Athletic Recognition Surprise


Candice with mom in uniform

 As part of their annual Athletic Recognition Night on Sunday, April 27th, Saint Francis High School was able help facilitate a special surprise for senior Candice Williams.  Angela Williams, Candice’s mother, is a Chief Warrant Officer in the US Army and had not been home since October.  She had just finished her tour of duty in Kuwait and she was granted special permission to leave her debriefing in Texas early to arrive back in Georgia to surprise her daughter, who was receiving an award from her Volleyball Coach, Aisha Kennedy.

The idea all started six days before the ceremony with an email from Chief Warrant Officer Williams to Coach Kennedy letting her know that she thought she would return home by the weekend. Candice was going to receive a Knight of the Round Table award, an annual award given to one athlete from each team that best exhibits the qualities of a great teammate, from the Volleyball team.  That gave Coach Kennedy an idea.

“I immediately thought how great it would be if Angela was there to see Candice receive her Knight of the Round table award,” said Coach Kennedy.  When Angela confirmed that she would be back in Georgia in time Coach Kennedy took the news to Chad McConnell, Saint Francis Athletic Director, and Colette Staak, High School Principal.

“We collectively came up with an awesome idea for how we could surprise Candice by having her mother present the award to her,” said Kennedy. “I knew it would be a huge surprise for Candice.”

“We knew we could hide Angela backstage where neither Candice nor any of her fellow students could see her,” Mr. McConnell stated.  “It worked perfectly.  As Candice walked on stage to receive her Knight of the Round Table award from Coach Kennedy, Angela stepped out with the award plaque, a stuffed animal and a huge smile to greet her daughter.”

Once the Saint Francis athletes and families realized what was happening, a heart-felt standing ovation that lasted several minutes began.  Candice’s younger sister, Nadia, rushed onto the stage to get a hug from mom as well.

As the applause died down Mrs. Staak stepped to the podium to thank Angela for her service and welcome her home.  Ms. Staak further explained that, “A very special thing about the Williams family is that Candice’s dad, Major Lawrence Williams served in Bagram, Afghanistan and returned home last March, in time for Candice’s mother Angela to return to active duty in Kuwait.  Throughout her parents’ commitment and duty to our country, Candice has been a positive role model for all of us.  This is an amazing family.  We thank Mr. and Mrs. Williams for their service to our country and welcome home Chief Warrant Officer Angela Williams.”

Of the surprise, Candice said, “The emotions that I felt were indescribable. I see this stuff in the movies or on TV, but I never thought it would happen to me. It was of feeling of joy that I’ve never felt before


Junior, Katherine Coyne, Awarded Grand Prize in City of Milton Art Contest

Congratulations to Katherine Coyne, Junior, Grand Prize winner of the Milton Grows Green School Art Contest with her art piece entitled “Earth Mother” utilizing recycled materials. The winning art was displayed in the MGG Booth at Earth Day, this Saturday, April 19th. In addition they will be displayed at Milton City Hall for the month of May. These winners will be announced at about 12:30 pm at the Earth Day Festival stage and the gift cards given to the 2 Grand Prize winners at that time.

Milton Grows Green.GIFMilton Grows Green (MGG) is a citizens’ committee advocating responsibly managed growth by conserving and protecting resources, while preserving Milton’s heritage and natural landscape for future generations.

Milton Grows Green Committee has stated goals consistent with the mission and values of the City of Milton including to: preserve and enhance the City of Milton’s rural character; encourage appropriate and sustainable growth for present and future generations; identify standards and incentives for greener, more sustainable building practices; promote sound public policy by providing research and information on practices that protect natural resources; develop a framework for evaluating and recommending and/or implementing appropriate initiatives; and, raise awareness and influence personal choices in ways that improve the health and quality of life for residents.

St. Francis Players Selected to All-State Basketball Teams

Georgia Sportswriters releases their 2014 All State Basketball teams for boys and girls.

Congratulations to the following St. Francis players:

Class A All-State Boys 1st Team – Mali Beasley

Class A All-State Boys 2nd Team – Kobe Jordan-Simmons and Kaiser Gates

Class A All-State Girls 1st Team – Candice Williams

Class A All-State Girls 2nd Team – Abby Grant

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Move on to 2nd Round in State Playoffs

Saint Francis Boys and Girls won their 1st Round of State Playoffs last night (2/25/14) and will host the 2nd Round of Playoff games on Thursday, February 27th.  The Lady Knights host ELCA at 6:00 p.m. and the Knights will host Holy Innocents’ at 7:30 p.m.

1st Round Recap….

The Knights were victorious over Hebron Christian, 90 to 47.  Malik Beasley led St. Francis with 21 points and added nine rebounds.  Kaiser Gates finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds,  Kobi Simons added 16 points, 7 boards and 5 assists.  McKinley Brown notched a double-double with 10 point and 10 assists.

Our Lady Knights defeated Pace Academy 74-31 in the Sweet 16. Nichel Tampa 11 points and 6 steals, Kasi Kushkituah had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, Abby Grant put up 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while Candice Williams led the team with 28 points, 7 rebounds,  4 steals and 3 assists.

Go Knights!!!

Varsity Wrestlers Advance to State Finals

St. Francis sent 6 varsity wrestlers to compete at Sectionals this past weekend at Holy Innocents’ and 3 of our wrestlers advance to the State Finals by virtue of finishing in the Top 4 in their weight class:

  • Seth Cecil qualified by finishing 2nd in the 285lb class.  
  • Ethan Sparks finished 2nd in the 106lb class.  
  • Taylor Weaver finished 3rd in the 120lb class.

In addition both Jack Kirkpatrick and Trent Casssidy finished 5th in their weight classes.


Knights Victorious Over North Cobb Christian

Congratulations to the JV Boys on their 44-36 victory over North Cobb Christian. The JV Knights are now 5-2 on the season.

The Varsity Knights defeated the Eagles of North Cobb Christian 60-59 in a great game. The victory put the Knights in first place in the region with a 6-1 region record and an overall record of 11-5. The Knights were lead by Malik Beasley with 24 points and 8 rebounds, Kobi Simmons with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and McKinley Brown with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Lady Knights defeat north Cobb Christian 72-17 

Candice Williams had 13 points, 3 rebounds,  2 assists and 2 steals, Abby Grant put up 12pts and Jasmine Feraro had 12 points,  3 rebounds and 4 steals, Yasmeen posted 8 points,  5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 5 blocks, while Taja Cummings added 9 points,  5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists as our Lady Knights move on to a 13-1 overall record and 5-0 in region play!

Congrats to our Lady Knights!! 

Nathan Waller, Jr. Named to 2013 Georgia Sportswriters All-State Football Team

Nathan Waller #22 WR/LB

Nathan Waller #22


Congratulations to Nathan Waller (Jr.) for being named Honorable Mention, WR,  for Division A by the 2013 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Football Team.  Fall 2013 was only the second full GHSA football season for Saint Francis and Nathan is our first All-State football award recipient.

Saint Francis Book & Arts Festival

The Saint Francis Book & Arts Festival is finally here! Please plan to join us this Friday, December 6th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., when the Library and the High School Art Department will jointly host this year’s in-store event at Barnes & Noble Mansell Crossing. Twenty percent of all sales using promo code 11192184 will benefit the Saint Francis School library.

If you can’t make it Friday night, the promo code is good all weekend, or you can go online to Throughout the weekend, student artwork will be on display and students will be on hand to greet patrons and represent Saint Francis. This is a great opportunity to support our school and get your holiday shopping done at the same time!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you,

Amanda Butler
School Library Media Specialist
Saint Francis Schools
13440 Cogburn Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
678.339.9989 ext. 29

Jr. Beta Club Organizes Food Drive

This year the Saint Francis Middle School Junior Beta Club hopes to collect 1500 items this year between December 2nd and December 11th. Food Pantry

‘Tis the season; the holidays are rapidly approaching!  Stores have Thanksgiving and holiday décor on display, and all of us are excited about the time with our friends and families.  While this is a joyous time of year for most of us, it can be extremely difficult for others in our local communities.  To help these families in need, the Saint Francis Middle School Junior Beta Club is joining North Fulton Community Charities to organize a food drive to help stock their Food Pantry.

The North Fulton Community Charities help families in the Roswell and Alpharetta areas.  They currently serve 130 families daily with approximately 115 of these families receiving food assistance.   Distributing 2.0 tons of food a day, the NFCC relies on donations from the community.  Thus, we are seeking your help.

The Saint Francis Middle School Junior Beta Club hopes to collect 1500 items this year between December 2nd and December 11th.  To reach this goal, we are asking each student to bring in five items from the list below to the student’s homeroom.  Please bring the donations in a paper bag All donations are greatly appreciated regardless of amount and may be dropped off at the St. Francis Middle School office.  The items below are those for which NFCC is of immediate need.

As of November 1, 2013 the following items are in short supply in the Food Pantry.

Listed in order of greatest need!

Cereal & Oatmeal
Meals in a can (ravioli, beef stew, chili, beef-a-roni, etc)
Bagged Rice
Canned tuna & meats (chicken, ham, etc)
Canned vegetables (peas, carrots, potatoes, mixed vegetables, etc but NO corn)
Canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, navy – any beans but NO green beans)
Canned fruit (peaches, fruit cocktail, pears, etc)
Peanut butter and jelly (no glass containers)
Diapers (large sizes 4, 5 and 6)
Toiletries (bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, etc)
Meals in boxes (hamburger helper, tuna helper, etc)
Tomato products & pasta sauce (but NO pasta)
Canned soup – non-cream based (chicken noodle, vegetable beef, etc)
Dry beans – 1pound bags (black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, etc)
Baking items (cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, flour, sugar, etc)

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.


The Saint Francis Junior Beta Club

Knights Victorious at Hoops for A Cure Classic

St. Francis opens the 2013-14 Basketball Season hosting the
Verizon Hoops for a Cure Classic November 15th and 16th.


Date Opponent Result
Game Details: Verizon “Hoops for a Cure” Tip-Off Classic
  • Player of the Game:  Kobi Jordan-Simmons, SF
76 – 37Win
Game Details: Verizon “Hoops for a Cure” Tip-Off Classic
  • Player of the Game: Kaiser Gates, SF
81 – 40Win

Girls – 

  1. 57-56 (W) – St. Francis vs. Tucker

    Played on 11/16/2013 8:30 PM

    11/16 @ 08:30 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT1 Final
    Tucker 17 8 14 10 7 56
    St. Francis 9 14 12 14 8 57

    The St. Francis Knights girls basketball team won Saturday’s home non-conference game against Tucker by a score of 57-56. 

  2. 69-43 (W) – St. Francis vs. Jonesboro

    Played on 11/15/2013 7:00 PM

    11/15 @ 07:00 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
    Jonesboro 0 0 0 0 43
    St. Francis 0 0 0 0 69

    The St. Francis Knights girls basketball team won Friday’s home non-conference game against Jonesboro by a score of 69-43. 

The St. Francis Knights girls basketball team won Tuesday’s November 12th  away non-conference game against Drew by a score of 70-69.