Spencer Orr, Senior, Signs With UNC Asheville

Spencer Orr from Saint Francis High School has signed a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina Asheville.  He has been a four-year letter winner at St. Francis and started every game for the school either as a pitcher or at first base.

Orr was a 7-2 as a sophomore with a 3.04 ERA and 58 strikeouts. As a junior, he went 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 86 strikeouts. Orr made the All-Region honors as sophomore and junior. His summer league team, the Windward Macs, won the USSSA National Championship in Orlando in 2012.   

“Spencer is a tall left-handed pitcher with a ton of upside,” exclaimed UNC Asheville Bulldog Head Coach Tom Smith. “He has a good change-up that will give him a chance to pitch a lot of innings right away. We believe Spencer has a ton of potential and can’t wait for him to get going.”

Orr is one of seven early signees for the Bulldogs.

St. Francis Class of 2004 Alumni, Milton’s Keenan Grey named Officer of the Year

Milton Herald  COMMUNITY NEWS by Carolyn Aspenson

Officer Keenan Grey was named the Milton Police Department’s Officer of the Year.

November 28, 2012

MILTON,Ga.— Each year, supervisors in the Milton Police Department recommend an officer from their team for the honor of Officer of the Year.

This year, the title goes to Patrol Officer Keenan Grey. A longtime resident of Milton, Grey has been in the uniform patrol division of the MPD for three years. “I decided to work forMiltonbecause I grew up in this area and felt it was a great way to give back to the community, to help keep it safe,” Grey said.

Capt. Shawn McCarty, Grey’s supervisor, said he nominated Grey for several reasons. “Officer Grey consistently goes over and above what’s required of him,” he said. “That desire to dig deeper has helped him earn the respect of his peers and made him a true team player.” McCarty said Grey puts in the extra time and effort to do his job well. “His work ethic and inquisitive personality have helped him to turn a regular traffic stop into a drug arrest,” he said.

Grey said he does have a strong work ethic, but balances it with fun, too. “I spend a lot of my time, during the warmer months, up at the lake,” he said. “And my family is close, so I spend a lot of time with them.” Chief Deborah Harrell said she’s proud of Grey. “Officer Grey is an exceptional young man, which makes him a compassionate and respectful police officer. I could not be more proud of him,” Harrell said. “The citizens ofMiltonare fortunate he has chosen to serve them, and I am honored to work with him. It is only because of the exceptional officers such as Keenan that I am successful.”

Grey is humbled by the honor. “I greatly appreciate the honor, and honestly didn’t expect to get an award this early in my career,” he said.

Talented Knights Have Hopes for New Season…

by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com Neighbor Newspapers.Com
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When the opening tip went up on the 2012-2013 season last weekend, optimism was sky high on the hard-court at St. Francis.

With a roster littered with Division-I prospects and fresh off three straight trips to the state playoffs, that optimism is well warranted. The Knights return All-Neighbor Rookie of the Year Kaiser Gates, have added two talented transfers to the front court, and have their eyes set on competing for a region title this winter.

“I think we will be a fun group to watch play this year,” said fifth-year coach Cabral Huff, who led St. Francis to a 17-13 record last season and an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the Class A state playoffs. “This group is young but experienced, we have three seniors, three juniors and eight underclassmen that gained valuable experience from last year’s success.”

Gates, a 6-foot-7 sophomore swingman that averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds as a freshman, is the Knights top returner. Add in 6-foot-8 forward Jordan Jones, a Kennesaw State signee that transferred in from Furtah Prep, and 6-foot-9 big man Josh Coleman — a sophomore transfer from Milton — and St. Francis will have the size and strength to compete with anyone in the state.

“Their length, size and athleticism will provide other teams some problems,” said Huff, “and around them we return two seniors, Logan Schumacher and Justin Morgan, that we think can provide us even more versatility and leadership.”

Freshman guard Kobi Simmons, who has a scholarship offer from Auburn, sophomores Malik Beasley, Keshawn Gibbs and junior McKinley Brown are also names to watch according to Huff.

Along with new faces on the court, Huff’s team will see some different opponents this year after being realigned into a challenging sub-region 6B-A. For the next two years the Knights will tangle with defending state champion Whitefield Academy, traditional state power North Cobb Christian, reigning region Mount Pisgah and others.

“Our region is definitely a measuring stick for us with five teams on our side that made the state tournament,” said Huff, referring to the previous three teams, his Knights and Mount Paran. “Our goal this season is basically ‘One Family, One Vision, One Dream-We are one’ as we want to win our side of the region during the regular season, win the region tournament and get past the Sweet 16. And with those accomplishments, the win totals will come.”

The Knights kicked off their season last weekend against Holy Innocents’ and Georgia Military — results were not available at press time.

St. Francis will get their first chance to test their mettle against a larger school this weekend when they face Class AAAAAA Archer in the On the Radar Hoops Invitational.

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – Talented Knights have high hopes for new season

16th Annual St. Francis Golf Tournament and Tennis Round Robin

To our golf and tennis participants and volunteers that braved the cold and wind on Monday, October 29, 2012 for our annual tournament, Thank you!!   This was a very successful day for our athletic programs at the Roswell and Alpharetta campuses which would not have happened without your help and support.

Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event.

Bob Williams, Philips Arena
Regal Nissan, Inc.
Stephen Hartsfield – Berryfield Hotels Group
Managed Healthcare Solutions
Tebarco Door & Metal Services, Inc.
Managed Healthcare Services
Valerie Tawfick
The Wilkinson Family
At-Pac Complete Scaffolding Solutions
Tommy Wilson – TA Sports

Please patronize these sponsors and let the know how much you appreciate their support our our athletic programs.

Special thanks to our tireless committee chairs and volunteers:  Elizabeth Coyne, Kim Galan, Angela Barden, Jamie Kleber, Bill McGee, Pete Galan, Lou Martin, Robin Kreitner, Barbara Schlueter,  Michelle Davis, Elizabeth Coffee, Andrea Andrews, Katherine Van Hessewijk, Lisa Gill, Julie Hewitt, Veverly Gibbs, Sandra Girona, Lori North, Christina Corley, Angie Kaliban,  and to our terrific student volunteers, Hallie Andrews, Katherine  Coyne, Haley Barden and Max Andrews.  We simply could not pull off this event without your commitment and time.

Here is a quick recap of our awards for the day…


Flight 1 – 1st Place
Eric Opitz, Hammond Reynolds, Michael Arasin & Kevin Rabinowitz (Alum)

Flight 1 – 2nd Place
Tom Davis, Randy Rodden, Edward Speed, Jim Davis

Flight 2 – 1st. Place
Jojo Herlitz, Andrew Herlitz, Connor Powell and Wheeler Power

Flight 2 – 2nd Place
Michael Blanchar, Robert Kwantez, Jake Kwantez,

Closest to the Pin
Mike Blanchar – 3’ 1”

Longest Drive
Kevin Rabinowitz (Alum), 330 yds.

Student Putting Contest
1st Place – P.J. Coyne – 38”
2nd Place – Sean Mayville – 42 “
3rd Place – Jillian Minahan – 52”

1st Place – Licet Alleva
2nd Place – Lisa Gill
3rd Place – Lynn Redd

Again many thanks to all who participated, volunteered, sponsored and contributed to make this annual event such a success.

High School Peer Leaders Collecting DVD’s for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Beginning Monday, November 12th, the Peer Leaders will be collecting children’s DVD’s to donate to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite. These DVD’s will help children admitted to Scottish Rite feel more comfortable and help pass the time while they are in the hospital. We will be donating these DVD’s on Tuesday, November 20th.

Please assist us by contributing new or used, age-appropriate (PG or G rated) DVD’s. Students will receive 1 community service hour for 4 DVD’s. All donations can be dropped off in the Counseling Office.

The Peer Leaders thank you in advance for your help with this service project! 

For Information on this project, please call 678.339.9989 x0.


Varsity Equestrian Compete at Oak Creek Harvest Classic

The Saint Francis Equestrian Team competed against 12 teams at the Oak Creek Harvest Classic on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta.  The following riders pinned in their respective classes:  Lindsey Campbell, Nicole Lawrence, Rachael McFarlin, Alexa Moschner, Kaitlyn Oliver, and Allie Parvin.

Joey Roche, Junior, Selected to Participate in the 2012-2013 North Fulton Emerging Leaders Program

Joey Roche, a Saint Francis Junior, has been selected to participate in the 2012-2013 NorthFultonEmerging Leaders Program.  This program offers an opportunity for area high school students to develop leadership skills, interact with local leaders, and identify and address community issues. 

Selected students participate in classes focusing on public safety, government, nonprofit and the environment and partake in volunteer activities.  This program is an initiative of the Leadership North Fulton Board of Directors through the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Joey was the only private school student selected.

Joey is an active participant in many aspects of SaintFrancisHigh School including quarterback for the Knights football team, baseball team and is a member of both the History Club and Student Government.

Congratulations, Joey!

Justin Hale, Senior, Achieves Eagle Scout


Justin has completed his requirements and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Justin led a group of Scouts in replacing old and worn-out benches at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. The new benches will provide a much more inviting and enjoyable area for visitors when visiting the Nature Preserve Amphitheater.

High School Students in the Community Spotlight

Michelle Dickson has been appointed to the first Youth Council for CURE Childhood Cancer. Michelle had to complete an application and essay, as well as an extensive interview with the CURE Board. Michelle was one of six students appointed from the entire Atlanta area. Michelle’s two year appointment will consist of learning about community service and nonprofit work from the inside out while further developing important leadership skills. Michelle will serve as an ambassador for CURE Childhood Cancer in the community and will attend at least one meeting of CURE’s Board of Directors. Congratulations, Michelle!

Rachel Lee attended Iowa State University’s AgDiscovery program as one of 16 high school students selected from more than 100 applicants from around the country who applied to the program. Rachel spent 2 weeks at ISU learning about careers in plant and animal science and wildlife management. The program allowed Rachel to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors and scientists in a variety of fields. Rachel got “hands on” experience in anatomy, bacteriology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, embryology, animal necropsies, and other veterinary diagnostic procedures. Congratulations, Rachel!

Elana Spiegel is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Cardz- For- A Cause, Inc. Elana and a friend were participating in a fundraiser in downtown Atlanta and were overwhelmed by the amount of homeless people. This inspired them to create an organization that helped homeless people in the Atlanta area. Since its origin, Cardz- For- A Cause has prepared meals for homeless shelters and planned a Jump-Rope-A-Thon which collected over $1,100. The next step for Cardz- For -A Cause is to distribute gift cards to a variety of shelters in the surrounding Atlanta area. Congratulations, Elana!

Again, we would like to extend our congratulations to each of these ladies for their accomplishments! We are so proud of each of you!

Saint Francis is filled with outstanding and amazing young people. We would love to shout their accomplishments. If you know of a student who has excelled, accomplished, or created something spectacular, please let us know so we can put the Saint Francis “Spotlight” on them!

Class of 2012 Athletic Awards

 Congratulations to the Saint Francis Sports Champions of Greater Atlanta: 
Shelby Light and Connor Smith

Each year the Sports Champion of Greater Atlanta asks each High School in the state ofGeorgia to Nominate a Male & Female who exhibit outstanding athletic achievement, scholastic achievement and character for their Outstanding Athlete Award. 

Congratulations to Vincent J. Dooley Award Recipients:  
Glenny Brown and Steven Tommasello

Glenny Brown, Vince Dooley Award Recipient

Steven Tommasello, Vince Dooley Award Recipient









The Vincent J. Dooley Awards are given each year by Athletes for a Better  
World.  Athletes who receive this award must:

·      Train with a disciplined, consistent work ethic
·      Demonstrate fair play & sportsmanship
·      Develop positive supportive relationships with teammates and coaches
·      Win or lose with dignity
·      Be recognized for their character and leadership
·      Contribute significantly to the life of the school and community