Category Archives: General School News

Graduation Events

  • Senior Walk – Wednesday, May 15th at 2:45 pm.
  • Graduation Practice – Thursday, May 16th at 4:30 pm at JPII
  • Senior Honors Night – Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 pm at JPII
  • Baccalaureate Mass – Saturday, May 18th at 4:00 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Center (use Entrance 2)
  • Graduation – Sunday, May 19th at 1:30 pm at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Project Graduation – Sunday, May 19th at 11:00 pm at JPII

Will Dodd ’08 Ordained to the Priesthood

Fr. Dodd (center) with Bishop Bartchak and his parents Kay and John Dodd

Congratulations to Fr. David (Will) Dodd ’08 who was ordained to the Priesthood on April 27, 2019, by Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA. Fr. Dodd has been studying at the Catholic University of America and assisting with ministry at Saint Joseph Church in Herndon, Virginia since his ordination to the Deaconate in October 2018.

May God bless you, Fr. Dodd, as you start your new life of ministry to the Catholic Church.

Harvest Award Winners

This week we announced our annual Harvest Award winners, recognizing a teacher, coach, and staff member who best displays a commitment to JPII’s mission. This year’s winners are Mrs. Amanda Peper as Most Inspirational Teacher, Coach Justin Geisinger as Most Inspirational Coach, and Mr. Dan Singelyn as Most Inspirational Staff. Join us in congratulating each of these very deserving winners.

Spring Signing

May 2nd was Spring Signing Day at JPII. We hit an all-time school-record for a spring signing with 12 students signing to continue their athletic careers at the next level. Charles Albert signed to continue his football career at Macalester College. Ben Nixon signed to continue his football career at the University of the Cumberlands. Dallas Darden signed to continue his football career at the University of Mount Union. Deuce Drennan signed to continue his football career at the University of Dayton. Christian Underhill signed to continue his lacrosse career at Centre College. David Hobbs signed to continue his baseball career at Millsaps College. Adair Brockus signed a sponsorship with Ranger Boats to continue his angling career. Quinn Collins signed to continue his bowling career at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Davis Rochester signed a sponsorship with Hunt Brothers Pizza Racing to continue his racing career in the NASCAR circuit. Brian Raybourne signed to continue his track career at Georgetown College and is the first decathlete from JPII to sign with a college. Austin Kinsler signed to continue his swimming career at Carson Newman University. Kathleen McLeod signed to continue her tennis career at St. Mary’s College. We’re so proud of all of these student-athletes for their hard work on the courts and fields for the Knights, and we wish them the best of luck at the next level!

Rochester, Raybourne, Brockus, McLeod
Kinsler, Hobbs, Underhill, Collins
Albert, Nixon, Darden, Drennan

Camp JPII Registration OPEN

Camp JPII runs for four weeks, from June 3rd to June 28th. Our weekly camps run Monday through Friday with morning camps offered 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and afternoon camps offered from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. We offer a variety of art, academic, and athletic camps aimed at ages preschool through 12th grade. This summer, we welcome back such camp favorites as Science Sleuths, Volleyball, ACT Camp, History of Warfare through Dodgeball, Artist Trading Cards, Robotics, All Sports, Track, Essay Writing, Cheerleading, and Dance. We are also excited about such new offerings as Bowling, Disney, Art Camp for Younger Kids, Myths and Legends, Algebra Boot Camp, and History of Warfare through Zombies. Per your requests, we have also split the Basketball Camp into a Girls camp in the morning and a Boys camp in the afternoon. With 47 camp offerings, now more than ever Camp JPII has something for every age, every interest, and every skill set.

Please go to to register today as spots are limited and will go fast for our most popular camps, especially with almost 800 campers last summer!

Camp Brochure

JPII Robotics Team ties for 1st Place

The JPII Robotics Team competed in the Autonomous Vehicle Challenge on March 15 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Our three teams won nine awards at the event. Team Electric Boogaloo (Harrison, Jacob, James, Madeline) finished 2nd on both the oval and clover tracks. Team Unicum Nomen (Eli, Kehan, Nolan) finished 1st on the clover track, 2nd on the random track, and 3rd on the oval. Team JPII Knights (Ian, PB) finished 1st in both the oval and random tracks. JPII Knights and Unicum Nomen tied for 1st place overall at the event. Congrats to Mr. Mamolo and all members of the Robotics Team. GO KNIGHTS!


Preview YouTube video JPII Robotics – 2019 Autonomous Vehicle Challenge (at RHIT)JPII Robotics – 2019 Autonomous Vehicle Challenge (at RHIT)

JPII Choirs attend MTVA Choral Festival

Congratulations to the JPII Choirs for their recent success at the MTVA Choral Festival. For the first time in school history, our Concert Choir (a non-auditioned choir) attended the festival and earned a Superior rating in Sight Reading and an Excellent rating in their Performance. The Chamber Choir also received a Superior rating in Sight Reading and an Excellent rating in their Performance. In addition, junior Chris Muller and senior Emilie Williams are among thousands across the state named as official members of the TMEA All-State Choir. Well-done Mr. O’Neill and our JPII singers!

Chris Muller

In addition, congratulations are in order for junior Chris Muller who will attend the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts! Chris will spend the month of June at MTSU studying vocal music with some of the best singers from around the state. Way to go, Chris!

Model UN Team wins big in AL

JPII Model UN Team at ALMUN

Our JPII Model UN team recently competed at the eleventh annual University of Alabama Model UN Conference where the team won 15 awards, including the Best Delegation Award, finishing the year with the team’s highest award tally ever. Since 2002, the JPII Model UN team has won 697 awards in 63 conferences. For the full press release visit ALMUN 2019.



Pracht receives Hawkins Scholar-Athlete Award

Join us in congratulating senior Nick Pracht for receiving the Charles W. Hawkins Scholar-Athlete Award at the 53rd annual Middle Tennessee Chapter National Football Foundation banquet in Franklin, TN.

“Nick Pracht has brought a new level of leadership to our program both by working the mission of our football program and our school.  The first elected two-year captain in the history of our program, Nick’s mature demeanor and understanding of what high school football can do for a young man separated him from the pack.  In Nick’s own words, “football was never really about scoring touchdowns or making tackles, instead, it taught me how to work hard, connect with my peers, and lead from behind.”  As a smart, savvy, and highly impactful football player in our growing program, Nick had an understanding that football was not a means to some kind of end but instead served as a platform for much more.  Football provided Nick with the tools to develop himself and those he served far more than simply achieving any kind of measurable athletic goal or crown.  Nick Pracht is clearly destined for far greater things in his lifetime and I look forward to following his continued success far beyond the doors of Pope John Paul II High School.” – Coach Justin Geisinger

Successful Season for Swim Team

The JPII Women’s Swim Team is the 2018-2019 overall Combined Team Champions and Women’s Division 7 Champions of the Middle Tennessee High School Swimming Association. In addition, senior Austin Kinsler was named to the 2nd team All-Region Swim Team. What an outstanding season for the team under the leadership of Coaches Judson, Gould, and Eatman!


JPII Swim Team

Coach Judson and Austin Kinsler