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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The St. Joseph’s girls soccer team lost to Southside Christian 3-0 Monday night in the Class 2A Upper State championship match. The Knights finished with a record of 16-7, outscored their opponents 108-21 and posted nine shutouts.

Congrats to the girls on a great season!



The St. Joe’s boys and girls soccer teams will play for Upper State championships against Southside Christian, the girls tonight and the boys Tuesday.

The boys soccer team, seeded fourth in the Upper State, knocked off top-seeded Andrew Jackson 4-0 in a third-round match Saturday night. The Knights will play at No. 3 Southside Christian for the Upper State championship Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Robbie Cromley scored two goals for the Knights, and Collin Burns and Liam Kelly each scored once. Kelly also had two assists, and Alex May and James Lovett each contributed an assist. Goalkeeper Conner Stein made eight saves while holding the Volunteers scoreless.

The girls soccer team, the No. 1 seed, will host No. 2 Southside Christian in the Upper State championship match tonight at 8 p.m.

The top-seeded boys tennis team also will play for the Upper State title, hosting No. 2 Christ Church today at 4:30 p.m.

The Class AA state track qualifier was postponed due to lightning with a few events left Saturday. The meet will be completed today at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. Qualifiers advance to the state meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

The Knights’ middle school girls soccer team will play at Mitchell Road Christian Academy in the CMSC quarterfinals today at 4 p.m.

Come out and support the Knights!!


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

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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!


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