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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