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School Notes

Runey earns spot in SC Coaches Hall of Fame

CHARLESTON—Paul Runey, who has coached at Bishop England for 30 years, was inducted into the S.C. Coaches Hall of Fame on March 21. The coach has had a highly successful career, including three consecutive trips to the SCHSL “AA” girls’ state basketball championships, with the Lady Bishops winning two of those competitions.

The girls won their most recent state title last month when they defeated Andrew Jackson high school, from Kershaw, 59-26. See more on Coach Runey in a coming edition.

Wrestlers and singers earn honors

In other BE news, Chandler Sambets won the individual Wrestling State Championship and Mario Dela Rosa was selected to compete in the annual North South Wrestling Classic, where he won both of his matches.

Also, Logan Stich and Brian Privitt were selected from among hundreds to sing in the regional American Choral Directors Association Honors Choir.

Schools rock geography bee

DIOCESE—Students from nine Catholic schools will compete in the semi-finals of the 2014 National Geographic Bee. To make the semi-finals, winners from every school across the state take a written geography test, and students with the top 100 scores are chosen to compete at their state level. The state winner will advance to nationals.

From the Catholic schools are: Matthew Loewer, Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville; Francesca Strathern, St. Joseph, Anderson; Samantha Shavitz, St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach; Elliott Pope, St. John Neumann, Columbia; Madison Miller, Summerville Catholic; Reed Brittingham, St. Anne, Sumter; Hayes Reding, Christ Our King, Mount Pleasant; Nicholas Judd, St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken; and Vincent Hunton, St. Anne, Rock Hill.

Rhames named Spotlight Honoree

COLUMBIA—Leshia Rhames, a senior at Cardinal Newman, was honored by the Columbia Urban League as one of four Spotlight Honorees at the 29th annual Young and Gifted Awards program. Over 600 students were honored at the event, but only four of them were awarded the spotlight recognition for exceptional achievement at their schools and with their peers. MaryAnne Rabb, Charles-Eddy Smith and Babafemi Sowande were honored for their academic achievements.

Powell wins essay contest

CHARLESTON—Tylene Powell, from Charleston Catholic, won second place in the 10-11 age group at the Gulf Coast District Junior Conference for her essay on the theme “Worship Like a Rock Star ... through Christ Who Strengthens Me”. She is a member of the Junior Daughters at St. Patrick Church.

Morse creates winning art

GREENVILLE—Mary Lou Morse, a sixthgrader at St. Anthony of Padua, was one of five winners in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association’s Kid’s heART poster contest. The contest was open to elementary students from across the Upstate and Mary Lou’s poster was selected from 200 entries.

Espada earns Eagle rank

GREENVILLE—Grant Espada, a junior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. A member of Troop 776, his project consisted of planning and building a ring of benches surrounding a fire pit at Advent United Methodist Church. He is the son of Ben and Michelle Espada of Simpsonville and a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church.

St. Joseph collects for a Feast Day

ANDERSON—The students of St. Joseph Catholic School in Anderson collected over 1,140 non-perishable food items to mark the Feast of St. Joseph. The food was donated to the Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen.

15 Qualify for Palmetto Fellow

GREENVILLE—15 students at St. Joseph's Catholic School have qualified for the Palmetto Fellows Early Award. They are Ryan Bertling, Stanley Bikulege, Alec Biscopink, Kathryn Corasaniti, Benjamin Dunphy, Christopher Heijjer, Patrick Hudak, Stephen Krupka, Carol Lewis, Wil Magaha, Grace Mosley, Elisabeth Noblet, Natalie Rogers, Noah Schammel and Tyler Yearwood. The Palmetto Scholarship recognizes academically talented South Carolina high school seniors and encourages them to attend college in state. Each Fellow may receive a scholarship up to $6,700 during their first year of college. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may receive up to $7,500.

Fric earns first in art show

GREENVILLE—Madeline Fric, a senior at St. Joseph's Catholic School, earned first place in the Western Division's high school portion of the South Carolina Art Education Association's "Youth Art Month" showcase for her piece titled "Fly Away" and will advance to the state compeition. More than 100 pieces of artwork were submitted from across the Upstate. Madeline is a member of Prince of Peach Church in Taylors.

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School Notes

BE athletes earn scholarships
CHARLESTON—Nick Shiver, a senior at Bishop England, earned a coveted spot at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he will play football. Other scholarships were awarded to Michelle Boykin from Hillsdale College in Michigan for basketball, and Matthew Adams from the University of Alabama for swimming.

Divine Redeemer tops at archery/Lawrence nets state free throw title
HANAHAN—Divine Redeemer’s archery team took the team trophy for highest points at the South Carolina Independent School Association’s regional competition held at Faith Christian School in Summerville recently. Also during the archery contest, James Busche, seventh grade, won as highest male scorer in the middle school division. In basketball, Madaline Lawrence, a sixth-grader at Divine Redeemer, won the state title in her age bracket at the Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw state contest.

JPII, St. Joe win quiz bowl
RIDGELAND/GREENVILLE—The middle school quiz teams at John Paul II and St. Joseph’s Catholic schools each won their regional division of the South Carolina Independent School Association’s Quiz Bowl and will advance to the state championship in April. Members of the JPII team include Ava Slusne, Danika Dingus, Meaghan Lyons, Nick Myhre, Parker Kenyon and Zoe Keller. St. Joe’s team includes Lucas Baumgarten, Mary Kate Griffin, Jack Malone-Grippe, Luke Cunniffe, Caroline Curran, and Jackson Soapes.

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School notes

Flying flakes of fun

BLUFFTON—Marissa Majorkiewicz and Quinlan Bruen, fourth-graders at St. Gregory the Great, are pelted with snowballs at the school’s annual Snow Day on Feb. 10. Students earned participation through good behavior and achieving accelerated reading goals. They built snowmen, made snow angels and threw snowballs at their favorite targets: the principal, teachers and parents. Afterward, the children changed into their pajamas and read, played board games and drank hot chocolate. The pre-K students also went ‘ice-skating’ down the halls.

POP Beta Club wins awards
TAYLORS—The Beta Club from Prince of Peace won three plaques and a ribbon at the annual convention. Brendan Treanor, Luc Sanchez, Matthew Jacques and Andy Widman, all sixth-graders, won first place in the quiz bowl and are eligible to compete in the National Junior Beta Convention this summer in Richmond, Va. Other winners include Katherine Alber, eighth grade, second place in watercolors; Jessica Crosby, eighth grade, runner-up for language arts; and Hunter Newell, seventh grade, runner-up for science.POP Beta Club wins awards.

St. Mary nets championships

GREENVILLE—The girls’ and boys’ basketball teams at St. Mary won dual championships recently. Coached by Willis Holliday, both squads finished the season undefeated and brought home the Carolina Middle School Conference championship.

CN teachers earn scholarships
COLUMBIA—Catholic Extension Services awarded fully funded scholarships to three teachers at Cardinal Newman: Tony Haughey, theology; Jim McNeis, math and physics; and Maryann Commins, life science. They will attend a five-day seminar on how to integrate scientific and religious perspectives into the curriculum. The University’s Institute for Church Life developed the program to address themes of conflict and separation between religion and science.

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Student athletes commit to play
COLUMBIA/GREENVILLE—Student athletes from Cardinal Newman and St. Joseph’s Catholic signed letters of intent to play with colleges on National Signing Day recently. Headed for the football … field from Cardinal Newman are Evan DuBois, who signed with Newberry College, and Zakki Parker, who will play for Limestone College. From St. Joseph’s are (above, from left): Alexander Powell, basketball for Kenyon College, Ohio; Brennan Koslow, soccer for Niagara University, N.Y.; Mary Esposito, soccer for Queens University, N.C.; Stan Bikulege, football at Carnegie Mellon University, Pa.; and Andre Stoddard, football at Wo˜fford College.™

CN soccer team rocks academics
COLUMBIA—For the third year in a row, the Cardinal Newman men’s and women’s soccer teams have earned The National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award. This is the sixth straight year for the men’s team and the third for the women’s. Cardinal Newman was the only school in SCISA to earn the dual honors. To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25.

Wise earns finalist spot
GREENVILLE—Alexandria Wise, a senior at St. Joseph's Catholic School, has been named a finalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. She is the daughter of Scott and Narica Wise of Simpsonville and a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Moore, Boykin break 1,000 points
CHARLESTON—Mary Harriet Moore, a student at Bishop England High School, was named the 2AA State Volleyball Player of the Year. Also, Mary Harriet and Michele Boykin, both on the school basketball team, surpassed the 1,000-point mark in their basketball careers. Both girls were named to the Carolina Invitational Basketball Tournament All- Tournament Team recently.

Schools announce Junior Scholars
DIOCESE—The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program identifies eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent. The following schools have posted a list of their Junior Scholars: Blessed Sacrament 5; Charleston Catholic 5; Christ Our King/Stella Maris 16; Divine Redeemer 2; John Paul II 10; St. Andrew 8; St. Anne in Rock Hill 4; St. Anthony in Florence 4; St. Joseph in Anderson 1; St. Michael 8; St. Paul the Apostle 5; St. Peter in Beaufort 2; Summerville Catholic 3; and Cardinal Newman 28.

Scouts can win scholarships
DIOCESE—The National Catholic Committee on Scouting is offering five scholarships to seniors who have earned either their Eagle badge or Silver award and have received their Ad Altare Dei and/or Pope Pius XII badges. Apply by March 1. For more information on the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout
Scholarship, visit

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Catholic Schools Week - in pictures

Diocesan schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 with Masses and rosaries to honor their faith, open houses to promote the schools, and a multitude of activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large – just to have fun.

Here are some photos submitted by schools across the state as they enjoyed the week.










































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