Saint Francis 4th and 5th graders traveled to the Chattahoochee Nature Center to experience the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile on the Chattahoochee River and to study its watershed. The Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile is a roving fleet of six 24-foot, 10-passenger Voyageur canoes that travel the country on a mission to get as many youths as possible out paddling on their local urban waterways. Each canoe held up to nine students/chaperones and one highly trained boat captain, allowing our students who have never been on the water to have their first paddling experience.
Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile is a well-established organization that has been doing this work nationally and internationally for 35+ years. Our experience was provided by our own Chattahoochee Nature Center. Our students came away with an awesome understanding and had a terrific day on the river.
Check out our 2017 Team Building…
9th Grade Team Building Trip
Sky Zone in Roswell played host to our 9th-grade students for their annual team building trip. The 9th-grade students were enthusiastic about the opportunity to fly through the air while bouncing on trampolines all day. The day began with trampoline warm-ups followed by a friendly dodgeball competition composed of 5 students per team. Students were then able to participate in basketball, the foam pit, and Jacob’s Ladder, as well as jousting and the half-pipe. They spent the morning cheering for each other, encouraging one another, and building relationships. Many students who were afraid of heights conquered their fears because of their team members’ encouragement. We hope all of the 9th-grade students enjoyed the day at Sky Zone!
10th Grade TB Trip
Treetop Quest provided the perfect backdrop for the Sophomore Team Building Trip this year. The weather was beautiful and the sophomores jumped right into their team activities. The students were divided into several groups. Some groups headed straight to the high ropes and zip line activities, while others worked on the ground to develop their communication skills.
The groups on the ground had to maneuver themselves into certain orders while blindfolded, work together to make it through obstacles, and strategize on how to transport objects across the complex. All of these activities required communication, leadership, and teamwork. As each group worked their way through the activities, they gained confidence and leaders emerged. The high ropes activities allowed for some free time, as well as an opportunity to overcome some hesitations about heights.
The students had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their day at Treetop Quest. Overall, it was a perfect day and the Class of 2020 showed great teamwork, positive attitudes, and immense enthusiasm!
11th Grade Team Building Trip
This year, the 11th-grade students traveled to Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia for their Team Building trip. Juniors were split into groups and worked together to learn and review the lake map. Groups headed to their boats and captains to begin their scavenger hunt around the lake. The teams were expected to locate as many answers to their clues using the map of the lake. Some students managed the compass, while others instructed the boat captain which direction to head. Many students helped map out their next clue.
Half way through their scavenger hunt, students made their way to the beach where they had lunch and got a quick break. Then, they headed back out onto the waters to finish out their quest. Students were faced with new challenges and had to work together to understand their map and maneuver across the lake. It was a beautiful day and overall the juniors enjoyed a great day outdoors with their classmates!
Senior TB Trip
Last Friday Saint Francis Varsity Football had a very busy weekend. Not only did the Knights put up a 21-17 win in a scrimmage against Mt. Vernon exhibiting great teamwork and hard work, they also worked together as a team at the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Sunday, August 20th. Along with a few of our Saint Francis cheerleaders, this team packed over 10,000 pounds of much needed food, toiletries, baby products and miscellaneous items to families who are in need.
Head Coach, Tim Mathis, was also there to cheer his team on! The community service event was led by Tina Harper and Hammond Reynolds (team parents). GO KNIGHTS!
Shown in the picture: Aiden Margow, Kevin Harper, Chris Ouellette, Jai Smith, Jesse Hudgens, Josh Gil, Cole Reynolds, Darron Willis, Sam Rissler, Peyton Newcomb, Josh Harps-Zhu, Hunter Jones, Emmanuel Beasley, Troy Beasley, Aaron Storzier, Alex Belin, Connor Brittin, Ayden Prigoff, Isaiah Wadsworth, Nick Kreitner, Trice Cannon, Ray Gosier, Andrew Whitesides, Tyler McComb, Conner Squire, Sam Hines, Caleb Snyder, Max Mitchell, Sam Smart, Foster Jones, Tate Gebhart, Jonathon Pittman, Jakwon Everson, Margo Kreitner, Samatha Stelling, and Maddie Ulmer.
Wallace Tucker, Jr. from Saint Francis High School has committed to play basketball for Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Colby is an NCAA DIII school that participates in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Wallace was a member of two State Championship Basketball teams at Saint Francis and during his time at the school the basketball program amassed 101 wins.
Mia Pitttman from Saint Francis High School has committed to play tennis for Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Mount St. Mary’s an NCAA DI school that participates in the Northeastern Conference. Mia played singles for the Lady Knights and helped lead the team to three consecutive State Playoff appearances.
Congratulations to Malik Beasley, Class of 2015!
Before he was a Florida State Seminole or a Denver Nugget, Malik Beasley was a boys basketball player at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta. Beasley scored 1,959 points for the Knights, grabbed 728 rebounds and led the high school hoops team from Alpharetta to two state titles in 2014 and 2015. Now, anytime anyone steps in St. Francis’ gym, they’ll know Beasley played there.
Beasley, who just completed his rookie NBA season, had his No. 5 jersey retired by St. Francis on Tuesday. He was in Alpharetta that day and stopped by the school to talk with the Knights’ current players.
“He always had a smile on his face,” St. Francis coach Drew Catlett told Nuggets.com. “Always had a great attitude. He just has an unbelievable work ethic. I’ve been coaching 30 years on different levels, I’m not sure I’ve ever been around a kid that works as hard as he does. … From where he was a freshman, if you think about it, in six years he’s playing in the NBA, it’s kind of an incredible journey.”
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had an inconsistent rookie season, splitting time between the Nuggets and a D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Beasley impressed there, averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game through 16 contests, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He shot nearly 46 percent from the floor there.
But the 20-year-old swingman was solid when he played in the big leagues too. Beasley played a combined 72 minutes in the Nuggets last two games of the season – a pair of wins over the Thunder and Mavericks – and tallied a total of 33 points, five assists, three steals and eight rebounds.
In 22 appearances for the Nuggets, Beasley averaged 3.8 points per game. Denver just missed the playoffs, finishing ninth in the west with a 40-42 record. Beasley and Jamal Murray are the Nuggets youngest players at just 20 years old, and both seem to be a part of the team’s plans going forward.
“You would have never thought I would have been somebody four or five years ago,” Beasley told Nuggets.com. “I was just a scrawny little kid just looking to have some fun. I didn’t start working hard until my junior year. My freshman and sophomore year I was still looking to play baseball and football. Then the dream changed.”
The Knights of the Round Table Award is given to the person that best exemplifies the spirit of our school and athletics. They exemplify the four ideals of our students: Honor, Perseverance, Aspiration and Service. They are a positive influence on team mates; they honor the sport and the team.
We are pleased to present our 2017 Knights of the Round Table recipients…
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LADY KNIGHTS!
GACA announces 2016-2017
Girls Basketball All-State Teams and
All State Coaches of the Year Awards
Honorees in All Divisions for All State Honors
March 20, 2017
The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association announced the recipients of All State Girls Basketball honors today. All divisions are included.
Class 1A North
Player of the Year: Maya Dodson, St. Francis and Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan
|Our Lady of Mercy
Saint Francis Alumni Kaiser Gates and Kobi Simmons will face off against each other in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Thursday. Gates’ #11 seeded Xavier Musketeers take on Simmons’ #2 seeded Arizona Wildcats in San Jose at 10:09pm on TBS. The winner advances to the Western Regional Final.