School Notes

USC dedicates desegregation garden

COLUMBIA —A garden on the University of South Carolina campus was dedicated April 11 in honor of the three students who integrated the university in 1963.

One of those students was Henrie Monteith (now Treadwell), a graduate of St. Anthony of Padua School. She attended the ceremony with fellow history-maker, James L. Solomon, and spoke about their journey. The third student, Robert Anderson, is deceased.

The Desegregation Commemorative Garden features a trinity of sculpted juniper topiaries, flower beds, curving brick pathways and a granite monument etched with an original poem written by university poet Nikky Finney.

University President Harris Pastides said he hopes the garden will inspire students and others to reflect on the pioneering spirit of Monteith, Solomon and Anderson and to consider the role everyone continues to play in the unfolding history of desegregation.

St. Gregory raises $11,339 for hearts

BEAUFORT—Students at St. Gregory the Great School outdid themselves at a recent “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser for the American Heart Association. To encourage the students to raise $4,000, principal Christopher Trott agreed to kiss a farm animal if they reached their goal. The children responded by almost tripling the amount and raised $11,339. Trott made good on his promise and, during a raucous ceremony, gave a forehead smooch to Buck, a 6-monthold goat.

Wright wins Google contest

CHARLESTON —John Christopher Wright, a parishioner at St. Patrick Church, was named the state winner of the Doodle4Google contest for the second year in a row. A sixth-grader at Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville, John is now in the running for the national prize, which includes a $30K college scholarship. Vote from April 29 to May 9 at

Tierney earns service scholarship

GREENVILLE —William Tierney, a junior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, earned the Home Works of America Servant Scholar Scholarship for $1,000. The outreach repairs the homes of those in need. William is the son of Jay and Kate Tierney of Greenville and a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church.

Konopka breaks national record/Barrow, chess club win at state

GREENVILLE— Katrina Konopka, a junior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, bested her own national record at the YMCA Short Course Nationals held in Greensboro, N.C., recently. Her winning time of 22.46 in the women’s 50-yard freestyle event broke the record she set in 2013 (22.55). A member of the Middle Tyger YMCA Swim Team, Katrina placed second in the 100-yard freestyle, third in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke. She also participated on three first place relay teams and two second place relay teams.

Also, Joshua Barrow, a sixth-grader, won first place in the individual competition at the annual South Carolina Independent School Association Chess Tournament held in Sumter. The middle school chess club came in second place in the state tournament.

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