Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy is excited to announce that seniors Jason Thomas and Garrett Gall have been recognized by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarship is one of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy four pillars, and we are proud that Thomas and Gall are exemplifying it.

Thomas is a program Semifinalist, placing him in a pool of students representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Gall was named a Commended Student; Head of School Ms. Jennifer Mallett explains that this achievement places Gall among the 34,000 high school students receiving recognition for exceptional academic promise.

High school students across the country are entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the program.

“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation,” said a spokesperson for National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Thomas and Gall both credit Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy as a key factor in their success.

“I can accredit my academic success to my parents, as well as to the teachers at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, who genuinely care about the success of every student,” said Gall. “SJCA has also helped me to develop a strong work ethic, and has surrounded me with peers who are respectful and supportive of each other, inside and outside the classroom.”

Thomas noted, “Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy has helped me so much… I have had great teachers throughout my high school career who pushed me to be the best student I could be. Their efforts helped create the student that I am today.”

Both students plan to attend a four-year university to study engineering.

Athletic Update: Our Student Athletes are Doing Exciting Things this Season

Wolf Nation,

Our student athletes are doing exciting things both on and off the field this season. However, our Wolves need your continued support this fall as they continue to strive for success. There are still opportunities to help make this fall the best athletic season yet! Keep reading for our recap and opportunities to get involved.

Mark your calendars

The PAC will hold their next meeting on October 11th at 6:00 p.m. in room 204.  All are welcome to come help us organize fundraising efforts for this sports season.

The Boalsburg Turkey Trot is coming soon!

Registration for the 2018 Turkey Trot is now open!  Please be sure to check out the event website to register online. Spread the word!

PAC-Athletic Support Opportunities

Boys Soccer

The boys had this week off from competition and have used the time to work on team and individual goals for the rest of the fall. They are back in action next week on Thursday vs. Jersey Shore at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Last week, the girls defeated York Country Day School (4-1) for the first win in program history!

Goals were scored by Clare Marsh and Megan Bolich. Assists were made by by Mallory McCauley, Maggie Mangene and Riley Marflak. Cheer the girls on tomorrow, Thursday, September 27th as they take on  Bishop Carroll at 4:30 p.m.


On Sunday, the boys took second in the Wheeling Invitational, only losing to Kiski Prep by 4 strokes. Jack Mangene was tied for third, Matt Steyers was tied for tenth and RJ Marsh and Ryan Peachey were tied for twelfth. Congratulations to the boys for a great showing. On Monday, the boys were home for a match play event against Altoona. They tied the match in their first ever match play event.

The boys will start their postseason play this Thursday at Summit Country Club. Jack Mangene, Matt Steyers, Ryan Peachey, RJ Marsh and Jason Thomas will all be competing. Good luck, boys!

Girls Volleyball

This past Monday, both JV and Varsity dropped hard fought games to Juniata Valley.  And, on Tuesday, the girls fell to Central Mountain, despite bringing the heat on offense.  The girls are back in action tonight (Wednesday) against Grier School at 5pm for their 3rd game in three days.  Come out and show your support, the team would really appreciate it!

Cross Country

Over the weekend, both cross country teams ran at the PIAA Foundation Invitational.  Sera Mazza came in first in the girls’ A race and Carter Kauffman placed fifth in the boys’ A race.  They are back in action this weekend at the Carlisle Invitational. The boys will run at 11:30 a.m., followed by the girls at noon.

7th Annual Crystal Gala Theme Announced

The 7th Annual Crystal Gala will be held Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. Ticket sales will begin soon and sponsorships are currently being accepted.

Along with her volunteer committee, Event Chair Liz Forstmeier is excited to announce this year’s theme, An Evening in Tuscany. The event promises a unique and beautiful atmosphere, along with a delicious menu and wine pairing.

The committee is still seeking additional volunteers.The first volunteer meeting is Wednesday, September 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the school Knowledge Commons (Theology classroom). Committees include securing sponsors, decorations, ticket sales, live and silent auction items and more.

If you have any questions or want to help but cannot attend the first meeting, reach out to Liz at:

Local School Safety Roundtable

Physics teacher Christian Klepeiss and School Resource Officer Frances Pollack represented Saint Joe’s at a school safety roundtable on September 14 at the Philipsburg-Osceola Middle School, organized by Senator Jake Corman and the Majority Policy Committee. 
Part of the discussion centered on why funding and grants should also be available to non-public schools for student safety. Everyone who participated provided valuable feedback to the members of the committee and added to the ongoing discussions across the Commonwealth. 

Grant will Fund All-School Retreat

Saint Joe’s is grateful to the Independent Catholic Foundation in Altoona for a $1,500 grant for our upcoming all-school retreat, which will be given by a team from the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio.
The retreat will last for an entire school day sometime in the spring semester, and will include a variety of activities such as a mix of praise and worship music, talks, small group discussions, large group games, time for reflection and Mass. This will be the first all-school retreat in Saint Joe’s history. Faculty and staff hope that, in time, an all-school retreat becomes part of Saint Joe’s yearly traditions.
The gift was made through the Independent Catholic Foundation’s new Impact Grant Program, which distributed $34,368 to 23 Catholic organizations this year.

Athletic Update: Support our Wolves as we Prepare for Homecoming

Wolf Nation,

Our student-athletes would like to thank everyone who has come out to support our teams, joined Back the Pack and volunteered for home events. These three things are vital to the success of our teams! The support of parents, volunteers and the community is at the heart of our athletic program.  Please consider giving of your time, talents and treasure this year!

Please see below for our recap and opportunities to get involved.


Homecoming will take place during the week of October 8, with most of our fall teams playing at home.  The schedule of events from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Student Council will be out soon. Be sure to get out and cheer on the Wolves when they are home!

PAC-Athletic Support Opportunities

Boys Soccer

The boys will be away today, September 19, for their match against York Country Day School at 5:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

The girls will also be away today, September 19, for their match against York Country Day School at 4 p.m.


The varsity golf team had yet another tournament cancelled on Monday, September 17, due to weather. The boys look to get back out on the course and defend their title this Sunday at the Wheeling Tournament at Sunne Hanna Country Club in Johnstown. Next Monday the boys will be home for a match play event against Altoona.

Girls Volleyball

The girls dropped a very hard-fought match against Glendale in 5 games this past Monday.  A big shout out to the student section, which brought the volume the whole night! Let’s try and replicate that tonight, as the girls take on Williamsburg at home at 6 p.m., with varsity to follow.  Also, wish some luck to the girls as they play in a tournament this weekend at West Branch.

Cross Country

The cross country team traveled to Carlisle for the Ben Bloser Invitational on September 15.  The girls’ team placed fourth and the boys claimed third. Carter Kauffman placed first overall in the Boys A race, closely followed by Josh Hershbine in second.  Julia Cusatis took seventh in the girls Triple A race, while Sera Mazza took eighth. The team is back in action in Hershey at the PIAA Foundation Invitational this weekend.

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Go Wolves!


Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Senior Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

BOALSBURG, PA—Senior Jason Thomas is a Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Head of School Ms. Jennifer Mallett explains that this achievement places Thomas in a nationwide pool of Semifinalists representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

High school students across the country are entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the program. Approximately 16,000 were selected as Semifinalists.

Thomas’ hard work over four years at Saint Joseph’s is paying off. “I have worked so hard over the past four years to improve my writing, math, and test-taking skills, and I am happy that I achieved this goal.”

Thomas recognizes the impact and role Saint Joseph’s has played in his achievement, saying, “Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy has helped me so much in this regard. I have had great teachers throughout my high school career who pushed me to be the best student I could be. Their efforts helped create the student that I am today.”

The next step in the National Merit Scholarship Program is to apply for consideration as a Finalist. Ms. Mallett notes that there will be 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards worth a total of $32 million.

Thomas plans on attending a four-year university to study civil engineering.

Athletics Update: Urge our Wolves on to Victory

Wolf Nation,

The fall athletic season is now in full swing, and our Wolves are working hard to succeed, despite challenging weather. This week, our student athletes are looking forward to several exciting matches and events. The Wolves hope everyone will come out to enjoy the events and cheer them on to victory. Keep reading to find out how you can support the Wolves this week:

Boys’ Soccer:

Recap: The boys are away on Wednesday at Dayspring Christian and are hoping to pick up their first win. It should be a good game, so let’s wish them good luck!

  • Wednesday, September 12th vs. Dayspring Christian at 4:30
  • Wednesday, September 19th vs. York Country Day N.A.

Girls’ Soccer:

Recap: The girls are off this week but will be back in action next Wednesday at an away game against York Country Day.

  • Wednesday, September 19th vs. York Country Day N.A.


Recap: The JV match was cancelled due to course conditions yesterday. The Varsity team hopes to play their home match at Mountain View Country Club on Thursday September 13th against Bald Eagle and Penn’s Valley. Good luck boys!

Girls’ Volleyball:

Recap: Both the JV and Varsity girls achieved victories in last Wednesday’s matches against Juniata. This week, the girls dropped a tough one on Monday in 3 sets against Moshannon Valley. Thank you to all the students who made the Blue Out possible, and we will see you at the next home game!!! Today’s game vs. Sugar Valley Charter School is cancelled, as our opponent had to cancel school due to flooding.

  • Monday, September 17th vs. Glendale JV at 6, Varsity follows

Cross Country:

Recap: The Wolves made a good showing at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational last Friday. The girls finished 5th, behind Julia Cusatis, who placed 7th overall, and Sera Mazza, who placed 8th overall. The boys finished 12th, behind Carter Kauffman, who placed 4th overall.

  • Saturday, September 15th, Ben Bloser Invitational at Carlisle HS

Go Wolves!

Update submitted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Family Feature: The Burris Family Finds an Excellent Fit at Saint Joe’s

Camden Burris may not come from a Catholic family, but his parents say that they’d be hard pressed to find a better fit for him than Saint Joe’s, and they believe that the cost of tuition for a quality education is well worth it.

Thanks to small class sizes and the attention of teachers who are able to work closely with him to achieve all that he’s capable of, Camden is thriving.

“He has been able to grow in an environment where growth and achievement are expected,” says his dad, Jeff Burris. “His teachers care for and push their students to succeed every day. He has learned to respect and appreciate those who respect and appreciate him. Most importantly, he has become a young man who is happy with who he is, but he knows that in order to achieve he can’t stand still, or others will pass him.”

As it’s likely that he will be a college athlete in the future, it is important to Camden’s parents that he learns the value of hard work and how it can pay off in the end.

“We needed to provide him with the ability to learn as much as possible at the high school level, and Saint Joe’s offered that,” Jeff says. “He needed to be around kids who are high achieving and teachers who build on a child’s strengths to help them achieve great things. Camden has learned that if you do more, you get more — or at least have a chance to get more. Saint Joe’s shows the same thing to its students every day.”

Although Camden isn’t Catholic, he and his parents are thankful that faith is present in the school.

“I enjoy hearing a prayer before events,” he says. “I enjoy seeing my son learning about God, which is an important aspect of education that’s missing from public schools. Basically, I believe integrating faith into education provides a respect for humanity that is missing elsewhere.”

When it comes to education, Jeff believes that it’s important to find the right fit for your child.

“No place is for everyone, but this place is for Camden,” he says. “He’s happy, he’s more confident, he’s around great kids and great teachers, and he’s in an environment that fosters growth. Nothing is free, but I believe sending my child to Saint Joe’s is an investment in his future.”

Join us for Back to School Night

Mark your calendar for Saint Joe’s Back to School Night, which will be held at the school on September 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Attendees will receive a tour of the school, meet the teachers, learn about upcoming events, and learn about other opportunities to get involved.

Saint Joe’s invites all students, parents, and other members of the Saint Joe’s community to attend. Hope to see you there!