 6:00.
The Knights boys tennis team ended their season in the Upper State Semifinal match at Christ Church 6-0. Congratulations to Coach Kevin Meyer and the whole team on a great season and special congratulations also go out to Maclean Armstrong for being selected to participate in the State Singles Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Cayce Tennis Center May 15-16.

Tonight at 7:00 PM, the boys soccer team will host the Upper State Championship against Christ Church. Get on out there and cheer on your Knights! It’s bound to be a roaring crowd!

teacher appreciation week 2017

To every single St. Joseph’s teacher, past and present, THANK YOU for everything you do! For long hours, late nights, lesson planning, grading our papers, making us think and laugh, noticing when we’re down, celebrating us when we succeed, pushing us to aim higher, and believing in us. WE APPRECIATE YOU!

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