Seniors Awarded HS “Heisman”

Congratulations to seniors Elizabeth DeMars and Kenneth Lava, the school’s winners in the Wendy’s High School Heisman (WHSH) Contest. As the collegiate Heisman Trophy is the premier individual award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is one of the most sought-after honors for students across the nation. Recipients are recognized for excellence in academics, athletics, and community/school leadership, making them a select group of high school seniors whose achievements reflect their efforts both in and outside the classroom.

Fine Arts Students Qualify

On October 17, senior Dominic Masotti and junior Katie Malone auditioned at the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) musical theatre competition at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC. Their performances advanced both of them to the NATS regional competition to be held in March at the College of Charleston. In Charleston, they will compete against the best singers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

5K Benefits Pearlie Harris Center

On September 26, runners of all ages came out on a rainy day to participate in the 8th Annual Knights Challenge 5K and Family Fun Run. This year, all proceeds benefited the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health at Bon Secour St. Francis. Ms. Harris is a long time supporter of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and former Board of Trustee. Congratulations to junior Ford McCoy who placed first in the 5K race with a time of 20:50. Congratulations to Sam Nixon for winning “Best Dressed” and to the Tierney MS Household and the Palmer HS Household for winning the Household participation contest. A special thanks to Coach George Carr, Coach Marie Kernell, the Boys & Girls Cross-Country Teams, Advancement Representatives, Francis Produce, Greenfield’s Bagels & Deli, First Team Sports, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, as well as many others who lent their support for this event.

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Seniors Active in Civic Education

On September 18, seniors Carter Powell and Kristen Kauffman attended the South Carolina Statehouse National Constitution Day Celebration in Columbia. The program, held in the historic State House Chamber, included the James Otis Lecture Series and a talk on Women’s Rights by SC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jean Toal. The students were selected for this honor based on their interest in government and history and both are now eligible for a $1,500 scholarship award to the University of South Carolina based on their participation at the program. The event is sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of American Board of Trial Lawyers.

More recently, Kristen was selected as one of two students from South Carolina to represent SC and Youth In Government at the national level in Washington, DC, essentially as a lobbyist in the Youth Advocate Program of the YMCA of the USA’s National Advocacy Days in February 2016.

Student Film to Be Showcased at Festival

Congratulations to junior Davie Marchant whose student film, “The Dinner Club”, will be showcased in the upcoming Reedy Reels Film Festival on Saturday, October 17. Her film, featuring SJCS students sophomore Robbie Matlock and junior Thomas Poteat, will be shown with other student submissions and animation movies at the 11:00 A.M. session held at Clemson University’s ICAR facility. Admission to the morning session is $10. More information about the film festival can be found here.

Grandparents Welcomed to Campus

On September 24, St. Joseph’s welcomed grandparents and special friends to campus for its annual Grandparents Day event, hosted by the Parents Guild and St. Anne’s Society. Relatives joined their grandchildren for a special luncheon followed by a presentation from headmaster Keith Kiser. During the presentation, senior Caroline McCoy and middle school students Victoria Kucaba and Faith Reinstein read their selected essays about their grandparents. The day concluded with a Mass celebrated by Father Jeremy von Wodecki, who happily chose to join our community here at St. Joseph’s rather than stay in Washington D.C. to meet the Pope during his trip to the USA.

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Chemistry Class Gets History Lesson

Students in James Sternberg’s AP and Honors Chemistry classes recently had a lesson in the history of St. Joseph’s campus. On September 24, special guest Dr. Jack Scruggs spoke to the classes about his fourteen year role as Vice President of Research and Development of the campus when it functioned as Phillips Fibers until 1993. Dr. Scruggs discussed the different types of fibers and plastics developed in this very building that are still used today including those used in plastic toys (such as the hula hoop), carpet and clothing. He also discussed the difference between marketing and research in the chemical field. Students were surprised to hear that Mr. Kiser’s office once belonged to Dr. Scruggs! After speaking to the classes, Dr. Scruggs toured the new campus with Mr. Sternberg to see how much has changed since becoming St. Joseph’s.


Speech & Debate Competes

On Saturday, September 26, the SJCS Speech & Debate Club, consisting of fifteen members, competed in its first tournament at Riverside High School in a variety of events. Senior Dominic Masotti placed 3rd in Novice Reading and senior Jena Brooks placed 4th in Varsity Program Oral Interpretation. The World Schools Debate team composed of junior Demetri Coundoussias, senior Alie Fink, and freshman Michael Lynch placed 3rd and the team composed of junior Kathleen Browne and freshmen Anna Scott Gardner and Dessa Jones placed 1st. Speech & Debate is coached by faculty members Meby Carr, Dr. Steven Jones, and Megan Koon.

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Powerlifter Breaks Records

Congratulations to sophomore Carson McAbee who broke three South Carolina State USA Powerlifting Federation records at the Palmetto Classic on September 19, 2015 in Charleston, SC. Carson broke the 15 year old teen group squat record with a 330 lb. squat, beating the previous record of 259 lbs. set in December 2012. He went on to deadlift 385.75 lbs., beating the previous record of 275.50 set in December 2012. His total weight lifted also set a new state record of 881.75 lbs. beating the previous record of 716.25 lbs. The Palmetto Classic was Carson’s first time competing as a powerlifter. He plans to compete again in March 2016.


Junior Selected To Leadership Board

Congratulations to junior Grayson Kinsler who was recently selected to serve on the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Board for Harvest Hope Food Bank for a two year term. Candidates selected to this particular board demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, civic responsibility, and a commitment to impacting the Upstate. Grayson has a prior connection to the Food Bank: his Eagle Scout service project, a music concert called Harmony 4 Hunger, benefitted the agency in 2013 and collected 1,700 non-perishable food items.


Diaconate One Step Closer

Congratulations to SJCS faculty member, Bill Hudson, on being awarded his Masters in Theology on Sunday, September 20. This achievement is one of the last of many milestones that Mr. Hudson has taken in his Diaconate preparation. His ordination will take place in February 2016. Mr. Hudson has been at St. Joseph’s since 2006 and currently teaches middle school theology and high school computer science. He is also Household Dean to the Courtly Jesters, the moderator of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Vocations Club and coach of the Varsity Softball team.


SJCS Offers Thanks To Military

The Third Annual SJCS Military Appreciation Night took place on September 11, 2015, which was started three years ago by then-students Ben Dunphy (’14) and Stanley Bikulege (’14), continues to honor the dedication of the military and veterans who serve our country, especially those who come from our very own SJCS community.

Thank you to everyone who made the night memorable, fun, and poignant, starting with the SJCS football team who began this appreciation event with a day of service in early August, wrote letters to soldiers, and sold t-shirts to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. During the program, band instructor Marjorie Malphrus and the Pep Band led the crowd through a series of patriotic songs while veterans walked onto the field to a standing ovation. SJCS Chaplain Father Jeremy Von Wodecki, who also serves as a military chaplain, led the crowd in a blessing and members of the football team walked memorial signs across the field in remembrance of family members and loved ones who served in the military. The Clemson Rangers were also on hand to perform the Soldier’s Cross.

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Seniors Commended by Merit Program

Congratulations to seniors Anthony Alber, Victoria Baumgarten, Grace Cooney, Mary Kramer, and Carter Powell, who have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).


YIG Chooses MS/HS Delegations

High School:

Congratulations to the sixty-nine SJCS high school students selected to the 2015 Youth-in-Government delegation through a series of competitive interviews and application process. Mrs. Meby Carr, Dr. Steven Jones, Mrs. Megan Koon, Mr. Chuck Milteer, and Mr. Jamie Swingle will coach and accompany the delegation to Columbia, SC November 18-21.

President Pro Tempore, Kristen Kauffman; Premier Presider, Grace Cooney; Upper Chamber Party Leaders, Rhett Baker, Alexandra Tamura; Committee Chairs: Breanna Anderson, Victoria Baumgarten, Kate Cassidy, Mattie Dew, Emily Pares; Committee Co-Chairs: Kathleen Browne, Caroline Calder, Caroline Lovett, Jacob Soapes; Governor’s Staff: Emma Gross, Sara Catherine Masaschi; Attorney Trials Team: Anthony Alber, Sophie Coburn, Margaret Eberly, Nathan Meglic, Riley Fesler; Appeals Team: Alie Fink, Christian Gillespy; Senior Associate Justice: Carter Powell.

Emily Brady, Luke Bynum, Davis Cooney, Lee Eberly, Holly Edenfield, Dessa Jones, Michael Lynch, Jack Malo, Emma Nixon, Zac Palmer, Hallie Palms, Reagan Sahlman, Alex Walajtys, Maegan White
Katherine Alber, Lucas Baumgarten, Mary Corasaniti, Jonathan Monts, Brynn Reese, Megan Seidel, Matthew Snow, Emilio Trocha, Jake Valenti, Jeff Woodward, Caroline Wright
Demetri Coundoussais, Shane Dunlavey, Gabrielle Grayson, Adam Green, Sydney Hyer, Spalding Latham, Sarah Maunsell, Jonah Rehg
Deeb Armaly, Hunter Corrin, Will Minasi, Megan Palash, Nathan Petrofes, Jackson Poole, Walker Seman, Nick Shinas, Teddy Snow, Nic Trocha, Dan Veideman, Miles Weiss.

Middle School:
Congratulations to the following eighteen SJCS middle school students selected as legislators through a process of interviews to the 2015 Middle School Youth-in-Government. Mrs. Meby Carr and Mr. Frank Kucinic are the MS YIG advisors.

Sixth grade:
Patrick Reese
Seventh grade:
Emma Curran, Kieran Devine, Samuel Dobson, Jessica Gerac, Rachel Marlar, Cannon McEldowney, Ellie Mullins, Michelle Pares, Matthew Wilson
Eighth grade:
Peter Baer, Spencer Chea, Brendan Dunlavey, Walker Fann, Elizabeth Malone-Grippe, Sydney Nobarak, Shivam Vadalia, Russell Warren


Lyvers Goes “Fore” the Gold

Congratulations to sophomore Carly Lyvers of the St. Joseph’s Girls Varsity Golf team, who won the 13-15 year old girls division with a two day total of 3-over par 147 at the 2015 8th Annual Harvey Brock Orange Jacket Classic. The Orange Jacket Classic Tournament, held at the Pickens Country Club on September 12th and 13th, is a significant statewide junior golf tournament. Other SJCS students who played at the tournament were senior Christian Baliker, junior Sean Miller, sophomore Ben Loudermilk and 7th grader Caleigh Noonan.


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