2017-18 Second Quarter Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to all of our students who made the Second Quarter Honor Roll! We are proud of your hard work and dedication.

High Honors

All grades 90 and above in all classes

Hannah Adams
Isabella Adams
Rose Adams
Bianca Alabau
Brigid Alvis
Eliza Anderson
Lane Anderson
Mendolia Anderson
Julia Arnett
Maeve Arnett
Miller Babcock
Adam Balts
Maggie Barr
Annika Bissinger
Bryn Bissinger
Annakate Blanks
Martha-Glen Boggs
Anabella Bonnert
Averi Brice
Emily Broderick
Morgan Broderick
Sandon Brown
Charlotte Carroll
Emma Cervetti
Anthony Cinquemani
Joey Clary
Margaret Coburn
Edie Cole
Marett Cole
Riley Couchell
Emily Crosby
Lindsey Cummings
Luke Cunniffe
Emma Curran
Kaitlyn Dach
Adrianna Delacruz
Isabella Delacruz
Ava Dobson
Samuel Dobson
Logan Dodge
Grace Dumont
Riley Dunn
Anna Evancho
Connor Farrell
Mary Kate Farrell
Hammond Fayssoux
Morgan Fayssoux
Lucina Frank
Patrick Frank
Caroline Gallagher
Emily Garceau
Anna Scott Gardner
Miles Garrett
Jessica Gerac
Hannah Gertz
Alex Gillespie
Karoline Gillespy
Rachel Girvin
Riley Gopalakrishnan
Emily Gushue
Sara Gushue
Matthew Hall
Rachel Hall
Chandler Hargett
Elizabeth Harris
Maja Hawthorne
Lillie Hecker
Mary Louise Heroman
Claire Hogan
Charlotte Horin
Abby Horne
Graham Houck
Eli Ireland
Grace Ireland
Julia Jacques
Lyle Jones
Mia Kim
Helen Kopscik
Patrick Kucaba
Victoria Kucaba
Gabe Lagleva
Josh Lagleva
Kylie Larkin
Thomas Leong
Caroline Linen
Danielle Lux
Caroline Lyerly
Drew Lyons
Mark Lyons
Alex Malvern
Liv Martin
Drew McCarthy
Mary Ellison McCoy
Laney McKinney
Logan McMillen
Dylan McTigue
Emily Meade
Kaitlyn Meade
Montgomery Meade
Vidya Mehta
Taylor Melzer
Sami Miller
Roman Monitto
Karolina Montalvo
Ethan Montes
Hannah Moore
Sarah Morgan
Dominic Mosley
Philip Mosley
Elaina Mulholland
Ellie Mullins
Jack Murphy
Annaliese Nelli
Gabe Nelson
Allison Netterville
Lindsey Netterville
Zana Norton
Blake Osborne
Reagan O’Shea
Sarah Paguaga
Maggie Patterson
Jordan Pearse
Isabel Poinsette
Jane Poinsette
Brogan Poole
Sarah Poteat
Joshua Powers
Marta Ratkowski
Brynn Reese
Carolina Rocha Lima
Isabella Ross
C.J. Sahlman
Margo Schellinger
Marie Schemitsch
Emily Schmidt
Lauren Schofield
Taylor Scott
Abby Seidel
Megan Seidel
Jason Sheldon
Colin Slater
Julia Slaughter
Ashley Spikings
Bennett Starks
Ella Starks
Luciana Strathern
Caroline Stuart
Morgan Stuart
Cailin Sullivan
Elizabeth Tamura
Julia Thompson
Katherine Uprichard
Eric VanEmburg
Ben VanPelt
Julia VanPutte
Jack Velky
Polina Vertegel
Davide Vetralla
Andrew Walajtys
Russell Warren
Kevyn Watson
Evelyn Wattenbarger
Conyers Wingard
Erica Wood
Asher Wynn
Mark Zakrzwski
Thomas Zakrzwski
Ashley Zuchowski
Jenna Zuchowski


All grades 85 and above in all classes

Lucy Abramovitz
Bridget Arnett
Everett Babcock
Connor Bailey
Jack Bailey
Rachel Balts
Timothy Barclay
Jakub Bonnert
Anna Rose Bradley
Max Bridges
Edward Brierton
Mason Brierton
Luke Bynum
Mark Capelle
Veronica Carroll
Shelby Casey
Victoria Cline
Ann Rose Conner
Davis Cooney
Alex Copher
Johnny Covington
Emma Cumby
Andrew Cuppett
Nick Cuppett
Danny d’Anjou
Daniela Demas
Chelsea Rose Doyle
Jack Doyle
William Doyle
Brendan Dunlavey
Abbey Elliott
Reid Feldman
Brady Ferguson
Riley Fesler
Kimsey Fiddie
Christian Frank
Antonia Gacha
Maria Gelpi
Allison Gerac
Drew Gibson
Devan Greenberg
Branson Guest
Sarah Harris
Tyler Harvey
Christopher Hattan
Jonathan Heijjer
Lindsey Beth Henderson
Isaac Hine
Brandon Hodge
Max Hoover-Dempsey
Katie Hudak
Anna Impeduglia
Matthew Jacques
Preston Jennings
Dessa Jones
Ava Jordan
Madison Kennedy
Daniel Klosowski
Madison Koontz
Shaun Lapinski
Lizzie Latham
John Lee
Mary Leong
Reagan Lillibridge
Catalina Lindstrom
Chloe Lonergan
Elizabeth Loudermilk
Nico Ludkowski
Michael Lynch
Bailey Manfredi
Mackenzie Manfredi
Madeline Manning
Spencer Marchant
Rachel Marlar
Katie Massey
Claudia Masters
Joshua Masters
Alex May
Isabelle McDaniel
Declan McKinley
Tristan McTigue
Adam Miller
Alec Miller
Anthony Minerva
Juliana Moore
Emily Mulholland
Shannon Murphy
Jadin Nassif
Sami Nassif
Jonathan Nipert
Alice Norton
Melina Norton
Preston Norwood
Katrina O’Connell
Audrey Osburn
Sarah Osburn
Maddie O’Shea
Emerson Pace
Daniel Pekalak
Mia Piccuta
Nicholas Piccuta
Elizabeth Poinsette
Michael Poinsette
Alden Poole
Weeks Poole
Madison Powers
Ava Quigley
Patrick Reese
Lizzie Reinstein
Adam Rogers
Helena Rosa
Palmer Saad
Reagan Sahlman
Gabi Sammon
Eleni San
Ted Sanchez
Kate Saunders
Kyle Schott
Noelle Shorter
Kenzie Silver
Hannah Cate Smith
William Smith
Trey Speed
Meghan Spikings
Sophie Stancel
Brigid Stanton
Phillip Stapleton
Maddie Starks
Francesca Strathern
Katelyn Supra
Trevor Testerman
Kimmie Thompson
Kyra Thompson
Caroline Uprichard
Brandon Vogt
Alex Walajtys
Dixon Watts
Andy Widman
Ben Williams
Cole Williams
Meredith Wiper
Caroline Wright
William Zeimetz


Real Love & Real Life: Parent Teen Chastity Program

Providing and promoting a family-centered, Catholic approach to chastity education

Do You Need Help in Talking to Your Child About Chastity?

Would you like to jump-start communication with your son or daughter?  Do you need help in talking to your child about chastity, sexuality, marriage, dating and other important topics?  Would you like to spend time with other families who share your values and want the best for their children?  Would you like to do all this in an environment that is relaxed, fun and respects the dignity of everyone present?

If you answered YES to any of these questions and you’re the parent of a 7th or 8th grader, we encourage you to register for the Real Love & Real Life parent-teen chastity education program, to be held at  St. Joseph’s Catholic School on Wednesday nights – Feb. 21, 28, & Mar. 7 from 6:45 – 8:45 pm.  

This fun and truly unique three-session program is for you to attend with your 7th or 8th grader. You’ll see and hear skits, videos, participate in group breakout sessions and interactive games.  It will bring you together with other families to learn about love, life, chastity and God’s gift of sexuality. You and your teen will have the chance to enhance your communication skills, discuss true worth, guidelines for future dating and lots more. Here, one parent shares what they liked most about the program: “It opened a door for me that wasn’t open before between my daughter and me.  I definitely feel more comfortable and confident discussing chastity with her.”

The Real Love & Real Life program is presented by Family Honor Inc., an organization that has provided and promoted a family-centered Catholic approach to chastity education since 1988.  The deadline for registering is February 7th. Space is limited so register soon online at www.familyhonor.org. There is a registration fee of $45.00 for the program, which can be paid upon checking in at the first session. Scholarships may also be available. For more information, contact Phyllis Stanton at pstanton@sjcatholicschool.org.

Ava Dobson Named Gatorade SC Girls Cross Country Runner Of The Year

In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Ava Dobson of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Dobson is the first Gatorade South Carolina Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Dobson as South Carolina’s best high school girls cross country runner. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in January, Dobson joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Lukas Verzbicas (2010-11, 2009-10 Carl Sandburg, Orland Park, Ill.), Megan Goethals (2009-10, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Mich.), Jordan Hasay (2008-09, Mission College Prep., San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Chris Derrick (2007-08, Neuqua Valley, Naperville, Ill.).

The 5-foot-6 sophomore raced to the Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:35, leading the Knights to the state title as a team. Dobson also won the Wendy’s Invitational, the Eye Opener Invitational and the Starlight Reservation Run. She took 16th at the Foot Locker South Regional championships.

Dobson has volunteered locally on behalf of Triune Mercy Center, Meals on Wheels and a summer camp for special needs children. “Ava had never run a timed race until our first cross country meet this past August,” said St. Joseph’s coach Marie Kernell. “She had no experience or strategy, other than to run hard, and she won that first race with the fastest time in the state at that point in the season. She’s a coach’s dream student-athlete.”

Dobson has maintained an A average in the classroom. She will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Dobson will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.

Congratulations Ava!


Looking for Something Extraordinary? – SJCS Sixth Grade Academy

Beginning Fall 2018 – An educational experience that will allow sixth graders to grow and flourish during their middle school years.


Is your family looking for a truly unique and empowering 6th grade experience that will set your child on a strong foundation for their middle and high school years? We are pleased to introduce our new Sixth Grade Academy, starting Fall 2018. The Academy is designed to not only ease the transition of this critical year in your child’s education, but to ensure that they are surrounded by caring and dedicated teachers who create a supportive environment to encourage your child’s love of learning.


What is the Academy?

The Academy is a new approach to middle school for all incoming sixth graders at St. Joseph’s.

Featured in the Greenville Journal

What’s “new” about the approach?

Sixth grade is a significant transitional year for most students. There’s more movement, more teachers, more classes, and of course, there are more students, many of whom are bigger and older. In order to ease this transition, our Academy will provide both a unique place and teaching staff for sixth graders during this important time.

So is it really just new space?

Not at all. The dedicated space is merely a means to an end. It will allow the sixth grade teachers to collaborate across disciplines much more effectively, while also allowing them to be more responsive to the needs of their students. Within the Academy, teachers will be able to take part of a day, or an entire day if necessary, to reinforce and apply particular concepts, lessons, and information to the sixth grade as a whole. For example, should students need help with math concepts with which they have obviously struggled, the Academy will make that possible. Additionally, this format will allow for the sixth grade class to view topical films, hear inspiring and informative guest speakers, and address specific behavioral/social issues that are unique to these students.

Will the students be on their own all day?

No. All sixth graders will still participate in Middle School Households with seventh and eighth graders, and lunch will still be with all students in the cafeteria. Both PE and Fine Arts classes will be outside the dedicated space, though sixth graders only will be in these classes. There will also be opportunities throughout the year where sixth graders will interact with other students, making it easier for them to integrate into the wider school community.

Will the classes still be single-gender?

Yes. The benefits of single-gender classrooms at this age are well-documented, and we have no desire to lose this important aspect of our middle school education model.

In a nutshell, here’s what’s NEW! in Sixth Grade for next year:
• Dedicated teachers that will ONLY teach in sixth grade means better connections with their students
• Dedicated space that includes not only classrooms, but meeting space for cross-curricular activities
• Responsive schedule that can change according to student needs within the curriculum
• A focus on team-building and belonging, including activities that help integration into a new school
• More access to Chromebooks and classroom technology
• Virtue and character focus within the curriculum, especially literature
• More opportunities for field trips and guest speakers
• Common planning period for all sixth grade teachers to help identify student needs and design support
To schedule a tour or for more information, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@sjcatholicschool.org.

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Varsity Girls Golf (1st in Region, 4th in State)
All-Region- Emma Curran, Kaitlyn Dumit, Carly Lyvers, Carleigh Noonan
Region Player of the Year – Carly Lyvers
Region Coach of the Year – Mark Matlock
North/South All-Star Selection – Carly Lyvers
The Greenville News 2017-18 All-Upstate Golf First Team – Carly Lyvers

Team Awards
Leadership/MVP – Carly Lyvers
Player of the Year – Caleigh Noonan
MIP – Reagan Lillibridge
Rookie of the Year – Marett Cole

Varsity Girls Volleyball (1st in Region, 1st in State)
SCCAWS- Class AA Player of the Year- Allison Whitten
Region Player of the Year- Allison Whitten
All-Region- Katie Culumovic, Kyra Thompson, Allison Whitten
AA Player of the Year – Allison Whitten
All-State –Allison Whitten
North/South All-Star Selection- Allison Whitten
HSSR-SCHSL AA Volleyball Player of Year—Allison Whitten
HSSR-SCHSL AA Volleyball Coach of Year—Jan Carino
HSSR-SCHSL All-State Volleyball Team- Kyra Thompson
Max Prep All American – Allison Whitten
The Greenville News 2017-18 All-Upstate Volleyball First Team – Allison Whitten

Region Player of the Year – Allison Whitten
Region Coach of the Year – Jan Carino
SCCA – Class AA Volleyball Player of the Year
1A State Champions – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
AA State Champions – 2016, 2017

Team Awards
Overall MVP –Allison Whitten
MVP Offense – Katie Culumovic, Kyra Thompson
MVP Defense – Elizabeth Tamura

Varsity Girls Swimming (2nd in Region, 6th in State)
All-Region- Elizabeth Loudermilk
All-State – Elizabeth Loudermilk
Region Player of the Year – Elizabeth Loudermilk

Team Awards
MVP – Elizabeth Loudermilk
Coach’s Award – Maegan White
MIP – Julia VanPutte
Spirit Award – Alyssa Moore

Varsity Boys Swimming (1st in Region, 1st in State AAA)
All-Region – Liam Walker, Silas Crosby
All-State – Liam Walker, Silas Crosby, Jack Doyle, Jack Lonergan, Leo Gibson
Region Boys Swimmer of the Year – Silas Crosby, Liam Walker
HSSR-SCHSL A-AA-AAA Boys Swimmer of Year—Liam Walker
HSSR-SCHSL Boy’s All-State Swimming- Silas Crosby
HSSR-SCHSL A-AA-AAA Boys Swim Coach of Year—Becky Van Evera
Region Boys Coach of the Year – Becky Van Evera
The Greenville News 2017-18 All-Upstate Swim First Team – Silas Crosby, Liam Walker
The Greenville News 2017-18 All-Upstate Swim Second Team – Silas Crosby, Leo Gibson, Jack Lonergan, Liam Walker.

Team Awards
MVP – Liam Walker
Coach’s Award – Jack Lonergan
MIP – Josh Lagleva
Spirit Award – Derek Sheldon

Varsity Girls Tennis (2nd in Region, 1st Round Playoffs)
All-Region – Caroline Curran, Julia Jacques
All-State – Julia Jacques
The Greenville News 2017-18 All Upstate Tennis Second Team – Julia Jacques

Team Awards
Coach’s Award – Marta Ratkowski
MIP – Adrianna Delacruz
Sportsmanship Award – Sarah Grace Calder
Knight Award – Helen Kopscik

Varsity Girls Cross Country (1st in Region, 1st in State)
SCCAWS- Class AA Runner of the Year- Ava Dobson
All-Region- Brigid Alvis, Annika Bissinger, Bryn Bissinger, Caroline Linen
All-County – Bryn Bissinger, Caroline Linen
All-State – Brigid Alvis, Annika Bissinger, Bryn Bissinger, Ava Dobson, Caroline Linen
HSSR-SCHSL Class AA/A Girls Runner of Year – Ava Dobson
HSSR-SCHSL Class AA/A Girls Coach of Year – Marie Kernell
HSSR-SCHSL Girls Cross Country All-State- Annika Bissinger
HSSR-SCHSL Girls Cross Country All-State- Caroline Linen
Region Coach of the Year – Marie Kernell
SC Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year- Marie Kernell
The Greenville News 2017-18 All Upstate Cross Country First Team – Ava Dobson

Varsity Boys Cross Country (1st in Region, 1st in State)
All-Region –Isaac Hine, Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Tristan McTigue, Zac Palmer, Josh Powers
All-County – Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Tristan McTigue, Zac Palmer, Josh Powers
2A All-State – Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Tristian McTigue Zac Palmer, Josh Powers
Individual 2A State Runner Up – Brendan McTigue
Region Runner of the Year – Brendan McTigue
HSSR-SCHSL Class AA Boys Coach of Year – George Carr
HSSR-SCHSL Boys Cross Country All-State- Brendan McTigue
Region Coach of the Year – George Carr
SC Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year- George Carr
The Greenville News 2017-18 All Upstate Cross Country Second Team – Brendan McTigue

Team Awards
MVP – Brendan McTigue
MIP – Dylan McTigue
Coach’s Award – Tristan McTigue
Coach’s Award – Zac Palmer

Varsity Boys Football (4th in Region)
All-Region – Braydon Bennett, Nick McElveen, Jake Johanning, Jake Valente

Team Awards
Head Hunter Award – Nick McElveen
Offensive Back Award – Braydon Bennett
Defensive Back Award– Jake Valente
Big Ugly (Lineman) Award – Jake Johanning
Knight Scholar-Athlete Award – Drew Lyons
Coaches Award – Jane Cajka

Two SJCS Athletes Named Players of the Year

The South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports has named Allison Whitten ’18 as their Class AA Volleyball Player of the Year and Ava Dobson ’20 as their Class AA Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year! The SCCAWS will honor all of their Fall Sports Players of the Year at a Luncheon on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 1:00 at The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.

Congratulations Allison and Ava!​

Varsity Basketball Triple-Overtime Win over CCES

Tuesday January 9, 2018 is one for the record books! Coach Paul Assinesi and his Varsity Knights claimed a 63-61 victory at the end of a grueling triple-overtime game, coming right down to a missed last-chance buzzer shot by athletic rival Christ Church. Junior Weeks Poole nailed the three that sent the game into overtime. Senior Emilio Trocha scored with four seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, and junior Walker Pace sunk two free throws to make it 57-57 in the last two minutes of the second overtime. Finally,  junior Connor Bailey put the Knights up 63-61 with seconds left in the third overtime, winning the game as CCES was unable to answer with their final shot.

Bob Castello with The Greenville News covered the game and quoted Coach Paul regarding the rivalry game saying “This one’s like being at Duke-(North) Carolina,” Assinesi said. “You’re right in each other’s back yard, and it’s a strong rivalry in every sport you do. To come out on top is great, but to have that kind of game is greater.

“If it’s a blowout, it doesn’t matter. But a rivalry is when you go back and forth, and to go to triple (overtime) is the epitome of a game. And if he hits the three at the end, we lose, but it becomes an even better game.”

Read the full article here and see the video interview with students Bailey, Poole, and Trocha.

Middle School “Bring A Friend To School” Day – Feb 16


Would your son or daughter like to see what life is like at St. Joe’s?  Students currently in grades 5-7 are encouraged to visit our middle school for a half day of classes and lunch on Friday, February 16, 2018. Greenville County Schools have this day off, and we open up our middle school classrooms to visitors on this day to allow prospective or current middle school students the chance to spend time on our campus as the guest of one of our students. Don’t know a St. Joe’s middle school student? No worries! We will find a host for your child.  

Register Today

Please Note: Online Registration must be completed by parent of visiting student by Friday, February 9, 2018



DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Parents of visiting students must complete the online form no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.  Due to classroom size, we reserve the right to limit the number of visitors, and forms will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. We have been filled to capacity in years’ past, and in order to adequately plan for this event, we simply cannot accept requests after February 9th.

FRIEND ATTENDS/DOES NOT ATTEND SJCS: If your child has a middle school friend who currently attends SJCS, and this SJCS friend has agreed to host your son/daughter, please indicate that on the registration form, along with the name of this friend’s parent and email address. If your child does not know a SJCS middle school student but would like to attend this event, please indicate this option on the registration form and we will pair him/her up with a current SJCS middle school student who has volunteered to host.

TWO HALF-DAY SESSIONS: Indicate your choice of morning or afternoon session (see arrival and pickup times below). When one session fills up, you will be notified that your child will need to attend the other session.  

DRESS GUIDELINES: Visitors may dress casually and may wear denim. Visitors should also wear tennis shoes to participate in PE class.

LUNCH: Please indicate your child’s lunch option on the registration form, indicating whether your child will bring a bag lunch or $5.00 to purchase food in our cafeteria. This will assist us in planning how much food to have on hand that day. Our Chef will be offering “mac and cheese” on this day as the featured entrée. Other “meatless” options will be available for purchase.

FRONT OFFICE CHECK-IN AND PICK-UP: All friends are visitors; therefore, friends must check in and be picked up at the Front Office. Friends may not enter or exit through any other door.  

ARRIVAL/PICK-UP TIMES: Morning session visitors should arrive at 7:30 AM and must be picked up at 11:20 AM. Afternoon session visitors should arrive at 10:30 AM and must be picked up at 3:00 PM. Visitors may attend only one session (either morning or afternoon) in order to leave spots open for all students who wish to attend.

QUESTIONS: Please direct any questions to Jenny Starks, Admissions Associate, at jstarks@sjcatholicschool.org.

SJCS Sends Over 70 to YIG

In November, Mrs. Carr and Mrs. Koon, assisted by Dr. Jones, Mr. Swingle, and Mr. Milteer, took a delegation of over 70 student to Columbia to participate in the annual high school Youth in Government Conference. Thousands of high school students gathered at the state capital to debate bills, run mock trials, and argue the conditionality of laws.

The majority of the SJCS delegation participated in the legislative side of the conference. They gathered in government buildings, hotels, and the Capitol building debating for and against bills they were passionate about. Students strove to get their bill on the governor’s desk and have their bill signed into law. But, as Maria Clark points out, “Though my bill did not pass, that wasn’t the thing that mattered most to me. I got to speak up on things that I was passionate about and it showed me that things that I truly cared about. I felt confident that there are people who care about real world issues and think about them just like I do.”

On the Judicial side of the conference are the appeals and trial attorneys. Thirteen students from SJCS gathered separately from the majority of the delegation, forming two trial teams, one appeals team, and one Supreme Court Justice. The trial team, consisting of five individuals, ran a civil trial where the students participated as both witnesses and attorneys. Davis Cooney, a first year trial attorney said, “YIG allows me to better my skill set for life in a way that is productive to society and that never fails to bring a smile to my face.” The senior trial team and the first year trial team did well in their presentation and argument. Mrs. Koon could not be prouder of their hard work and commitment.

The appeals team argued the constitutionality of a case in front of youth Supreme Court Justices. Margaret Coburn and Maegan White were coached by Dr. Jones, who has a history in constitutional law. Meanwhile, Riley Fesler was selected as a justice, a very competitive process that only expects 9 applicants. Last year she was very successful as an Appeals attorney and this year presided over a courtroom.

YIG students work tirelessly for months before the conference, putting in hours of work inside and outside school. This conference is no easy task; there is an application process, interviews, and all the prep work for the conference. However, these students take on the challenge with pride.

Senior Joelle Saunders looks back on her years at the conference, “My favorite part is being a part of something that feels like a movement, that is bigger than myself or even just our delegation. I wish it didn’t have to end.”

After long days of arguing and presenting, the conference came to its conclusion with the announcements of legislative and judicial awards, as well as announcing the students that were accepted to participate at the next level of YIG. The SJCS delegation was successful during their weekend in Columbia and in response were given the Premier Delegation Award, an award that the school has been awarded since the first Conference Mrs. Carr supervised.

Individual awards were also given to delegates from SJCS. Kendall Harvey was awarded the Outstanding Statesman Award, an award given to delegates that excel and show passion when they debate. She said, “YIG is so much fun! I love getting the opportunity to debate and write bills. It feels like your actually part of the government!”
Mary Ellison McCoy and Gracie Lawton, members of the Premier Senate, and Brynn Reese and Katherine Alber, members of the Senate, were award Outstanding Bill Author Awards. These awards are given to the bill authors whose bills reflected extensive thought and research.
On the judicial side of the conference, Maegan White was reward Outstanding Appeals Attorney Award for her participation in the Bill Challenge.
Almost every year, SJCS students are selected to compete in the next level of YIG through national Conferences and this year was no different. Riley Fesler and Maegan White where selected for NJC, National Judicial Conference hosted in Chicago, for appeals and trail team, respectively.

The Conference on National Affairs, held in North Carolina, selected Caroline Wright and Maegan White as alternates for the conference.

Maddie Koontz, leadership for conference, looked back on her second year at YIG, “Youth in Government is an incredible experience which allows students to learn how our government works while surrounded by their peers. However, YIG does more than just teach about the government. Through YIG, I have learned to find a voice and how to stand up for what I believe in, in addition to learning how to make your voice heard.”

This article was submitted by Meagan White and the student Newspaper Staff

Senior Allison Whitten Named to Small Schools All-American Team

SJCS Senior Allison Whitten was named to the MaxPreps Volleyball high school Small Schools All-American Team!
Headed to Morehead State, Whitten led her team to four state titles. Her four-year totals are impressive and she set career highs in kills (668 and 5.1 per set), digs (405, 3.1 average) and serve receptions (435, 3.3 average) as a senior. Whitten also served for 309 points in 131 sets as St. Joe’s won 46 matches. She is a three-time state (1A, 2A) Player of the Year.​