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

Denim and Diamonds Casino Night Scheduled for August 25, 2012

Saint Francis School proudly announces the 2012 Denim and Diamonds Casino Night benefiting the Saint Francis Technology Program.  This upcoming event will be held on Saturday, August 25th at Atlanta Country Club to Kick Off the 2012-2013 school year. All Saint Francis families are invited to attend.  For more information please email mschoppman@stfranschool.com..

Paul Schwendell, Class of 2007, Drafted by Texas Rangers

Congratulations to Paul Schwendell who was drafted in the 40th Round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.  Paul was a 2007 graduate of Saint Francis whose 1.39 career Earned Run Average (ERA) is still the lowest in Knights history.  He is the first ever Saint Francis Knight to be drafted by a Major League team. 

Paul continued his playing career at EmoryUniversitycompiling a career ERA of 4.66 and a record of 19-8.  He is the 6th player ever drafted out of Emory.


Saint Francis Middle School participates in “Pennies for Patients”

For the past 11 years Saint Francis Middle School in Roswell, GA has participated in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  To date, the school has raised over $50,000 for the Leukemia Society. Unfortunately, on October 6th ,2011 Saint Francis Schools own, Kathy Shonkwiler, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.  AML is a very aggressive and deadly form of leukemia.  A month after being diagnosed Mrs. Shonkwiler lost her battle with AML shocking all who knew and loved her. 

Kathy Shonkwiler was the Saint Francis Middle School Administrative Assistant for over 15 years and known to the faculty, staff and students as the “Mother of Saint Francis”. Mrs. Shonkwiler was a caring, loving individual to all that knew her.  Because of the schools devastating loss a decision was made that the first $1,000 raised from Pennies for Patients be used to create a memorial garden for Mrs. Shonkwiler. The memorial garden consists of a bench in her honor and beautiful flowers and plants. In the middle of the garden a Purple Japanese Maple tree was planted to symbolize “life”. A tall “Angel of Patience” also stands in the garden because that is what Kathy Shonkwiler was an “Angel of Patience”.

            Kathy Shonkwiler was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gospel singing, gardening, and spending time with children. Mrs. Shonkwiler continues to live on through her loving husband Monte Shonkwiler, her daughters Ginger and Jill and their spouses, and her grandchildren Kendyl, Bryce, Devyn, Erika, Garrett, and Zane. She will be forever missed but always remembered!

Congratulations Class of 2012

The Saint Francis High School Class of 2012 received their diplomas during their recent Commencement Ceremony held at the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, Saturday, May 19, 2012.  Guests were welcomed by Matthew Casseday (Emory), Valedictorian and Robert Sterling (University of Miami), Salutatorian.  The graduates were offered words of wisdom from special guest speaker, Mark Arum, Newstalk WSB TV/ Radio and a special music presentation by Ms. Susan Naylor and Ms. Deborah Scarazzo from Reinhardt College. After the presentation of scholarships, awards and special recognition, the presentation of diplomas was made by Drew Buccellato, Headmaster and Colette Staak, Principal. 



CONGRATULATIONS to the Saint Francis High School Class of 2012 and to the following award recipients:
Valedictorian:  Matt Casseday
Salutatorian:  Robert Sterling
Star Student:  Matt Casseday
Taranto Family Aspiration Award:  Mark Mongell
Andrew Buccellato Perseverance Award:
  Chris Bisio
James Starr Moore Memorial Award:  Robert Sterling
Parent Association Award:  Mark Schulte and Rebecca Treadaway
Atlanta Journal Constitution Cup: Emily Peek
Peter Carriuolo Memorial Scholarship Award:  Steven Tommasello, Joseph Rollins, Shelby Light, and Molly Drescher


Saint Francis Middle School Athletics has been named 2011 – 2012 AAA NAML CUP CO-CHAMPIONS!!!

The North Atlanta Metro League Cup is a yearly award to the best overall sports program in the
A, AA, and AAA divisions. Each school accumulates points based upon their finish in each sport.

Congratulations to all Saint Francis Middle School Athletic Teams on a job well done!!!

Saint Francis School to Host Medal of Honor Recipient

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 mschoppman@stfranschool.com.

Saint Francis Parent Association Donates Monitors to School

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