State Science Fair Results 2019

San Jose Catholic School is pleased to announce the following results of the 2019 State Science Fair. Congratulations, ladies!

Juliana R. Namen, Jr. – First Place [Category: Earth & Environmental Sciences]
Project: Using a Proposed Biochar Briqutte Filter to Reduce the Concentration of Diethylene Dioxide in River Water Compared to Reverse Osmosis
Special Awards: $250 Cash Award – Florida Association for Water Quality Control, $250 Gift Card – Florida Society of Environmental Analysts, Certificate and Nomination Packet – Broadcom MASTERS

Elizabeth H. Brown – Third Place [Category: Microbiology]
Project: Algaecides Effects on Algae; Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate, Potassium Permanganate, and Endothall on Volvox Globator

Read this letter from the Director of Northeast Florida Regional Science & Engineering Fair, Marion Zeiner.

Congratulations to teachers and science fair coordinators!  

Students from public and private schools in Duval County were award winners at the 64th Annual State Science Fair of Florida, where they were competing with over 850 middle and high school students from around the state.  Thirty-four of our students won place awards and special recognition awards, in addition to certificates, medallions and $1,250 in cash from special award sponsors and $40,000 in scholarships at state colleges and universities.  Three of our students were First Place Winners.  Junior MaryAlice Young was the first place winner in the Category of Intelligent Machines, Robotics and Systems Software for her project on an electromagnetic walking apparatus.  Middle schooler Juiliana Namen won first place in the Earth and Environmental Category for her project on a water filtration system, and middle schooler Chace Caven won first place in the Category of Mathematics and Computational Sciences for his project on a potential intervention for Parkinson’s disease.  

I am very grateful for the team of chaperones who made the trip so smooth and enjoyable. They were attentive to the needs of the students while giving them a bit of freedom.  Please join me in thanking the following teachers:

Lizette Woodward- St. Joseph Catholic 
Suzette Gagnon – Christ the King Catholic
Margie MacLean – Bishop Kenny
Janine Brand – Mandarin High
Stephen Nye – Landon Middle
Angelo Dimitrakopoulos – Twin Lakes Middle

I am so proud of all of our students.

In gratitude,
Marion Zeiner
Director of Scientific Research
Chemistry Instructor
Director of Northeast Florida Regional Science & Engineering Fair

San Jose Student Excels in Geography Bee

Sean M

After winning the school Geography Bee in November, 7th grader Sean M. went on to represent San Jose Catholic School in the 2nd Annual National Geographic Bee Diocesan Championship held at Bishop Snyder High School on Saturday, February 23.  Sean tied for fourth place in a very tough competition.  Last week, Sean received word that he has qualified for the state geography bee which will be held on March 29th at Jacksonville University.  Sean is one of only four students in the Jacksonville area to qualify for this event.  He is also the first San Jose student in several years to continue to the state level.  We wish him the best of luck at that competition.

Sweater Drive Benefiting the Divine Mercy House

Way to Go, San Jose Families!
The Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive was a huge success! Our students brought in over 290 items for the Divine Mercy House Thrift Store! The manager of the store couldn’t believe our large amount of donations. Thanks to all who helped make this such a success!


“Whoever has two tunics should share with him who has none, and whoever has food should do the same.”

Serve the Mission of John the Baptist: Luke 3:11

It’s time to clean out your closets and drawers to prepare for Spring! San Jose teachers will be collecting gently used sweaters to donate to the Divine Mercy House Thrift Store. This wonderful organization helps extend the love of Jesus by caring for and supporting young mothers in their decisions to courageously choose life for their unborn children.

Sweaters of all sizes from newborn to adult accepted. Please turn them into your homeroom teacher.

Savannah B. Swimming

Savannah B. earned two gold medals in the girls 11/12 year-old Florida Age Group Championships (FLAGS) held in Orlando on February 20-24th 200 yard breaststroke 2:25.77 (new FLAGS record); 100 yard breaststroke 1:07.92. She received a silver medal in the 50 yard breaststroke 31.35 seconds. Savannah , a sixth grader, made it to the finals in her other 3 events: 100 yd Individual Medley 1:06.12 (12th place); 100 backstroke 1:03.93 (7th place); 50 backstroke 29.63 (6th place).

She accumulated 82 points for her team, which was the highest for any female on the team, and helped Bolles-Sharks Swimming Team capture first place overall for the weekend event. She had the 4th most points for 11/12 year-old girls, but the most for any 11 year-old competitor.

Savannah, who was the only 11 year-old to medal, was the fastest 11 year-old in all events that she swam except the Individual Medley.

“Tomorrow’s Leaders” Award Recipient

Bishop Kenny High School freshman Jessica Golden (’18), and former San Jose Catholic School student has been selected as one of the High School level recipients of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. Jessica’s MLK Essay was chosen from among 130 entries submitted to the annual writing competition sponsored by the City of Jacksonville in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Arisa Nakamichi, also a Bishop Kenny freshman, was the overall winner and Jean Ribault Sr. High had the second place recipient. Arisa and Jessica will attend the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that will be held at the Prime F. Osborne Convention Center on January 18. The award recipients will receive recognition at the event which is presented by Florida Blue.

Jessica’s central theme was based on the quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Jessica felt personally connected to this topic because she has a close family member who has struggled with substance addiction. Ultimately it has brought her family closer together, but it also encompassed a lot of pain and made her realize the importance of everyday decisions that affect your life.

Jessica, a 9th grade student at BK, has a solid academic schedule and carries a 4.0 GPA. She is active in the Latin club, Interact club, and the Red and White Girls. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and dances fifteen hours a week after school. She currently has 32 service hours working with young dance students. Jessica said, “There will always be temptations in life, and because of my personal experiences, I always try to make conscience decisions regarding my future. I am so thankful that I have found strength through struggle and that my family has stayed strong together and found a path out of the darkness.”