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Athletic Weekly Wrap-Up

Swim Team Wins Sumner County Championship

The AquaKnights competed in the Sumner County Meet last Wednesday and won first place in the men’s, women’s, and combined competitions.  Cordelia Burks, Maddie Case, Ella Platek, Lily Eatman, Stella Webb, Sam Arender, Max Galvin, Matthew Solarz, Tino Ferranti, Hawkeye Kauffman, Riley Cork, and Henry Hutt were named to the All Sumner County Team. Ella Platek was named the female Sumner County Swimmer of the Year.

Hockey Team Beats Blackman/Stewarts Creek

The Knights hockey team picked up their sixth win of the season with a victory over Blackman/Stewarts Creek, 4-0 last Monday. The Knights were led in scoring by George Collier with two goals, followed by Connor Bennett with a goal and John Carlisle with a goal. On Wednesday, the Knights tied Franklin/Hume Fogg/BGA, 2-2. Nicholas Herzer scored his first goal of the year along with George Collier.

Wrestling Team Defeats White House

The Knights wrestling team defeated White House, 48-24, in last week’s tri-match. Unfortunately, the Knights fell to Montgomery Central, 33-34. The Knights will host Ensworth on Tuesday.

Lady Knights Come Up Short 

The Lady Knights basketball team fought hard but came up short last week against Harpeth Hall, 30-35. Ashley Malone led the Lady Knights with 14 points and 4 steals, followed by Lillie Van Metre with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Anastin Lee recorded 6 rebounds. Later in the week, the Lady Knights fell to St. Cecilia, 48-51. 

Knights Fall to MBA 

The men’s basketball team struggled offensively falling to MBA, 54-72 last Tuesday. Sam Specht led all Knights’ scorers with 16 points and 3 rebounds, followed by Elijah Hollins with 13 points and 2 assists. The Knights will face Lipscomb this Tuesday.

JPII Gala February 1st

Join us for A Magical Night with the Knights — the annual JPII Gala is Saturday, February 1st at the Hutton Hotel. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation for the auction, please contact JoLind Weaver: OR 615-822-2375 x. 6008.

Camp JPII 2020


Registration for Camp JPII 2020 is OPEN! Don’t wait to register for our exciting fun-filled summer campers! Visit REGISTRATION to select your camps.

To review the brochure, please visit CAMP JPII 2020 BROCHURE.

Week 1: June 1-5
Week 2: June 8-12
Week 3: June 15-19
Week 4: June 22-26

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.

Alumni advise juniors and seniors

The JPII Counseling department recently hosted two JPII Alumni Panel programs. The first event focused on the junior college search process.
Juniors heard from recent JPII graduates who explained their college search experiences and answered questions from curious juniors who are just beginning the process for themselves. Alumni panelists included Devon LeCave ‘19 (University of Dayton), Joe Kniery ‘19 (University of Cincinnati), Dominic Pianto ‘19 (Furman University), Kathleen McLeod ‘19 (St. Mary’s College), Savannah Smith ‘18 (Saint Louis University), and Miles Robinson ‘18 (Belmont University). After the discussion, these and other JPII alumni enjoyed lunch and fellowship together.

The second event was for seniors. They heard from alumni on the realities of transitioning to life on different types of college campuses, getting involved in campus life, and managing college courses. Alumni panelists included Elise Hackett ‘16 (Berry College), Ashley Phillips ‘17 (University of Cincinnati), Grace Singer ‘17 (Emory University), Savannah Smith ‘18 (Saint Louis University), Michael Locke ‘16 (Oberlin College and Conservatory), and JP Quiampang ‘18 (Middle Tennessee State University). Once a Knight, always a Knight!

Amelia Ehmling ’11 to present research in South Africa

Amelia Ehmling ’11

JPII is proud to share with the community that Amelia Ehmling ’11 is making a name for herself in the world of Music Therapy. Music and helping others has always been a passion for Ehmling. While a student at JPII, she was a member of the Chamber Choir and the founder of One Pretty Dress, (an organization that provides prom dresses and accessories to girls with need in the Hendersonville and Nashville area).

Amelia studied Music Therapy at the University of Louisville and received her undergraduate degree in 2015. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a master’s degree in Music Therapy. She remained in Kentucky after graduation and is currently the Music Therapist for Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington.

Ehmling will share her research “Music Therapy with People Experiencing Homelessness” to music therapists from around the world at the 2020 World Congress of Music Therapy Convention in Pretoria, South Africa in July 2020.

Amelia is a wonderful example of how the JPII experience inspires greatness.

All-Sumner Co. Football

Congratulations to the JPII Knights who were selected to the 2019 All-Sumner County football teams.

First Team Offense: RB: Antwan Roberts, WR: Rory White, OL: John Martinez.

First Team Defense: LB: Jay Wright, LB: Brooks Heagarty, DB: Devvan Darden.

First Team Special Teams: K/P: Andrew Southard. 2nd Team Offense: QB: Sawyer Watts. 2nd Team Defense: LB: Jacob Lann.

Honorable Mention Offense: WR: Brendan Keaton. Honorable Mention Defense: LB: Pius Onaghinor.

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Semester Honor Roll

Join us in congratulating students who made the Fall Semester Honor Roll. Students on the Headmaster’s List earned all A’s in all classes. Students on the Faculty List earned A’s in all but one class. GO, KNIGHTS!

JPII bowler Matthew Mesecher wins Road to Gold Tournament

Matthew Mesecher

Congratulations to junior Matthew Mesecher, a member of the JPII Bowling team, who recently competed in the Road to Gold Tournaments in Louisville, KY. He finished first in the tournaments, shooting a four-game series of 811. With the win, he secured his spot in the annual Junior Gold Championships, the largest youth bowling tournament in the world. Matthew will head to Las Vegas in July 2020 to compete at the highest level of youth bowling against the best bowlers in the country. Great work, Matthew – Go, Knights!

Students selected to TN Mid-State Band & Orchestra

Congratulations to JPII Instrumental students Camille Quiampang, Jadyn Tarver, Simon Whiteley, Angelique Miller, and Lex Caballero for being selected to the Tennessee Mid-State Band and Orchestra! Their auditions included performing scales, preparing music, and sight-reading. The highest scoring musicians were selected for the Mid-State ensemble, which will prepare and perform a concert in the spring.

Belmont Academy selects Ryder Smith

Congratulations to junior Ryder Smith, a keyboard player for Knights Jazz Ensemble, for being chosen as both a composer and performer for Belmont Academy’s Honors Recital. Ryder recently composed a string quartet, which will be performed by Belmont Academy students. He attended rehearsals as the composer to advise the players about their performance of his music. During the recital, he will be also playing pieces by Bach and Beethoven on the piano.