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.
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:
Belmont Abbey College
College of Charleston
East Mississippi Community College
Greenville Technical College
Miami University, Oxford
Mississippi State University
Mount St. Mary’s University – Maryland
North Carolina State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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 University in St. Louis
- 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 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.
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!
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
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.
“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
Anna Rose Bradley
Sophie Lee Kiser
Theatre Production Design Team & Crew
Sophie Lee Kiser
Emma Kate Seckinger
Students in Orchestra
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!
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
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.