Track & Field Shows Strong at Coaches Classic and Landrum Cardinal Relays

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This past Saturday, Ford McCoy and Annika Bissinger competed in the 800 meter and 1600 meter races at the Coaches Classic Track Meet in Columbia against the top runners in the entire state of South Carolina.

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Annika came in 3rd out of 93 in the 800m and 2nd out of 95 in the 1600m.

Ford came in 2nd out of 94 in the 800m and 4th out of 103 in the 1600m and set a new PR of 4:25!

Also, this past weekend at the Landrum Cardinal Relays, the distance boys Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Tristan McTigue, Mathew Nassif, Zac Palmer, and Josh Powers won 3 batons in the Distance Medley Relay, the 1600 Synchronized Relay, and the 4 x 800 Meter Relay.

Go Knights!!

Varsity Baseball Defeats CCES at Fluor Field


The Varsity Baseball team pulled a decisive victory over Christ Church with their 3-0 win at Fluor Field March 23rd. It was a great game with a whole-team effort to keep the shut out! The game is an annual tradition between St. Joe’s and CCES, and part of Fluor Field’s high school game series hosted in March for the top teams in the Upstate and Midlands. Congratulations to Coach George Turmon and the entire team!

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World History Class “Historical Speed Dating”



IMG_0255Marla Palmer‘s 9th Grade World History class took a new twist on their studies with a “Historical Speed Dating” activity. The students researched a historical character from ancient Greece or Rome, created a fake Facebook profile of that character and presented that character in three minutes to another character in their class. They rotated during Alpha and Omega periods. They then recorded what they learned from all the historical figures they interviewed and turned in a summary of who they thought they might likely be friends with (across time and space) and who they did not think they were compatible with (in a platonic sense)! Thanks to Mrs. Palmer for a great activity!

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St. Joe’s Welcomes Seminarian Alumni

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This week we were thrilled to have two of our alumni – Alex Foley (’16) and Matthew Bauer (’15) – home for a quick visit! Both are studying for the priesthood at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas. We were also pleased to welcome their fellow seminarian and classmate Matthew Curley, also from our diocese. Please keep these young men and all those preparing for the priesthood in your prayers!

TRACE Hosts Stress Management Speaker


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This week, TRACE – Teens Rising Against Challenges Every day – welcomed Mrs. Virginia Miller, a local therapist who specializes in stress and trauma issues. Mrs. Miller spoke with students about stress and anxiety as experienced particularly by teenagers and students. It was a great opportunity to learn about personal care and strategies for successfully navigating these challenges!

Boys Varsity Golf Continues Winning Streak

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Ben Loudermilk shot a one-over 37 this Thursday at The Preserve at Verdae to lead the St. Joseph’s boys golf team to a dual match victory against Eastside High.

Senior Sean Miller had a 38 while junior Greg Hazelhurst fired a 41 and sophomore Ryan Gorman shot 44.

St. Joseph’s (3-0) has a busy week next week with matches Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday at The Preserve at Verdae
Team: St. Joseph’s 160, Eastside 177.
Individual: 1. Ben Loudermilk (SJ) 37, 2. Sean Miller (SJ) 38, 3. Greg Hazelhurst (SJ) 41, 4. Jimmy McCollum (E), Connor Fahey (E) 43.
Other St. Joseph’s scores: Robby Matlock 53, Joey Clary 51.

Records: SJ 3-0, Eastside 1-1.

Middle School Chess Club Takes Second in SCISA Chess Tournament

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The Middle School Chess Club traveled to Sumter, SC on March 14th for the annual South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Chess Tournament. The team led the competition for most of the day, and brought home the second place trophy! SJCS team members included Baxter Barrett, Kimsey Fiddie, Juan Gacha, Emily Gushue, Sara Gushue, Tyler Harvey, Lyle Jones, Josh Lagleva, PJ Malafronte, Colin Slater, Trey Speed, Jake Taylor, Eric Van Emburg, and Garrett Van Evera. Five rounds were played, and Juan Gacha went undefeated through all five rounds with four wins and one draw. This year was the largest middle school competition with 163 middle school students competing from 23 schools from across the state. SJCS Middle School Math Teacher and Chess Club Moderator Elaine Trakas and parent volunteers Rick Fiddie and Jeff Slater accompanied the students to Sumter.chess team

SJCS Bands Compete in SCISA Music Festival



After a hiatus of several years, we are pleased to announce that 65 SJCS students in two different band groups performed in Columbia this past weekend in the SCISA Music Festival at the USC School of Music. Our sixth grade band received a rating of excellent and our seventh and eighth grade, auditioned only “Festival Band”, received a superior rating. The students, without exception, represented St. Joseph’s Catholic school in an exemplary manner. It was a successful trip highlighted by a stop at the Columbiana Mall food court. The trip was led by Band Director Marjorie Malphrus and chaperoned by Keith Perham. Thank you for your continued support of the music program!

Walker Fann Takes 3rd at State Wrestling Tournament


The St. Joe’s Wrestling team had a great season! Josh Read (8th grade) qualified for the Middle School state championship at 104 lbs., and Walker Fann (9th grade) qualified for the JV state championship at 113 lbs. Fann placed 4th at the 2A/1A Upper State championship, and qualified for the Varsity State Championship at 113 pounds.

In the Individual State Wrestling Tournament February 24-25th in Anderson, Fann started by upsetting the Lower State champion from Marion HS in the quarterfinals 5-2. In the semi-finals, he was tied with the eventual state champion from Andrew Jackson 2-2 in the 3rd period before losing. In the consolation semi-finals, he pinned his opponent from Garrett Academy. In the 3rd place match, he decisively won a rematch with the Lower State champion 10-3. Congratulations to Walker Fann for his 3rd place finish in the Class A/AA State Tournament!

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