IMPROV 2012 – Live at Saint Francis High School

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.

Safe Driving Presentation by Mr. Norman Miller

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.

Middle School Swimmers – 2011-12 NAML Champions

Our Middle School Swimmers, led by Head Coach Marisa Barth, Matt Buckley and Patrick Bradford, glided through their Regular Season meet schedule with continuous hard work and dedication.  Their motivation was to improve on last year’s 4th Place overall finish at the NAML Championships. 

What a motivation THAT turned out to be!  This year’s Girls Squad finished as NAML Champions and the Boys team took home the 3rd place trophy.  However, who ever said swimming wasn’t a TEAM sport?  In order to award an OVERALL NAML TEAM Champion, the COMBINED performances of BOTH the Girls and Boys teams are tallied. 

This year, we are very proud to announce that the St. Francis Middle School Swim Team is the OVERALL North Atlanta Metro League Champions!  Congratulations to all of our swimmers, the coaches, and the parent volunteers, who make our Swim Program so successful!

Middle School Wrestling – Repeat as Champions of NAML

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!

Elementary Chorus Sings at the Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey Game

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.

Nigel Jackson Wins 2012 Naismith Awards Flourish Scholarship

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!

Katelyn Oliver Competes in Zone 4 Equestrian Competition

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!

Roswell Reads Photography Exhibition Honors Two St. Francis Students with Awards

Each spring the Roswell Branch of the Fulton County Library holds a photography competition based on a book. This year’s theme was rural Georgia.

Alex Alter, Nick McKinnon and Caroline Smith each entered photographs in the competition. Senior Nick McKinnon, won 1st and an Honorable Mention for his photographs, Junior, Caroline Smith a Junior won Second place.

Myranda Johnson Accepted to Franklin and Marshall College’s Summer Program

Myranda Johnson Accepted to Summer Program

Congratulations to Junior, Myranda Johnson, for being the only Atlanta area student accepted to Franklin and Marshall College’s Summer Program. Myranda will be attending Franklin and Marshall for three weeks this summer to take a college level course. Way to go, Myranda! We are very proud of you!

Barb Swanner, High School Art Teacher Exhibits Artwork

Barb Swanner, Saint Francis High School art teacher exhibits her artwork at The Art Institute of Atlanta Jan.13 through March 3, 2012.  In recognition of their talent and passion for art and education, high school art teachers from throughout Georgia were invited to submit their personal work for consideration in this annual exhibition at The Janet S. Day Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta under the guidance of Veronica Kessenich, gallery chair . The selected works included  any form of fine or applied arts including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital media, photography, video/film, design, illustration, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry and other crafts. An artists’ reception was held on Jan. 26th.

Schools participating in this year’s exhibition include Morrow High School (Clayton County), Habersham Central High School, Gainesville High School, Phoenix High School (Gwinnett County), St. Francis High School, Columbia High School, East Hall High School and Cherokee High School.