High School Students Earn Art Awards

Congratulations to the following high school students for winning Honorable Mentions in the recent Cleveland Institute of Art 2D/3D Competition.  Student from across the county compete in this national art competition:

Photography – 

  • Sophomore – Kate o’Grady
  • Junior – Chloe Bohan
  • Seniors –  Sophia Boudoutis and Ashley Herman

 Ceramics – 

  • Junior –  Sarah Gibeaut
  • Seniors –  Payton Sutton, Allie Vaccaro, and Michael Windley


Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards & Symposium Exhibit –

Congratulations go to Hamzah Niazi and Allie Vaccaro for winning awards in the Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium Exhibit at the University of West Georgia. Hamzah won 3rd place and Allie an Honorable Mention. Caleb Cover, Jack Gruskin and Paton Sutton also had pieces in the exhibit and all are on the Exhibit poster. The organizers of the show said this was the finest show of work by high school students in the 14 years of the competition.

Elementary Visits Tellus Museum

Our Saint Francis 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders went on a fabulous field trip March 2nd to the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.  Students in grades 1 – 2 experimented with materials that attract and repel magnets.  Third graders investigated different soil samples to discover what soil holds the most water, and observed different kinds of rocks, geodes, and petrified wood, in addition to panning for gems in the sand.

Varsity Baseball to Play at Coolray Field

Saint Francis Knights Baseball has TWO EXTRA exciting Baseball games this season!


GAME 1 – COME WATCH our Varsity Saint Francis Knights vs. Bowden at Coolray Field on Friday, March 31st at 8:00 PM.  Tickets available at the gate.

GAME 2 – Join us for Saint Francis Night at Coolray Field on Saturday, May 13th at 6:05 PM.
Gwinnett Braves vs. Columbus Clippers  (Tickets includes a Gwinnett Braves hat.)

A NON-UNIFORM DAY is included with attendance to each game.
Tickets can be purchased for GAME 2 with this Saint Francis Baseball Ticket Order Form.

Ticket order must be returned to your Saint Francis school office with payment by May 13th.


2017 Middle School Science Fair

Our 6th-grade science classes were divided into groups to complete different experiments using the scientific method while collaborating with their team members.  Through their joints efforts, student researched, experimented, and provided data to support their hypothesis.  All information was displayed for others to preview.

Topics included:

  • Which material is the best insulator for heat?
  • How does pore space affect the movement of water through sand, soil, and gravel?
  • What affects the rate of Evaporation?

    Luke Johnson and Ella Shiver

These topics allowed the students to gather information that supports the reason for planting seeds in soil versus sand, and how the use of the styrofoam cup was better for hot chocolate than a plastic cup.  Students will continue throughout the year studying new topics to hone their skills.

Katie Dixon

All States Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Catherine Croker (Senior) on winning Honorable Mention in the All States Art Competition.  Catherine’s teapot along with Sarah Gibeaut’s (Junior) and Jack Kinney’s (Junior) pieces are on display at the Ingless Gallery at Columbus State University through Friday.

Teapot by Senior, Catherine Croker

Teapot by Senior,
Catherine Croker


All students in the exhibit are state winners, this final round of awards are the top honors in this competition. The awards ceremony will be held at the end of the symposium Friday.

Front by Junior, Sarah Gibeaut

Front by Junior,
Sarah Gibeaut

Blue Ribbons by Junior, Jack Kinney

Blue Ribbons by Junior, Jack Kinney

Knights and Lady Knights Advance to State Basketball Quarterfinals




Congratulations to our varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams. Both have advanced to the Quarterfinals of the State Playoffs.

The girls will host Pinecrest on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30.  Tickets for this game will be $7.00

The boys will travel to Aquinas (Augusta, GA) on Wednesday, March 1st and tip-off at 7:30.



5 Questions with Maya Dodson, Sr.

5 questions with Maya Dodson: St. Francis star aims for ‘three-peat’ (Reprint from Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Maya Dodson holds the second of two state-championship trophies she's won at St. Francis.

Maya Dodson holds the second of two state-championship trophies she’s won at St. Francis.

Maya Dodson of St. Francis is the No. 1 senior women’s basketball recruit in Georgia and No. 11 player nationally, according to HoopGurlz. The 6-foot-3 wing has scored 1,170 points and has 673 rebounds and 226 blocked shots in her three seasons at St. Francis, during which Dodson has led the Knights to consecutive state championships. Dodson has signed with Stanford.

Here are five quick questions with Dodson as she and St. Francis get ready for the state tournament, which begins this weekend. St. Francis (24-4) is ranked No. 1 in the Class A private-school division.

How do you see the Class A private-school state tournament playing out, and how does St. Francis match up with top contenders Holy Innocents’ and Wesleyan?

‘’Our plan is to three-peat as state champions. I really don’t know much about playing either one since they had been in Class AA. Holy Innocents’ won the AA championship last year and Wesleyan the year before. Both teams are great, and we will have to bring our A game no matter who we play. This will be great way to end my high school career.’’

What were your experiences with Team USA and best memories of last summer?

‘’My Team USA experience was surreal. From the tryouts to the practices to the competition in Spain, it really stretched me and made me a much better player. All of us on the team made a bond that will last forever. My best memory was being in the medal game against China and all of us coming together for the win. Of course getting a medal and hearing your national anthem is the best feeling of all.’’ [Dodson won a bronze medal with Team USA at the FIBA U17 world championships in Zaragoza, Spain. Dodson started all seven games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds.]

How do you feel about your selection to the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago and also being able to play there with your St. Francis teammate Kasiyahna Kushkitua?

‘’It is a distinct honor and a glorious milestone in my basketball career. I grew up watching these games and thinking about how cool it would be to be chosen to play. This is a dream come true! [As far as playing with Kushkitua … ] It’s going to be awesome! Kasi and I have had much success on the high school stage. We have become good friends over the years. To share this honor being her teammate one last time will be a lasting memory.’’

What do you want to accomplish between now and when you go to Stanford, and why?

‘’Besides winning our third state championship, I just want to get better. I will try to improve in specific aspects of my game. I will report this summer. I want to be prepared to work hard and contribute.’’

What will you be doing in seven years?

‘’This is a tough one. That seems like a lifetime away. I would have finished a successful career at Stanford for a start. I hope to continue playing, whether it’s WNBA, overseas or both. I also would like to start my own business. If I could combine basketball with a business, it would be the best-case scenario!’’


Tip Off Time – State Tournament Playoff Doubleheader

2nd Round State Tournament Playoff Doubleheader

It’s official! The Lady Knights and Knights Basketball Teams will be hosting a doubleheader at Saint Francis in the 2nd Round of the State Tournament Playoffs on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Lady Knights will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. against the Paideia Pythons and the Knights will go up against the Tallulah Falls Indians at 7:30 p.m.
Admission fee is $10.00.

 Reminder: Students and Booster Club Members must pay an admissions fee for GHSA State Tournament Playoff games.
Go Knights!

Lady Knights are 2017 Region 6A Champions

2017 Region 6A Basketball Champions

2017 Region 6A Basketball Champions

Our Lady Knights reigned victorious on Friday, February 10 in their 91-40 win over Pinecrest becoming the 2017 Region 6A Tournament Champs. Six different Lady Knights finished in double figures scoring, led by Nichel Tampa’s 18 points.

State Playoff brackets are released on Wednesday.  The Lady Knights will have a first-round bye and host a second- round game on February 22nd.

Congratulations Lady Knights!!

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball in Region 6-A Tournament

SF logoCongratulations to our varsity boys and girls basketball teams as they move forward in the Region 6-A Tournament.

The girls were victorious over Excel on February 7th and will play Fellowship Christian on Friday, February 110th at 3:00 p.m. at Darlington School.

After winning their game with Mt. Zion our boys will play Mt. Paran on Friday, February 10th, at 6:00 p.m. at Darlington School.

Good Luck to our teams – GO KNIGHTS!