Category Archives: General School News

JPII Band & Orchestra Host Collaborative Concert

On Friday morning, April 21st, Pope John Paul II High School and the JPII Band and Orchestra programs welcomed Southwest High School from Minneapolis, Minnesota for a collaborative concert and clinic program. Under the baton of Mr. Jordan Tupper, Director of Instrumental Music at JPII and Mr. Reid Wixson, his counterpart at SWHS, the combined band and orchestra programs presented a challenging and exciting program for the rest of the student body.   Students from Minnesota were treated to welcoming Southern hospitality, a brief combined rehearsal, and then all present were thrilled by a 80 participant band and 30 member orchestra concert. As the student body settled into their seats, the award-winning SWHS jazz ensemble provided an entertaining program. Mr. Wixson led the combined orchestras in a performance of Yukiko Nishimura’s Petite Suite: Beautiful Flowers.   Mr. Tupper then led the combined band programs in Video Games Live featuring the video game soundtracks of Halo, Civilization IV and Kingdom Hearts. To see a video of their performance, please click here!

The JPII band and orchestra programs will be on full display at the JPII Arts in the Round celebration on Saturday beginning at 1:00PM.   Come explore all that the Fine Arts department has to offer for a great day of concerts, art displays and presentations!

Spring Signing Day

Congratulations to our scholar athletes who recently signed to continue their athletic careers in college. LaraBeth Case will swim at Trinity University, C.J. Laws will play football at Rhodes College, Elijah Patrick will swim at Kenyon College, Nate Pianto will play baseball at Murray State, Jack Schumacher will play football at Washington University, and David Thomas will play lacrosse at Eastern University. Go Knights!

Collins up for Bowler of the Year

Congratulations to Quinn Collins for being chosen by The Tennessean as a finalist for Boys Bowler of the Year award. The award will be presented at the Second Annual Tennessean Sports Awards Show on June 6th at Andrew Jackson Hall in the Tennessee Performance Arts Center. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will be the guest speaker. Good luck Quinn!

McNair to represent TN at LAX Nationals

Congratulations to junior LAX Goalie, Reanna McNair for being chosen to represent her state on the Tennessee National Tournament Team.  Only twenty players and two alternates are chosen for the team annually.  Reanna was chosen as one of two goalies.

With nearly seventy teams from across the country competing annually, the National Tournament has been become one of the nation’s marquee college recruiting events.  Reanna will play in the National Tournament on May 27-28th at Yale University in New Haven, CT.  

Students excel at 2017 STEM EXPO

Congratulations to our young scientists who recently participated in the Middle Tennessee’s 5th Annual STEM EXPO at Tennessee State University. The STEM EXPO is open to all students in middle and high schools and encourages students to engage in projects involving a process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge. These rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice skills necessary for success such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The 2017 STEM EXPO showcased over 300 original projects by middle and high school students from across middle Tennessee. JPII students exhibited 9 of those projects including engineering, computer science and scientific research.  While it is a non-competitive event more similar to actual poster sessions within professional organizations, students are recognized for the level of their projects with gold, silver and bronze recognition. Gold medals were awarded to: Madalyn Dye, Regan Orr, Skylar Cummings, Alexandria Ficarro, Caeley Murray, Perry Minichan and Jon Layne.  Silver medals were awarded to Bridget Orr, Cainie Brown, and Mandy Hua. 




Where are our Collegiate Athletes?

Have you ever wondered where JPII’s collegiate athletes are now? Check out our new feature on our Athletics page under the College Athletes and Eligibility tab named “Where Are They Now?”. There you will find regular posts highlighting the success of our alumni. Today we are proud to feature Carson Riley ’13 and Paige Scheriger ’14.

KAC Golf Tournament 4/24

The Knights Athletic Club invites everyone in the JPII community to attend this year’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament.

DATE: Monday, April 24, 2017

TIME: 11:30 a.m. registration and a Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: Fairvue Plantation, 981 Plantation Blvd., Gallatin

ADMISSION: $125 per player

All proceeds are used to support athletic facility upgrades, equipment, and enhancements to JPII’s athletic program. Visit these links for more information: Registration and Sponsorship. Please contact Suzie Schumacher at  or 561.309.7654 with any questions.