School notes

St. Joseph’s nabs three state championships

GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School had an amazing weekend recently, racking up state titles in volleyball and cross-country for boys and girls.

The girls’ cross-country team repeated as South Carolina High School League 1A State Champions for the fourth year in a row. In a field of 92 runners, 15 were chosen for All-State, and six of them came from St. Joe: Annika Bissinger, 1st; Sara Catherine Masaschi, 3rd; Carol Lewis, 4th; Berna Williams, 9th; Bailey Mullins, 13th; and Hannah White, 14th. Emma Wetenhall also ran, placing 16th.

The boys’ cross-country team also repeated as 1A State Champions for their second straight title. Out of 127 runners from 19 teams, five St. Joe athletes made the All-State squad: Ford McCoy, Luke Lepak, Carter Powell, Nathan Petrofes, and Patrick Hudak. Connor Vogt and Joseph Kiser also ran. Luke Lepak, Ford McCoy, Nathan Petrofes and Carter Powell were also named to the Top 10 All-Region Team.

Marie Kernell and George Carr were named 1A Cross Country Coaches of the Year by the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The varsity girls’ volleyball team battled to victory for a three-peat state championship, in addition to winning the Upper State title. Jamila Johnson was named Volleyball All- State, Region Player of the Year, and 1A Player of the Year by the South Carolina High School League. Also, Kaely Thompson and Caitlin Moon are All-State honorees; Jamila Johnson, Caitlin Moon and Cristina Waingart are All-Region honorees; and Moon was selected for the North/South Senior All-Star game.

Cardinal Newman wins Quiz Bowl

COLUMBIA—Cardinal Newman’s high school Quiz Bowl team won the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. They battled other regional winners on Nov. 19. Team members include Coleman Bacon, Gregory Pittman, Noah Zimmermann, McCarley Maddock, Brian Maroney and Clover Robichaud. Tony Haughey and Geralyn Swygert coach the team.

Cordi, Sanchez ace math meet

TAYLORS—Migel Cordi and Luc Sanchez, students at Prince of Peace, won top honors at the SCISA Middle School Math Meet recently. Migel, an eighth-grader, earned medals for scoring in the top 10 among all the students who participated in the math meet, and for making the highest score on his team.

Luc, sixth grade, earned a medal for top place on the second team.

Student participants must take an individual written math test and then participate in a speed round, where they solve five math problems at a rate of one math question per minute.

Saints to sing on radio

CHARLESTON—Charleston Catholic’s third-grade chorus will sing Christmas Carols on radio station Y102.5 on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. The chorus is instructed by Julie O’Connor.

Lanthier shows joy of reading

DIOCESE—The Pizza Hut Book It! Program recently celebrated National Young Readers Week. School principals were challenged to read all day — from the opening bell to the dismissal bell.

Patti Lanthier, principal at St. Paul the Apostle, accepted the challenge. She read in classrooms, in the library, on the playground, in a tent, under the stairs, in the school lobby — and ended the day curled up on the sofa reading while she supervised dismissal.