Recent St. Joseph’s Catholic School graduates Connor Stein and Robbie Cromley helped the North record a 4-1 victory in the 31st North-South Soccer Classic Saturday, June 22 at T.L. Hanna High School.

Connor was the only goalkeeper chosen for the North squad, so he played all 40 minutes and allowed only one goal against the talented South all-stars. He also served as a co-captain for the North.

Robbie assisted on one of the goals for the North.

“It was a convincing win,” said SJCS coach Frank Kucinic, who served as an assistant for the North. “This is the first time that we had two selections play in the North-South game, so St. Joseph’s was very well represented this year.”


Rising seniors Spencer Marchant, Russell Warren, Mary Ellison McCoy, Jenna Maunsell, Gracie Lawton and Alex May represented St. Joseph’s June 9-15 at the prestigious American Legion Palmetto Boys State and the American Legion Auxiliary Palmetto Girls State.

The Boys State was held at Anderson University and the Girls State at Presbyterian College. Selection is highly competitive, and students attending represent top talent from across the state.

Russell Warren was elected to City Council and later to the State Senate, the highest position at the county level. He also started his own third party at Boys State: the Populist Party.

Spencer Marchant was a member of City Council and the Superintendent of Education in his county.

Congrats to all of these talented Knights!


SJCS boys soccer coach Frank Kucinic has been chosen to officiate at the President’s Cup National Championship July 10-14 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Coach Kucinic is one of the 15 Region III referees who will join the other three regions’ officials in supporting the competition for the National Championship.

Coach Kucinic and the others had the opportunity to referee one match and serve as assistant referee for two others during the recent Region III tournament in Round Rock, Texas, where the temperatures were in the 100s every day. Coach Kucinic served as referee for the U16 Girls championship match.

Congrats to Coach Kucinic and good luck at nationals!


A group of St. Joseph’s students recently enjoyed a nine-day ACIS Tour through Greece and Turkey under the direction of SJCS teachers Elaine Trakas and Marla Palmer.

It was a great way to learn about Ancient Greece, considered the birthplace of Western civilization, as well as Greek cuisine and Turkish history. The group visited Biblical sites, such as Ephesus, the Island of Patmos, Mars Hill in Athens and the Parthenon, and various other islands, such as Mikonos, Santorini and Rhodes.

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St. Joseph’s coach George Carr and recent graduate Josh Powers have been honored as all-state in track by the High School Sports Report.

Coach Carr led the Knights to their third consecutive Class 2A state championship May 11 at Spring Valley High School.

Josh had state runner-up finishes in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and teamed with Zac Palmer, Dylan McTigue and Brendan McTigue to win the state championship in the 4×800 relay.


Lane Anderson (first), Meghan Spikings (second) and Christopher Johnson (third) took the top three prizes in a patriotic essay contest for SJCS eighth-graders sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #10819 at St. Mary Magdalene Parish. The theme of the essay contest was, “What does patriotism mean to me?”

The three winners were honored at a recognition dinner on May 20. The students enjoyed a homemade meal and read their essays to the assembly. Prize money also was awarded. We are so grateful to the KOC for sponsoring this contest!

Congrats to Lane, Meghan and Christopher!!



Hadestown, a musical produced by SJCS graduate Sally Cade Holmes (Class of 2006), won eight Tony Awards during Broadway’s biggest night Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Hadestown won a total of eight categories, the most of any nominated show, and also had the most nominations with 14. The show won for:
  • Best Musical
  • Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
  • Best Scenic Design of a Musical
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical
  • Best Sound Design of a Musical
  • Best Direction of a Musical
  • Best Orchestrations

Sally Cade was back at St. Joe’s in November, talking with students about her experiences as a Broadway producer. She produced Anastasia, which was touring the country and was showing at the Peace Center at that time.

Congrats to Sally Cade on her big night!!


It’s called a GS Vacation, and it’s bringing kids from all over together for a special time of fun and fellowship.

Students from St. Joseph’s will be joining kids from Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Florida, Ohio and elsewhere for a camping trip to Table Rock State Park June 28-July 3.

“We’re joining with kids from all over the country, especially the East Coast,” said Campus Minister Mr. Gabe Lewis, who will chaperone the St. Joe’s contingent along with theology teacher and Campus Ministry Assistant Ms. Michele Houmis.

“They’re all kids that do the same kind of work that we do at Campus Ministry, the same kind of approach that we take, especially with Wednesday night Campus Ministry, Thursday morning Campus Ministry and our Advent and Lenten retreats.”

The group will go on hikes, swim in the lake, do lots of singing and do presentations “on themes like art, solitude and loneliness, even the history of America in the south, because this vacation takes places in South Carolina,” Mr. Lewis said.

The trip is open to rising freshmen through those who just graduated in 2019.

For more information, contact Mr. Lewis at or 864-234-9009, ext. 114.

Charlotte’s Web Summerstock Cast Announced

Congratulations to the cast! Performances will be August 16-18, 2019. Tickets will be available to purchase on the school website in late-July.

Any students wishing to be involved with crew and other production elements can contact Ms. McGrath.

Charlotte’s Web

Fern Arable – Sarah Morris
Mr. John Arable – Jordan Plumblee
Mrs. Martha Arable – Chloe Bradley
Avery Arable – Max Orbon
Homer Zuckerman – Andy Coburn
Edith Zuckerman – Sarah Poteat
Lurvy – Isabel Moran
Wilbur – Emily Gushue
Templeton – Amber Purney
Charlotte – Margaret Coburn
Goose – Megan Koon
Gander/Uncle – Karl Orbon
Sheep – Sarah Paguaga
Lamb – Rachel Balts

Members of Chorus:
1st Member – Marie Koon
2nd Member – Ellie Combs
3rd Member – Brenda Castro-Vasquez

Other Ensemble Character: Tessa Leduc, Kate Noel, Meghan Spikings

Cast members: Information regarding the cast packet and picking up your script will be emailed to you on Tuesday, June 4th. If you have been cast and cannot commit to fulfilling the role, contact Ms. McGrath immediately. We will have our first cast read-thru on Thursday, June 6th, 6:00-9:00 PM.



On June 1, St. Joseph’s Catholic School held Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2019. The senior class totalled 109 graduates who earned the following accolades:

  • 99% (108 out of 109) of the students were awarded at least one scholarship, with a class Total Award Amount of $20,543,946 (average of $190,221 per student)
  • 6 students were awarded a “full ride” (full tuition or tuition and room and board) to at least one college
  • 99% (108) of the students received a SC State Scholarship Award
  • 100% College Acceptance and 99% College Enrollment, with 99% having reported being happy/very happy with their college acceptances/choices
  • Students will be attending 36 different colleges in 17 different states (including DC) and 3 countries
  • 30 were accepted into Honors Programs (19 will be attending)
  • 6 are enrolling into a Catholic university
  • 3 will be attending Cornell University
  • 13 have signed/committed to play a sport in college, 12 of those at Division I schools
The Salutation was delivered by Luke Cumby, this year’s Father Fox Award recipient; the Senior Class Gift presentation by Emily Garceau, Helen Kopscik and Emma Nixon, who represented the Senior Class Senate; and the Farewell Address by Anthony Cinquemani, the Redemptoris Custos Award recipient. The Commencement Address was given by Mrs. Carolyn McGrath Milheim of the SJCS Class of 1999.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
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