The SJCS Fine Arts Department’s Spring Concerts are this week as follows:
Tuesday, May 14 – HS & MS Band Ensembles
Wednesday, May 15 – HS & MS Strings Ensembles
Thursday, May 16 – HS & MS Choral Ensembles
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the JPII Center, and admission is free.
Seating is open for Jubilate Arts Guild members at 6:30 p.m., and general seating begins at 6:45.
Come out and support these talented students!


The St. Joseph’s boys track team won its third consecutive Class 2A state championship Saturday at Spring Valley High School.

The Knights were led by senior Josh Powers, who had state runner-up finishes in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Also for the Knights, sophomore Dylan McTigue was third in the 800 and seventh in the 3,200; junior Brendan McTigue was third in the 1,600 and fifth in the 800; sophomore Tristan McTigue was fourth in the 1,600 and 3,200; senior Zac Palmer was sixth in the 1,600 and seventh in the 800; and junior Isaac Hine was sixth in the 400 hurdles.

Josh, Zac, Brendan and Dylan also teamed to win the state championship in the 4×800 relay.

See story in The Greenville News here.

The SJCS girls took seventh in the state.

For the Knights, senior Lili Jaraczewski was third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600; sophomore Caroline Linen was second in the 800; senior Annika Bissinger was seventh in the 400; and eighth-grader Lane Anderson was sixth in the triple jump.

The SJCS girls’ 4×400 relay team of Annika, Caroline, Sarah Crosby and Julia Jacques placed seventh. (Megan Liptak went as alternate.)

Congrats to all these Knights!


The St. Joseph’s boys tennis team came up short in its quest for a state title Saturday, losing to Philip Simmons 6-0 in the Class 2A championship match at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.

It was the first loss of the season for the Knights, who finished as Upper State champions for the second year in a row.

“(It was a) great season and a gutty performance against the best high school team that I’ve seen,” said SJCS coach Ken Arp. “Their Coach told me, ‘Your boys can play. I was getting worried.’ He told me we are the only competition they have had all year.”

Congrats to the Knights on a tremendous season!

See story in The Greenville News here.


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SJCS students enjoyed an entertaining evening on the water, with the gym having been transformed into a “Seaside Soiree! A Night on the Coast” during the 2019 prom Saturday, April 27.

A special thanks to all of the students who helped with the prom, as well as to Mary Salgado and Megan Koon, who worked with our students to ensure the best prom experience possible.

To view more photos and to purchase images, go to www.DLPhoto.com and click on Client Images, then Events and then SJCS. The password is sjcsimages (case sensitive).


It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! It’s great to recognize all the wonderful teachers at SJCS. Thanks to Keith Kiser, Wanda Jaraczewski and Steven Jones for the tremendous breakfast!


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Jubilate Knight for the Arts, Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6), is an amazing evening of talent competition supporting the arts at St. Joseph’s. Tickets on sale now! You won’t want to miss the excitement! Voting for your favorite act begins now in the GiveSmart link.


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St. Joseph’s celebrated the 2018-2019 school year May 8 with the presentation of the Academic and Faculty Awards, and the Red Door Ceremony for the Class of 2019.

The award winners were as follows:

2019 Outstanding Christian Athlete Award: Luke Christopher Bynum
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 whom they feel is deserving of this award. 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.

2019 Father Fox Award: Luke Daniel Cumby
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 whom they feel is deserving of this award. Names are then submitted to the Headmaster, with the recipient being selected by faculty vote. The recipient delivers the salutatory address at graduation.

2019 Redemptoris Custos Award: Anthony Michael Cinquemani
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 whom they feel is deserving of this award. 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.

2019 Headmaster’s Scholar Award: Anthony Michael Cinquemani
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.

Teacher of the Year Awards
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.

2019 Deacon Robert Brady Middle School Excellence in Teaching Award: Mr. Keith Perham

2019 St. Joseph’s High School Excellence in Teaching Award: Mrs. Julie Schroeder

High School Subject Award Winners
Justin Bradley May – English Department Award
Rachel Marie Hall – Visual Art Department Award
Sophie Isabella Lee Kiser – Choral Music Department Award
Phillip Robert Stapleton – Instrumental Music Department Award
Dessa Elizabeth Jones – Theatre Department Award
Elizabeth Ann Harris – French Department Award
Antonia Maria Gacha – Spanish Department Award
Luke William Cunniffe – History Department Award
Luke William Cunniffe – Mathematics Department Award
Anthony Michael Cinquemani – Science Department Award
Anthony Michael Cinquemani – Theology Department Award

8th Grade Subject Award Winners
Alex Gillespie – Literature
Meredith Wiper – Literature
Alex Gillespie – History
Emma Cumby – History
Alex Gillespie – Science
Meredith Wiper – Science
Colin Slater – Math
Kate Bruner – Math
Colin Slater – Religion
Margo Schellinger – Religion
Cole Marlar – Band
Chloe Bradley – Band
Christian Jimenez – Chorus
Gianna Marullo – Chorus
Drew Gibson – Strings
Allison Gerac – Strings
Drew Gibson – Theatre
Chloe Bradley – Theatre


Seven SJCS senior student-athletes who will continue competing in college were honored during a signing ceremony Wednesday in the gymnasium. The seven, who have established themselves both on and off their athletic venues while at St. Joseph’s, are:

Annika Bissinger (track/cross country, Cornell University)
Lili Jaraczewski (cross country, Presbyterian College)
Josh Powers (cross country, Furman University)
Zac Palmer (cross country, College of Charleston)
Colin Burns (basketball, Roanoke College)
Matthew Marchal (baseball, Furman University)
Brandon Hodge (tennis, University of Idaho)

In cross country, Annika Bissinger is a two-time state champion, five-time all-state and a member of six state championship teams. This year in track, she has qualified for state in the 400 and the 4×800 relay.

Lili Jaraczewski, in her one year on the cross country team, finished fifth in the state, made all-state and helped the Knights win the state title. In track, she has qualified for state in the 1,600, the 3,200 and the 4×800 relay.

Zac Palmer and Josh Powers helped the boys cross country team to four straight state championships. Zac is a four-time all-state runner, and Josh has made all-state three times. In track, Josh has qualified for state this year in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the 4×800 relay. Zac has qualified in the 800, 1,600 and 4×800 relay.

Colin Burns, a four-year starter in basketball, leaves as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots.

“He had to guard the other team’s best player three years in a row,” boys basketball coach Paul Assinesi said. “You couldn’t ask for a better teammate or a better player.”

Baseball coach George Turmon said he has spoken with the Furman coaches about future Paladin Matthew Marchal, a Class 2A all-state selection.

“The thing they told me was they could not find out one single thing that was not positive about this young man,” Turmon said.

Brandon Hodge has helped the boys tennis team to back-to-back Upper State championships.

“He became a leader of our team,” assistant coach Kevin Meyer said, “and from the time since he started two years ago, we’ve lost a total of two matches.”


Eleven members of the SJCS track and field team have qualified for state after their performances in the Class 2A qualifier this past Saturday and Monday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.

Those who advanced will be representing St. Joseph’s in this Saturday’s Class 2A state meet, scheduled for 2 p.m. at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

Good luck to all!!

Lane Anderson: Triple jump
Annika Bissinger: 4×800 relay, 4×400 relay, 400
Lili Jaraczewski: 4×800 relay, 1,600, 3,200
Caroline Linen: 4×800 relay, 4×400 relay, 800
Madison Powers: 4×800 relay
Sarah Crosby: 4×400 relay
Julie Jacques: 4×400 relay
Megan Liptak: 4×400 relay

Isaac Hine: 400 hurdles
Brendan McTigue: 4×800 relay, 800, 1,600
Dylan McTigue: 4×800 relay, 800, 3,200
Tristan McTigue: 1,600, 3,200
Zac Palmer: 4×800 relay, 800, 1,600
Josh Powers: 4×800 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200


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The St. Joseph’s boys soccer team saw its impressive streak of consecutive Upper State championships come to an end at seven with Tuesday night’s narrow 3-2 loss at Southside Christian.

The Knights, state champions for five consecutive years before being state runners-up the last two seasons, ended the season with a record of 15-9-1.

Congrats to the boys on another great season!


Jubilate Knight for the Arts, May 11

Come out to support the Fine Arts at Jubilate Knight for the Arts, St. Joseph’s biggest evening of entertainment of the year, featuring performances by students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni! Vote for your favorite acts and don’t miss the judges awards! Doors open at 6:00 PM.


Next week, May 13 -17, the SJCS Middle School Beta Club will be sponsoring a used book drive to help support the Greenville Literacy Association, one of the largest community-based adult literacy and education programs in South Carolina.

GLA has been in existence for more than 50 years and provides GED and ESL classes to adults who want to obtain their GED or learn to speak English. In addition, it provides services that help students transition into careers or higher education opportunities.

In order for GLA to provide these programs, it has several fundraisers each year. The largest fundraiser is the Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap book sale every August at McAllister Square, a three-day community event that raises more than $100,000 and has about 140,000 books for sale.

The GLA collects books all year long for the sale and we, the Middle School Beta Club at SJCS, are so excited to be holding a book drive on its behalf. Our drive will take place May 13-17 during MS morning and afternoon carline. Beta Club members will be outside during these times to collect your books. You don’t even have to get out of your car. Please look around your house for books that you can donate.

Click here to visit their website to see the kinds of books that they can use.



Congratulations to St. Joseph’s Sixth Grade Academy student Mary Branch Cotner, who was selected as the grand prize winner in the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 76th Annual Conservation Essay Contest.

Mary Branch’s composition on the 2019 theme, “Life in the Soil, Dig Deeper,” was selected as the Greenville Zoo Conservation Award winning essay. In conjunction with the Greenville Zoo, she will be presented with a certificate and an annual family membership to the zoo.

SJCS Sixth Grade Academy students swept the top four awards. Peyton Jenkins (1st), Austin Dodge (2nd) and Allison Kim (3rd) took the top three places, and Mary Branch was the overall winner. All four will be honored at the the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual awards gala banquet Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at The Commerce Club.

Congrats to all!!


St. Joe’s Class of 2015 graduates Katrina Konopka and Imani Grace King have been honored by the University of Arizona and Furman University, respectively.

Katrina was recognized as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Outstanding Senior of the Year. She also is the recipient of the Merrill P. Freeman Award, one of two presented annually to seniors by the University of Arizona administration, taking into consideration character, popularity, receipt of athletic awards, membership in organizations and service on committees and as officers.

As a member of the Arizona swim team, Katrina was a three-time All-American, six-time honorable mention All-American and three-time Scholar All-American.

Imani has been chosen to give the commencement address at Furman.

A special congrats to these former Knights!!


The St. Joseph’s boys tennis team cruised into the state final with a 5-1 victory over visiting Christ Church in the Class 2A Upper State championship match Monday.

The Knights, who won the Upper State for the second year in a row, will play Philip Simmons at noon Saturday in the state final.

Against Christ Church, St. Joe’s had singles victories from Nick Loudermilk at No. 1, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; Maclean Armstrong at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1; Patrick Reese at No. 3, 6-1, 6-1; Matthew Jacques at No. 4, 6-3, 6-0; and Collin Maides at No. 5, 6-2, 6-0.


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