SJCS Students Participate in SC Theater Association Convention

St. Joseph’s students had a successful weekend at the SC Theater Association Convention this past weekend. SCTA hosted the ​fourth​ annual Tech Olympics. Teams from schools across the state competed in ​five​ technical theatre events, including rigging, hanging and focusing a light, sewing a button, ​prop change, and drop folding. ​At this year’s event, the team ​representing SJCS included Philip Mosley, Jacob Kiser, Dillon Spikings, Luke Perham, Jada Lucero, and Dessa Jones. The team placed third in the state with the fastest time for folding a drop and Philip Mosley placed third for fastest time in hanging and focusing a light. We had ​two students audition for college and university theatre programs throughout SC. Among the ​nine schools they auditioned for, our students received a total of ​8​ callbacks. Sydney Read’s student-directed play, Antic Spring, performed along with 31 ​other high schools from across the state. Dessa Jones and Josh Read both received recognition as an All Star Cast members​.



Thank you SJCS family for all you do to support our programming and the opportunities for involvement in educational theatre!

Spanish Class Celebrates “Dia De Los Muertos”

Senora Lumbreras’s class spent their class period celebrating the Day of the Dead last Wednesday. The celebration welcomed a few guests, including alumni Hugo Hernandez (Class of ’17). The class also welcomed a guest that built and explained the history behind a traditional altar used in Celebration of the day. Students were then asked to write a report about El Dia de los Muertos. Students also had the opportunity to make “Calaveras,” a skull that is made of sugar and decorated in celebration of the feast day. Thank you to our guests who helped make this day so special!

SJCS Students Travel to Furman to Listen to Former Head of NASA

A group of SJCS National Science Honor Society students and faculty member Ryan Koon went to Furman University to listen to astronaut and former head of NASA, Charles Bolden. Bolden spent 34 years in the United States Marine Corps and he spent 14 of those years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. He traveled to orbit four times, commanding two of the missions and piloting the other two. He was named head of NASA in 2009 and retired last winter. Thanks to Mr. Koon for organizing this great opportunity!

March for Life Registration Open

Registration for the 2018 SJCS March for Life Trip is open now through December 8th. Last year, 70 of our students attended this powerful demonstration in Washington D.C. and we hope to take even more for 2018! Please read the testimony of SJCS parent Brandi Koontz on why this was a life-changing experience for her family, and we hope you will join us in January.


Itinerary and Registration


Dear Parents of SJCS Students, 

In January 2017, I had the privilege of attending the 44th annual March For Life with my daughter and our SJCS family. I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about but just a few days before the March, I felt the call in church to take my daughter. While I have always considered myself pro-life, I had never felt the need to travel to D.C. in the cold of January to demonstrate my support for the unborn. Honestly, I secretly wondered “who really goes to the March For Life?”  In addition, I realized that I had never shared my personal reasoning for my pro-life belief with my children. I simply assumed that they knew, and agreed with, how I felt.

What I saw and heard at the March For Life changed me forever.  Students of all backgrounds from almost every state in the US coming together for a common purpose. Students joyously and proudly declaring “I am the pro-life generation!” 18,000 students singing and worshipping together at the Mass for Life and Youth Rally. Listening to congresswoman Mia Love of Utah share the story of her struggling Hatian immigrant parents choosing life.  Their choice produced the first black female Republican congresswoman to serve in Washington. I heard Benjamin Watson of the Baltimore Ravens calling on men to stand up for women and the unborn. Finally, I heard Kellyann Conway speak about supporting and loving women who have chosen abortion because Christ called on us to love our neighbors.

This year the SJCS group has decided to depart Greenville on Wednesday, January 17 after dismissal from school. This will allow students and chaperones to spend Thursday touring museums, sites and memorials in DC, something many students have never done. We will return the evening of January 20th.  In January we had 70 students and 10 chaperones attend the March For Life. That is an awesome number but we would love to increase our attendance in 2018.

I want to encourage you to come to the March For Life, not simply as a chaperone but also as a participant. The March For Life is a positive and uplifting event that gives me great hope for the sanctity of life in America.

Brandi Koontz, on behalf of Campus Ministry

SJCS Duke TIP Qualifiers for 2017-18

Congratulations to the thirty-six SJCS seventh graders, representing 49% of their class, who qualified for participation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP):

Hannah Adams, Bianca Alabau, Martha-Glen Boggs, Chloe Bradley, Maxwell Bridges, Anne Cole, Emma Cumby, James Delo, Morgan Fayssoux, Allison Gerac, Edward Gillespie, Riley Gopalakrishnan, Matthew Hall, Sylvia Kucinic, Joshua Lagleva, Thomas Leong, Jackson Lux, Caroline Lyerly, Isabella Maddox, Cole Marlar, Claudia Masters, Roman Monitto, Karolina Montalvo, Elaina Mulholland, Jack Murphy, William Pender, Reilly Poole, Katherine Saunders, Margo Schellinger, Kyle Schott, Colin Slater, Meghan Spikings, Anna Stuart, Colleen Taylor, Jackson Velky, Meredith Wiper, and Joshua Zannino

These seventh graders became eligible by their achievement on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) or other standardized tests that they took in sixth grade, having scored in the top five percentile in one of the qualifying verbal, math, science, or social studies sections.  They are now invited to take the SAT or ACT in December, February, or March for academic recognition.

2017 AP Pass Rates Announced

The College Counseling Office recently reported that SJCS students scored a 78% pass rate on Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed during the last three years.  Of the 765 AP exams taken, SJCS students scored a “3” or better on 599 of the tests.  St. Joseph’s AP students are required to take AP exams each May after completing these college-level courses. Students must score between “3” and “5” on a five-point scale to earn college credit.  Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on these exams.  The state and national pass rate averaged 57% over the last three years.

AP Scholars

Forty-four SJCS students earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in May of 2017.  The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both based on the successful performance on theses exams. 

  • Sophie Coburn, Demetri Coundoussias, Jackie Curry, An Dang, Shane Dunlavey, Christian Gillespy, Travis Griffin, Hugo Hernandez, David Lewis, Drew Luzatti Thomas Poteat, Jared Rex, Nick Rodriguez, and Sara Slaughter qualified for the “AP Scholar with Distinction Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  
  • Sydney Hyer, Spaulding Latham, Davie Marchant, Joelle Saunders, and Katherine Sokol all qualified for the “AP Scholar with Honor Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 
  • Patrick Alvis, Kathleen Brown, Kelly Burns, Sam Cumby, Luke Erbrecht, Cole Fesler, Riley Fesler, Diego Franco, Travis Garceau, Cece Hendricks, Katie Hudak, Catalina Lindstrom, Drew Lyons, Katie Malone, Alexandra Masters, Dominic Mosley, Matthew Nassif, Emily Pares, Sydney Read, Blake Rogers, Megan Rozelsky, Megan Seidel, Francesca Strathern, Anna Thompson, and Caroline Wright all qualified for the “AP Scholar Award” by completing three or more AP Exams, with scores of 3 or higher. 


2017 Color Run Together for Greenville – Sign Up TODAY!

The 3rd Annual CCES & SJCS Color Run is upon us again! St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Christ Church Episcopal School are teaming up together for Greenville and this year, the money raised by the schools will be donated to The Family Effect, an organization working to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children in the Upstate. The Color Run is the main source of the money raised during Spirit week, and we need you to sign up today! With live music, prizes, snacks, games, and all the colors of the rainbow, this is definitely one event you DO NOT want to miss.

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SJCS Visits Model UN


Over Fall Break weekend, 9 high school students attended their first High School Model United Nations hosted at Clemson University. The students represented the countries of China, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. Environmental, Economic and Social issues were debated and resolutions written, all with an eye towards sustainability. SJCS hopes to continue to participate in Model UN conventions.

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Boys and Girls Cross Country State Champions

SJCS Boys and Girls Cross Country both brought home the State Championship titles in the state cross country meet Saturday at Sandhills Research Center!

Last year, our Lady Knights became the first girls team to win seven consecutive state titles in the Class AA/A championship, and didn’t slow down one bit for this year, claiming five of the top ten finisher slots.

Boys and Girls Cross Country State Champions

SJCS Boys and Girls Cross Country both brought home the State Championship titles in the state cross country meet Saturday at Sandhills Research Center!

Last year, our Lady Knights became the first girls team to win seven consecutive state titles in the Class AA/A championship, and didn’t slow down one bit for this year, claiming five of the top ten finisher slots.

For girl’s Coach Marie Kernell, this is a landmark victory –  ten straight championships, beginning with two in SCISA before SJCS joined the South Carolina High School League.

Sophomore Ava Dobson had a dominate year as a first-timer in cross country, crossing the finish line Saturday with a time of 18:35, nearly a full minute ahead of second place. Dobson has been named to the all-state team along with Annika Bissinger (third, 20:01), Caroline Linen (fourth, 20:01), Bryn Bissinger, sixth, 20:27) and Brigid Alvis (tenth, 20:48).

The Boys Cross Country victory is their third straight state title and fifth in six years, with five runners named to the all-state team: Brendan McTigue (second, 16:41), Dylan McTigue (sixth, 17:09), Tristan McTigue (seventh, 17:10), Zac Palmer (tenth, 17:15) and Josh Powers (fourteenth, 17:24).

In an interview with the Greenville News, Coach George Carr noted “And I don’t even have any seniors, so this is what you get to look forward to next year.”

Congratulations to both teams and coaches for a dominant victory at the State Finals!

Volleyball Captures 7th Straight State Title

Saturday, November 4, the Knights Varsity Volleyball team swept Academic Magnet 3-0 at Chapin High School to capture its seventh consecutive state volleyball championship. This was the second straight in Class AA after five in a row in Class A.

Co-captain Kyra Thompson kicked it off with with seven kills in the first set with sophomore Sydney Nobarak closing it down 25-15 with three straight kills.

The second set finished at 25-12, with the Knights dealing out a decisive victory in the third, winning 25-6. Senior and co-captain Allison Whitten delivered six kills in the third set.

Congratulations to the entire team and to Coach Jan Carino for another tremendous season and State Championship victory! GO KNIGHTS!

SJCS Alumnus Visits Med-Club Students

Alumnus Alex Burnikel (Class of 2011) came back to St. Joe’s recently to speak with the current Medical Explorers Club on campus. Alex graduated from Clemson University with a degree in microbiology and is currently in his 3rd year of medical school in Greenville. He shared some of his experiences as a medical student, and answered questions from club members. Thank you to Alex for being available to your fellow Knights! We look forward to celebrating your graduation and calling you Dr. Burnikel in the future.



State Playoffs Update – Cross Country, Volleyball, Football

On Saturday, the SJCS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed in the Class AA State Qualifier at The Clemson Sandhills Research Center in Columbia. Both the boys and girls teams qualified to compete at the State Championship this upcoming Saturday by finishing in the top 18 teams. The boys team finished 1st by a score of 36-71 over Academic Magnet; Brendan McTigue finished in 3rd place and 4 other boys placed in the top 15. Our girls team finished 2nd behind Greer Middle College. Both teams will return to Sandhills on Saturday for the State Championship Meet. The girls race begins at 12:30 and the boys race will start at 1:30.

The Lady Knights Volleyball Team hosted Gray Collegiate Academy yesterday for the Upper State Championship, sweeping them for the win with scores of 25-12, 25-15, and 25-12 to advance to the Class AA State Championship! The match will be held at Chapin High School this Saturday at 12:30 and Knights will face Academic Magnet for the title. The Lady Knights are attempting to win their seventh consecutive state championship.

The SJCS Football Team qualified for the state playoffs and will travel to Abbeville for a first round playoff game on Friday night. Kickoff is 7:30.

Go Knights!

October Celebrations

The results of the Box tops contest are as follows- Mr. Tierney’s HH is the MS winner with 325 box tops and Mrs. Collins’ HH is the HS winner with 570.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the NSSHS: President Caroline Wright, Vice President Maddie Starks, and Secretary-Treasurer, Allison Whitten.

Senior Carson McAbee has won a gold medal at his first national powerlifting competition! The USAPL Raw Nationals took place in Orlando Florida Oct 10-15 with over 1100 competitors. Carson has been competing in powerlifting for two years. He competed in the Palmetto Classic in August of 2017 and broke three state records and qualified for nationals during that meet. The full powerlifting competition consists of three compound lifts: squat, bench and deadlift. Carson lifted a total of 1250 pounds in those three events and won a national champion gold medal in his age and weight division. His deadlift was 507 pounds, his squat was 479.5 pounds and his bench press was 264.5 pounds.


Middle School Coffeehouse

IMG_1183The SJCS Fine Arts Department and Jubilate Arts Guild hosted the second Coffeehouse of the school year on Friday, October 13th for the Middle School. It was an evening full of entertainment as the open mic event hosted singers, guitarists, and a stand up comedian. Highlights included vocal solos from “Hamilton”, original jokes, and a rendition of “Thinking Out Loud.”  Join us for the next Coffeehouse event January 12th!

Girls and Boys Cross Country Region Champs

The Girls and Boys Cross Country teams competed in the Region Championship Meet at Landrum HS yesterday and both came home as Region Champions! The boys team finished 38 points in front of second-place Landrum HS and our girls team finished 6 points in front of second-place Greer Middle College Charter.

The following boys were named All-Region for their performances:
   Brendan McTigue
   Josh Powers
   Dylan McTigue
   Tristan McTigue
   Zac Palmer
   Isaac Hine
was also named Boys Region Runner of the Year and Coach George Carr was named Boys Region Coach of the Year.

The following girls were named All-Region for their performances:
   Caroline Linen
   Bryn Bissinger
   Brigid Alvis
   Annika Bissinger

Girls Golf Ends Season Top of Classification in State

2017 at state finalsThe St. Joseph’s girls golf team finished fourth in the AAA state tournament held Tuesday at River Falls Golf Club in Duncan. The Knights, who finished the season with an impressive 42-4 record, posted a 336 total.
Senior Carly Lyvers, who made the all-tournament team, led the way with a 76. Freshmen Caleigh Noonan, Emma Curran and Kaitlyn Dumit fired 83, 86 and 91, respectively. Freshman Reagan Lillibridge shot a 97.

The tournament champion was Oceanside Academy followed by Bluffton and May River. All of those schools are AAA which means that for the third straight year, St. Joseph’s has the best girls golf team in the state within its classification.

Congratulations to the whole team and to Coach Mark Matlock on an extraordinary season!

Freshman Retreat Impact

This years Freshman retreat was another success. Held at Look up Lodge, the two day, one night retreat allows the freshman to bond as class in preparation for the next four years together. The students were given the opportunity to go to mass, worship in adoration, make memories with their friends, as well as getting to hear from many speakers. SJCS alumnus, Mark Estes (Class of ’16), came as a guest speaker to share his experiences as a young adult Christian and athlete with the students. Mark, who is working as the Communications Intern at St. Joe’s as part of his studies at Clemson University, was excited to be back and hopes that his message can have an impact on the freshman class.

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