Congratulations to the Class of 2018

On May 26, 2018, St. Joseph’s Catholic School held the Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2018. The senior class totalled 99 graduates, and boasted impressive achievements across the board.

  • 96% (95 out of 99) of the students were awarded at least one scholarship, with a class Total Award Amount of $14,455,988
  • Four students were awarded a “full ride” (full tuition or tuition and room and board) to at least one college.
  • 93% (92) of the students received a SC State Scholarship Award
  • 100% College Acceptance, and 100% College Enrollment with 99% report being happy/very happy with their college acceptances/choices
  • The students will be attending 47 different colleges in 17 different states (including DC) and 3 countries
  • 12 are enrolling into a Catholic university
  • Athletic Signings: 10 students have signed/committed to play a sport in college

The Salutation was delivered by Francesca Strathern, this year’s Father Fox Award recipient, the Senior Class Gift presentation by Jane Cajka, Alyssa Moore, and Lizzie Reinstein who represented the Senior Class Senate, and the Farewell Address was given by Andrew Lyons, the Redemptoris Custos Award recipient. For the first time, the Commencement Address was given by a SJCS alumni, Mr. Brent Myers of the Class of 1998.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! View the professional photo gallery by David Lawrence here.

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Presenting Inscape 2018

The Inscape Literary Magazine is pleased to present their 2018 edition for your enjoyment! This year’s Inscape is brought to you by Editor Sami Miller and Layout Crew Patrick Alvis, Maggie Barr, Dominic Mosley, and Maegan White, along with faculty advisor Dr. Jill Kriegel. Print copies will reach mailboxes soon, but please enjoy the online edition in the meantime.

St. Joseph’s Wins 2018 2A Carlisle Cup

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in row, St. Joseph’s  has been awarded the Carlisle Cup (formerly the Directors Cup) for Class 2A by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association. The runner up was Academic Magnet, only 30 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!

On Friday May 11 at Irmo High School, the boys soccer team, for the second match in a row, went into a penalty kick shootout after playing 80 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of overtime to a 0-0 tie. Unfortunately, we came out on the losing end of the 4-3 final score to Academic Magnet HS. It was an outstanding run for our boys and Coach Kucinic, especially after being the underdog for the last couple of matches. Congratulations to Coach K and all the guys on their State Runner-up finish!

On Saturday May 12, the previously undefeated boys tennis team were defeated by Academic Magnet HS for the State Championship by a score of 5-2, with many going into tie breakers. Coach Kevin Meyer and his team set a number of school records this year including their best-ever finish in the state playoffs. After the State Tournament, Nick Loudermilk tied for 3rd in the state singles tournament (AAA-AA-A) in Cayce. He lost a close match in the semifinals of the main draw and they ended up cancelling the 3rd place match because of rain. Maclean Armstrong made it to the semifinals of the consolation bracket in the tournament. Congratulations to Coach Meyer and the whole team for an extraordinary year!

Also on Saturday, members of the girls and boys Track and Field teams competed in the State Championship Meet at Spring Valley. Our girls team finished the meet in 3rd place. Ava Dobson was an individual winner in the 1600 and the 3200 meter runs and our 4 x 800 meter relay team also won their event. On the boys side, the SJCS Knights won the State Championship for the second year in a row by scoring 31 points more than second place Woodland HS! Braydon Bennett won both the 110 meter and 400 meter hurdles. Our 4 x 100 and 4 x 800 meter relay teams were also winners. Congratulations to Coach George Carr and all of our track athletes! Additionally, congratulations to Coach George Carr for being selected the South Carolina High School League Class AA Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association!

We had two members of our boys golf team qualify to participate as individuals in the Class AA State Tournament that was held the past two days in North Augusta. Yesterday’s second round was canceled due to rain. So, the standings were determined by the first day results. Ben Loudermilk shot a score of 2 over par 74 to finish in a tie for 7th place and was also named to the All-State team and Ryan Gorman finished in a tie for 17th with a score of 77. Congratulations to both golfers!

Student Spring Concert Series

This week the Strings, Chorus, and Band students perform their Spring Concert Series in the John Paul II Center. The Strings program is led by Ms. Rachael Mantelli, Chorus by Dr. Kenneth Tice, and Band by Mrs. Marjorie Malphrus. The Spring Concerts are always a great event, especially for the younger students many of whom are picking up their instruments or trying their voices for the first time. Thank you to all those who volunteered their time with the Fine Arts Department to make these concerts a success!

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Academic Awards and Red Door Ceremony 2018

May 9th, St. Joseph’s celebrated the quickly approaching end of year with the presentation of the Academic and Faculty Awards, and the Red Door Ceremony for the Class of 2018.

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The award winners are as follows:

2018 Headmaster’s Scholar Award: Andrew Lyons
The Headmaster’s Scholar Award is presented to the senior who holds the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the first semester in the current graduating class.

2018 Deacon Robert Brady Middle School Excellence in Teaching Award: Mr. Chris Ortiz
2018 St. Joseph’s High School Excellence in Teaching Award: Mrs. Megan Koon
These awards are presented annually to one Middle School and one High School faculty member who demonstrate commitment and dedication to St. Joseph’s Catholic School, while exemplifying the spirit of teaching in all walks of life. The Deacon Robert Brady Excellence in Teaching Award recipient is selected by vote of the Eighth Grade Class, and the St. Joseph’s High School Excellence in Teaching Award recipient is selected by vote of the Senior Class.

2018 Outstanding Christian Athlete Award: Jonathan Heijjer
This award is presented to the graduating student athlete who best embraces the mission and philosophy of St. Joseph’s Catholic School, both on and off the playing field. Members of the Senior Class may nominate any senior athlete that they feel is deserving of this award, whose names are then submitted to the Athletic Director, with the recipient being selected by coaches vote. The recipient reads the first reading at Baccalaureate Mass.

2018 Father Fox Award: Francesca Strathern
This award, named in honor of Father Fox, the first priest to celebrate Mass regularly at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, is given annually to the senior who epitomizes the qualities of Christian charity and compassion. Members of the Senior Class may nominate any senior that they feel is deserving of this award, whose names are then submitted to the Headmaster, with the recipient being selected by faculty vote. The recipient delivers the salutatory address at graduation.

2018 Redemptoris Custos Award: Andrew Lyons
This award is given annually to the senior who excels in scholarship, Christian leadership, and service, and who best exemplifies the virtues of St. Joseph and the principles upon which the school was founded. This is the highest honor a student may receive at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Members of the Senior Class may nominate any senior that they feel is deserving of this award, whose names are then submitted to the Headmaster, with the recipient being selected by faculty vote. Redemptoris Custos is the Latin title for St. Joseph, meaning Guardian of the Redeemer. The recipient delivers the farewell address at graduation.

8th Grade Subject Award Winners
Eric Van Emburg – Literature
Julia Arnett – Literature
CJ Sahlman – History
Victoria Kucaba – History
Sandon Brown – Science
Julia Arnett – Science
Sandon Brown – Math
Mia Kim – Math
Logan McMillen – Religion
Emily Gushue – Religion
Prosser Heroman – Band
Julia Arnett – Band
Everett Babcock – Chorus
Isabel Moran – Chorus
Lyle Jones – Strings
Emily Gushue – Strings
Lyle Jones – Theatre
Sarah Poteat – Theatre
Sami Nassif – Art
Alyssa Dutka – Art

High School Subject Award Winners
Francesca DeCarlo Strathern – English Department Award
Anna Wallace Clark – Visual Art Department Award
Robert Patrick Matlock – Choral Music Department Award
Ashleigh Marie Werth – Instrumental Music Department Award
Robert Patrick Matlock – Theatre Department Award
Katherine Regina Hudak – French Department Award
Dominic John Mosley – Latin Department Award
Anthony Cinquemani – Spanish Department Award
Katherine Regina Hudak – History Department Award
Anna Catalina Lindstrom – Mathematics Department Award
Megan Marie Seidel – Science Department Award
Andrew James Lyons – Theology Department Award

Boys Tennis Wins Upper State Championship

Boys Tennis defeated Southside Christian 5-1 last night to claim the Upper State Championship title! There were extremely tight matches with the top three seeds, making for an excellent competition on both sides. Congratulations to the team and Coach Kevin Meyer! The Knights will play in the State Championship at Cayce Tennis Center at noon on Saturday against Academic Magnet.

Boys Soccer also takes on Academic Magnet in the State Championship tomorrow, May 11 at 4:00 PM at Irmo High School.

Our Track & Field teams compete in the State Championship Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 PM at Spring Valley High School.

Boys Soccer Upper State Champions

Last night, the SJCS boys soccer team battled Gray Collegiate Academy, through 80 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of overtime, to a 0-0 score before the match went to penalty kicks to decide the winner. Each team had to select five players to take one penalty kick each, with the teams alternating the kicks being taken. Both teams scored on their first three kicks. Knights goalkeeper Connor Stein made a terrific save on Gray Collegiate’s fourth kick and we followed with another successful goal to make the score 4-3 going into the fifth round of kicks. Connor made another fantastic save to send the Knights into the State Championship match. That match will be played on Friday at 4:00 at Irmo HS against Academic Magnet.

Watch game winning saves

Our boys tennis team will host Southside Christian today for the Upper State Championship. The winner will play for the State Championship on Saturday at noon at the Cayce Tennis Center just outside of Columbia.

Go Knights!!

Boys Tennis Advances to Upper State Championship

The Knights defeated Christ Church Tennis last night 5-2 in the second round of the playoffs. Going in to this season, Knights boys tennis had never beaten CCES, so going 3-0 against their 25 state title holding program truly showcases the talent of our guys this year. Congratulations to entire team, and we hope you will all come out Wednesday night for the Upper State Championship against Southside Christian!

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Jubilate Knight 2018 Brings Down the House

The Fine Arts Department and Jubilate Arts Guild hosted the annual Jubilate Knight for the Arts Talent Competition on Saturday, May 5. The evening showcased talent from throughout the St. Joseph’s community with performances by students, faculty, and staff while raising funds to support the many projects carried out by the Fine Arts Department throughout the year. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this night possible, including the night’s hosts, Michelle Houmis and Rod McClendon, and the Jubilate Committee, especially Amy Poinsette.

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Congratulations to the Jubilate Knight Talent Competition Winners:

Instrumental – Dante Wells
Vocal Solo – Luciana Strathern & James Cline
Dance – James Clemence
Small Group – Lyle Jones & Philip Mosley
Large Group – SJ Beliebers
Faculty Performance – Keith Kiser & Steven Jones

Judges Awards:

1st – SJ Beliebers
2rd – Dominic Mosley
3rd – Lyle Jones & Philip Mosley

SJCS Rejoins Carolinas Middle School Conference

Dear St. Joseph’s Catholic School Families,

I am writing to share with you some very good news about our middle school athletic program. St. Joseph’s was recently accepted back into the Carolinas Middle School Conference (CMSC) beginning with the 2018-19 school year. We are happy to return to an athletic conference that our middle school participated in prior to St. Joseph’s joining the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL). Thanks to a clarification in SCHSL rules, we have decided to rejoin this middle school conference. All JV and Varsity teams will continue to participate in the SCHSL, and 7th and 8th graders will continue to be eligible to try out for JV and Varsity teams where applicable.

One of the reasons for joining a middle school athletic conference in addition to continuing in the SCHSL is that 6th graders will now be able to participate on all middle school teams along with all 7th and 8th graders. Joining the CMSC, which includes schools such as St. Mary’s, Prince of Peace, OLR, Spartanburg Day, Mitchell Road Christian, and 6 others, will allow us to add more games to middle school schedules as well as field new middle school teams such as cross country, co-ed golf, and girls soccer.

Additionally, the SJCS football teams are being realigned as follows: in general 6th & 7th graders will play on the middle school team; 8th & 9th graders on the JV team; and 10th, 11th, & 12th graders on the Varsity team. To be clear, the CMSC does not have football. Therefore, SJCS middle school football games will be scheduled on an individual school-by-school basis. This move also has us rethinking MS intramurals as we try to determine which, if any, of these programs should continue.

We are very excited about this move. In addition to broadening the athletic opportunities for our middle school students and including 6th graders on our interscholastic teams, it also gives the students and the school the opportunity to compete against local schools with similar missions and all the synergies that makes possible. Moreover, we think it better aligns our athletic programs throughout the grade-levels and should only improve the experience of our student athletes.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and please stay tuned as we work out any further implications of this change.

Wishing you all the best,

Keith Kiser

Boys Tennis – Greenville News

In-house recruiting pushes St. Joseph’s boys tennis team to new heights

Published in The Greenville News

At the end of last season, St. Joseph’s Catholic School tennis player Mack Self came to Coach Kevin Meyer with an idea. The Knights had just finished the year with a .500 record and had lost to Christ Church 7-0 in each of their three matches.

Self’s idea was to recruit several students from the St. Joseph’s student body who had typically played only year-round competitive tennis.

Self’s determination paid off as the Knights finished the regular season with a 10-0 record, secured the No. 1 seed in the Upper State for the Class AA playoffs and beat Christ Church for the first time in school history.

Self said getting junior Brandon Hodge and sophomore Nick Loudermilk to play for the team was a no-brainer.

“Recruiting Nick and Brandon to play on the team this year seemed necessary,” Self said. “I told Coach Meyer at the end of last season that we really had a chance to be good if we could get these players to play. Maclean Armstrong and I eventually convinced them that we had a real chance to win the state title if they would play.”

The Knights will begin their quest for that state championship at 4 p.m. Monday when they host Christ Church in a second-round playoff match. St. Joseph’s received a bye in the first round.

“The fact of the matter is we haven’t been in this position,” Meyer said. “I am encouraged by the regular season we have had.”

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Hodge and Loudermilk play year-round, but they chose to play for the high school team.

“I realized we’d have a very good team for (Class AA) and that we could possibly win state,” Hodge said. “As the season went on and we were undefeated, the thought of the team completing an undefeated season also drove me.”

Loudermilk wanted to win a title with his classmates.

“I chose to play high school tennis because I wanted to get a feel for playing tennis with a team rather than just individually,” Loudermilk said. “I feel that playing as a team has allowed me to grow as both a teammate and a player.”

Meyer, in his second year as coach at St. Joseph’s, graduated from Bishop England in 1986.

“To me personally, it has been a real enjoyable experience,” Meyer said. “We were fortunate enough at Bishop England to win a state championship my junior year. Even back then, (Christ Church) was the team to beat. To me, it’s meant a lot.”

In addition to earning the No. 1 seed, the Knights have beaten Christ Church and Southside Christian twice each and later beat Class AAAAA J.L. Mann at the end of the regular season.

The wins over Christ Church are a huge accomplishment for the Knights’ program because the Cavaliers have won the Class AA or AA/A state championship a state-record 25 times. The Cavaliers have won the Upper State every year but one (2009) since 1998.

Ironically, the Knights will face those same Cavaliers in their quest for a title.

“My advice is take it one match at a time,” Meyer said. “Embrace every opportunity. You never know when you are going to have the opportunity again. I want to see them make the most of the opportunity.”

St. Joseph’s defeated Christ Church by the same 5-2 score in both matches. However, Meyer said both could have easily gone either way. He is very much looking forward to the postseason.

“I wish we didn’t have the layoff,” Meyer said. “I do trust these guys to continue to train. Like I said, most of them are year-round type players. We will be ready to go (Monday).”

PLAYOFFS UPDATE – Soccer, Track & Field, Tennis

Boys Soccer defeated Greer Middle College 2-1 Saturday night in a gripping over time finish. Playoffs overtime consists of two 10 minute halves played until the end, and an early goal by the Knights meant 13 minute of holding the lead against a very strong GMC team. Congratulations on a great victory! Next round is tomorrow, May 8, against Gray Collegiate.

Boys Tennis takes on CCES tonight at 4:00 PM in pursuit of the State title. Remember, our boys have played an undefeated 10-0 season, defeating CCES twice. Come out tonight and cheer them on! Also, read all about this season’s journey in the Greenville News. Tonight’s lineup:
#1 Nick Loudermilk
#2 Brandon Hodge
#3 Maclean Armstrong
#4 Matthew Jacques
#5 Mack Self

#1 Doubles: Nick Loudermilk/Brandon Hodge
#2 Doubles: Patrick Reese/Collin Maides

The Boys and Girls Track and Field teams had a very successful day at the State Qualifiers on Saturday as well! There is no “winner” per se at this meet, just those that place in the top 8 of the state and get to move on to the state championship next Saturday. The following will be competing Saturday, May 12 for 2A State Championship:

Bissinger, Annika
1 – 1600 Meter Run
2 – 800 Meter Run
3 – 4×400 Meter Relay – Team A #0
4 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

Brice, Averi
1 – 4×400 Meter Relay – Team A #0

Dobson, Ava
1 – 1600 Meter Run
2 – 3200 Meter Run
3 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

Linen, Caroline
1 – 4×400 Meter Relay – Team A #0
2 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

McTigue, Lauren
1 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

Mulholland, Elaina
1 – 4×400 Meter Relay – Alternate
2 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Alternate

Norton, Helen
1 – High Jump

Poinsette, Isabel
1 – 4×400 Meter Relay – Alternate

Powers, Madison
1 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Alternate

Turcotte, Madison
1 – 400 Meter Hurdles
2 – 4×400 Meter Relay – Team A #0

Bennett, Brandon
1 – Triple Jump
2 – 4×100 Meter Relay – Team A #0
3 – 100 Meter Dash

Bennett, Braydon
1 – 110 Meter Hurdles
2 – 400 Meter Hurdles
3 – 4×100 Meter Relay – Team A #0
4 – 200 Meter Dash

Clemence, James
1 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Alternate

Davenport, Marcus
1 – 4×100 Meter Relay – Team A #0
2 – 200 Meter Dash
3 – 400 Meter Dash

Greggs, Quint
1 – 4×100 Meter Relay – Alternate

Hine, Isaac
1 – 400 Meter Hurdles

Lyons, Mark
1 – 4×100 Meter Relay – Alternate

McElveen, Nick
1 – 4×100 Meter Relay – Team A #0

McTigue, Brendan
1 – 1600 Meter Run
2 – 3200 Meter Run
3 – 800 Meter Run
4 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

McTigue, Dylan
1 – 1600 Meter Run
2 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

McTigue, Tristan
1 – 3200 Meter Run
2 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Alternate

Palmer, Zac
1 – 1600 Meter Run
2 – 800 Meter Run
3 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

Powers, Josh
1 – 1600 Meter Run
2 – 3200 Meter Run
3 – 800 Meter Run
4 – 4×800 Meter Relay – Team A #0

2017-18 Third Quarter Honor Roll Announced

Congratulations to all of our students who made the Third 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
Brigid Alvis
Eliza Anderson
Lane Anderson
Julia Arnett
Maeve Arnett
Miller Babcock
Maggie Barr
Bryn Bissinger
Martha-Glen Boggs
Anabella Bonnert
Averi Brice
Max Bridges
Emily Broderick
Sandon Brown
Shelby Casey
Emma Cervetti
Anthony Cinquemani
Marett Cole
Emma Cumby
Lindsey Cummings
Luke Cunniffe
Emma Curran
Kaitlyn Dach
Adrianna Delacruz
Isabella Delacruz
Ava Dobson
Samuel Dobson
Logan Dodge
William Doyle
Riley Dunn
Anna Evancho
Connor Farrell
Mary Kate Farrell
Brady Ferguson
Lucina Frank
Patrick Frank
Emily Garceau
Anna Scott Gardner
Allison Gerac
Jessica Gerac
Hannah Gertz
Alex Gillespie
Rachel Girvin
Riley   Gopalakrishnan
Sara Gushue
Matthew Hall
Rachel Hall
Chandler Hargett
Elizabeth Harris
Maja Hawthorne
Mary Louise Heroman
Charlotte Horin
Abby Horne
Graham Houck
Anna Impeduglia
Grace Ireland
Julia Jacques
Lyle Jones
Mia Kim
Daniel Klosowski
Helen Kopscik
Patrick Kucaba
Victoria Kucaba
Gabe Lagleva
Josh Lagleva
Kylie Larkin
Mary Leong
Thomas Leong
Reagan Lillibridge
Caroline Linen
Chloe Lonergan
Nicholas Loudermilk
Caroline Lyerly
Drew Lyons
Mackenzie Manfredi
Liv Martin
Gianna Marullo
Alex May
Laney McKinney
Logan McMillen
Emily Meade
Kaitlyn Meade
Montgomery Meade
Vidya Mehta
Anthony Minerva
Roman Monitto
Karolina Montalvo
Ethan Montes
Hannah Moore
Juliana Moore
Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morris
Dominic Mosley
Ellie Mullins
Jack Murphy
Annaliese Nelli
Gabe Nelson
Lindsey Netterville
Zana Norton
Blake Osborne
Sarah Paguaga
Maggie Patterson
Jordan Pearse
Elizabeth Poinsette
Isabel Poinsette
Jane Poinsette
Brogan Poole
Joshua Powers
Ava Quigley
Carolina Rocha Lima
Brian Rosenzweig
Isabella Ross
Palmer Saad
C.J. Sahlman
Margo Schellinger
Taylor Scott
Megan Seidel
Jason Sheldon
Colin Slater
Ella Starks
Francesca Strathern
Luciana Strathern
Caroline Stuart
Morgan Stuart
Cailin Sullivan
Elizabeth Tamura
Julia Thompson
Katherine Uprichard
Eric Van Emburg
Ben VanPelt
Julia VanPutte
Jack Velky
Davide Vetralla
Brandon Vogt
Russell Warren
Kevyn Watson
Cole Williams
Erica Wood
Mark Zakrzwski
Thomas Zakrzwski
Jenna Zuchowski

Honors

All grades 85 and above in all classes

Bianca Alabau
Katherine Alber
Patrick Alvis
Mendolia Anderson
Andrew Armstrong
Everett Babcock
Connor Bailey
Jack Bailey
Adam Balts
Timothy Barclay
Lucas Baumgarten
Will Bergman
Annika Bissinger
Luke Bynum
Ryan Byrne
Charlotte Carroll
Maria Clark
James Clemence
Victoria Cline
Margaret Coburn
Edie Cole
Ann Rose Conner
Davis Cooney
Charlie Covington
Johnny Covington
Emily Crosby
Jessica Crosby
Andrew Cuppett
Nick Cuppett
Daniela Demas
Jack Doyle
Grace Dumont
Brendan Dunlavey
G Fajardo
Hammond Fayssoux
Riley Fesler
Kimsey Fiddie
Christian Frank
Antonia Gacha
Caroline Gallagher
Maria Gelpi
Karoline Gillespy
Emily Gushue
Ethan Hammond
Sarah Harris
Kate Harrison
Christopher Hattan
Lillie Hecker
Jonathan Heijjer
Lindsey Beth Henderson
Brandon Hodge
Claire Hogan
Katie Hudak
Matthew Jacques
Preston Jennings
Karina Jimenez
Madison Kennedy
Gabe Kiser
Camilla Kress
Sylvia Kucinic
Ishan Lal
Dylan Lane
Shaun Lapinski
Lizzie Latham
Catalina Lindstrom
Elizabeth Loudermilk
Nico Ludkowski
Mark Lyons
Jack Malo
Bailey Manfredi
Madeline Manning
Cole Marlar
Justin May
Drew McCarthy
Mary Ellison McCoy
Dylan McTigue
Taylor Melzer
Alec Miller
Philip Mosley
Elaina Mulholland
Emily Mulholland
Shannon Murphy
Sami Nassif
Allison Netterville
Caleigh Noonan
Alice Norton
Helen Norton
Melina Norton
Reagan O’Shea
Michael Anne Pace
Walker Pace
Madison Patrick
Katy Permanente
Peter Permanente
Mia Piccuta
Nicholas Piccuta
Weeks Poole
Sarah Poteat
Madison Powers
Marta Ratkowski
Brynn Reese
Patrick Reese
Adam Rogers
Reagan Sahlman
Gabi Sammon
Elani San
Ted Sanchez
Joelle Saunders
Kate Saunders
Marie Schemitsch
Gracie Schirle
Emily Schmidt
Lauren Schofield
Kyle Schott
Emma Kate Seckinger
Abby Seidel
Micaela Sepulveda
Noelle Shorter
Kenzie Silver
Hannah Cate Smith
Ashley Spikings
Dillon Spikings
Meghan Spikings
Bennett Starks
Katelyn Supra
Caroline Tally
Kimmie Thompson
Kyra Thompson
Andrea Tolmos
Polina Vertegel
Dixon Watts
Maegan White
Lauren Willoughby
Conyers Wingard
Meredith Wiper
Caroline Wright
Andy Yang
William Zeimetz
Ashley Zuchowski

 

Playoffs Update – Boys Soccer Advances

On Thursday night the girls soccer team was defeated in the second round of the state playoffs by Greenville Tech by a score of 3-2.

Last night, our boys soccer team defeated Christ Church 3-2 in a thrilling match to advance to the third round of the playoffs. They will play Greer Middle College Charter here tomorrow at 5:00 PM, and fans should park in the grass lot near the baseball field.

The boys golf team placed third in the Region tournament in Gowensville. Ben Loudermilk shot a score of 4 under par 68 to tie for first in the individual competition. Loudermilk and Ryan Gorman both qualified to participate in the State Tournament as individuals. The Class AA Golf State Tournament will take place May 14-15 in North Augusta.

Also tomorrow, members of the boys and girls track and field teams will participate in the State Qualifier Meet at Memorial Stadium in Columbia to see who will advance to the State Championship meet which will take place in Columbia on the 12th at Spring Valley HS.

The boys tennis team will host Christ Church Monday afternoon in a second round playoff match.

Spartanburg Herald Features Coach Nash

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By Todd Shanesy
Spartanburg Herald Journal Staff Writer

Longtime Wofford offensive line coach lands job as athletics director at Greenville school

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Eric Nash stood at the back of a room last December and had tears in his eyes as he watched the official retirement announcement of legendary Wofford football coach Mike Ayers.

Some of that emotion, Nash admitted, was for his own uncertain future.

Nash had been offensive line coach at Wofford for 15 years, a career which began just one year after finishing as a standout player (three-time All-Southern Conference) for the Terriers.

“It was something I hadn’t needed to deal with,” Nash said. “Coach Ayers was always going to be there — until that day. And for the first time since I started a family, I was worried.”

Nash’s fears were realized. He wanted to follow Ayers as head coach at Wofford, didn’t get the job and ultimately had to part ways with his beloved alma mater, details of which he did not want to share.

“It was disappointing,” he said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

But less than two months later, a time spent praying and leaning on his Catholic faith, another door opened. Nash is the next athletics director at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville. He has already been working with R.J. Beach, who will retire from that position on June 1.

St. Joseph’s has been listed as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country. The private school is on a 36-acre campus and includes a middle school as well. It is recognized by the Diocese of Charleston and accredited in athletics by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

“It’s a great place. It’s faith, academics and athletics. In a lot of ways, it’s like Wofford prep,” Nash said. “I believe that God does things for a reason. With how it all worked out, I don’t think it was just by chance. I think God needed to give me a kick in the butt to come here. And I really appreciate it.”

His office is part of a new wing, orange cones still blocking the entrance, and there is a smell of fresh paint. Pictures already in the hallway include some of Andre Stoddard, one of the most beloved graduates of St. Joseph’s and now a standout running back for Wofford. Nash sat behind his desk and his voice seemed to echo throughout a room still void of decoration and character.

Nash, a former All-American who was actually born on the Fourth of July (1980), followed his older brother, Brian, to Wofford from Sharpsburg, Ga. Eric spent one year in graduate school at South Carolina, studying physics and engineering, before applying for the offensive line coaching position with the Terriers. He and his wife, Dr. Erin Nash, whose medical practice is in Landrum, have two daughters, Stella and Nora, and a son, Mills. They live in Inman.

“This was a great opportunity for me and my family,” Nash said. “One of the attractive things to me is the thought of having my kids here someday. They go to Catholic school (St. Paul the Apostle) in Spartanburg and in not too many years, they’ll be old enough to be here.”

For the next month or so, Nash will continue learning from Beach, who has been at St. Joseph’s since 2015 after 21 years at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville.

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Spring Athletics Update

As April draws to a close, our varsity spring sports teams are wrapping up their regular season play and beginning state playoffs. We hope you will all go out and support our student athletes as they compete for region and state titles! See the Athletic Calendar for locations and game times.


Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team lost last Tuesday to Eastside High School in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs and they have concluded their season.

 

 

 


Baseball

On Tuesday the baseball team lost 4-1 to Abbeville HS in the first round of the the Class 2A state playoffs. This is a double elimination round. They will now host C.A. Johnson, from Columbia, today at 4:30 PM.

 

 

 


Softball

The softball team opened up up the Class AA state playoffs with a loss at Ninety Six HS. This is also a double elimination round, with the next game against Fox Creek on Saturday.

 

 

 

 


Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team finished the regular season with a perfect record of 10-0! This included two wins for the first time ever against Christ Church and a win against a very strong J.L. Mann team, making them Region Champions. The Class 2A state playoffs begin next Wednesday.

 

 


Track & Field

The boys track and field team won the Region Championship last night and our girls team finished in third. Select members from both teams will compete in the State qualifier on May 5th at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Depending on their finish in that meet, select members will compete in the Class AA State Championship Meet on May 12th at Spring Valley HS in Columbia.

 

 


 

Soccer

Our boys and girls soccer teams have completed their regular seasons and will begin playoffs next week. We will find out today who and where they will play.

 

 

 


 

Boys Golf

The boys golf team will compete in the Region Championship Tournament on May 1st. They will need to finish in first or second play in order to advance to the Class AA State Championship Tournament which will take place on May 14th and May 15th in North Augusta.

 

Our Lady’s Pantry Mural Dedication and Spring Visual Arts News

At the end of January, Art Teacher Deborah Pickard met with SJCS parent Maria Gray, who works for Catholic Charities, to make a plan for St. Joseph’s students and faculty to create artwork for a new healthy food bank, Our Lady’s Pantry. Fifteen students and two faculty painted 112 6″x 6″ canvases with 16 different fruits and vegetables – 7 canvases in each grouping. Also, Caroline Morris, Katie Hudak, Rachel Hall, Kate Harrison and Mrs. Pickard designed and painted a mural for the new food bank building.

You are invited to the mural dedication this Sunday, April 29th at 3 pm. The address is 2300 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, 29609.

The Jubilate Guild donated the funds for the canvases and paint with funds raised from last year’s Jubilate Knight, so please be sure to come out again this year for Jubilate Knight on May 5th! Participation in the fine arts creates a very real impact on our students and the community, and we thank you in advance for your support!

In other news:
Matt Pelicano (late SJCS teacher Jeanette Pelicano’s husband) will have his first children’s book published this summer and asked for help with illustrations. Andrea Tolmos, Anna Impeduglia and Ashley Spikings will be illustrating his book and possibly other books in the future.

The following students represented or will represent SJCS in several art shows this spring.

  • Youth Art Month – Dominic Mosley, Katy Tally and Daniel Klosowski
  • Upstate High School Art Show – Andrea Tolmos, Andy Yang, Daniel Klosowski, Reagan Chittam, Catalina Lindstrom, Jack Doyle, Adrianna Vandross, and Caroline Morris
  • Congressional Art Competition District 3 – Andrea Tolmos
  • Congressional Art Competition District 4 – Ashley Spikings, Daniel Klosowski, Anna Wallace Clark, Andy Yang and Catalina Lindstrom
  • Gala – Katie Hudak, student artist; Anna Wallace Clark and Rachel Hall donated original artwork for auction
  • Completed 29 portraits for children in Puerto Rico through the Memory Project.

It’s been very busy 2nd semester! Thank you to everyone who participated!

2018 Annual Auction Gala – A Starry Knight

Continuing the celebration of the 25th Anniversary this year, the Annual Auction Gala, held Friday, April 20th, was A Starry Knight: Shining Christ’s Light for 25 Years. St. Joseph’s largest fundraiser of the year involves hundreds of hours of planning, and included all members of the SJCS family: students, staff, parents, friends, and community partners. This year’s Gala Committee was co-chaired by Mary Salgado and Michelle Mullins, and supported by a fabulous team of parent volunteers.

More than 500 guests enjoyed an evening of food, fun, and dancing while placing their Silent and Live Auction bids to financially support the Annual Fund – the 7% of St. Joseph’s budget not covered by tuition. The Annual Fund in turn supports: Financial Aid, Academic Programs, Athletics, Fine Arts, Campus Ministry, and Student Life.

Did You Miss the Gala? Give Today

The Development Office is thrilled to report a projected net contribution of approximately $285,000 to the Annual Fund as a result of the Gala! Thank you for your generous support of the mission of St. Joseph’s!

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