SJCS Takes First in Middle School Regional SCISA Quiz Bowl

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001 (Small)On February 8th, St. Joseph’s hosted and took first place in the Middle School Regional SCISA Quiz Bowl. Congratulations to Alex Gillespie (6th grade), Averi Brice (7th grade), Julia Arnett (7th grade), Sara Gushue (8th grade), Jessica Gerac (8th grade), and Samuel Dobson (8th grade) for your exceptional performances! Our students faced three other teams in the competition – Prince of Peace, Five Oaks Academy and Cambridge Academy.


Three SJCS Students Named to SCBDA 2017 Region Honor Band


The SJCS Fine Arts Program would like to congratulate 8th grade band students Kimsey Fiddie -trumpet, Emma Curran and Samuel Dobson-alto saxophones, for being being selected for the SCBDA 2017 Region Honor Band. The students auditioned in mid January with over 2000 students from 3 counties in the upstate. Kimsey Fiddie placed 6th out over 120 trumpet players  and Emma and Sam placed 7th and 9th respectively out of over 110 saxophones.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School Band Director, Marjorie Malphrus, speaks highly of the students,

“These three students, along with others who auditioned, have represented our school extremely well!” Malphrus said. “They have always possessed a great attitude and aptitude for band and their hard work pays off with opportunities like the Region Band. I am very proud of them”.

The Region Band Clinic is held on Feb 24-25,2017 on the campus of Furman University and will conclude with a free public performance beginning at 4:00pm in the McAlister Auditorium.

Riley Fesler Awarded YIG Research Intern Position


Fesler_Riley_0245Congratulations to Riley Fesler (’18), Representative Neal Collins’s newest intern! Riley was awarded a position as a Youth in Government Legislative Research Intern. Thanks to dedicated teachers like Meby Carr, Megan Koon and Marla Palmer, among so many others at SJCS, Riley has been presented with opportunities and given the confidence to seize them. She has a love for all things political, and the St. Joe’s family could not be more proud of her for following her dreams!

St. Joe’s Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Addition


Kiser - Joe and Mary Salgado - Ted Kelly - Todd Malo - Joby Moon - Joe PazdanOn Wednesday, February 1, the St. Joseph’s family celebrated the groundbreaking for the new building, which is anticipated to be complete in January 2018. With most of the student body, the Board of Trustees, the Steering Committee, and Dr. Joby Moon present, Mr. Kiser opened the official blessing and groundbreaking with the following comments:

“Welcome to our groundbreaking ceremony.  It wasn’t that long ago that the students were gathered in this very same spot to kick-off the public phase of the UKnight Campaign.  Thanks to the generosity of 260 donors, we are gathered here today to break ground on a new three-story building that will house badly needed new science labs, girls and boys locker rooms, coaches and athletic director offices, and a whole floor of flexible academic space to be developed as needed.  This truly was an appropriately named campaign for the community was indeed UKnighted around this project with gifts coming from all trustees, 86% of faculty and staff, 35% of parents, and many, many friends in the community – most of whom who have supported us for years.

335As we break ground today, I want to thank Dr. Joby Moon for issuing the $1M challenge grant to get the fund-raising started.  It would be impossible to overestimate all that Joby and his late wife Margaret Ann meant to the success of St. Joseph’s.  Without your generosity, Joby, we wouldn’t be standing here today.

I also want to thank the members of the Steering Committee, chaired by Joe and Mary Salgado, under the direction of our Development Office led by Kevin Meyer (formerly by Gina Turcotte) for doing the hard work of soliciting donations.  This is thankless work that no one wants to really do.  It requires persistence and grit.  Thank you for getting the job done.  Our consultant, Chris Stowers, from the Winker Group, was a Godsend.  He knew just when and how to motivate us to keep going when we were having trouble getting appointments and the donations were coming in slowly.  Thank you also to our business office, under CFO Ann O’Dea, for figuring out the most responsible way for us to finance the project and thank you to South State Bank, for partnering with us.

Dr Joby Moon 02We are also grateful for our architect, McMillian, Pazdan, Smith, and our builder Mavin Construction, both of whom have strong ties to and a history with the school, as well as both being generous supporters of our mission and projects.

Finally, I wanted to give you a rough sketch of the timeline of the project, if all goes according to plan:

  • March – Site prep and construction will begin
  • January 2018 – We’ll be ready to cut the ribbon to occupy the building for the start of the second semester

This is an exciting project that will significantly impact how the students experience the school for decades to come, and we should all be incredibly grateful to the donors who made this possible through their generosity.”

National Signing Day Ceremony


16298409_1159481124149788_2787387215137734922_nCongratulations to our seniors who made their collegiate athletic commitments on National Signing Day! Luke Bikulege committed to play football at Carnegie Mellon University, Leah Saunders to volleyball at Emory University, Agnes Stanton to soccer at Queens College, Henry Smith to soccer at Berry College, Joel Poinsette to football at Western Carolina University, and B.J. Tally to soccer at The College of Wooster.

Brandon Bennett New Head Football Coach


036St. Joseph’s Catholic School is pleased to announce that Brandon Bennett is the school’s new head football coach.  Coach Bennett, who grew up in Taylors, was an outstanding football player at Riverside High School before matriculating to the University of South Carolina, where had a record-breaking career and is the second all-time leading rusher in USC history and a member of the USC Hall of Fame.  Following college, Brandon had a 10-year career in the NFL where he played running back and special teams.  Since retiring from the NFL, Brandon has been actively involved with the Upstate’s youth as a coach, trainer, teacher, school administrator, and business owner.  Brandon is a sought after guest-speaker and also spends time in elementary schools, where he reads to students and talks to them about the importance of education, community service, and self-awareness to enhance growth in sports and in life. Brandon’s wife, Shannon, holds a master’s degree in education and teaches second grade at Bethel Elementary. Together, they have two sons. St. Joseph’s will officially introduce Coach Bennett to our school community at 11:30 AM after Mass this Thursday, January 26th.  There will be an opportunity to meet Brandon in the Meeting Room at the school immediately following the introduction.

Art Teacher Deborah Pickard Completes Local Mural

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Last year on St. Joseph’s the Worker Day, Elaine Trakas’ Household volunteered at Rolling Green Village, a continuing care retirement community here in Greenville. The Marketing Director asked if the Art Teacher at SJCS could help with a mural she wanted painted, and art instructor Deborah Pickard willingly stood up! In June, she began working on a 210 feet by 8 feet mural on the back outside wall of their main building. On January 15th, it was finally completed!

“I drew the mural over the summer and began painting mid-October. My workers included my family, a few friends, several members of the National Art Honor Society, and Rolling Green residents,” Pickard said. “It became a place of healing, renewal, inspiration and joy for everyone involved and brings these things to the residents, their families and the staff.”

The finished product is truly spectacular and all are invited to a “Mural Open House” on Sunday, January 29 from 1-3 pm.

“Once again,” Pickard said, “being part of the St. Joseph’s family has brought me an opportunity I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

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SJCS High School Sports Report Awards

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The High School Sports Report has recognized the following SJCS fall athletes and coaches for their achievements during this past fall sports season:

Luke Bikulege- SCHSL Class AA All-State Defense
Annika Bissinger- SCHSL All-State Girl’s Cross Country Team
Coach Jan Carino- SCHSL Class AA Coach of Year
Coach George Carr- SCHSL Class AA Boy’s Cross Country Coach of Year
Coach Marie Kernell- SCHSL Class AA Girl’s Cross Country Coach of Year
Ford McCoy- SCHSL Class AA Boy’s Cross Country Runner of Year
Brenden McTigue- SCHSL All-State Boy’s Cross Country
Leah Saunders- SCHSL All-State Volleyball
Allison Whitten- SCHSL Class AA Volleyball Player of Year

The High School Sports Report will host a banquet for all of the honorees in the state at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia on February 26th.

Go Knights!

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