UKNIGHT Building Update

It’s been tremendously exciting over the past several months to watch the UKnight building go up on campus! This new addition connects the academic building to the gymnasium and provides two new science laboratories, flexible meeting and classroom space, four new locker rooms, and athletic department offices. From the beam signing by the senior class at the beginning of the school year to seeing lights on behind new windows to ordering furniture, we couldn’t be more excited or more grateful for the multitude of generous individuals who have made this project a reality! Be on the lookout soon for the first nearly-finished interior sneak peak!

We are pleased to have the Ribbon Cutting scheduled for Thursday evening, March 22. This by-invitation-only event will coincide with the Founders’ Spring Musical Preview of St. Joseph’s production of Little Women, which will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 23-25.

If you have not made a pledge to the UKnight Campaign, there is still time! Contact Kevin Meyer, Director of Development, or download a Pledge Form today.

Students Claim Honors at SC Thespian State Festival

Last weekend, fourteen of our students represented St. Joseph’s at the Palmetto Dramatic Association/SC Thespian State Festival, celebrating educational theatre with ​twenty-five high schools from South Carolina.

Of the Individual Events that the students presented, the following received a “Superior” rating by the judges and were selected to advanced to compete with students from across the country at the International Thespian Festival (ITF) to be held in Lincoln, NE in June.
– ​Robby Matlock, Monologue performance, with selections from Skidmarks: A Play About Driving and Spy School.
​Elizabeth Poinsette,​ Solo Musical Theatre performance of “​A Little Bit in Love” from ​Wonderful Town.

Our competition one act, ​Why Do We Laugh?, directed by ​Robby Matlock, received an ​Superior for Play Production ​and an Excellent in Acting to the Ensemble, ​along with the following additional accolades:
– ​Judge’s Award for Outstanding Student Director
– ​Honorable Mention in Acting to Philip Mosley
– Excellent in Acting to Rachel Balts
– Excellent in Acting to Elizabeth Harris
​- Excellent in Acting to Max Weaver

Sydney Read‘s original script​, T​he Grey, ​received an Honorable Mention in Playwriting.

Robby Matlock and Sydney Read ​concluded their term serving as Student Thespian Officers (STO) on the SC Student Thespian Board.

Robby Matlock received one of five Senior Thespian Scholarships awarded and also one of the four Blair Beasley Scholarships granted.

Congratulations to all our students on their very fine achievements!

Friday Agape Group Deepening School Community Life

Most Friday mornings at St. Joe’s, you can find a group of students on campus bright and early, well ahead of their classmates. These students are part of the Campus Ministry group called Agape, and they gather for food, fellowship, and to grow in the their faith together. This morning, about 40 middle schoolers gathered to eat, pray, and hear senior Drew Lyons speak, about 25 high schoolers who came to do the same and hear SJCS graduate Kate Saunders share her personal faith witness, and about 10 middle school parents who came to pray, drink coffee, and “meet the family” at St. Joseph’s. While their students met with their friends, the parents not only enjoyed socializing together, but also gathered to pray especially for our school, for the teachers, for our kids and families.

Maîtrise des Chartreux Perform at St. Joe’s

St. Joseph’s was pleased to host the Maîtrise des Chartreux from Lyon, France, a boys choir on tour in the United States. The boys performed in the John Paul II Center during the school day on February 12th and afterwards answered questions about their studies, travels, performance schedule, and a few fun things like their scarves and if they had tried American BBQ. Special thank you to Madame McCoy for arranging this visit!

St. Joe’s Family Comes Together for Anniversary Celebration

Twenty-five years ago, St. Joseph’s opened its doors – or rather one, red door – with thirteen students with a mere eight hundred dollars in the bank. What began as a small movement of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of four women has grown into a vibrant community of students and alumni, parents and teachers, volunteers and staff members dedicated to providing the best Catholic education possible. St. Joseph’s truly has a great deal to celebrate!

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the school hosted our largest party ever to celebrate this tremendous milestone in our history. The evening was begun with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and concelebrants Fr. Jonathan Duncan, our chaplain; Fr. Andrew Fryml, SJCS Class of ’08; and longtime friend of the school Fr. Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. Fr. Fryml delivered the homily, during which he spoke of the role that St. Joseph’s played in helping him discover his vocation, particularly his classes with Mr. Karl Orbon, our Theology Department Chair.

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After Mass, nearly 850 visitors toured the school in groups, many seeing portions such as the Middle School wing for the first time. As a special treat, our returning Knights were also able to get the first glimpse into the brand new UKnight Building, the latest edition to the campus which joins the academic buildings and gymnasium.

After tours, the party really began with food trucks lining the sidewalk outside the gym, filling the air with the delicious smells of street tacos, smoked BBQ, burgers, and many other gourmet options. Inside the gym, the crowds were entertained by a fabulous line up of St. Joseph’s affiliated bands: Descent, Laura GragtmansRandomoniumInsideOut and Backwards, and The Winter Sounds, featuring familiar faces from our community, including a member of the founding class, Patrick Keenan. St. Joe’s librarian and stage sensation Rod McClendon served as MC for the evening, as well as providing a little entertainment of his own. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Joby Moon, husband of the late Margaret Ann Moon, the founding Board Chair. Dr. Moon has been an invaluable member of St. Joseph’s from the very beginning, giving generously of his time, talent, and treasure. Most recently, he donated the keystone gift of $1 million to the UKnight Building campaign.

A much-anticipated portion of the evening was the presentation of the first ever St. Joseph’s Alumni Awards. With our first graduates not being out of their thirties yet, it was truly an honor to recognize how these men and women have impacted the world in such profound ways during the early part of their lives. The awards were as follows:

Juliane Laskowski, ’06The Mind Award 



For significant contribution in the area of intellectual development, whether in education, academic research, commerce, social services, or the arts. The Mind Award rewards creative thinking and the implementation of new ideas in the community.

George Patrick McLeer, ’06The Heart Award



For dedication to improving the lives of others through significant contribution in their chosen field. Areas of contribution can include social services, non-profit work, family life, professional services, business, athletics, and the arts.

Fr. Andrew Fryml, ’08The Soul Award



For a significant and tangible contribution to building up the faith in the lives of others. This could mean someone who has entered vocational ministry or someone who has, through lay leadership and service, benefited their local parish, church, or parachurch organization.

The awards were presented by former Board of Trustees, Bishop Guglielmone, and Headmaster Keith Kiser.

The faculty, staff, and Board of St. Joseph’s would like to thank everyone who came to share this wonderful evening of celebration! We look forward with great anticipation to what God has for us over the next twenty-five years!

Live Music Line Up – 25th Anniversary Celebration

The big party is tomorrow! We have an amazing line up for the entertainment that evening, with lots of familiar faces from the past 25 years. Here’s a little bit more about our featured artists.


“Descent” gets its name from playing 60’s baby boomer songs right through stuff our millennials listen to. Our band includes St. Joe’s dad Mark Keating on electric guitar (Mark is “The Voice of the Knights” at football games), fellow Knight Alumni dad Dan Ruble on bass guitar (married to long time Science teacher Sharon Ruble), on drums Dan’s fellow musician from St. Anthony’s Sunday choir Joe Galloway,  lead singer David Junker, with Bill Coffey (father of six St. Joe’s grads!) on acoustic guitar.




Laura Gragtmans

Proud graduate of the SJCS Class of 2005, the University of Evansville and the Yale School of Drama. Laura has studied Acting at Yale and has moved into Interdisciplinary Art/Performance over the past 6 years. She has performed in theatre throughout New York City, the USA and Europe. Laura released a full-length original album called Hug the Lonely Cactus in 2016 and is currently working on a documentary and recording orchestrations for an Amazon podcast. She lives in Queens, New York and with her husband and neurotic plants


Brandon Blaso (SJCS Class of ’10, drums, vocals)
Sean Chapman (SJCS faculty member, vocals, guitar)
Heidi Chapman (former SJCS faculty member, vocals, kazoo, keytar, recorder, light and goofy percussion)
Eric Berthold (lead guitar)
Atticus Killough (guitar)
Charlie McCoy (bass, sound, vocals)

Randomonium is the perfect kind of strange- a mystical cocktail of wondrously varied songs from all decades and genres, enhanced by the addition of some exotic/ exotically prosaic instruments, and presented with love, humour and a touch of cheek.

InsideOut and Backwards

Patrick Alvis (SJCS ’18)
Alex Hoverath
Phillip Stapleton (SJCS ’19)
Jacob Kiser (SJCS ’19)

Alternative band with three current St. Joseph’s students. Their album ‘If All Else Fails’ is out on ITunes & Spotify


The Winter Sounds

Featuring Patrick Keenan (former SJCS student, Founding Class), Joseph Reilly, Paul McKenna, Corey DiBiase, Jake Haggard.

Known for their frenetic live performances, the Winter Sounds blend the danceable post-punk of pioneers like Gang of Four with more contemporary electro-pop to forge their own unique sound. Their fourth full-length, MAXIMUM REALITY, came out January 12th, 2018 on Logica Sonica. The Winter Sounds are based in Nashville, TN.