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                              Special Awards & Achievements

    April 2024

    Congratulations to Mr. Raul Velasco
    Mr. Velasco was nominated by one of his former students to receive the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. He received this award for his excellence in teaching and for the encouragement of, and dedication to, the academic success of students. Congratulations to Mr. Velasco!



    March 10, 2024

    Congratulations Paula Lee (SJHS Retired Athletic Director) on being Inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame.

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    February 17, 2023

    One of SJH's own has received another award! Emily Scheffler has been awarded the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Rookie Teacher of the Year award. Emily will receive this award at the SC CEC luncheon in Charleston on February 17th.

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    November 2, 2022

    SJHS Teacher Wins Award for Excellence in Career Education


    Emily Scheffler, a special education teacher at St. James High School, has been awarded the Gary Bates National Memorial Award for Excellence in Career Education. As the winner, she will receive an award to display in her classroom, recognition at the 2022 fall conference of the National Council of Administrators of Special Education, and a cash prize of $1,000.

    This is the second year that the award has been in existence, and it is given annually to an educator who has used Education Associates’ Project Discovery or Achieve Life Skills curricula to make a significant, positive impact in students’ lives and in the community.

    You can read more about the award at the following link: https://educationassociates.com/award/.


    May 2, 2022

    Marissa Pipkin-Jones

    I am very happy  to share the Family and Consumer Science achievement that  Mrs. Pipkn-Jones  will receive from the AAFCS Nationals. ( AAFCS  - American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)

    She  will be recognized as the Affiliate Teacher of the Year  during the  AAFCS National Conference in Orlando, Florida this June 25-27, 2022.


     February 2021

    Congratulations Marissa Pipkin – Jones on being named South Carolina Association Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year for 2021


    April 2020

    FCCLA National Award Recognition
    Marissa Pipkin Jones

    Congratulations! You have been selected to receive national recognition from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. You are being recognized as a 2020 National Spirit of Advising Award recipient! The Spirit of Advising Award was created in 1998 to recognize chapter advisers who are constantly faithful, often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students. They are advisers whose good humor, flexibility and skill form the foundation of FCCLA at the local and state levels. We commend you for your dedication and leadership in FCCLA!

    Nationwide there are over 6,000-chapter advisers. This year during the recognition session of the 2020 Virtual National Leadership Conference you will be one of 58 advisers nationwide to be recognized! We appreciate your commitment to youth and to FCCLA. Your role of helping students grow by motivating, guiding, sharing, and supporting is essential to our organization.

    Ashley Nelson, CFCS
    Professional Development Manager
    FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

    October 2015

    Congatulations Col. Stephen Cellecci for being named 2015 National JROTC Instructor of the Year

    May  2009 

    Sandra Bass
    Named Claes Nobel Education of Distinction
    by The National Society of High School Scholars 
    A role model to her pupils, Ms. Bass was nominated for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.


    Leonardo Cortes     International Teacher of the Year