Celebrating Accomplishments

National Merit Commended Students
Congratulations to seniors David Lewis and Sara Slaughter, who have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).

2016 AP Pass Rates
The College Guidance Office recently reported that SJCS students scored an 84% pass rate on Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed this past spring. Of the 253 AP exams taken, SJCS students scored a “3” or better on 212 of the exams. A score of “4” was earned on 67 of the exams, while a score of “5” was earned on 73 exams. SJCS students took the AP exams in May of 2016 after completing college-level courses at St. Joseph’s. Students must score between “3” and “5” on a five-point scale to earn college credit. Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on these exams. The state pass rate was reported at 57% and the national pass rate was 56%.

AP Scholars
Forty-eight SJCS students earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in May of 2016. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both based on the successful performance on theses exams.

  • Alexandria Alabau, Victoria Baumgarten, Jared Chamberlin, Grace Cooney, Hunter Corrin, Alexandra Fink, John Kelly, Nathan Petrofes, Jackson Poole, Carter Powell, Olivia Quick, Walker Seman, Alexandra Tamura, Ethan Veideman, and Miles Weiss qualified for the “AP Scholar with Distinction Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • Alice Bailey, Jackie Curry, Elizabeth DeMars, Margaret Eberly, Madison Miller, Jack Mobley, Mary Sloan Morris, Thomas Poteat, and Nick Rodriguez all qualified for the “AP Scholar with Honor Award” by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • Anthony Alber, Rhett Baker, Kelly Burns, Caroline Calder, Sophie Coburn, David Corasaniti, Demetri Coundoussias, Mattie Dew, Gabrielle Grayson, Hugo Hernandez, Lauren Jones, Mary Kramer, David Lewis, Caroline Lovett, Drew Luzzatti, Davie Marchant, Caroline McCoy, Will Minasi, Brandon Morris, Bailey Mullins, Clark O’Brien, Julia Ossi, Josiah Tennent, and Hannah White all qualified for the “AP Scholar Award” by completing three or more AP Exams, with scores of 3 or higher.

Duke TIP Qualifiers for 2016-17
Congratulations to the fifty-three SJCS seventh graders, representing 68% of their class, who qualified for participation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP): Isabella Adams, Benjamin Anderson, Julia Arnett, Everett Babcock, Bryn Bissinger, Averi Brice, Edward Brierton, Sandon Brown, Katie Byrne, Christian Cancello, Allison Cerino, Joseph Clary, Charlie Covington, Andrew Cuppett, Madeline Duwe, Anna Evancho, Juan Carlos Garcia, Jalen Gibson, Julian Gomez, Emily Gushue, Tyler Harvey, Maja Hawthorne, Prosser Heroman, Lyle Jones, Gabe Kiser, Victoria Kucaba, Gabriel Lagleva, Andres Lindstrom, Tut Linen, Nicolas Ludkowski, Pasquale Malafronte, Bailey Manfred, Madeline Manning, Logan Mcmillen, Isabel Moran, Sarah Morris, Samual Nassif, K’nai Nelson, Allison Netterville, Helen Norton, Madison O’Shea, Ellie Peterman, Nicholas Piccuta, Jane Poinsette, Sarah Poteat, Christia Sahlman, Lauren Schofield, Harrison Scott, Trey Speed, Eric Van Emburg, Jamison White, Cole Williams, and Jenna Zuchowski. These seventh graders became eligible by their achievement on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) or other standardized tests that they took in sixth grade, having scored in the top five percentile in one of the qualifying verbal, math, science, or social studies sections. They are now invited to take the SAT or ACT in December, January, or February for academic recognition.

Atlantic Institute’s Future Leader’s Dialogue Dinner

img_0572On Tuesday, Nov. 1, five St. Joseph’s seniors, Breanna Anderson, Kathleen Browne, Christian Gillespy, Kevondrea Haynes, and Drew Luzzatti,  attended the Atlantic Institute’s Future Leader’s Dialogue Dinner at Furman University. Their table was sponsored by the school’s chapter of National Social Studies Honor Society, and the students were selected as recognized student leaders at St. Joseph’s. There were round-table discussion on topics relating to the the theme of “Discovery, Partnership, Change,” as well as how to discover one’s leadership capacity, create peer-to-peer partnerships and create positive change in their communities, and the integration of technology with college students and professionals. The keynote speaker was Mrs. Pamela Evette, a St.Joseph’s parent, and President and CEO of Quality Business Solutions.  At the end of the evening, Breanna Anderson was selected to attend the Bridges Leadership Dinner in Columbia, SC in February.

Youth-In-Government (YIG)
YIG is a mock state legislature and trial program sponsored by the YMCA, and will be held November 16-19 in Columbia, SC.  This year marks St. Joseph’s 15th  year of participation and the school recently named 67 students to fill YIG positions for this year’s delegation.   Students competed for the leadership positions last spring through an application and recommendation process. The selection of legislators and attorneys took place in late August through a series of interviews. This year, SJCS also has an elected official, Sydney Hyer, in the Secretary of State position.

  • Senior Class: Legislators: Shane Dunlavey, Adam Green, Spalding Latham, Sarah Maunsell, Megan Palash; Co-Committee Chair: Breanna Anderson;  Governor’s Staff: Kathleen Browne; Committee Chair: Kate Cassidy; Supreme Court Justice:  Christian Gillespy; Lobbyist: Savannah League; Party Leader: Jonah Rehg; Appeals Attorney:  Emily Pares; Trial Attorneys: Sophie Coburn, Sydney Nease.
  • Junior Class:  Legislators: Katherine Alber, Mary Corasaniti, Ben Herron, Jonathon Monts, Brynn Reese, Megan Seidel, Matthew Snow, Ian Tennant, Emilio Trocha, Jake Valente; Co-Committee Chairs: Lucas Baumgarten, Jeff Woodward, Caroline Wright;  Appeals Attorney: Riley Fesler; Trial Attorneys: Daniel Klosowski, Maddie Starks, Joelle Saunders, Brandon Vogt.
  • Sophomore Class:  Legislators: Luke Bynum, Sara Grace Calder, Ellie Cassidy, Maria Clark, Davis Cooney, Lee Eberly, Holly Edenfield, Brandon Hodge, Ava Keating, Jack Malo, Justin May, Emma Nixon, Hallie Palms, Abbie Panuccio, Josh Powers, Kyra Thompson, Katherine Uprichard, Maegan White, Ben Williams; Clerk: Emily Brady; Trial Attorneys: Anna Scott Gardner, Maddie Koontz, Michael Lynch, Emma Kate Seckinger, Alex Walajtys.
  • Freshmen Class: Legislators: Margaret Coburn, Brendan Dunlavey, Sophia Gomez, Spencer Marchant, Jenna Maunsell, Sydney Nobarak, Katelyn Supra, Elizabeth Tamura, Russell Warren.

Girl’s Golf
The SJCS girls golf team competed in the Class AAA state championship tournament at Carolina Springs Golf Club in Fountain Inn. The Lady Knights finished in fifth place, one shot behind Oceanside Academy. The Lady Knights were led by Carly Lyvers who finished in a tie for 11th place.

Congratulations to Coach Mark Matlock, who was named Region Co-Coach of the Year, and all of the members of the girls golf team.

State Swim Meet
The SJCS girls and boys swim teams participated in the SCHSL Class AAA State Swim Meet at the University of South Carolina Natatorium in Columbia. The boys team finished in 5th place and the girls team finished in 7th place. This was out of 17 girls teams from classes A, AA, and AAA and out of a total of 19 teams from those same classifications for the boys. Many of our swimmers swam their fastest times of the year. Some highlight swims from the meet were 3rd place finishes by Liam Walker ’19 in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly, and a 3rd place finish by our boys 200 Free Relay team. Swimming on that relay team were Christian Gillespie ’17, Liam Walker ’19, Jack Lonergan ’19, and Leo Gibson ’19.

Congratulations to Coaches Becky Van Evera and Karen Miller and all of our swimmers on a tremendous meet and a fantastic season!