Saturday, October 25, 2014
Text Size


School notes

All creatures great and small
BLUFFTON—Schools and parishes opened their lawns and hearts for their annual pet blessings as a way to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Above, students from St. Gregory the Great School brought their animals — both real and stuffed — to receive a blessing from Father Marek Sotek, parochial vicar of St. Gregory the Great Church. This year marked a first for the parish when the Guarisco family led their horse, Max, up for his blessing. The school has had some big dogs in attendance before, but never an actual horse.

Prince of Peace earns Blue Ribbon status

TAYLORS—Prince of Peace School was recently named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of excellence by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It is one of six schools in South Carolina, and one of 50 private schools in the nation to receive the honor. Michael Pennell, principal, will receive the award Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

Cardinal Newman gets pink

COLUMBIA—The Cardinal Newman varsity volleyball team and swim team did their part to support breast cancer awareness and research. The volleyball players participated in the 12th annual Dig Pink event hosted by Camden High School, which included a silent auction, a hair cutting station for Locks of Love, and more. The swimmers devoted their practice to swimming breaststroke for two hours to raise money for breast cancer research. They requested donations for the number of lengths they swam or a one-time gift. The combined total was 52,000 yards and $1,000 for breast cancer research.

JPII swimmers tops at meet

RIDGELAND— Meaghan Lyons and Sam Villalobos from John Paul II churned out top-scoring times at the SCISA State Championship Swim Meet held Oct. 4 at the Augusta Aquatic Center. Meaghan became the 2014-2015 A-AA State Champion in the female 100-yard breaststroke, giving the school its very first state title. Sam was runner-up in the state in the male 100-yard breaststroke. Over 400 swimmers in grades 6-12 competed in the meet. Sam and Meaghan also swam the 200-yard individual medley with Meaghan placing second and Sam fourth. Overall, Meaghan tied for second place in the A-AA female division and earned All-State Status (top 10 in the state) for the second consecutive year.

Bishop England is turning 100!

CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School unveils the logo for its 100th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2015. The main celebration will happen the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2015, with a golf tournament, homecoming and football game, a family festival, adult dance, and Mass. For details, visit


Students enjoy "Pete the Cat"

COLUMBIA—St. John Neumann hosted its second — hopefully annual — author visit for its students, plus those from St. Peter and St. Joseph schools. This year featured James and Kimberly Dean, authors and illustrators of the children's book series Pete the Cat. After the presentation and several activities, the authors signed books for the children.



School notes

Stars and Stripes at the fort

CHARLESTON--A group of fifth-grade students from Charleston Catholic enjoyed a unique opportunity to help raise the flag at Fort Sumter during a history outing recently.

Students compete for national merit scholarships

DIOCESE—The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named a number of students from the Diocese of Charleston as semi-finalists in its annual competition.

National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top one percent of high school seniors while Commended Students rank in the top five percent.

At Bishop England High School in Charleston, Thomas Hanahan, Elizabeth Blackwood and Preston Manning were all chosen as National Merit Semifinalists; and Hannah Goeldi was recognized as a Commended Student.

At Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, Angelica Robichaud was named a National Merit Semifinalist, and Alex Cunningham is a Commended Student.

At St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, Philip Coburn, Keyes Gilmer, Paul List, Patrick McLear and William Tierney were named National Merit Semifinalists. Julian Hodge and Charles Vandross were named National Achievement Semifinalists, which is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Glenn Andrew, Christopher Baumgarten, Gunnar Johanning and Brooks McCoy were named Commended Students.

Sister Pamela Smith, principal of John Paul II School in Ridgeland, the newest diocesan school, noted that they are not eligible to participate in the competition this year, as the new school only goes up to the 10th grade right now.

St. Anthony earns grants

GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua School received two grants from the Catholic Negro American Mission Board. One is for $500 to update and enhance the religious section of the library, and another for $12,000 to assist with teacher salaries.

St. Paul taps first award recipients

SPARTANBURG—Sabrina Roche, an eighth-grader at St. Paul the Apostle, earned the very first Society of St. Paul the Apostle Scholarship, which will be given out on an annual basis. The scholarship recipient is selected
based on academic excellence, Catholic values and community service, and must embody the values and leadership exemplified by Father John J. Monahan, the first pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church. The award was presented at the society’s annual dinner held at the Piedmont Club, where they also honored Virginia New, the most senior member; and Father Timothy M. Gahan, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church, who received the Rev. John J. Monahan Visionary Award. The mission of the society is to support the parish and community through outreach and good will.

SCHOOL NOTES are provided by schools and parents. Send yours to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit for guidelines.


School notes


















St. Joseph is 60!

COLUMBIABishop Robert E. Guglielmone holds his hand out for a layer of paint applied by Wanda Williams. The bishop was adding his handprint to the wall mural at St. Joseph School as part of the celebration of its 60th anniversary, along with Msgr. Richard D. Harris, pastor. Bishop Guglielmone also celebrated Mass for students, families and parishioners and visited the children in their classrooms. The school will continue to mark its 60 years in education throughout the year.


Cardinal Newman inducts Hall of Famers

COLUMBIA—What does an Olympian, an orthodontist and a former Cardinal Newman athletic director all have in common? They, along with three other individuals and an entire football team, were inducted into the 2014 Cardinal Newman Athletic Hall of Fame. One individual will also be inducted into The Cardinal Society for his exemplary service to the athletic program.

Libby Callahan (’70):

Callahan was the Most Valuable Player in basketball for three years. She participated in all sports for which she was eligible, including women's basketball and cheerleading for the men’s basketball team. She was a four-time Olympic participant in pistol (both air and sport) and won the Bronze Medal in the 2005 World Cup USA.

Doug Calvert (’73):

Calvert was the all-time leading scorer in men’s varsity basketball with 1,787 points for 40 years, until Austin Ajukwa broke his record in 2013. He played varsity basketball for four years, receiving Best Offensive Award two years in a row. He was also captain of the basketball team and earned an All-State honor in 1973.

Bobby Collins (’68):

A stand out, All-Conference player in basketball and baseball, Collins played on the 1968 State Championship Basketball Team. He served as leading scorer in 1967 and 1968 and was team captain in 1966 and 1967. He received scholarships in both basketball and baseball and went on to play for Erskine College.

Patrick Greenwood (’73):

Even though Greenwood was a Cardinal Newman three-sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball in the 1970’s, it is because of his dedication to coaching that he is being honored. Greenwood, an award-winning coach, served as the women’s varsity basketball coach for five years (1987, 1992 -1995) men’s varsity basketball coach for six years (1981-1986), golf coach for six years (1993-1998), junior varsity basketball coach for 2 years (1978-1979) and junior varsity football coach for two years (1978-1979). He was also the Cardinal Newman Athletic Director from 1993-1998.

Ronnie Hollier (’78):

Hollier lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was honored with Most Valuable Player status in all three sports, but it was in football where he really excelled. He was All-Conference in 1976 and 1977, and was both All-Conference and All-State in 1978. He went on to play football for both The Citadel (1979) and Presbyterian College (1980-1983).

Of special note, he threw the first touchdown pass on George Watson Field, which was caught by Sims Tompkins, another 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.

Sims Tompkins (’79)

Tompkins had an award-winning year in 1979: He had the highest batting average and was named Most Valuable Player in both football and basketball. He also earned All-Conference honors in football, basketball and baseball; played on the conference championship football team; and won All-State honors in basketball. Tompkins was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball.

1979 Football Team: Obtained the Conference Crown and a perfect regular reason (the first and only in Cardinal Newman history).

Team Members: Greg Kahaly, John Shuford, John Williams, Alex Cardenas, Pat Hollis, Ron Chiles, Mike DeBorde, Tom McAlhany, Pat O’Gorman, Price Woodward, Lester Neville, Ken Aselton, Tom Wagner, Keith Ringer, Jeff Wilson, Steve Longaker, Neil McLean, William Manley, Eric Gaddis, Billy Harlin, Britt White, David Patteson, Pat Rich, Donald Martin, Todd Francis, Kevin Whitlark, Read Gignilliat, Jim Addison, Curtis Murph. Head Coach: Al Checca. Assistant Coaches: Frank Jovanelly and Bill Kimrey.

The 2014 Cardinal Society Inductee – Grady Wallace

Wallace coached at Cardinal Newman for nine seasons, leading the men’s varsity basketball team to state titles in1968 and 1969.

In college, Wallace was an All-American basketball player for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks in 1955 through 1957. In 1957, he led the National Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring with 31.3 points per game. He scored a record 54 points against Georgia in 1956 (John Roche later scored 56 in 1971) and owns four of the top six single-game scoring outputs in USC history. His No. 42 jersey was the first jersey to be retired at Carolina, and he was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 1968.

SCHOOL NOTES are provided by schools and parents. Send yours to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit for guidelines.





School notes

Catholic schools of excellence
Bishop England High School in Charleston and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville have been recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence.

Schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics.

This year, 71 schools were named a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.

Cruz earns Rossi scholarship










COLUMBIA—Abigal “Abi” Cruz, a senior at Cardinal Newman, was awarded The Class of 2015 Bobbi Rossi Memorial Scholarship. Candidates are nominated by members of their class and must complete an essay explaining how they embody the same spirit and outlook on life as Rossi.

Abi has been active in Alpha Theta throughout high school and was a student mentor. She also served as class secretary her junior year and was on the prom committee. This year, Cruz is student body secretary and is serving her second term as public relations director for the Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon.

The Bobbi Rossi Memorial Fund was established as a tribute to Rossi, who graduated from Cardinal Newman in 1982 and was attending the University of South Carolina before her sudden death in 1984. The Rossi Foundation has awarded the scholarship to a deserving senior for 29 years.

Never forget












Schools across the nation paid tribute to all those lost 13 years ago, along with everyone who helped in the rescue efforts of Sept. 11, 2001. Above, children in the K-5 class at St. Mary in Greenville recite the pledge of allegiance in remembrance of the day.


School Notes: Salutes, puppies and art

His first salute
BEAUFORT—U.S. Navy Ensign Connor T. Murphy graduated recently from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Murphy gave his first salute to his sister, Molly, who is an ROTC midshipman at the University of South Carolina. Ensign Murphy will proceed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he will serve aboard the USS Hopper. He is the son of Peter and Kathleen Murphy and a parishioner of St. Peter Church.

St. Anthony reaches out
GREENVILLE—Students at St. Anthony of Padua donated their coins throughout the school year to help raise money for the Sisters of St. Francis Mission in Kenya, Africa. The Sisters of St. Francis operate two schools in Kenya and have many children that need support. The students’ collection of $500, with a donor match of $500, will help provide education, shoes, clothing, warm blankets, food and medical and dental aid. The Sisters of St. Francis expressed their gratitude to the school children for their generous hearts.
In other community outreach, the school held its annual Music and Art Festival, kicking off with a choral concert. One of the highlights was a clinic where students explored a variety of musical instruments with lessons from several area musicians and instructors. The enrichment program also included demonstrations provided by local visual artists to introduce students to photography, drawing, collage and ceramics. This unique opportunity was made possible by funds from the Metropolitan Arts Council and Indie Craft Parade.
Also, the sixth-graders took a service field trip to the Greenville Humane Society. They toured the facility, learned about the mission of the animal shelter, provided volunteer time, and met some of the cute pups available for adoption.

Blake wins faith art contest
COLUMBIA—Laura Blake, who attends South Carolina Connections Academy, was selected as the first-place winner in the ninth-grade division of the 2014 U.S. “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest, a national competition that encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose. Sponsored by Family Rosary, the 19th annual contest attracted more than 1,100 finalists and more than 22,000 entries.

Lady Bishops earn all-star spots
CHARLESTON—Eran Artigues and Julia Shahid, alumna of Charleston Catholic and recent graduates of Bishop England, earned top sporting honors along with several of their teammates.
Eran, who played shortstop for Bishop England, was selected to the Class 3A/2A South Softball Team for the annual North-South all-star games. She was also named Class AA All-State, along with teammate Elena Salmorin, who is a rising sophomore.
In soccer, Julia was chosen for the All-Lowcountry Soccer Team, along with teammates Regan Van Metre, Erin Moriarty and Logan Leask.

School Notes are provided by schools and parents. Send yours to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Page 1 of 4