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

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!