Congratulations, Mark Szilagyi!
Mark’s video won 1st prize and a check for $500 in the Atlanta Water Company video essay contest. His video was selected based on his creativity and the amount of information he was able to include in such a short video PSA. Check it out! https://youtu.be/-7OrObjhTeI
Mark’s video will be shared with the water utilities across the 15 county Metro Water District region to be used on their websites and on local access television stations. The Metro Water District will also be sharing the video on its website and on social media.
Way to go, Mark!
Congratulations to Nick Kreitner!
Nick will be attending Birmingham Southern College this fall to play football as a slot receiver. Go Panthers!
Nick was part of the Saint Francis football program for six (6) years playing multiple positions including quarter back, linebacker and slot receiver. As a senior Nick was team Captain, received the team leadership award and was selected to the 2nd team All Region as a linebacker.
Good Luck Nick!!
Congratulations to our Saint Francis Varsity Baseball team who advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the official GHSA baseball state tournament! IThe Knights used multiple big innings late in each game of their double header to win 12-5 and 10-5, respectively, against Aquinas of Augusta in the first round of the Class A Private baseball playoffs.
The Knights travel to Athens on Thursday, May 3rd, to play round two in state playoffs against the Prince Avenue Christian. Games start at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Knights entered Friday’s contest sitting 28th in the Class-A Private power rankings. The top-24 teams in the standings earn playoff berths and beating Class 6A’s Alpharetta should bolster the Knights in the next week’s updating ratings.
“With power rankings, every game matters,” said St. Francis head coach Brandon Bates. “[Alpharetta is] a 10-win team, so this is 15 points in the power ratings for our guys.”
“They both did well,” Bates said. “They were putting the ball in the zone and getting ground balls. Early on this season we were struggling to throw strikes, but lately we have come on. We have put together a rotation, our guys have been throwing strikes and we’re hoping that carries over the next few weeks.”
The Knights took a 2-0 lead with two extra-base hits in the top of the fifth. Short stop Brian Orkin hit an RBI triple with two outs and then scored on a double from Will Clark.
St. Francis scored another run with two outs in the sixth on a single from Kyle Bork.
Griffin Weaver went 2-3 and Bret Madren hit two singles to go 2-4 with a run scored.
The Knights racked up their nine hits against seven Alpharetta pitchers.
With nothing at stake for its playoff hopes, the Raiders used the non-region game to give much of its pitching staff time on the mound. Each of the Raiders’ seven pitchers went one complete inning.
The Raiders struggled to drive in runs in the game, stranding nine runners in scoring position.
“You don’t get those guys in and you’re going to have a hard time winning games,” Lassiat said.
Alpharetta finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a run off three straight singles from Justin Kirby, Drew Beiger and Ben Browning. Kirby and Ryan Schipf each went 2-3.
Both teams enter their final stretch on the playoff bubble and hope to secure postseason berths in their upcoming eight games.
Sitting just beyond the final playoff spot in Class A-Private, St. Francis will keep its focus on the short-term.
“We’re taking it one at a time and hopefully we can get hot down the backstretch and make some noise,” Bates said.
Our Middle School Atlanta Union Mission toy and clothing drive was such a success! Together with our Peer Leaders, our student filled nearly three large donation bins. The Atlanta Union Mission was blown away by our generosity.
A huge shout out to 8th grader, Drew Robinson, for spearheading this event and helping our school make a difference in our community.
GHSA Class A Boy’s Basketball – All Region 6B
Congratulations to our Saint Francis Knight players making the Boys All Region Basketball team:
Player of the Year: Dwon Odom – St. Francis
Chase Ellis – St. Francis
Sam Hines – St. Francis
CJ Riley – St. Francis
Caleb Snyder – St. Francis
Sean Paradise – St. Francis
Saint Francis High School students recently raised $,7,559.12 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The money raised will help fund important cancer research and local patient services – both vital to the fight again blood cancers.
We are so proud of our students for all of their efforts in raising so much for this worthy cause.
Junior, Will Jackson, Ceramics II, for his Platter
Our high school art students participate throughout the year in a variety of competitions with a focus on art, photography, film, and ceramics. The specifics of these competitions are detailed as follows:
Congratulations to Senior Chloe Bohan and Junior Sophie McCartney, for winning Honorable Mention in the juried 2018 Biennial Southeastern High School Artist Competition. Four students had their artwork selected to be in the 2018 Biennial Southeastern High School Artist Competition at Birmingham Southern College. Students from ten southeastern states compete for this honor. Our four students are Seniors Chloe Bohan for her photograph, Caleb Covert for his sculpture, Garrett Dickerson for his platter and Junior Sophie McCartney for her watercolor painting. The work was on display from January 14th in the Durbin Gallery until January 25th. The purpose of the competition is the recognition and promotion of talented rising artists in the Southeastern United States. Images of the exhibited work will be placed on the Birmingham Southern College’s Art & Art History website at www.bsc.edu/academics/art/hs-art.html. Each student will receive a certificate suitable for framing and a one-year membership to the BSC Fine Art Alliance.
Each year, the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE) offers young artists an opportunity to compete, exhibit their work and earn prizes such as scholarships and art supplies. This “must see” festival event is a juried competition drawing upwards of 700 entries each year from which the best hundred works comprise the festival exhibition.
Six hundred and eighty-six pieces were entered in this year’s Atlanta High School Art Exhibition and one hundred and forty-six pieces were accepted. Our seniors Caleb Covert, Garrett Dickerson and junior Jack Gruskin had their ceramic work selected to be in the exhibit at the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park in April.
Each year the University of North Georgia invites a group of art teachers and two of their students to submit work for their juried invitational art exhibit. This year senior Chloe Bohan had her photograph “Survivor” , junior Sophie McCartney had her charcoal drawing “Train Station” and teacher Barb Swanner had her painting “Points of Impact” accepted into the show. The awards ceremony and reception will held on March 8th.
The GHSCAAS will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA this year. Our students whose work has been juried into this competition are seniors Matt Cross, Garrett Dickerson, Sarah Gibeaut,, Jack Kinney, Graham Owenby, and juniors Jack Gruskin, Sam Henn, Riley Larkworthy, Griffin Weaver.This is the first time in the history of our ceramics program that every piece entered into a juried show was accepted. The student work will be on display throughout the main hallway of the art building on the college’s campus. Students attending the symposium will participate in clay workshops and a raku firing presented by college professors, college students and high school ceramic teachers. Attendees will have the opportunity to raku fire a piece of their own. At the end of the symposium an awards ceremony will be held where cash awards will be distributed. As a special adjunct to this year’s event. The Signature Shop in Buckhead will be hosting a pop up shop and curating a special invitational exhibit of forty place settings designed by professional potters.
Sixteen students, fifteen ceramic students and one painting student from the fine arts department had their artwork on display in the Piedmont College High School Art Show at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in downtown Demorest, Georgia from January 8th – 18th. Unfortunately the awards ceremony was during the ice event and our students did attend the reception. Senior Matt Cross, won an Honorable Mention for his ceramic piece “Wounds of War”. Students with work on display were: Seniors Matt Cross, Jack Kinney, Sarah Gibeaut, Caleb Covert, Graham Owenby, Garrett Dickerson and Juniors Sophie McCartney, (painting) Riley Larkworthy, Sam Henn, Harrison Warner, Jack Gruskin, Griffin Weaver, Will Jackson, Emma Motter, Sophomores Maddie Ulmer and Rachel Wolchock. This was the first year we were invited to this event.
Senior Chloe Bohan and Junior Sophie McCartney had their work on display in the Capitol Art Exhibit in the Twin Towers Building Lobby in Atlanta from February 17th – 24th. On Wednesday, February 21st, Sophie and Mrs. Swanner attended the reception along with Sophie’s mom, where Sophie got to meet Senator John Albers, and was invited to be a page for a day for the State Senate. Chloe was unable to attend the reception as our girls soccer team had game, and Chloe is a team member.
Congratulations to our All State Art Competition District Winners seniors Caleb Covert and Sarah Gibeaut and Junior Sophie McCartney. Their artwork was chosen as winners from all the entries in our district which includes the public and private schools in Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. These pieces now go on to compete at the state level, against all the district winners statewide.
The State Winners will have their work taken to Columbus State to compete for further awards. Chloe Bohan’s work has been chosen as a State Award winner and will be on display at the Corn Center at Columbus State University and will go on to be judged for further awards which will be announced at the closing reception on March 10th.