SENIOR MEMORIES

Twenty years from now, what will you remember most about your time at SJCS?

Annika Bissinger
My senior year, as I was able to see first-hand what all my hard work and stress the past seven years had led to. As a senior, I was truly able to experience the school environment, knowing that I had made an impact on the school and had given my best.

Annakate Blanks
I will remember how my time at SJCS made me into a hard-working, determined and focused person. I will remember the SJCS community and how it welcomed me with opened arms when I first came to St. Joe’s. I will remember the faculty, like Ms. Neubauer and Mr. Meyer, and the teachers, like Mrs. Koon and Mr. Morris, who were always there to help and strengthen me as a student and a young adult. It’s impossible to list only one thing that I will remember in 20 years, because so many different parts of St. Joe’s have impacted my life.

Luke Bynum
I will most remember playing football with my friends, putting in all the work year-round and seeing it come to fruition in the fall.

Joseph Calhoun
I will remember the amazing moments we had during basketball season: the team bonding, big games and just how much fun we had.

Eleanor Cassidy
I will remember the people who taught me so many important things and gave me incredible memories.

Anthony Cinquemani
I will remember most the people that I met at SJCS. I learned in a very concrete way that I encounter Christ through people, and I have met amazing people. I genuinely hope and am certain that I will stay in touch with several friends from this school, and I will always enjoy visiting to see the teachers. SJCS gave me the gift of lasting friendships with great meaning.

Maria Clark
I will remember the community that I was a part of through Campus Ministry. Whether it was the AGAPE band or Wednesday nights, the amount of love and closeness is something I won’t forget.

James Clemence
My brotherhood of friends and my spiritual growth formed by St. Joe’s.

Davis Cooney
I will remember the friendships I formed during my seven years walking these halls.

Luke Cumby
The education I was given and the people I encountered.

Lee Eberly
I will remember becoming so close to all of my classmates. Being at a small school for seven years with mostly the same people creates a family environment, as you know everyone personally.

Holly Edenfield
I think I will most remember leading Kairos. That was something that I really enjoyed, because I had several parents and students thank me and tell me I helped bring them closer to Christ.

G Fajardo
I will remember the exhilarating moment when I walked onto the stage of the JPII stage with Elizabeth Poinsette during one of St. Joseph’s most loved days: Jubilate Knight. I was the pianist, and she was the singer. I won’t forget how we performed well and in synch, along with the cheers and applause of the audience afterwards. Thankfully, we were able to win an award for our category! God is good.

Emily Garceau
I will remember how St. Joe’s taught me the importance of managing my time and the importance of having fun.

Anna Scott Gardner
The friends I made here.

Rachel Hall
I will definitely remember the St. Augustine trip, all of the campus ministry retreats, the March for Life field trip, the campus ministry New York trip and the senior mission trip. All of these experiences allowed me grow in my relationships with my peers and get to know students from other grades.

Elizabeth Harris
I’m going to remember the friends I made. When I started at SJCS in sixth grade, I wasn’t very religious, but when seventh grade started, I met a girl named Dessa Jones. She helped me grow my faith and became my best friend in the process. Then in ninth grade I met Elizabeth Poinsette, and though we didn’t become best friends immediately, I went through a rough time in 10th grade and she helped me through it. Then finally in 12th grade, I met a girl named Maria Wilson, who happened to be new. She was a bit emotional at the beginning, but we soon became best friends as well. The four of us call ourselves DEMA, which stands for Dessa, Elizabeth, Maria, Ann (both Elizabeth and I have Ann/Anne as our middle name). We support each other through thick and thin, and I could never forget something as special as that.

Ava Keating
The dedication that the teachers had for making us the best students and individuals we can be. I will also be forever thankful to be surrounded by opportunities to grow in my faith. The people who were placed in front of me, from friends to teachers, have been some of the greatest blessings of my life.

Helen Kopscik
I will never forget the teachers, such as Mr. Orbon and Mrs. Fesler, who are so dedicated to the spiritual well being of the students. Mr. Orbon was always willing to bring our religion class to adoration, because he believes that us spending time with the Lord is ultimately the most important thing we could learn at St. Joe’s.

Lizzie Latham
My friends.

Gracie Malcomb
There are many things I will remember from St. Joseph’s in 20 years. I will always remember how kind and supportive my friends and teachers were to me!

Alex Malvern
The plays and musicals, especially tech weeks. Though it was stressful at times, it was a wonderful week of theatre, friendship and joy.

Matthew Marchal
Making friends, playing basketball and baseball, enjoying life.

Chase Marlar
I will remember my friends and the fun things we did at SJCS.

Katie Massey
Household.

Justin May
I will remember the friendships I made at SJCS. I will specifically remember being a part of the soccer team for seven years and playing with my teammates.

Miles Murray
My friends and my time as a basketball player. I will also never forget how the school brought me in with open arms and helped me flourish academically, athletically and socially.

Emma Nixon
I will remember the people who impacted my life in both the big and little ways. The best memory I have is after our Kairos retreat, when we were in Mrs. Schroeder’s room on Sunday night, and we all were circled around the room eating pizza and singing together. This summed up my experience at St. Joe’s. Being surrounded by people who I have known for so long after spending such a meaningful weekend together made me feel such a genuine love for every person in that room. This feeling of home that I have felt in my classmates will be something that I remember forever about my time at St. Joe’s.

Emerson Pace
I will remember the community, friendships and hard work that has prepared me. I will remember how most teachers really cared about how I did in their classes and help me to succeed.

Michael Anne Pace
I will remember the friendships I had.

Walker Pace
All the times I’ve messed around in class with my friends, and how we never got work done in study hall when we had mountains of homework to do that night.

Elizabeth Poinsette
Memories from cross county and theatre and the friendships I made.

Weeks Poole
The amazing friends I made here. They’ve had such a huge impact on my life, and I know I’ve got some friends for life.

Abbie Salerno
All the memories made that you will remember with friends, doing silly things and messing around.

Emma Kate Seckinger
I will remember how different the environment at St. Joe’s was from when I was at a different high school. I’ll remember the friendships and the teachers who were there for me through some difficult things. I will remember how spirited our class was and how genuine almost everyone I met was. I wouldn’t have wanted to do high school any other way.

William Smith
I will remember the great friends I met throughout my years here.

Dillon Spikings
I will remember all of the teachers who devoted their time and efforts to ensuring we are ready for the world we are about to enter.

Alex Walajtys
I will remember the wonderful friendships I’ve made with my classmates and some of my teachers.  Mrs. Koon and Mrs. Q are some of the most inspirational people I’ve met, and they have guided me through a lot of difficult times. I’ve been here for seven years, and I will never lose the friendships I made from middle school and high school.  I am so thankful for that!

Liam Walker
My friends.

Abigail Weaver
All of the time I spent in the theatre and my experiences there will be what I remember the most.

Joseph Wersinger
I’ll remember all the friends that I made and the teachers I was close to.

Maria Wilson
Study hall with Elizabeth Harris.

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What is your proudest accomplishment during your years at SJCS?

Annika Bissinger
Holding up a check for over $41,000 for St. Anthony’s after Spirit Week.

Annakate Blanks
My proudest accomplishment during my years at SJCS was being chosen for three years in a row to work the Gala. While this might seem small to some, it meant a lot to me because it showed that the school viewed me as a student who would accurately reflect St. Joe’s, and it gave me a chance to serve those who have put so much into my school. Yes, I am proud of my academic accomplishments, but this accomplishment was character-centered, and it also gave me another way to say thank you.

Luke Bynum
My most memorable moment was beating Christ Church for the first time in school history on Oct. 26, 2018, 35-10.

Joseph Calhoun
Being able to get into the colleges I wanted to go to.

Eleanor Cassidy
Getting my YIG bill passed in Youth in Government with Maria Clark.

Anthony Cinquemani
I am most proud of how I strove to approach learning with honesty and diligence. I know that I worked hard to achieve graduation and acceptance to college. I did not coast. This is certainly not a result of my strength alone, but also the help of grace, parents, and teachers. The payoff has been excellent, because I feel that I have lived my time in high school with purpose and have gained truly valuable knowledge.

Maria Clark
Doing swim for four years, doing a 50 free, getting the coach’s award and getting a varsity letter.

James Clemence
Getting my private pilot’s license.

Davis Cooney
Raising $41,320.60 for Spirit Week as a school by itself.

Zack Copher
Gaining the courage to go outside my shell.

Luke Cumby
Being able to handle the challenge of SJCS.

Lee Eberly
My proudest accomplishment was being president of Rise Against Hunger for three years.

Holly Edenfield
During my years at St. Joe’s, I almost died twice because of severe abdominal issues. However, I fought through both times and came out stronger than ever both mentally and physically. I also worked extra hard on my schoolwork and managed to continue onto the next grade both times.

G Fajardo
I am so proud of my leadership opportunities that I was able to take hold of: I have been a member of student council for two years as a public relations officer and historian, and I have also founded and served as President of St. Joseph’s first-ever Table Tennis Society. We were able to have a successful doubles tournament, singles tournament and a teachers vs. students day. We had 96 active members who enjoyed the club!

Emily Garcea
Making all A’s during my junior year.

Anna Scott Gardner
Standing alongside my fellow student council members on the basketball court to reveal the 2019 Spirit Week check for over $40,000, to be given to St. Anthony’s Catholic School!

Rachel Hall
My proudest accomplishment was leading Kairos. This retreat was so enriching when I was a retreatant, and it was even more amazing to lead it for the juniors as a senior. We put a lot of work into the retreat, and it was truly awesome to see it all pay off, as the juniors grew closer together.

Elizabeth Harris
My proudest accomplishment during my four years at SJCS High School is succeeding in Mr. Swingle’s class. I’ve never been very good at history class, and I had heard that Mr. Swingle’s class was very difficult. Taking notes in his class was difficult, because there was so much to write down in so little time. The first test I took was OK, but it wasn’t great. One of my friends asked me for help, and I soon realized that the best way for me to study was to teach someone else what I knew. I overcame my challenges in history and ended up getting an A in his class, as well as writing a fantastic research paper for his class.

Ava Keating
I am proud of how I matured and came to know who I am a little more over my time at St. Joe’s.

Helen Kopscik
Mrs. Lumbreras was able to nominate one student from Spanish Honor Society to apply for a Spanish scholarship, and she chose me. The application was fairly rigorous, with its requirements including an essay written in Spanish and a conversation with Mrs. Lumbreras, also in Spanish. I was skeptical at my chances of actually receiving a scholarship because I was competing against other students who were entirely fluent in Spanish, but I ended up being one of 12 students across the country to receive the highest scholarship offered.

Lizzie Latham
Winning the art show.

Gracie Malcomb
Getting into colleges and receiving the Sportsmanship Award for tennis.

Alex Malvern
At a theatre conference called the Palmetto Dramatic Association, I received the Superior in Acting award for my performance in our school’s one-act play, “This Side of Heaven.”

Matthew Marchal
NHS, beating Christ Church in basketball and baseball, pitching at Fluor Field, winning the first round of playoffs in basketball and making Upper State in baseball.

Chase Marlar
My senior project, because it was cool and the most challenging thing I built up to that point.

Katie Massey
The work ethic I developed here that I will carry with me throughout my years after St. Joe’s.

Justin May
Getting into all my top colleges.

Miles Murray
Becoming a great basketball player and succeeding academically for all four years.

Emma Nixon
Having been chosen to lead a Kairos retreat at St. Joe’s. While St. Joe’s has a lot to be proud of, I think that the Campus Ministry opportunities, including Kairos, are so unique, and the things I have learned will truly stay with me for most if not all of my life. Christian Leadership is so important to me, and I feel that having been chosen to give a talk on this at Kairos was my greatest accomplishment at SJCS.

Emerson Pace
Graduating.

Michael Anne Pace
Graduating.

Walker Pace
When I first got pulled up to varsity baseball toward the end of my eighth-grade year.

Elizabeth Poinsette
Being chosen for the lead in the musical.

Weeks Poole
Hitting the 3-point buzzer-beater from the corner against Christ Church and then beating them in triple overtime in front of a crazy home student section/crowd.

Abbie Salerno
Getting the Life Scholarship after all the hard work I put in.

Emma Kate Seckinger
Being able to lead the Kairos Retreat.

William Smith
Graduating with a GPA and scores that enabled me to get into many of the colleges I was debating about whether or not to attend.

Dillon Spikings
My proudest accomplishment in high school has been branching out and becoming a part of many groups and organizations: being on the JV football team, being an actor, serving as prop manager for the theatre department and, most important, earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Alex Walajtys
My proudest accomplishment is graduating.  Unlike some kids, I have to work extremely hard for my grades because academics are a little harder for me.  During my four years, I have been able to maintain mostly A’s and B’s. I have also passed all of my AP exams.

Liam Walker
Back-to-back state titles in swimming.

Abigail Weaver
Even though I am not an academic brain, I managed to make it all the way to senior year.

Joseph Wersinger
Trying my hardest to succeed and getting into my dream college.

Maria Wilson
Becoming friends with Elizabeth Harris.

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Which teacher/staff member has made a difference in your life?

Annika Bissinger
Coach Kernell, Mr. Brady, Coach Carr, Mrs. Koon, Mr. Gabor.

Annakate Blanks
Many teachers and staff members have made a difference in my life, but one in particular impacted my life inside and outside of the classroom. Mrs. Koon is one of the key people who make St. Joseph’s what it is. She is selfless. She comes into school early and stays late, just to listen and help me and many other students. She always checks on me, whether I’ve been out sick for one day or one week. She shows the love of Christ in everything she does. I would not be who I am today if it hadn’t been for Mrs. Koon’s constant encouragement, advice, love and motivation.

Luke Bynum
Coach Wheeler made an impact in my life, because after having a rough junior year football-wise, he convinced me to stay and he helped me be the leader and man I know I can be.

Joseph Calhoun
Mr. Swingle.

Mark Capelle
Mr. Swingle.

Eleanor Cassidy
Mrs. Schroeder.

Anthony Cinquemani
Could I possibly list them all? If I had to choose one, I would say Mr. Lewis because he introduced me to a way of approaching the faith that changed my life. More than anything, he is a great friend.

Maria Clark
Mrs. Schroeder.

James Clemence
Mr. Lewis.

Davis Cooney
Mr. Lee.

Zack Copher
Mrs. Koon.

Luke Cumby
Fr. Duncan.

Lee Eberly
Mrs. Fesler.

Holly Edenfield
Mrs. Houmis and Mrs. Collins.

G Fajardo
Mr. Orbon.

Emily Garceau
Mrs. Koon.

Anna Scott Gardner
Mrs. Koon, Mrs. Carr, Mr. Brandon.

Rachel Hall
Mrs. Koon.

Elizabeth Harris
Madame McCoy.

Ava Keating
Ms. Houmis, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Koon, Mrs. Neighbors.

Helen Kopscik
Mrs. Fesler.

Lizzie Latham
Mrs. Carr and Madame McCoy.

Gracie Malcomb
Many, but specifically Mrs. Koon!!!

Alex Malvern
Ms. McGrath. She introduced me to theatre and acting and has helped me to become a better actor and person. Theatre at SJCS changed my life, and I owe so much to Ms. McGrath for helping to nourish that change.

Matthew Marchal
Mr. Orbon.

Chase Marlar
Mrs. Schroeder.

Katie Massey
Mr. Carr.

Justin May
Mrs. Koon.

Miles Murray
Paul Assinesi.

Emma Nixon
Mr. Lewis, Ms. Houmis.

Emerson Pace
Mr. Swingle.

Michael Anne Pace
Mr. Swingle.

Walker Pace
Mr. Swingle.

Elizabeth Poinsette
Mrs. Carr.

Weeks Poole
Mr. Swingle.

Abbie Salerno
Mrs. Carr.

Emma Kate Seckinger
Mrs. Koon.

William Smith
Mr. Koon.

Dillon Spikings
Mr. Orbon.

Alex Walajtys
Mrs. Q.

Liam Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Koon.

Abigail Weaver
Mrs. Neighbors.

Joseph Wersinger
Mrs. Neighbors.

Maria Wilson
Mr. Wilson (the elder).