Students Participate in Summer YIG Programs

A selected group of students from SJCS attend the YMCA annual Youth in Government State Conference every November. Some of these students continue their YIG experiences into the summer through two national competitions and conferences that attract YIG participants from 36 states.

In July, a St. Joseph’s rising senior and a SJCS alum traveled to Chicago to the highly selective YMCA National Judicial Competition. Georgia Tech senior and SJCS class of 2015 alum, Keyes Gilmore,  took a break from her internship at the US attorney’s office and returned to the competition where she had once participated, to preside over the appellate court. Maegan White, class of 2019, was one of 18 students selected from South Carolina to attended the competition. Maegan competed as an appeals attorney, arguing as a petitioner and respondent in a constitutional case, and also serving as a Supreme Court justice.

Earlier in the summer, Maegan White was also selected to attend the YMCA Conference on National Affairs in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina as a first year delegate. Her proposal about voting rights in US territories advanced to the second round of debate and she participated in debate in all four rounds.

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.

Yearbook Staff named National Program of Excellence

The SJCS Yearbook Staff has been awarded the Josten’s National Program of Excellence!

The is the first time our school has ever won this prestigious award. Only 414 schools in the 18,000+ that Josten’s represents received the award for this school year. “I am very proud of my students who made this happen!” said Jennifer Collins, Yearbook moderator and Computer Science teacher.
Congratulations to Lizzie Latham, Helen Kopscik, Alyssa Moore, Sarah Grace Calder, Christopher Sherlock and Derek Sheldon, and (not pictured) AJ Minerva for your excellence work!

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

Three SJCS Students Graduate from Youth Leadership Greenville

Congratulations to Anthony Cinquemani, Hallie Palms, and Maegan White on their graduation from the prestigious Youth Leadership Greenville program!

Youth Leadership Greenville is a ten-month program for high school juniors that introduces students to local issues, challenges them to become engaged citizens, and prepares them for future leadership roles. Students apply through their school counselors in their sophomore year for participation in the fall of their junior year.

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

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