Saint Francis School will be welcoming Medal of Honor recipient Donald E. Ballard to visit with our students and speak to them on May 10, 2012 from 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm at the Saint Francis High School Auditorium located at 13440 Cogburn Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004. This is a rare opportunity for our community to meet and pay our respects to a true hero.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the president, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.” Due to the nature of its criteria, it is often awarded posthumously (more than half have been since 1941). Sadly, there are currently fewer than 80 Medal of Honor recipients alive today in the United States.
For information about this special event, please contact Mary Schoppman, 770-641-8257 x19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Francis High School offers its sincere thanks and appreciate to the High School Parent Association for their donation of flat screen monitors to the High School Technology Class Rooms.
Pictured: (back row) Lynna Lee, Stan Tommasello, Allison Waller
(middle row) Lorelei Fischer, Susan Connor, Lylian Voss, Sonia Mitropoulos, Lee Ann Wynns
(front row) Kelly Christian, Patti Fredlund, Kathy Schimler, Fern Mitropoulos, Ruth Casseday
Congratulations to Nick McKinnon for Achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout!
Saint Francis Drama teacher, Jennifer Foster, once again takes her Improv cast through the paces in their live IMPROV performances April 25, 26, and 27. Improvisational comedy includes performing a shortform game based on direction from the audience requiring quick thinking and reaction to fellow cast members.
Performances begin at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the door for $5.00. For more information call 678-339-9989 x0.
Saint Francis Counselor Amber McConnel, Mr. Miller, and Counselor Chris Fix
On April 19th a presentation on Safe Driving was given by Mr.Norman Miller, a local attorney. Mr. Miller’s presentation was part of a nationwide effort during the month of April 2012, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The goals of this effort are to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and help our students make safer driving decisions.
During the presentation, Mr. Miller spoke to our students about the many types of driver distractions and discussed their experiences with distracted driving. Mr. Miller also explored strategies for speaking up when someone is a passenger and their driver starts to practice unsafe driving behaviors. Students should be aware of the consequences of distracted driving and understand how we can drive safer by keeping cell phones with us for emergencies, but not using them while driving, texting or making and receiving calls.
Thank you to the Saint Francis Counseling Department for coordinating this very important presentation.
Our Wrestling Program had another outstanding year and REPEATED as Champions of the North Atlanta Metro League! This event, hosted for the first time on our Roswell Campus, saw teams from five (5) other NAML schools converge for an exciting day of grappling on the mats. When the dust settled, it was the St. Francis teams taking their place atop the podium to receive Championship trophies in both the “A” and “B” Divisions.
One week later, the wrestlers headed down to Woodward Academy to wrap up their season at one of Atlanta’s most prestigious scholastic wrestling tournaments, The North Chattahoochee Championships. Sixteen schools from all over metro-Atlanta attended this year’s tournament and our team finished in 3rd place overall, only Lovett (Runners-Up) and eventual Tournament Champions, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy finished ahead of our boys in this highly competitive event. Congrats to Head Coach Eric Pawlish and his fine staff of coaches, Bill Bailey, Lawrence Smith, and Lance Ancar for all they do throughout the long winter season to keep our boys focused and determined to improve their performance each week!
Our St. Francis elementary school chorus sang The National Anthem at the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey game on February 12th. Money raised from ticket sales was donated to Ruth Ministry, a charity chosen to honor the middle school administrative assistant Kathy Shonkwiler. Special thanks to Mrs. Ballance, music teacher, for organizing this special event.
Congratulations go out to our own Nigel Jackson, winner of the 2012 Naismith Awards Flourish Scholarship. The Naismith Award is presented by Newell Rubbermaid to reward high school student-athletes who excel in all facets of life. The program is open to all high school basketball players in the Atlanta Tipoff Club Region.
To be eligible, students must be nominated by their high school athletic director or coach. Students are evaluated based on their ability to display strong leadership and community engagement skills, and their Competence, Confidence, Connections, and Courage to Flourish on the court, in the classroom, and in life.
Congratulations to Nigel and his family on this prestigious accomplishment!
Riders from 5 states gathered at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island in Charleston, SC this past weekend for the Zone 4 Equestrian Competition. Our very own Katelyn Oliver, a Junior, was there along with Coach Amber DeSantis to represent St. Francis High School.
The competition was comprised of all the top qualified riders in their respective divisions from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina. Riders draw horses from a hat. Riding an unfamiliar horse is a challenge and adds difficulty to the competition. The rider must show the ability to ride and work with a new horse while managing the nerves of competition.
Congratulations to Katelyn!