Engineers Share Experiences

On Thursday, January 7, the SJCS Technology and Engineering Advisory Committee (TEAC) hosted a panel of SJCS alumni to present their engineering experiences to high school students interested in similar fields. Held during lunch period, over fifty students listened to alumni who are currently majoring or have careers in Engineering.

A special thank you to:

  • Stanley Bikulege (SJCS ’14): Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michael Kopscik (SJCS ’12): Biomedical Engineering at Clemson University
  • Daniel McCullough (SJCS ’11): Civil Engineering Graduate from the Citadel employed at Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Justin Mohr (SJCS ’07): Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Clemson University employed at General Electric

Coach Paul Reaches Milestone

Congratulations to SJCS Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Paul Assinesi, on reaching a milestone of 100 wins at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Prior to their game on Tuesday, January 19, Athletic Director RJ Beach and senior players Carter Powell and Walker Seman presented Coach Assinessi with a commemorative basketball and thanked him for his years of dedication before going on to win against Brashier Middle College. His wife Karen and sons Kelly and Landry Assinesi, both SJCS graduates, were also present for the award. Coach Assinesi has been with SJCS as Head Basketball Coach since 2009. Prior to St. Joseph’s, Coach Assinesi coached middle, high school, and AAU competition basketball. He also founded and served as program director of “Kids Two the Hoop,” a non-profit organization for southern California youth.

SALT Convenes for Retreat

Members of the administrative staff and fifteen student members of the Student Academic Life Team (SALT) convened for the third annual semester retreat from January 8-9 at the Swamp Rabbit Lodge. The retreat offers the school leaders an opportunity to hear firsthand about the lived experience of St. Joseph’s students. Between preparing a spaghetti dinner and pancake breakfast, the group participated in open and informative discussions with regard to school culture. The group covered topics such as academic pressure, discovering self-worth and confidence, spiritual experiences at the school, and ways to improve communication between students and administration.

Ensembles Bring Holiday Joy

The Fine Arts Department presented their annual Christmas performances just before the holidays, playing a range of songs and arrangements such as Rejoice in the Lord Alway, At the Feast of Stephen, Carol of the Bells, What Star is This?, Good King Wenceslas and much more. Congratulations to our middle and high school Band, Strings, and Choral ensembles for putting on beautiful programs. Music enthusiasts should save the date for St. Joseph’s Spring Concerts held May 10-12.

Band Ensemble (Marj Malphrus)
6th Grade
Julia Arnett, Camilla Kress, Isabel Moran, Allison Netterville, Helen Norton, Cali Peterman, Ellie Peterman, Elaina Rodriguez, Lauren Schofield, Jamison White

Ben Anderson, Edward Brierton, John Bynum, Joey Clary, Andrew Cuppett, Julian Gomez, Devon Greenberg, Will Hazelhurst, Prosser Heroman, Gabe Lagleva, Andres Lindstrom, Tut Linen, PJ Malafronte, Sami Nassif, Sam Nixon, CJ Sahlman, Cole Williams, Camp Wynn, Ryan Zimmerman

7th Grade
Baxter Barrett, Emily Broderick, Emma Curran, Kimsey Fiddie, Lucina Frank, Sara Gushue, Caroline Linen, Elizabeth Loudermilk, Fielding Pace, Teresa Passerrello, Clara Puckett, Noelle Shorter, Morgan Stuart, Caroline Uprichard

Hughes Clark, Kieran Devine, Samuel Dobson, Juan Gacha, Ryan Gallagher, David Hijuelos, Harrison Horton, Shaun Lapinski, Drew McCarthy, Hutchins Roe, Benjamin Saunders, Nikolas Syzmczyk, Ben Tennant, Garrett Van Evera, Trey Wagner

8th Grade
Anna Rose Bradley, Erika Casanova, Anna Impeduglia, Gabrielle LeBel

Josh Barrow, Zakk Buchanan, Justin Chamberlin, Mark Curry, Brendan Dunlavey, Doug Harmon, Nicholas Loudermilk, Josh Masters, Alex May, Bennett McCoy, Michael McLeer, Brendan McTigue, Paddy-Shea Nary, Nick Rodriguez, Scott Silver, Nathan Turcotte

High School
Caroline Curran, Natalia Freund, Savannah Muron, Emerson Pace, Reagan Sahlman, Francesca Strathern, Ashleigh Werth, Conyers Wingard, Anna Wortkoetter

Connor Bailey, Hunter Corrin, Luke Cunniffe, Alfredo Diaz-Santillan, Leo Gibson, Brandon Hodge, Jack Malo, Ryan McLear, Jadin Nassif, Jackson Soapes, Jacob Soapes, Phillip Stapleton, Ben Williams, Connor Williams

Strings Ensemble (Rachael Mantelli)
6th Grade
Isabella Adams, Averi Brice, Katherine Byrne, Alyssa Dutka, Madeline Duwe, Emily Gushue, Rachel Knoblauch, Victoria Kucaba, Madeline Manning, Taylor Melzer, Elise Normand, Jane Poinsette, Sarah Poteat, Ashley Zuchowski, Jenna Zuchowski

Christian Frank, Lyle Jones, Gabriel Kiser, Nicolas Ludkowski, James Speed, Eric Van Emburg

7th Grade
Chelsea Rose Doyle, Jessica Gerac, Emma Getz, Zoe Pohl, Amber Purney, Ashley Spikings

Noah Davis, Liam Kelly, Dylan McTigue, Tristan McTigue, JV Muron, Jeffrey Werth, Tyler Williamson

8th Grade
Bridget Arnett, Ridley Crane, Ava Dobson, Gracie Lawton, Gabrielle Minasi, Isabel Poinsette

Aiden Miller, Alex Miller, Cole Van Emburg, Max Weaver, William Zeimetz

High School
Jack Bailey, Erin Griffin, Sophie Lee, Zac Palmer, Marie Schemitsch, Jeffrey Woodward

Choral Ensemble (Mary Lewis)
6th Grade
Lucy Abramovitz, Bryn Bissinger, Alli Cerino, Daniela Demas, Anna Evancho, Abbey Langdon, Bailey Manfredi, Sarah Morris, Maddie O’Shea, Faith Reinstein, Kimmie Thompson

Everett Babcock, Sandon Brown, Ryan Chea, Jack Clardy, Charlie Covington, Tyler Harvey, Logan McMillen, Nicholas Piccuta, Patrick Reese, Harrison Scott, Neal Shirley

7th Grade
Korinna Brockman, Charlotte Carroll, Marissa Davenport, Adrianna Delacruz, Kaitlyn Dumit, Caroline Gallagher, Reagan Lillibridge, Rachel Marlar, Gracie Marlowe, Cannon McEldowney, Olivia Montagano, Emily Mulholland, Ellie Mullins, Shannon Murphy, Caleigh Noonan, Michelle Pares, Patricia Sammon, Eleni San, Abby Seidel, Polina Vertegel, Erica Wood

Alex Copher, Johnny Covington, Tony Erbrecht, Christopher Hattan, Austin Helmer, Zachary Hoover, Zach Larkin, Kyle Lonergan, Mark Lyons, Collin Maides, Cole Martin, Ryan Meyer, Ethan Montes, Hayden Raines, Josh Read, Diego Rivera, Preston Saad, Bennett Starks, Dylan Stein, Davis Taylor, Matthew Utecht, Andrew Walajtys, Matthew Willson

8th Grade
Margaret Coburn, Lindsey Cummings, Delaney Egan, Rachel Girvin, Sophia Gomez, Nyah Hallums, Kate Herlong, Karina Jimenez, Jada Jones, Bella Leonard, Jada Lucero, Meghan Malone, Elizabeth Malone-Grippe, Mackenzie Manfredi, Emma Martin, Jenna Maunsell, Mary Ellison McCoy, Maureen McFall, Juliana Moore, Libby Morgan, Brittany Morris, Emily Mullins, Sydney Nobarak, Alice Norton, Lauren Osburn, Carlisle Poole, Annie Puckett, Georgia Quartararo, Ava Quigley, Marta Ratkowski, Brigid Stanton, Elizabeth Tamura, Julia Thompson, Sara Valente, Julia VanPutte, Kevyn Watson

Maclean Armstrong, Peter Baer, Alejandro Brockman, Spencer Chea, Witt Clary, Liam Connelly, Walker Fann, Neal Hammond, Wilson Hendricks, Preston Jennings, Spencer Marchant, Tim Oeser, Hudson Riddle, Hunter Rogers, Marcos Salgado, Jason Sheldon, Shivam Vadalia, Russell Warren, Matthew Wright

High School Chorus
Jena Brooks, Kelly Burns, Skyler Callahan, Maria Clark, Kara Cervetti, Jessica Crosby, Jessica Cummings, Sean Davis, Elizabeth DeMars, Mark Estes, Cole Fesler, Gabbie Gardziola, Isabella Gogna, Sarah Harris, Jake Johanning, John Kelly, Jacob Kiser, Chris Lovallo, Dominic Masotti, Robby Matlock, Caroline McCoy, Maddy Miller, Jack Mobley, Julia Orlandino, Elizabeth Poinsette, Thomas Poteat, Olivia Satterfield, Sara Slaughter, Katherine Sokol, Josiah Tennent, Kate Weaver

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SJCS Community Gives During Advent

During the Advent season, St. Joseph’s students and faculty/staff gathered to serve around the Upstate in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter for others. The school is incredibly proud of our community’s commitment to serve others, not only during Advent but also year-round. The following is just a small glimpse at how various clubs and households gave their time during Christmas:

  • Advancement Representatives assembled care packages for SJCS college alumni to wish them well during exam season
  • Campus Ministry organized Advent Reflection/Adoration for personal and group prayer
  • Choral and Strings Ensembles donated their time and talents to the SJCS Gala by performing throughout the evening
  • The Fesler Household visited their K5 buddies at St. Anthony’s for their annual Christmas party where they made crafts and read stories.
  • International Thespian Society members visited Shriners Hospital to lead a craft project
  • Junior Beta Club assembled toy/craft bags for the Children’s Hospital at GHS
  • The Noble Squires Households went to The Sterling Community Center to play and make crafts with children in the after-school program
  • Middle School Chess Club members collected new toys and donated them to Toys for Tots
  • The MidKnight Riders Household volunteered at the Salvation Army Christmas Tree Shop at the TD Convention Center
  • The Morris Household collected new toys and also donated them to Toys for Tots
  • National Art Honors Society student, Caroline Fowler, donated her time and talent to the SJCS Gala by creating a painting of chickadees which was then sold to the highest bidder. The proceeds of her painting were donated to the SJCS Annual Fund for Tuition Assistance
  • National Honor Society members donated their time by providing a clean-up service after the SJCS Gala
  • Tri-M Honors Society donated canned goods, collected at each of their Christmas concerts, to the St. Anthony’s Food Pantry

Click here to view photos of the Felser Household at St. Anthony’s Christmas Party..

Fall Athletes Honored

Congratulations to all of our 2015-2016 fall athletes on their respective awards and honors!

Varsity Girls Cross Country (1st in Region, 1st in State)

  • All Region—Annika Bissinger, Caroline Linen, Sara Masaschi, Katherine Uprichard
  • All State—Annika Bissinger, Caroline Linen, Sara Masaschi, Katherine Uprichard, Hannah White
  • HSSR All-State—Annika Bissinger
  • Coach of the Year—Marie Kernell

Team Awards

  • Coach’s Award—Anna Thompson
  • Coach’s Award—Caroline Calder
  • MIP—Catalina Lindstrom

Varsity Boys Cross Country (1st in Region, 1st in State)

  • All Region—Alfredo Diaz-Santillan, Jeffrey Fann, Ford McCoy, Zac Palmer, Nathan Petrofes, Carter Powell
  • All State—Alfredo Diaz-Santillan, Jeffrey Fann, Ford McCoy, Zac Palmer, Carter Powell
  • HSSR All-State—Jeffrey Fann, Ford McCoy, Carter Powell
  • Individual Region Champion—Ford McCoy
  • Individual 1A State Champion—Ford McCoy
  • SC RUNNERS 1A Runner of the Week (for every week of the season)—Ford McCoy
  • Coach of the Year—George Carr

Team Awards

  • MVP—Ford McCoy
  • Coach’s Award—Carter Powell
  • MIP—Jeffrey Fann

Varsity Girls Cheerleading

Team Awards

  • MVP—Julia Ossi
  • Coach’s Award—Maggie Galemmo
  • Knights Award—Alexandria Alabau
  • Spirit Award—Alie Fink

Varsity Boys Football (4th in Region)

  • HSSR All-State—Luke Bikulege
  • Greenville News Player of the Week—Luke Bikulege

Team Awards

  • MVP—Luke Bikulege
  • MVP—Wyatt Nally
  • Offensive Player of the Year—Travis Griffin
  • Defensive Player of the Year—Joshua Wakefield
  • Defensive Player of the Year—Nic Trocha
  • Coach’s Award—Matt Bynum
  • Coach’s Award—Jonathan Monts
  • Build the Wall Award—Luke Lyons

Varsity Girls Golf (1st in Region, 2nd in State)

  • Player of the Year —Carly Lyvers
  • All-Region—Emma Curran, Carly Lyvers, Carleigh Noonan
  • All-State—Mattie Dew, Carly Lyvers
  • HSSR All-State—Carly Lyvers
  • Region Coach of the Year—Mark Matlock

Team Awards

  • MVP—Carly Lyvers
  • Coach’s Award—Mattie Dew

Varsity Girls Swimming (2nd in Region, 12th in State)

  • All Region—Kristen Kauffman

Team Awards

  • MVP—Kristen Kauffman
  • Coach’s Award—Mary Viedeman
  • MIP—Lindsey Cummings
  • 1st Year’s Coaches Award—Maria Clark

Varsity Boys Swimming (2nd in Region)

  • All Region—Patrick Alvis, John Kelly

Team Awards

  • MVP—John Kelly
  • Coach’s Award—Jared Chamberlin
  • MIP—Kyle Lonergan
  • 1st Year’s Coaches Award—Liam Kelly

Varsity Girls Tennis Team Awards

  • MVP—Victoria Baumgarten
  • Coach’s Award—Charlotte Gayle
  • MIP—Caroline Curran

Varsity Girls Volleyball (1st in Region, 1st in State)

  • Region Player of the Year—Allison Whitten
  • All-Region—Sydney Richardson, Leah Saunders
  • 1A Player of the Year—Allison Whitten
  • All State—Kaely Thompson, Allison Whitten
  • All Star—Michelle Malsch
  • HSSR All-State—Michelle Malsch, Leah Saunders, Kaely Thompson
  • HSSR All-Rookie Team—Sydney Richardson, Kyra Thompson
  • HSSR 1-A Player of the Year—Allison Whitten
  • HSSR 1-A Volleyball Coach of the Year—Jan Carino
  • Region Champions—12-0
  • 1A State Champions—2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Team Awards

  • Coach’s Award—Kaely Thompson
  • MVP Offense—Allison Whitten
  • MVP Defense—Alex Tamura
  • Unsung Hero—Michelle Malsch

Retreat Prepares for Advent

After the last exam before Christmas Break, thirty students gathered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the SJCS High School Advent Retreat. According to SJCS Campus Minister, Gabe Lewis, the purpose of the retreat was about learning to recognize and follow God’s signs. The retreat opened with the singing of hymns and a lesson by Mr. Lewis followed by quiet personal reflection and small group sharing. Students then gathered for songs led by SJCS singers and guitarists Patrick Alvis, Jacob Kiser, Caroline McCoy, and Hallie Palms. After a walk through downtown Greenville, the students had dinner and were serenaded with a classical music concert performed by sophomores Dominic Mosley on piano and Francesca Strathern on the harp. After the concert, Ben and Ruth Robertson, a young Catholic couple from Greenville, shared a testimony of the importance of faith in their lives, and students had time to ask questions and share their “takeaways” from the day.

Alumni Reunite for Christmas Cheer

Continuing one of the most loved alumni traditions at St. Joseph’s, the SJCS Advancement Office and Alumni Board hosted their annual Alumni Christmas Social at the Commerce Club on December 23. Nearly 100 alumni enjoyed food and drink while socializing with former classmates. At the door, alumni signed one of the school’s oldest yearbooks as a keepsake guest book and had the opportunity to look through yearbooks from their time at SJCS. During the welcome from Alumni Board President George Patrick McLeer ’06, a number of door prizes were awarded to alumni, including a ticket to the 2016 annual auction Gala.

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MS Teacher Makes a Difference

Congratulations are due to St. Joseph’s middle school teacher Sarah Wicker, who was recently nominated as an “Educator Who Makes a Difference” by Upstate Parent magazine. Honorees were chosen based on nominations by parents and students. Ms. Wicker currently teaches MS Math and MS Religion, serves as Household Dean of the Dark Knights, and is the moderator for the MS Math Team and MS Origami Club.

Click here to read about Ms. Wicker’s vocation here.

SJCS Tree Promotes Peace

In what is now a holiday tradition, the SJCS Advancement Office decorated a St. Joseph’s themed Christmas tree for the 30th annual St. Francis Festival of Trees. Families and supporters are encouraged to visit the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Greenville to see the SJCS tree and many others. The tree is located on the second floor, just to the right of the staircase close to the Starbucks.

This year the tree centers around the school’s theme of the year, “Consider the birds,” featuring peace symbols, a variety of birds, and other winter decorations. In past years, the school’s participation in this festival has supported the Pearlie Harris Breast Health Center and the Mack Pazdan Neonatal Care Center. This year, donated funds from the school will support the St. Francis Outpatient Cancer Center.

Holiday trees, on display through December 28th, are also located at the downtown Courtyard Marriott and the Hampton Inn & Suites River Place.

Ministry Hike Allows Time for Reflection

More than twenty SJCS high school students recently traveled to Jones Gap State Park for a Campus Ministry autumn hike, led by Campus Minister Gabe Lewis and theology teacher Michele Houmis. A large portion of the hike was done in silence to be more awake to reality and away from our many “screens” and was presented to the students as an opportunity listen to their hearts and walk together as a community toward a common goal: making it to “Rainbow Falls.” Upon arrival at the falls, students gathered at the side of the mountain stream to enjoy lunch before hiking down the mountain and going back to their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.

MS Scientists Present Projects

On November 18th, the Science Department hosted their annual Middle School Science Day named in celebration of St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church and Patron of Scientists. The afternoon was open for family viewing as eighth graders presented their science fair projects, seventh grade students presented their inventions, and sixth graders presented projects demonstrating scientific concepts. Eighth grade winners will now go on to compete at the SCISA Science Fair in the spring. All seventh graders are encouraged to participate in the Duke Energy Invention Convention to be held in the spring at the TD Convention Center.

8th Grade Science Fair Winners 2015
1st Place: Julia Van Putte: “Effects of Drinks on Blood Sugar”
2nd Place: Spencer Marchant: “Effect of Insulation of Temperature”
3rd Place: Isabel Poinsette: “Which Sunscreen Works Best?”

Honorable Mentions
Maclean Armstrong: “Spin or Flat?”
Anna Rose Bradley: “Rooting for Hormones”
Witt Clary: “GSR”
Anna Impeduglia: “Food Irradiation”
Karina Jimenez: “Ya Gotta Hold it Soil”
Marta Ratkowski: “Which Medicine Bottle is the Most Moisture Resistant?”
Elizabeth Tamura: “The Effects of Homework on Stress Level”

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Seniors Sign For College Sports

Congratulations to seniors Maggie Milam and Christian Baliker on their respective signings to Kennesaw State University and the College of Charleston on the National Letter of Intent Signing Day in November.

Maggie, who will run for the track & field team at Kennesaw State University, was named the SCHSL All-Region as a sophomore and was a two-time Class A State Champion as a junior in both the long jump and the triple jump. She earned SCHSL All-State in both events. Over the summer of 2015 Maggie won the AAU Regional Title in the triple jump (38 feet!). She has competed at the USA Track & Field and AAU National Junior Olympic games.

Christian, who will play golf at the College of Charleston, is currently in his sixth year on the varsity team. In the last three years, Christian earned All-State honors in the 1A State Championship. He has had numerous top ten finishes competing in SC Junior Golf Association events, was a member of the 2014 SC team competing against Georgia and a member of the Carolinas team competing against the Virginias. Recent highlights include a top five finish at a national tournament, the North South Junior Championship, and qualifying to compete in the US Junior Championship.

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Student Delegates Participate in YIG

SJCS students recently participated in the South Carolina Youth in Government Convention: high school for the fourteenth year and the middle school for the seventh year. Sixty-six HS students fulfilled roles from legislators to attorneys, presiders and party chairs, to an Associate Chief Justice. Eighteen MS students all worked in legislative pairs to get their bills passed. Additionally, both the HS and MS delegations received a Premier Delegation Award. SJCS achieved outstanding awards and recognitions at the conference which hosted over 1,400 high school students and 500 middle school students this year.

High School

  • Senior Emma Gross received the Philip T. Bradley Award for Courageous Leadership. This award is the highest award given to a student at YIG, carries with it a cash scholarship, and is awarded to a senior for exhibiting outstanding leadership qualities.
  • Senior Kristen Kauffman received the Excellence in Leadership Award, the first such recipient from St. Joseph’s. This award is given by the Resource Staff to a student whose leadership they recognize and it comes with a cash scholarship for college. Kristen was also appointed to the Conference on National Affairs for this summer.
  • Senior Carter Powell was appointed to the National Judicial Competition Team for the SC YIG team to be held this summer in Chicago.
  • Senior Deeb Armaly received an Outstanding Statesman Award for his contributions in the House of Representatives.
  • Senior Alie Fink and Junior Christian Gillespy received an Outstanding Appeals Attorney Awards for their selection to argue in the final appeals trials.
  • Junior Sydney Hyer won the election in fierce competition for Secretary of State for next year’s conference, received an Outstanding Statesman Award, and was appointed to attend the Conference on National Affairs this summer. Junior Kathleen Browne was appointed as first alternate to the Conference on National Affairs for this summer.
  • Junior Sophie Coburn received an Outstanding Witness Award for her participation in the Mock Trials.
  • Freshmen Michael Lynch and Maegan White received a Best Bill Award.
  • The following high school students had their bills signed by the Youth Governor: Freshmen Jack Malo and Emma Nixon in Premiere House; freshmen Michael Lynch and Maegan White in Premiere Senate; sophomores Lucas Baumgarten and Matthew Snow in House of Representatives; and Seniors Nathan Petrofes and Walker Seman in the Senate.

Middle School

  • Seventh graders Kieran Devine and Jessica Gerac each received an Outstanding Statesman Award.
  • Seventh grade bill partners Jessica Gerac and Cannon McEldowney received a Most Outstanding Bill Award.
  • The following bill partners had their bills signed by the Middle School Youth Governor: Eighth graders Brendan Dunleavy and Russell Warren; Spencer Chea and Shivam Vadalia; and Peter Baer and Walker Fann.

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