Members of the St. Joe’s baseball team spent Saturday morning with players from the Mauldin Miracle League, an organization for children with special needs. The Knights helped the Miracle League players bat and run the bases. They pushed wheelchairs around the field. They cheered. They encouraged. They laughed a lot. They played duck-duck-goose in the outfield. They gave lots of high fives and fist bumps. They played catch. They played chase.
It was truly an inspirational day for all!!

NEHS English Extravaganza

On Friday, May 3, National English Honor Society held its annual English Extravaganza, a celebration of student accomplishments in the literary arts during the 2018-2019 academic year.
In addition to recognitions of student groups such as Battle of the Books, the Knightly News and Inscape, outgoing English Honor Society officers Kate Harrison and Elizabeth Poinsette were recognized, and new officers Kaitlyn Meade (President) and Luciana Strathern (Vice President) were installed.
Ten students also were recognized by their teachers for exceptional contributions to the classroom this year: Julia Arnett, Korinna Brockman, Lili Jaraczewski, Preston Jennings, Jake Johanning, Juliana Moore, Lauren Osburn, Sebastian Sanchez-Casanova, Kyle Tso and Abby Weaver.
The NEHS moderator is Megan Koon.



Congratulations to St. Joe’s Sixth Grade Academy students Peyton Jenkins (1st Place), Austin Dodge (2nd) and Allison Kim (3rd), whose essays were selected as the three best 6th-grade submissions in the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 76th Annual Conservation Essay Contest! All three will be honored at the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual awards banquet Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at The Commerce Club!!


The St. Joe’s boys tennis team defeated visiting Landrum 7-0 Thursday in a Class 2A second-round match. The top-seeded Knights will host No. 2 Christ Church in the Upper State championship match at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Singles victories were posted by Nick Loudermilk at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0), Maclean Armstrong at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0), Patrick Reese at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0), Matthew Jacques at No. 4 (6-0, 6-1) and Collin Maides at No. 5 (6-0, 6-0).

Lee Eberly and Preston Saad were victorious at No. 1 doubles (8-6) and Hugh McGee and William Pender at No. 2 doubles (8-6).

The boys soccer team avenged an earlier defeat with a 1-0 victory over Greenville Tech in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs Thursday night. The Knights, seeded fourth, will play at No. 1 Andrew Jackson in a third-round match at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The girls soccer team, seeded first in the Upper State, will host fourth-seeded Buford in a second-round playoff game at 6 p.m. tonight.

The boys and girls varsity track teams will compete in the 2A state meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.


     The 2019 St. Joseph’s Gala, St. Joseph’s Seaside Soiree! A Night on the Coast, encountered smooth sailing and provided hope and a grand time for those in attendance.
     The school is projecting a net of approximately $240,000 from the Gala, which will go directly to the Annual Fund to support the school’s mission and will fuel the Gala’s theme of “Hope Anchors the Soul.”
     Proceeds will fund tuition assistance, academic programs, athletics, fine arts, campus ministry, student life and more.
     “When the school first opened in 1993 it was with the hope that our graduates would change the world,” headmaster Keith Kiser said, “and now there are over 1,200 St. Joe’s graduates using their talents to do just that.”
     A total of 75 SJCS families sponsored the Gala. A special thank you to our Gala Committee, led by co-chairs Michelle Mullins and Kiera Egan; to graduating senior parents Missy McLear and Melanie Calder for their tireless efforts in helping out with the Gala over the years; to our presenting sponsor Prisma Health (formerly GHS) and all the doctors who made that sponsorship possible; to our Red Door Sponsor, the Iacovelli Family Foundation; to our Shield sponsors (South State Bank, Sun Paper Company, Hamrick’s, Drs. Tripp and Kimberly Masters and Palmetto State Transportation); and to our Knight and Blue Level sponsors.
     To view and purchase photos from the Gala, go to and click on Client Images, then Events and then SJCS. The password is: sjcsimages (case sensitive). Photos may be purchased after May 9.


St. Joseph’s Catholic School students were out and about all over town Wednesday, with the various Households doing community service in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph The Worker.

A number of students were at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, where Bishop Guglielmone was on hand to express his gratitude for the Knights’ work on the new trail.

“Your teams did a fantastic job,” said Michael J. McGarry, St. Mary Magdalene’s Director of Facilities.

Students worked on community service projects at St. Joe’s, as well as the following sites:

Miracle Hill Shepard’s Gate Shelter
Harvest Home Food Bank
Little Steps
McCall Hospice House
Washington Center
Simpsonville Health and Rehab
Serenity Place
St. Anthony’s Friary
Hollingsworth YMCA
Greenville County Parks
Homeworks of America
St. Claire Home for Pregnant Women
City of Greenville
Our Lady of the Rosary School
Meyer Center for Special Children
First Baptist Preschool
Our Lady’s Pantry
Greenville’s Gift
Greenville Humane Society
Sterling Center
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Paris Mountain State Park

Seniors take part in College T-Shirt Day

St. Joseph’s Catholic School seniors showed off their future alma maters on College T-Shirt Day Thursday.
The St. Joe’s seniors will be moving on to 37 different colleges, covering 16 states and Washington, D.C.
This outstanding class of seniors will be representing St. Joe’s at the following schools:
American University
Anderson University-SC
Auburn University
Belmont Abbey College
Benedictine College
The Citadel
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Cornell University
East Mississippi Community College
Fordham University
Furman University
Greenville Technical College
Liberty University
Marquette University
Miami University, Oxford
Mississippi State University
Mount St. Mary’s University – Maryland
North Carolina State University
Presbyterian College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Roanoke College
Saint Louis University
University of Alabama
University of Idaho
University of Kentucky
University of Mississippi
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina, Beaufort
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wake Forest University
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis
Westmont College
Wofford College

Spring sports update: Soccer teams advance

  • The girls varsity soccer team, seeded first in the Upper State, defeated Dixie 12-0 Wednesday night in the second round of the Class AA playoffs. The Knights will host fourth-seeded Buford in a second-round playoff game at 6 p.m. Friday.
  • The boys varsity soccer team, seeded third in the Upper State, defeated Fox Creek 5-0 Tuesday night in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. The Knights, who have won seven consecutive Upper State championships, will host No. 12 Greenville Tech at 7 p.m. tonight.
  • The boys varsity tennis team, the No. 1 seed and defending Upper State champion, had a bye in the first round. The Knights will host No. 4 Landrum in a second-round match at 4:30 p.m. today.
  • The boys and girls varsity track teams will compete in the 2A state meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. The St. Joe’s boys have won back-to-back state titles.
  • The middle school baseball team will host Mitchell Road in the CMSC semifinals at 4 p.m. today.
  • St. Joseph’s freshman Joey Clary fired a career-best 75 to post a top-five finish in the Region 1-2A golf tournament Monday at Links O’Tryon Golf Course in Campobello. Clary earned all-region honors and qualified for the Class 2A state tournament May 13-14 at Mount Vintage Golf Course in North Augusta.The Knights finished fifth with a team score of 375, including a career-best round of 100 by sophomore Jakub Bonnert and a solid round of 88 by freshman C.J. Sahlman.The Knights finished with a record of 4-7, prompting coach Ted Coia to recall the words of legendary sports writer Grantland Rice: “For when the one great scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost but how you played the game.”
  • Please remember that by South Carolina High School League rule, there are no free game admissions. Thus, parents, faculty, staff, students, booster members, etc. all have to pay during the playoffs. There are two exceptions: those who have SCHSL coaching passes and, thanks to the booster club, the first 20 students to arrive at the game. After those 20, the rest of the students have to pay as well.


Mills Uniform Sale – May 6

Mills Uniform Company will be on campus on May 6 for a mobile store event in our gym. Mills will bring a fully-stocked mobile store directly to our campus with a full selection of garments to try on and purchase. The hours will be from 2:00-6:00 PM for parents, and students will be able to shop with their parents after school. Students will not be allowed to miss class to go over to the gym.

Can’t Make It? Shop Now!



The St. Joseph’s Catholic School track and field team completed the first round of its “postseason playoffs” in the Region 1-2A meet Wednesday at Southside Christian School.

The girls earned a very close second-place finish. A season’s worth of hard work and dedication was evident in the 15 personal records that were set during the meet. Twenty of the girls will be advancing to the next round, the state qualifier meet. Out of 17 events, St. Joseph’s will have female runners, throwers, vaulters and jumpers in 14 separate events.

The boys recorded a respectable third-place finish, gaining 13 personal records in the process. Fourteen will advance to the state qualifier in nine different events.

The 34 Knights advancing will compete with the top 2A athletes in South Carolina at the state qualifier in Columbia May 4. At this meet, the top eight finishers in each of the 17 events will advance to the state championship meet May 11 at Spring Valley High School in Columbia. Cheer them all on if you see them!

Girls 4×800 Relay Champions (Annika Bissinger, Ava Dobson, Lili Jaraczewski & Caroline Linen)
Girls 400 Dash Champion: Annika Bissinger
Girls 1600 & 3200 Champion: Ava Dobson
Boys 4×800 Relay Champions (Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Zac Palmer & Josh Powers)
Boys 800, 1600, & 3200 Champion: Josh Powers
Region 1-2A Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Josh Powers

Brigid Stanton – Shot Put, Discus
Helen Norton – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Lane Anderson – Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4×100
Maria Wilson – Pole Vault
Grace Eilers – Triple Jump, 100 and 400 Hurdles
Hannah Adams – Triple Jump
Sylvia Kucinic – 100 and 400 Hurdles
Ava Dobson – 1600, 3200, 4×800
Lillie Jaraczewski – 1600, 3200, 4×800
Annika Bissinger – 400, 4×800, 4×400
Caroline Linen – 800, 4×800, 4×400
Sarah Crosby – 4×400, 4×100
Mary Ellison McCoy – 4×100
Emily Crosby – 4×100
Isabel Poinsett – 4×100
Evelyn Poinsett – 4×100
Madison Powers – 4×800
Maggie Patterson – 4×400
Julie Jaques – 4×400
Megan Liptak – 4×400

Isaac Hine – High Jump, 400 Hurdles, 4×800
Noel Tristan – Pole Vault
Josh Powers – 1600, 800, 3200, 4×800
Brendan McTigue – 1600, 3200, 800, 4×800
Zac Palmer – 1600, 800, 4×400, 4×800
Tristan McTigue – 1600, 3200, 4×800
Dylan McTigue – 800, 3200, 4×400, 4×800
James Clemence – 4×400
Cole Van Emburg – 4×100, 4×400
Max Weaver – 4×100, 4×400
Cooney Davis – 4×400, 4×100
Philip Stapleton – 4×100
Chris Johnson – 4×100
Nik Szymczyk – 4×100

100H -Sylvia Kucinic, Grace Eilers, tied for 4th
400m- Annika Bissinger, 1st
400H – Grace Eilers, 5th; Sylvia Kucinic, 6th
800m- Caroline Linen, 2nd
1600m-Ava Dobson, 1st; Lili Jaraczewski, 5th
3200m-Ava Dobson, 1st; Lili Jaraczewski, 5th
4x100m-Sarah Crosby, Emily Crosby, Isabelle Poinsette, Mary Ellison McCoy, 4th
4x400m-Annika Bissinger, Caroline Linen, Meghan Liptak, Sara Crosby, 2nd
4x800m-Annika Bissinger, Ava Dobson, Caroline Linen, Lili Jaraczewski, 1st
Long Jump – Helen Norton, 2nd; Lane Anderson, 4th; Hannah Adams, 7th
Triple Jump – Lane Anderson, 2nd; Grace Eilers, 3rd; Helen Norton, 5th; Hannah Adams, 6th
High Jump – Grace Eilers, 7th; Sylvia Kucinic, Helen Norton, tied for 8th
Shot Put – Brigid Stanton, 2nd
Discus – Brigid Stanton, 5th
Pole Vault – Maria Wilson, 5th

100H – Justin Chamberlin, 7th
400H – Isaac Hine, 5th
800m- Josh Powers, 1st; Dylan McTigue, 2nd; Brendan McTigue, 3rd; Zac Palmer, 5th
1600m-Josh Powers, 1st; Brendan McTigue, 3rd; Zac Palmer, 5th; Tristan McTigue, 6th
3200m- Josh Powers, 1st; Brendan McTigue, 2nd; Dylan McTigue, 4th; Tristan McTigue, 5th
4x100m- Phillip Stapleton, Max Weaver, Cole Van Emburg, Davis Cooney, 5th
4x400m- James Clemence, Dylan McTigue, Cole Van Emburg, Zak Palmer, 3rd
4x800m- Brendan McTigue, Dylan McTigue, Zac Palmer, Josh Powers, 1st
High Jump – Isaac Hine, 5th
Pole Vault – Tristan Noel, 6th

Spring Break Trip Leaves for European WW II History Tour

Their Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Churchill, Band of Brothers, Anne Frank. These are just a few of the stories that will come to life for the St. Joseph’s students and parents joining trip organizers Mrs. Neighbors and Mrs. Carr in Europe for spring break! The group will travel to England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands visiting World War II battleground sites and more. Keep our travelers in your prayers this Easter, and stay tuned for their stories after the break!

SJCS Softball Second in Region After Senior Night Win

Tuesday night’s game against Brashier Middle College delivered the ideal night for SJCS softball – bottom of the 7th action, an 8-7 Knight’s victory, and a great evening to celebrate the senior class team members!

The high scoring game was back and forth with early excitement as senior Maggie Barr capitalized on an error to turn her solo bunt into an in the park home run. Barr pulled out all the stops to round the bases after the throw to first overshot into the outfield.

The Knights were down 6-7 going into the bottom of the 7th inning (the final inning of the game, for those more accustomed to baseball). With two outs, Julia Slaughter dropped a long fly ball at the base of the center field wall, crossing home plate with the Knight’s second in the park home run of the game to tie it up. Slaughter was followed by Alice Norton and senior Abby Salerno both keeping the game alive with base hits, Norton making it to third as Kendall Harvey stepped up to the plate. With Harvey providing pressure at bat, Brashier’s catcher failed to stop a pitch, allowing Alice Norton to make a break from third base and slide into home to win the game for the Knights!

Congratulations to our softball ladies on such an exciting win and to our seniors and their families!

#7 – Maegan White
#11 – Maggie Barr
#16 – Abbie Salerno

Wizard of Oz Spring Musical Delights

This year’s spring musical production, The Wizard of Oz, was a tremendous success, drawing praise across the board for performance and technical presentation. The show involved a particularly large cast as many sixth grade students were casted as munchkins along side their high school friends.

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“I am incredibly proud of and humbled by the immense student talent that was displayed throughout the production process in design, construction, and performance and am grateful for all who came out to support the show,” said director and Fine Arts Department Chair Teresa McGrath. “The students were overwhelmed by the support and encouragement they received from the school community.”

“It was one of the more enjoyable shows I’ve seen in all my years here,” said Headmaster Kiser. “Perfectly cast, with great singing, music, and dancing. All the parent involvement with sets and costumes was impressive too! All in all, a weekend to be justly proud of the SJCS arts program, not to mention a fitting final show for all the seniors.”

Special thanks to Marjorie Malphrus (orchestra), Tami Kiser (dance choreography), and Angela Hayes (chorus) for their excellent work!


Dorothy – Elizabeth Poinsette
Aunt Em/Glinda – Dessa Jones
Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch – Meghan Malone Zeke/Cowardly Lion – Max Weaver Hickory/Tinman – Alex Malvern Hunk/Scarecrow – Joey Stansberry
Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard – Alex Hoverath
Prof. Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz – Ethan Montes


Rachel Balts
Maggie Barr
Anna Rose Bradley
Chloe Bradley
Margaret Coburn
Noah Davis
Camille Ferguson
Daniela Fernandez
Natalia Freund

Emily Gushue
Elizabeth Harris
Prosser Heroman
Lyle Jones
Walker Jones
Tessa Kelly
Marie Koon
Maddie Koontz
Sophie Lee Kiser

Isabel Moran
Sarah Morris
Kate Noel
Gabby Olewiler
Max Orbon
Sarah Paguaga
Jordan Plumblee
Sarah Poteat
Annie Puckett

Amber Purney
Jonathan Read
Palmer Saad
Marie Schemitsch
Dillon Spikings
Meghan Spikings
Abby Weaver
Dante Wells
Grace Widman
Maria Wilson

Theatre Production Design Team & Crew

Lucy Abramovitz
Margaret Coburn
Carson Crockett
Braeden Donovan
Sara Gushue
Elizabeth Harris
Will Harvey

Zachary Hoover
Abby Horne
Anna Impegdulia
Dessa Jones
Jacob Kiser
Maddie Koontz
Sophie Lee Kiser

Meghan Malone
Alex Malvern
Philip Mosley
Helen Norton
Luke Perham
Elizabeth Poinsette
Clara Puckett

Eleni San
Emma Kate Seckinger
Dillon Spikings
Abby Weaver
Dante Wells
Maria Wilson

Students in Orchestra

Julia Arnett
Kimsey Fiddie
Sara Gushue

The Wizard of Oz – April 4-7

Based on the classic story, journey with Dorothy through the eye of a tornado into the Land of Oz. Along the way, she’ll meet new friends and attempt to avoid the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West as she travels to the Emerald City in the hopes of finding her way back to Kansas, learning that there truly is “no place like home.” Join the SJCS Theatre Department and the cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz as this classic tale comes to life on stage!

Performances are:
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM – Preview Performance
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 PM



Alumni Visit: Brother Ben Weiskircher, CRM (’08)

Brother Ben Weiskircher, CRM, SJCS Class of 2008, returned to campus on March 20th for a visit. While touring the new renovations, he met up with his former Household Dean, Mr. George Carr. Ben entered the Adorno Fathers in 2013, and spent two years in seminary in Ramsey, NJ before being sent to the Philippines in 2015. He made his first Profession of Vows on October 31, 2017. Currently assisting at a Diocesan parish, he will be re-assigned back to the New Jersey seminary in May.

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