SJCS Welcomes New Alumni

Congratulations to the 102 members of the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Class of 2016 who graduated on Saturday, May 28. During the Commencement Exercises, the soon-to-be graduates and audience of family, friends, faculty and staff listened to speeches from Lauren Jones and Hannah White. Lauren, the recipient of the Father Fox Award, delivered the salutatory address while Hannah, the recipient of the Redemptoris Custos Award, gave the farewell address.

The Class of 2016 has earned the following accolades:

  • 100% college acceptance.
  • 11.5 million dollars in college scholarship money.
  • 93 members (92% of the class) received scholarship offers, with an average award package of over $125,000 per student.
  • Of those 93 students, 88 seniors (87% of the class) received a South Carolina state scholarship award: 21 Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, 61 Life Scholarships, and 6 Hope Scholarships.
  • Six members of the class were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation: one was named National Merit Finalist and five were named National Merit Commended Students.
  • Eight members of the class committed to continue their athletic careers in college.
  • One member of the class was accepted and is planning to attend seminary.
  • The Class of 2016 was also distinguished by the addition of 18 new colleges and universities to the ever-growing list of schools to which the previous graduates were accepted, including Clark University, Connecticut College, Manhattan School of Music, Northeastern University, University of Connecticut and the University of Maryland.

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Inaugural Banquet Recognizes Athletes

On May 16, the inaugural Greenville News Upstate Sports Awards took place at the TD Convention Center. This banquet, featuring speaker Tim Tebow, was created to recognize high school athletes in the Upstate for their outstanding achievements during the 2015-2016 school year. Out of 31 schools, 22 sports, and 200+ athletes, St. Joseph’s Catholic School was well represented.

Congratulations to recent graduate Christian Baliker who was selected as the Boys Golfer of the Year and rising junior Allison Whitten who was selected as the Volleyball Player of the Year.

Additionally, the following athletes received recognition:

Sean Langan – Boys Soccer (1st Team)
Carly Lyvers – Girls Golf (1st Team)
Michelle Malsch – Softball (1st Team)
Ford McCoy – Boys Cross Country (1st Team)
Kaely Thompson – Volleyball (1st Team)

Annika Bissinger – Girls Cross Country (2nd Team) and Girls Track & Field (2nd Team)
Christian Castillo – Boys Lacrosse (2nd Team)
Jeffrey Fann – Wrestling (2nd Team)
Reilly Koslow – Boys Soccer (2nd Team)
Leah Saunders – Volleyball (2nd Team)

Students Win Conservation Contest


Congratulations to SJCS rising seventh grade students Victoria Kucaba, Harrison Scott, and Jenna Zuchowski who were selected as winners in the Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District essay contest. Their essays on the topic of why “We All Need Trees” were selected as some of the best out of over 300 submissions. They each received a $50 check at the district’s annual awards banquet held on Thursday, May 19.

SJCS Hosts Cornhole Tournament

St. Joseph’s 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament, held May 14, was another big hit with the 21 & up crowd at SJCS. Parents, alumni, and supporters of the school gathered for food, beverages, music, and a cornhole tournament to help the SJCS Annual Fund in providing tuition assistance to our students. During the tournament, three coveted raffles were drawn: A Knights Athletic Booster Platinum Membership or $500 off tuition, a custom set of SJCS Cornhole Boards, and two SJCS stadium chairs with two SJCS tumblers. Thank you to all of our participants and Cornhole Committee for making the evening a relaxed and fun success!

Congratulations to Team “Pitchers Not Catchers”, Brian Larkin and Chris Maddox, who claimed first place in the tournament and to Team “The Long & Short Of It”, Matt and Heidi Cooney, for placing runner-up.

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Freshman Competes on Food Network

Congratulations to SJCS freshman Patrick Meyer, who recently competed on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Kids v. Adults along with his cousin, Helen Meyer. The two bakers produced four cupcake flavors based around the episode’s theme of DC Superhero Girls: Mexican Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Meringue Frosting, Strawberry with Strawberry Mango Buttercream, Coconut with Salted Caramel Buttercream, and Lemon Blueberry with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. A special surprise viewing party was hosted the night of the episode’s premier at St. Joseph’s, complete with miniature cupcakes in the same flavors. The team came in first runner-up, second only to an adult with an established bakery.

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SJCS Serves for Feast Day

To celebrate the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker, the entire SJCS community embarked on a day of service on April 29. An annual tradition at St. Joseph’s, all middle and high school households worked at various community locations to provide love and care to those in need. This year, students and staff worked at the following locations: Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Catholic Radio (WCKI), Conestee Park, Diamond Health & Rehab of Simpsonville, Frazee Dream Center, Greenville County Animal Care, Greenville Humane Society, Greenville Technical College, Hollingsworth Outdoor Center, Homeworks, Little Steps, Magnolia Manor, McCall Hospice House, Meals on Wheels, Meyer Center for Special Children, Miracle Hill Ministries, NHC Nursing Facility, Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Rolling Green Village, Sara Collins Elementary, Sarah Gossett Home, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church & School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, St. Mary Magdalene, Sterling Community Center, Washington Center, and Whispering Pines Stables.

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Jubilate Knight Supports Fine Arts

The SJCS Fine Arts Department and Jubilate Arts Guild hosted the eighth annual Jubilate Knight Talent Competition, Fine Arts Department fundraiser on April 30. The coffeehouse themed event showcased talent from throughout the St. Joseph’s community, including artwork and performances by students, faculty, and staff. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this night possible, including the night’s “coffee talk” hosts, Michelle Houmis and Rod McClendon.

Congratulations to the Jubilate Knight Talent Competition Winners:

  • Solo: Maddy Miller (senior) – “I’ll Be Here”
  • Small Group: John Kelly, Dominic Masotti, Jack Mobley (seniors) and Thomas Poteat (junior) – “Seven Bridges Road”
  • Instrumental: Dominic Mosley (sophomore) – piano – “Fugue in G Major” from WTC vol. 1, by J. S. Bach
  • Dance: Meghan Malone (8th grade), Maddy Miller (senior), and Anne Darby Keating – “The Reel Deal” – Irish Dance
  • Large Group: “The Beliebers,” performed by seniors Jeffrey Fann, John Kelly, Reilly Koslow, Sean Langan, Jack Mobley, Brandon Morris, Nathan Petrofes, Carter Powell, Walker Seman, Ethan Veideman, and Mark Williams, and choreographed by Megan Koon (SJCS Faculty)
  • Best Adult Performance: Josh Lewis (Flik Dining) – “Cafeteria Man,” a parody performed with piano and harmonica
  • Judges’ Choice for Best Performance: “The Reel Deal” Meghan Malone (8th grade), Maddy Miller (senior), and Anne Darby Keating – Irish Dance
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SJCS Hosts Danish Students

From Sunday April 24-Friday, April 29, twenty-two Danish students and their two teachers visited SJCS from Roskilde Gymnasium, Roskilde Denmark. The Danish exchange students and teachers were hosted by SJCS families and attended classes at SJCS, and participated in some field trips. The Danes and SJCS students and teachers hiked Paris Mountain, explored downtown Greenville, met with Mayor Knox, and traveled to Atlanta for visits to CNN, the Civil Rights Museum and World of Coke. They also toured the SC Statehouse and were introduced by Representative Tommy Stringer on the House of Representatives floor.

In August, seventeen SJCS students and three teaches will return the visit and stay with host families, attend Roskilde, and tour the country for a week.

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National Honor Society Inductees

The school’s annual induction ceremony for the St. Joseph’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) was held on April 27 in a special school-wide ceremony in the gym. New members were inducted into one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. NHS students, selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, must have a cumulative weighted average of 85 or higher, as well as demonstrate excellence in leadership and service through activities in both the school and the community. Congratulations to: Breanna Anderson, Louisa Angermeier, Elizabeth Armstrong, Annamarie Bell, Luke Bikulege, Kathleen Browne, Kelly Burns, Margaret Carroll, Kate Cassidy, Sophie Coburn, Demetri Coundoussias, Jack Culumovic, Sam Cumby, Jackie Curry, Morrigan Dearman, Shane Dunlavey, Chandler Fann, Cole Fesler, Diego Franco, Monica Frazier, Travis Garceau, Kathleen Gibson, Christian Gillespy, Isabella Gogna, Gabrielle Grayson, Adam Green, Travis Griffin, Hugo Hernandez Villagra, Sydney Hyer, Haleigh Kauffman, Grayson Kinsler, Spalding Latham, David Lewis, Drew Luzzatti, Katie Malone, Davie Marchant, Anna Marchek, Liam Martin, Sarah Maunsell, Ford McCoy, Paul Minerva, Mathew Nassif, Adam Okinaga, Emily Pares, Jacob Peterman, Thomas Poteat, Jonah Rehg, Jared Rex, Nick Rodriguez, Blake Rogers, Megan Rozelsky, Leah Saunders, Charlotte Schmitt, Sara Slaughter, Claire Sloan, Jacob Soapes, Katherine Sokol, Catherine Starks, BJ Tally, Anna Thompson, Kaely Thompson, Mimi Tierney, and Gabrielle Wimberly.

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SJCS Prom 2016

Congratulations to seniors Mark Estes and Morgan Guest who were voted Prom King and Queen. Travis Garceau and Breanna Anderson were crowned Prom Prince and Princess. Student Council hosted Prom on Saturday evening, April 23 at The Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville. Following Prom, prom-goers enjoyed the trampolines, games, music, food, and prizes at the parent-sponsored After-Prom held at SkyZone.

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