Category Archives: General School News

Students gain insight on homelessness

Upon return from fall break, JPII students had the privilege of watching a play that addresses the serious problem of homelessness in Nashville and our nation. Stand, written by playwright Jim Reyland focuses on his experiences as a volunteer for Nashville’s Room In The Inn and his ongoing relationship with a homeless man. Throughout the performance, students gained insight on the baffling circumstances that can lead to homelessness such as housing costs, addiction, and mental illness. Our warm appreciation to actors Barry Scott and Chip Arnold for a memorable and impactful performance.

Washington University Model UN Results

Since Pope John Paul II High School’s founding in 2002, the JPII Model United Nations (UN) team has set a tradition of excellence and high achievement. The team’s performance at the 11th Annual Washington University Model UN (WUMUN) Conference was no different.

The WUMUN conference was the team’s  60th conference since 2002 and was held October 14th to 17th, 2018.  The conference included over 320 students from 19 high schools from Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and four schools from Tennessee, including Memphis University School.

After days of debating real world issues, JPII students were rewarded for their efforts with four awards, topping 645 awards overall. Senior Parker Bennett received an Outstanding Delegate Award while junior Jack Dyer earned an Honorable Mention Delegate Award. In addition, senior Ethan Davanport and sophomore Chaze Espeleta were recognized with a Verbal Commendation. Congratulations Knights!

For the full story, visit JPIIMUN.

Photo from Washington University Model United Nations Symposium facebook. 

Caldwell Classic 5k Registration OPEN

Pope John Paul II High School will host it’s 8th Annual Caldwell Classic 5k on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. All are invited to participate in the run and take part in all of the fun. Prizes will be awarded to winners and all participants are eligible for door prizes. All proceeds will benefit The Jason Foundation.

Registration is now open! Visit JPII Caldwell Classic to register today!


Dilick and LeCave named Commended Scholars

Seniors Ian Dilick and Devon LeCave were recently named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for the 2018-2019 graduation class. Along with 1.5 million high school juniors across the country, Ian and Devon took the PSAT in October of 2017. Of those students, 50,000 (3.3%) are named Commended Scholars. Congratulations Ian and Devon! GO KNIGHTS!

Ian Dilick                                         Devon LeCave

Castleman named Head Wrestling Coach

JPII welcomes Mr. Jamie Castleman as the new Head Wrestling Coach. Coach Castleman began his wrestling career in middle school under the tutelage of the late Tommy Bateman and went on to wrestle for Father Ryan High School, where he won two state championships. Upon graduating high school he attended Wentworth Military Academy where he wrestled for the Army. He later transferred to University of Virginia to complete his wrestling career.

Coach Castleman along with Jason Allman and Matt Mondelli started Knights Catholic Wrestling, a youth wrestling club established to help promote the sport in the area north of Nashville.

“Jamie has a very strong background within the sport and it is clear to me that he brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and passion that he looks forward to sharing with our wrestlers. We are very excited to bring Coach Jamie Castleman on board to lead our Wrestling program,” said John Dempsey, JPII Athletic Director.

JPII hosts Point Guard Camp

JPII Women’s Basketball partnered with PGC Basketball recently for a two-day Shooting College Clinic.  

“It was exciting to bring an organization like PGC to our local community.  PGC is one of the most effective basketball camps in the nation.” – Angi Puckett

PGC’s Shooting College Course helps basketball players discover a shooter’s mindset, develop sound shooting techniques, and build a training plan to become an effective shooter.  Players also learn the specific shots that all great scorers need in their toolbox. 

The athletes received twelve hours of instructional time; including four interactive classroom sessions each day where the athletes study video analysis of collegiate and pro players and the athletes also participate in four gym sessions daily.

The PGC organization offers the best basketball training programs nationwide for players and coaches. Their camps teach players to think the game and be leaders on and off the court.

Over 100 players were in attendance this weekend along with 65 observing coaches. The local area was well represented. Additionally, athletes and coaches from Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, and Kentucky were in attendance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Congratulations to the cast and crew for their cowboy rendition of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, under the direction of Mr. Campbell. The actors had a great time spinning the play into a Western and the audience appreciated their approach.

JPII partners with Habitat for Humanity

The rainy weather did not stop JPII students, parents, and staff from joining forces with Habitat for Humanity over the weekend for a building project. Some volunteers had experience and some learned on the job as they picked up a hammer or a paint brush. The crew hung cabinets, installed lighting, painted, and organized materials. It was another great example of how JPII gives back!

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Knights Athletic Weekly Wrap-up

Women’s Golf Team Heads To State

The Lady Knights golf team qualified for State last week in their regional. Congratulations Ali McCarthy and Emilie Williams and good luck!

Mertens Uses Head in Lady Knights Win

The Lady Knights soccer team defeated White House Heritage, 2-1, with a header-style goal from Natalie Mertens. Mertens scored both goals for the Lady Knights with assists from Angela Steidl. The Lady Knights will play three regional games this week to finish out the regular season.

Lady Knights Volleyball Defeats GPS

After dropping the first two sets to Girls Preparatory School on Saturday, the Lady Knights volleyball team battled back to win the next three and take the match, 17-25, 17-25, 28-26, 25-17, 15-10. Earlier in the week, the Lady Knights fell to Lipscomb, Ensworth, and Baylor in regional action.

Men’s Cross Country Takes 4th in Rossview Invitational

The men’s cross country team finished in 4th place overall this past Saturday at the Rossview Invitational with Nick Crump finishing in 10th place. The women’s team placed 6th with Clara Earley finishing 6th overall.

Football Team Falls to McCallie

The Knights football team gained only 137 yards of total offense and scored just one field goal as they fell to McCallie, 3-34. Defensively, Jay Wright led the Knights with 12 tackles followed by Christian Underhill with 11. Ben Nixon threw for 60 yards. The Knights will face Hillwood this Thursday at home at 7:00 pm.

Hockey Team Falls in Season Opener

The men’s hockey team struggled in their season opener falling to MBA, 1-7.   Tommy Chuncchukov scored the Knights’ only goal. Jackson Cook recorded 18 saves on goal while Vijay Mueller recorded 7 saves.