Catholic Schools….Now more than ever!


Twenty years ago, Saint Pope John Paul II said to an audience of Catholic educators in New Orleans: “Yours is a great gift to the Church, a great gift to your nation.” Countless people in our country have been blessed by the many gifts of Catholic schools. However, many adults have lost touch with their local Catholic school community. It is time for those people who have been impacted by your school to reconnect with the community that gave them so much, and give back.

With this recognition in mind, NCEA is pleased to present the online giving campaign: Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. Make your gift to a Catholic school on January 29-30!

For the 2018 Day of Giving, more than $859,000 was raised from 6,957 donations to 539 schools, six dioceses and NCEA. This is just one example of the strength Catholic schools hold when we work together to promote the faith-filled and academically excellent education we all have at the core of our shared mission.


Many Gifts, One Nation is a national campaign focused on giving back locally, similar to Giving Tuesday or Small Business Saturday. Donors will connect directly with your school. This campaign allows everyone who has been impacted by Catholic schools to join together and give back.

Between January 29, 12 PM and January 30, 12 PM, follow the link to our giving page and give back!

Give a Gift here!

Don’t forget to let others know that you participated. Share on your social media networks and challenge your former teachers, classmates and friends to give as well! Remember—Many Gifts, One Nation will only be available for 24 hours. Make sure every gift happens during this time!

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Senior Internships

Our Seniors have the opportunity to participate in internships this year, and they are doing some incredible work!

“I am interning under Dr. Kathryn Kohl in her laboratory at Winthrop University. Using research rooted in Mendelian genetics, I am studying meiotic recombination in Drosophila melanogaster, or the common fruit fly! I begged for an opportunity to work under Dr. Kohl after a summer work experience at a university in Pennsylvania, where I initially discovered my interest in genetics, but also in research as a whole. I intend to study biology with a concentration in genetics after I graduate from St. Anne and hope to continue molecular research even at the graduate level.”

“I am interning at Whitesell Investigative Services and Rock Hill Forensic Police Department. The reason why I chose to intern at these two particular places is because both are connected to my future career which is criminology and I’m able to experience and learn from their field of work. This internship relates to my future aspirations to become a forensic crime scene investigator.”

“I am an intern at the Blackwelder Law Firm in York, SC. This is a criminal defense law firm. At the beginning of my junior year, I met Attorney Blackwelder at a university presentation where she spoke about her alma mater and her career as a criminal defense attorney; after her presentation, I went up, introduced myself, and told her of my aspiration to become a lawyer. At this time, she had just opened up her law firm and needed help with the expansion of her law firm. Thus, we discussed the potential for me to become an intern at her law firm. For the past year and a half, I have gained first-hand experience reviewing case files, contacting local courts, discussing defense strategy, researching legal issues, and attending trials. I have been exposed to unsavory circumstances when watching police videos and reading police reports– I have even had the opportunity to visit clients in jail. Since I have yet to attend law school, there have been many situations where I have been challenged to educate myself on legal procedures and case law. Working at a criminal defense attorney’s office has opened my eyes to the nuances and burdens of the criminal justice system; it has also inspired me to pursue a career in law. Specifically, I have considered becoming a defense attorney, or practicing international law.”

“I am currently interning on two Winthrop University mainstage shows with a theater professor. When I am not interning there, I am helping Ms. Camp with departmental things at the lower school such as coaching Middle School students, assisting with fifth-grade drama, and putting together a prologue program for the Miracle Worker. I chose to intern at both SAS and Winthrop because I want to see the JPG Program grow and flourish, and the first step is starting young. I chose Winthrop because I am planning on majoring in Drama next year and my position on the productions allow me to have a “first glimpse” into what a collegiate program looks like. Since I am planning on pursuing theater professionally both these opportunities have allowed me to understand teaching artistry and professional acting.”

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

What an incredible time of celebration for St. Anne School! On Friday, June 1st we celebrated the final mass of the school year. Each class received a unique “commission” from Father Fabio, and the students responded “I say yes my Lord, in all the good times and all the bad times, I say yes my Lord, to every word you speak.”

Following our final mass, the first annual High School Awards Ceremony was held to honor our high school students who have gone above and beyond this school year. We are proud of their many accomplishments. We are also proud of the 8th grade class of 2018 during their time in K-8 here at St. Anne School. We are beyond blessed to welcome some of them back to 9th grade on the SPN campus and wish those leaving us the very best during their high school years. Thank you parents for attending these ceremonies and joining in community to celebrate our students.

A sincere thank you to those who attended high school graduation on Saturday. What an incredible celebration of the first graduating class of St. Anne Catholic School. Through each speech and prayer, this incredible group of young men and women reminded us of the core values our faculty and staff work every day to instill in our students: Gratitude – Faith – Perseverance – Fortitude – Solidarity!

They leave behind the legacy of St. Anne High School, and we are proud and grateful for their accomplishments and commitment to our school. The Class of 2018 is “faithful,” they are “fearless,” they are St. Anne!

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Fiddler on the Roof a huge success!

The St. Anne performance of Fiddler on the Roof was a smashing success!  St. Anne welcomed over 400 people through its doors  to two sold out performances on April 27th and 28th.  The production was student-driven with cast and crew handling everything from top to bottom- costumes, makeup, sets, tech, and much more.  The performance served as the directorial debut for St. Anne teacher and actress, Ms. Saluda Camp. Congratulations to the many who helped make this performance the best yet!

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Annual 8th Grade Trip to Charleston!

Our 8th grade class traveled to Charleston in April for the much anticipated end-of-year 8th grade trip!  The students had the opportunity to delve into the history of the beautiful Holy City with a walking tour, visits to the Yorktown and Fort Sumter, a Ghost Tour, and much more.  The trip is a tradition at St. Anne, and our 8th graders had a fantastic time!

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Alex Riginos named Co-Chair for Girl Up Teen Advisor Class of 2018-2019

A HUGE congratulations to 11th grader, Alex Riginos, on her recent appointment as Co-Chair for the Girl Up Teen Advisor Class of 2018-2019!  Alex founded the St. Anne Chapter of Girl Up in 2015 and was one of 24 girls chosen nationwide to serve as a Girl Up Teen Advisor in 2017. Check out the links below to learn more!

Girl Up Announces 2018-2019 Teen Advisors Featuring Largest, Most Global Class of Girl Leaders

Alexandra Riginos, Co-Chair


Yahoo! Meet Girl Up’s 24 new Teen Advisors who are here to prove ‘the present is female’


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St. Anne feature article on Notre Dame website!

A Commitment to Diversity: First Racially-Integrated School in South Carolina Continues its Legacy through Latino Outreach

By Manuel Fernandez | Program Director, Latino Enrollment Institute

Aug. 23, 2017

Every school has a story to tell.

Throughout the six-year history of the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI), we have seen Catholic school principals from all over the country come to the LEI in the hopes of transforming their schools, and in essence, change their school’s story. Some schools are near closing and desperately need to increase enrollment quickly. Other schools already have a large Latino population and simply want to start serving them better. And still schools see their neighborhoods, their country, and the Church changing and want to be proactive in making sure their school is ready for this inevitable change.

When Shaileen Riginos of St. Anne Catholic School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, applied to the LEI in the summer of 2015, she asked herself, “What do I want our school story to be?” Their enrollment was healthy, their finances were in order, and parents were happy with the direction of the school. But one major area gnawed at her. Despite the fact that St. Anne’s parish was 28 percent Latino, there were very few Latinos enrolled in the school. With the cost of tuition, attracting low-income families was proving to be difficult.

Shaileen also had a legacy to fulfill. St. Anne had been a leader in diversity since its inception in 1951, when just three years after opening it became the first racially integrated school in South Carolina. It was important for Shaileen to continue St. Anne’s legacy of being a welcoming community to people of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

As it turns out, coming to the LEI turned out to be a godsend for not only her school, but Shaileen as well. “The LEI opened my eyes to the needs of Catholic schools nationwide and of our own school here in Rock Hill, and one of the most significant ways we can help not only Catholic schools and the Church, but even more importantly, Latino children and families, was to get them into our schools. And I knew at that point that St. Anne needed to do that.”

St. Anne is blessed to have an extremely supportive pastor, Father Fabio Refosco. Father Fabio wanted to begin right away, but he wanted to do it right, in a way that would serve the needs of his community and his school. He and Shaileen decided to start small. Because of the cost of tuition, he knew he would need to find enough scholarship money to serve the needs of low-income families. Displaying a keen business sense, Father Fabio found enough scholarship money to offer financial assistance to active Latino parishioners seeking a Catholic education.

On her end, Shaileen got to work immediately. Using the strategies she learned from her time at the LEI, she reached out to theLatino community and found many families excited at the prospect of joining such a faith-filled school. Her staff immediately bought in and welcomed their new families with open arms.

“I received no pushback whatsoever from my staff. Everything happened so naturally. It was a beautiful thing to watch unfold.”

As a result of all of the hard work of Fr. Fabio, Shaileen, and her staff, St. Anne has seen the diversity of her school increase exponentially. St. Anne went from eighteen Latino students before attending the LEI to forty-five Latino students today. And the school’s Latino students come from all over globe: Spain, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico, showing strength in diversity even within the Latino community.

Shaileen now knows St. Anne’s story. It is a story of faith, love, growth, and not insignificantly, a true commitment to diversity. It has been that way since 1954 when, against intense outside pressure to remain segregated, St. Anne’s opened its doors to five African-American children from a nearby parish. And it carries on today as St. Anne welcomes families from countries such as Vietnam, China, Spain, Mexico, Germany, India, and many more.

“Our diversity is a major strength. Coming to the LEI helped us expand that. Helping our Latino families and our low-income families is honestly the BEST part of my job. The parents have been so incredibly appreciative of the gifts our school gives them, but they don’t realize that we are the blessed ones to be able to work with them. Those are the moments when I know that Catholic education makes a difference!”

A wonderful story indeed.


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