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Magee surpasses 1,000 career points

by SCOTT BRIGGS - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This article is courtesy of TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

SJHS star Kathryn Magee joins her father as a member of high school basketball’s 1,000-point club

Positioned on the sidelines in front of her team’s bench, Kathryn Magee made an inbound pass to teammate Shania Graham with just under nine minutes left in the game.

Graham barely had possession of the basketball before giving it back to Ma-gee, who planted her feet and drained a three-pointer from the corner. The clutch triple gave Magee 1,002 career points en route to helping her Saint John High School Greyhounds to a 67-64 win over the Sussex Regional Sonics Saturday at Harbour Station.

Magee and Megan Stewart scored 14 points apiece for the Greyhounds, while Graham added 10. Lauren Flemming led Sussex with 14 points, while Reese Baxendale and Kennedy Baird each had 11.

The Sonics led the girls AAA contest 46-44 after three quarters. That was before Magee hit two corner threes and made two foul shots in the final frame.

Shortly after the final buzzer, the Greyhounds retreated to their locker room and applauded the Grade 12 shooting guard for reaching her milestone. Her team presented her with a plaque for joining the 1,000-point club.

“I’m really excited right now and we just beat Sussex,” Magee said.“That’s a big accomplishment for us.”

Her first three, the one that put her over 1,000 points, came with 8:43 left in regulation. Not long after, Greyhounds head coach Bill Mayberry pulled Magee off the court. He put his arm around her while revealing the significance of her shot.

“I actually had no idea how close I was,” she said. “I thought about it this morning, but never thought anything of it, and then my coach pulled me off.”

Magee’s parents, Chris and Ann, along with her grandparents, were on hand for the special occasion. Chris scored 1,205 points in his hoops career at Kennebecasis Valley High School, where he was teammates with May-berry.

“It just shows you the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Mayberry said. “Kathryn has been a joy to coach for three years. You like to remember them all, but she’s one of those special kids that comes along every once in a while.”

Before Magee became a standout with the Greyhounds, Chris was her coach. The father-daughter tandem were together through the minor ranks, including puppy, junior-mini, mini and bantam. She eventually landed at SJHS, making the varsity team in Grade 10.

“I was the youngest on the team, but my teammates were all really welcoming,” Magee recalled. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Still, Magee didn’t lack confidence as a rookie, realizing her strength was putting up points.

“I don’t want to sound cocky, but shooting is basically my job on the team, and scoring is what I’m supposed to do for them”Magee said.“I did expect to score.”

That was the case on Saturday, but she didn’t truly heat up until the fourth quarter. Magee had a couple in the first, two more off a baseline hook in the second and a slick floater from close range in the third.

After her first three broke the 1,000-point barrier in the fourth quarter, it was as if a burden had been lifted.

“It boosted my confidence a little,” she admitted.

Graham, who’s been Magee’s teammate since bantam, knew she wanted to get the ball back to Magee. The two worked the give-and-go to perfection to set up the big trey.

“That’s a big accomplishment, I’m jealous,”Graham said with a wide smile. “That’s really cool. I’m really proud of her. I’m so glad that I had the chance to play with her.

“She believes in herself and never gives up. She’s a great person and she’s there for you.”

Chris credits his daughter for all the work she did to reach the special mark.

“She’s worked on her own in the summers,”he said.“She’s spent a lot of time in the gym, and Bill deserves a lot of credit because he spent a lot of time with her. She’s put herself in a position where she’s built on some skill that’s she’s had, and she’s improved it over the years.

“She’s also been very fortunate to play on teams with good teammates,” the proud father added. “It’s kind of special that someone I played with at KVHS has been her coach at Saint John High. Bill brings that same intensity that he had on the court.

“He’s extremely good with the kids and Kathryn has very much enjoyed playing for him these past three years, and his assistant (Jillian) Wilton is the same. She brings a great deal of intensity and a desire to compete, which is important for these girls to understand. Every time they go out on the floor, they need to do the very best they can.”

The Greyhounds will soon begin playoffs, a sure sign that winter is winding down. And even though Magee will graduate from SJHS this spring, she’d like to continue playing basketball in college.

While she would look great in a uniform at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, she’s exploring different options. The only certainty, at this point at least, is that she wants to study business.

“We’ll see what happens,”the 17-year-old scoring sensation said. “I kind of want to get away, but I haven’t fully decided yet.”

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EXAMS are coming soon to SJHS!!!

by Webstaff - Friday, January 9, 2015

Students are earnestly studying and preparing for their upcoming exams here at Saint John High School. Beginning Monday, January 19th, 9 am, students will begin writing exams. Students should arrive to their exam setting early and prepared to write for the full 2 hours.

Grade 9 students will write their ELPA exams at 3 different times, beginning Friday morning, 9am, January 16th.

Please click on the EXAM SCHEDULE to see the times and locations of the exams.

Studying for exams can become tedious. CLICK HERE to obtain some tips on studying and preparing for exams.

Below is a guideline for the exams.

  • Exams are 2 hours in length.
  • Students must stay the full 2 hours.
  • Any student who arrives late because of late buses, will still have 2 hours to complete the exam.
  • An atmosphere which is quiet and affords the students opportunity to be successful will be created.
  • In the event of a weather cancellation, students will be required to write two exams the next day; the regularly scheduled exam in the morning and the cancelled exam from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
  • Cafeteria will be closed during Exam week.


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Saint John High School Students Protest Child Poverty

by Barry Ogden - Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saint John High School students recently organized a march to protest against Child Poverty and to bring awareness to people that the City of Saint John has one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada. Patrick Hickey and Ben Peterson planned the protest march which was very successful. The students gathered at the front of the school and marched through the streets of Uptown Saint John.


T'is The Season Concert This Sunday

by Maureen Desmond - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Sunday, December 21st, the Saint John High School Concert Choir will be holding their annual Christmas Concert "T'is The Season". The 75 member choir, directed by Ms. Trish Gallagher, will be performing a variety of songs and will also include special performances by a variety of musicians and a few alumni.

Joining the choir, will be the SJHS String Ensemble, directed by Ms. Ali Leonard.

The concert, which will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, on Waterloo St, begins at 2pm, with the String Ensemble playing Christmas music before the concert. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.

See you there!!!

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Students eagerly awaiting Winter Cabaret

by Webstaff - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Many students are eagerly awaiting this year's Cabaret- a long standing tradition at Saint John High. This semi-formal dance will be held on Thursday, December 18th at the Kent Theatre, on Coburg St. from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Students have been patiently waiting in noon hour line-ups since last week to secure tickets to this event. It promises to be an enchanting evening for all!

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Food Bank Drive, Very Successful!

by Barry Ogden - Monday, December 15, 2014

Thank you for your support! Our 30th Annual Food Bank Drive was very successful. In total, we collected 70 boxes of non perishable food items. Each year, this is worth approximately $2,700 to $3,100 dollars, which amounts to over One Hundred Thousand Dollars in 30 years. Our students learn a lot by helping others. This year the need to support the food banks in Saint John has grown.

We hope you get a chance to show the national documentary on Child Poverty. We sent a link around from Global TV to your students. It showed children of Saint John in their video.

Thanks again, for your support.


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Isabelle Nickerson Strikes Gold & Shines for the Red and Grey at Provincial Swimming Champs

by C Sullivan - Sunday, December 14, 2014

(New - Click for 2014: SWIMMING VIDEO) Saint John High placed second among the twenty-five teams competing at the NBIAA Swimming Championship. FHS won the Senior Girls, Junior Girls and Senior Boys, while ESN captured the Junior Boys banner. SJHS finished 2nd in both Senior & Junior Girls, 2nd in Senior Boys and 4th in Junior Boys. Saturday's competition was hosted at the Aquatic Center in Saint John.

For the first time in 25 years, a SJHS Senior Girls swimmer led all provincial point-getters at the championship. Isabelle Nickerson won gold in her four disciplines in convincing fashion. She won the 100 and 200 meter Individual Medleys; events that require the athlete to complete all four strokes (Fly, Back, Breast, Free). She also set SJHS records in winning the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke. The senior girls team captained by Allie Ruigrok placed a solid second behind the powerhouse FHS which featured Canadian and World ranked athletes. The Hounds Sr Girls also captured gold in the 4x50 Medley and 4x50 Freestyle relays anchored by 100m Freestyle bronze medalist Emily Whitcomb, and silver in the 4x100 Free. Jill Skerry, Emma Manning, Brooklyn Goucher, Roxane Fruytier, Keeley Shea, Allie Ruigrok, Gillian Davidson were part of those relay teams.

The Junior Girls team led by Janelle Holt, Emilee Hoellwarth and Nicole MacNeil finished second to FHS by just one point (70 to 69). The junior girls won two relay gold and one relay bronze. Nicole picked up silver & bronze in the 100 Fly and 200 Free. Emilee was silver in the 50 back. Captain Janelle scored silver in the 100 free & bronze in the 50 free and the 100 IM. Katherine Keyes, Tori Ruigrok, Katie Shea, Kathleen O'Keefe, and Kailey Breen were part of the relay success.

The Senior Boys grabbed gold in the 4x50 Medlay & 4x50 Free & 4x100 Free; The Jr Boys were silver in the 4x50 Medley & 4x50 Free & 4x100 Free; Senior Captain Sam Irvine was Bronze in Sr 50 Fly; Gregor Sullivan was Bronze in Sr 50 Back. Members of the relay teams included: Will Baxter, Alex Smith, Mitch Lui, Ben Manzer, Greg Whitcomb, Robert Scott, Will Oliver, Will Roderick, Zack Lavigne, Davis Sullivan, Dennis Emerson, Braeden Randell.

All scores & results can be found here: RESULTS

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SJHS Swimming Community Plays Host to a FANTASTIC 2014 NBIAA Swim Championship

by C Sullivan - Sunday, December 14, 2014

24 Volunteer lane timers. 14 Volunteer Swim-NB Officials. 10 hospitality hosts. 50 Coaches. 25 NB High School Teams. Numerous Parents and Friends of SJHS Swimming. Several Corporate Sponsors. 1 Highly Succesful NBIAA Swimming Championship.

Thanks to the efforts of those above, Patti & Bill Macmackin stepped in three weeks ago to save NBIAA swimming from losing its 2014 signature event, the Provincial Championship meet, from cancellation.

The Canada Games Aquatic Center was packed with over 250 student athletes from NB high schools for seven hours of spirited and sportsmanlike competition on Saturday December 13th. Saint John hosted the Provincial Championship meet for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Kudos to all that stepped up to ensure that the event happened; from NBIAA representatives to Regional Conference meet managers. Additional thanks to the Southern Conference schools that provided volunteers. Much appreciation to Vito's and Saputo for their assistance in nourishing those volunteers. And thanks to the student-athletes who put on the weekends Real Show: the Swimming.

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SJHS Improv Team Performs in Sackville

by Joe Boyd - Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Saint John High School Improv Team took part in the Just in Time Cup Challenge this weekend at Tantramar High School in Sackville. The kids had a great time, learned new skills through workshops, and got a lot of laughs with their performances! Special thanks to Katy Warren, who volunteers her time and expertise to coach the Team!

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Empty Stocking Fund

by Trish Gallagher - Monday, December 8, 2014

On November 22, Saint John High School hosted the annual Empty Stocking Fund in the Dennis Knibb Auditorium. Three members of the Student Representative Council- Catherine Kennedy, Shawn Nichols and Ben Peterson presented a whopping oversized cheque of $5600, on behalf of the school! Funds were raised with varying efforts including the annual Haunted House and West Jet tickets. Following this excitement, was a fantastic arrangement of O Come All Ye Faithful performed by the SJHS Concert Choir directed by Trish Gallagher and SJHS String Ensemble & Friends directed by Ali Leonard. The ‘friends’ included alumni Stephen Mott ’03 and Benita Turnbull ’75; Vice Principal Maureen Desmond; and the pillars of the string program: Robert McCausland and Helen Gollings. Closing the program for the evening was the SJHS Jazz Choir’s heart-warming a cappella performance of I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The choir and orchestra then proceeded to the gymnasium where they were invited by Coach Grandy to perform for the football fundraising dinner. This beautiful collaboration of strings and choral music was very well received and can be heard again at the SJHS Choir Concert on Dec 21, 2pm, at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on Waterloo St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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