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Irish Times

Summer 2019

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Irish Times magazine, a publication for families, alumni, students, supporters and community of Knoxville Catholic High School. Thanks to all of our contributors! If you have an update for our next issue, please submit here:

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2019 Academic Signing Day

2019 Academic Signing Day

Fourteen Seniors Earn Full-Ride to College

Knoxville Catholic High School hosted “2019 Academic Signing Day” on Monday, May 13, 2019.  This ceremony honors members of the Class of 2019 receiving a “full ride” to college – covering tuition and all fees. This year, fourteen students have earned this special achievement. Congratulations and may God bless them in their college careers and beyond!

Back row L to R: Lucy Moore, Alex Carter, Liza Barre, Matthew Valderrama, Rachel Coco
Middle row L to R: Emily Allen, Riley Belt, Laura Daffron, Charlotte Daigle
Front row L to R: Paul Velas, Emre Flomberg, Cady Kupfner, Olivia Ricche
Not pictured: Adelaide Moulton


Spring Athletics Signing Day

Spring Athletics Signing Day

Record Fourteen Student-Athletes Sign to Play at the Next Level

Spring Athletic Signing Day was held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Knoxville Catholic High School gymnasium.  A record fourteen students-athletes signed letters of intent that charts their academic and athletic careers. Family, friends and coaches joined the students as they formally commit to their colleges and universities. Congratulations to the following and may God bless all of our athletes as they continue to use their gifts to fulfill their purpose! #GoIrish☘️

  • Kelsey Craighead – Randolph Macon College – Swimming
  • Emma Kochanowski – Berry College – Women’s Soccer
  • Max Suchomski – Mount St Joseph University – Football
  • Adam Jones – Central Michigan University – Football
  • Raynoch Thompson – College of Dupage Community College – Football
  • Xavier Story – College of Dupage Community College – Football
  • Cooper Whitt – Northeast Community College – Baseball
  • Nick Mackle – Asbury College – Baseball
  • Rece Harpst – Chattanooga State Community College – Baseball
  • Alex DiFelice – Chattanooga State Community College – Baseball
  • Chris Arbuthnot – Maryville College – Baseball
  • Adelaide Moulton – United States Naval Academy Preparatory School – Rowing
  • Adler Bain – University of Tennessee – Cheerleading
  • Michael Ray – Gardner-Webb University – Golf

These fourteen will join four other student-athletes who signed commitments this school year:

  • Jake Renfree: University of Notre Dame (Cross Country/Track)
  • Kathryn Cullen: Berry College (Tennis)
  • Olivia Cunningham: East Tennessee State University (Volleyball)
  • Alena Aucker: University of Oregon (Tumbling and Acro)
Draw Near!

Draw Near!

The Knoxville Catholic community would like to invite you to our inaugural “Draw Near,” community adoration night. This will be a memorable opportunity to experience Adoration with the KCHS community, with great praise & worship music, confession and an opportunity to grow together in Christ.

Join us Tuesday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the KCHS chapel. Stop by for a couple of minutes or the entire night. All are welcome (students, parents, siblings, alumni, faculty/staff, and community members). We hope this will be an incredible opportunity for people of all ages to rejoice during Easter week.


IrishThon a Success!

IrishThon is a brand new event at Knoxville Catholic. It is a “mini marathon” of the University of Tennessee’s VOLThon (their dance marathon). IrishThon’s donations will combine with UT’s to benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at East TN Children’s Hospital. IrishThon is the first dance marathon at a high school in Knoxville, raising $3,500!

As the IrishThon club, we hosted several fundraisers throughout the school year as well as doing personal fundraising. KCHS students Joshua Borja and Spencer Stovall were our top personal fundraisers. On Saturday, March 30, 2019, a dance marathon was held at KCHS to celebrate all the hard work our student body put in; we had food, games, and dancing. The only rule was that no one could sit down during the four-hour marathon, derived from the Children’s Miracle Network motto of “stand for those who can’t” and “this generation fighting for the next”.

IrishThon celebrates the perseverance the kids at Children’s go through everyday.

We truly found a passion at East TN Children’s and can’t wait to spread awareness and get an even bigger crowd back for IrishThon next year! Thank you so much!

For the Kids,

~ Callie Grace Tucker, KCHS Junior

The Irish Review

The Irish Review

The Irish Review is a collection of writing, poetry, artwork and photography from Knoxville Catholic High School students, faculty and staff. The 2018-19 edition features forty-one student contributors along with eight staff contributors.

Meet the Editorial Staff

Kelsey Craighead is a part of the Class of 2019 at Knoxville Catholic High School and will graduate this spring. During her time at KCHS, Craighead swam all four years, serving as a captain her junior and senior year. In the fall, Craighead will attend Randolph-Macon College and compete for their swim team. In her spare time, Craighead enjoys watching movies, reading, and traveling. Her favorite author is Cassandra Clare.

Sara Allen is a part of the Class of 2019 at Knoxville Catholic High School and will graduate this spring. During her time at KCHS, she played tennis all four years and served as the president of the Belize Club. In the fall, Allen will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In her free time, Allen enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and trying new foods. Her favorite book trilogy is Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

Deb Murray is originally from Meridian, Mississippi. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a minor in English and a Master of Science degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. She moved to Knoxville in 1992 and began teaching at Knoxville Catholic High School in January 1993. In her free time, Murray enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her favorite author is William Faulkner.

KCHS Gymnastics Champions

KCHS Gymnastics Champions

KCHS junior gymnast Ethan Boder participated in the USA Gymnastics Elite Team Cup on March 2, 2019 in Greensboro, NC. This premier event featured nine men’s Regional Teams, each consisting of six junior elite gymnasts. Team scores for the Elite Team Cup are based on four athletes competing on each event with the top three scores on each event counting.

Out of the nine teams, Region 8 (Ethan’s team) placed third, which was thrilling as Regions 1 and 3 are powerhouses. Ethan’s scores were as follows:
FLOOR: 12.70
RINGS: 13.3
VAULT: 15.1

Watch Ethan with WVLT-TV’s Mark Packer:

Ethan and his Knoxville Catholic classmates and fellow gymnasts, Adler Bain and Jake Foster, competed March 9, 2019 at the Tennessee State Gymnastics Championship, taking 1st place at GymTek in Knoxville, TN. The trio repeats as state champions representing Knoxville Catholic.

Ethan will also travel to Italy this summer with USA Gymnastics to compete against the Italian team.


Golden Grad Brunch

Golden Grad Brunch

Knoxville Catholic High School proudly boasts 8,000 alumni who live and work all over the world. From 11 seniors in the class of 1933 to the 170 members of the class of 2018, KCHS rests securely on the foundation of our alumni community.

Each Spring, we welcome back to campus our Golden Grads, those celebrating their 50th anniversary as a graduate of KCHS. This year’s brunch honors the Class of 1969 and all years prior. RSVP below!



                   Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
                   Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
                   Place: KCHS Commons

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

Join us in the swamp as the KCHS Theatre Department presents Shrek The Musical!
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

April 5 at 7 p.m.
April 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
April 7 at 5 p.m.

Students – $7.00
General – $12.00

2019 Camp Irish

2019 Camp Irish

Imagine summer experiences where your child grows in mind, body and spirit – join the summer fun at Knoxville Catholic High School!

Camp Irish 2019 is open to everyone and provides a safe place to explore new interests and improve skills. Highlights include: Smith & Smith Football Camp, Band, Math, Writing, Baseball and All-Sports Camps. Register today! ☘



This year’s camps include:

  • Band
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Writing
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • All-Sports
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Football
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Soccer