Category Archives: General School News

Spring Semester Honor Rolls

Join us in congratulating our honor roll students! Students on the Headmaster’s List earned A’s in all classes. Students on the Faculty List earned A’s in all classes but one.


Golden Tate ’07 hosts 3rd Annual Dinner and Skills Camp

Marc Mariani and Golden Tate

On Friday, June 8, Golden Tate, a 2007 graduate and current wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, returned to Pope John Paul II High School for his third annual Tate Scholars Dinner. The night was full of special guests, notably keynote speaker Marc Mariani, former wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans; Steve Longa, Detroit Lions linebacker; Jimmy Clausen, former Notre Dame quarterback; Jim Arnold, former Vanderbilt and NFL punter; Libby Crow, former Vanderbilt basketball player; and numerous alumni. Over 250 fans, donors and community members were in attendance at the event to celebrate Tate’s legacy and support the Tate Scholarship.

During the dinner, JPII announced its six Tate Scholars for the 2018-2019 school year. Sophomore lacrosse player Kaelyn Bullard, sophomore basketball player Keonna Chumbley, sophomore lacrosse player Hugh Gebhardt, junior football player Brendan Keaton, sophomore football player Antwan Roberts, and sophomore basketball player Matthew Shipley were named Tate Scholars for their commitment to JPII on the courts and fields and in the classroom.

The next day, Tate returned to host the third annual Tate Athletic Skills Camp, welcoming 250 students from the area to take part in the clinic. Along with some of his football friends, Tate was joined by some of his fellow alumni, including Edwin Feagins ’07, Jay Wilson ’07, Bobby Kostadine ’06, and his brother Wesley Tate ’09.

We would like to thank Golden Tate and his family for their continued support of our school. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our donors, especially our presenting sponsors the Kevin and Kathy McNatt family, for making the event and the Tate Scholarship Program possible.

Photos of Event

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Golden Tate returns this weekend for fundraiser, athletic skills camp

Textbooks for 2018-2019

JPII will no longer be using Follet for textbooks. Students who will be using hardcover textbooks next year (seniors and students taking AP Statistics and Calculus) should purchase books from other students or order online – the link below includes a list of books with ISBN numbers.

Schedule changes need to be made before school begins. Unlike regular textbooks, access codes and downloaded books cannot be returned and access codes are not transferable. Information about purchasing digital textbooks or accessing them online will be shared over the summer.

Questions about schedules and textbooks should be directed to Karen Phillips, Andrew Griffith, or Jennifer Dye

Textbook Information:

Register for Camp JPII in June


Registration for Camp JPII 2018 is now open! Don’t wait to register for our exciting fun-filled summer campers! Register HERE.

Week 1: June 4-8
Week 2: June 11-15
Week 3: June 18-22
Week 4: June 25-29

Camp JPII offers summer fun for kids age 5-18. Camps run Monday-Friday in two sessions: 9:00 a.m. – noon and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Take a look at our 2018 Summer Camp Brochure to see all the offerings this summer! 

Harvest Awards 2018

Excellence in Teaching: Connolly, Crowley, Mauthe, Mayberry, A. Peper, B. Peper, Saboe, Smith, Walsh

JPII’s annual Harvest Award Assembly was held May 10, 2018, recognizing the faculty and staff members who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the mission of our school. The awards are voted on by students, faculty and staff members and approved by the administration. This year’s winners of the Excellence In Teaching Awards were Mr. Patrick Connolly, Mr. Mark Crowley, Mr. Josh Mauthe, Mrs. Betty Mayberry, Mrs. Amanda Peper, Dr. Brad Peper, Mr. Paul Saboe, Mrs. Jennifer Smith and Ms. Ellie Walsh. The award for Most Inspirational Teacher was given to Mrs. Kim Childress. The Most Inspirational Coach award went to Mr. Chris Parker. And the Headmaster’s Award was given to our bus driving staff: Mr. Mike Carter, Mrs. Dot Johns, Mrs. Kathy Lackey, Mr. Brad Dorr, Mr. Bob Sneed, Mr. Phil Sneed, and Mr. James Estes. Congratulations to all of these deserving faculty and staff members! Thank you for your continued service to our community.

Headmaster Award: Carter, Johns, Lackey, Dorr, B. Sneed, P. Sneed, Estes

Mrs. Kim Childress, Most Inspirational Teacher

Mr. Chris Parker, Most Inspirational Coach




College Decision Day 2018

Seniors recently celebrated College Decision Day 2018!  The list of college acceptances below is impressive. The Class of 2018 was accepted to 127 colleges/universities and those in bold indicate where our graduates will be attending.

2nd Spring Signing

Join us in celebrating three additional seniors who recently signed to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level.

Saydi Arms signed with University of Alabama as a member of the Dance Team.

Ed Agholor signed with Centre College to play football.

Chelsea Espeleta signed with Baylor University as a member of the Dance Team.

Saydi Arms

Ed Agholor

Chelsea Espeleta




Spring Signing

Join us in celebrating four seniors who recently signed to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level.

Benny Ennis signed with Sewanne to play baseball.

Hannah Peach signed with Ave Maria University to play soccer.

Kameron Slaughter signed with University of Alabama Huntsville to play lacrosse.

Nick Zanger signed with Elmira College to play soccer.

Benny Ennis

Hannah Peach

Kameron Slaughter

Nick Zanger

National Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to the following juniors and seniors who were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony on April 8, 2018.

Seniors: Oliver Antone, Catherine Bender, and Owen McGrath 

Juniors: Reilly Aldrich, Samantha Aldrich, Gloria Aligbe, Emma Grace Baxter, English Chesser, Nevin Crow, Ethan Davanport, Drew DuBois, Mickey Engel, Kelsie Fadool, Alison Gerstner, Chloe Harper, Julia Hutt, Drew Janes, Jack Julow, Rebeca Kauffman, Faraaz Kazmi, Darius Kindle, Alli Kolemba, Mia Lane, Devon LeCave, Canace Li, Nick Malmquist, Ali McCarthy, Lena McCaslin, Kathleen McLeod, Abby McNair, Max Modrall, Eva Nsengiyumva, Regan Orr, Lilly Parker,,, Dominic Pianto, Mary Reamy, Morgan Remke, Samuel Ruiz-Ballard, MaryAnn Steiner, Karina Swauger, Hanna Tan, and Luke Wiley

Officers: NHS President AnMei Little, VP Garrett Bennett, Secretary Anne-Marie Hays, Treasurer Isabelle Price

Faculty Advisor: Patrick Connolly

Regan Orr, Emma Grace Baxtor, Reilly Aldrich, Kathleen McLeod, Lilly Parker, Maryann Steiner, Sam Aldrich, and Alison Gerstner.

Alison Gerstner, Drew Janes, Mary Reamy, and Devon LeCave

Abby McNair, Alli Kolemba, Sam Aldrich, Drew Janes, Alison Gerstner, Reilly Aldrich, Mary Reamy

Luke Wiley and Max Modrall