Category Archives: General School News

Knights Celebrate Season at Football Banquet

The 2016-2017 Football Team gathered for one last celebration on December 6th for their end of year banquet. After a meal with their coaches and family, they moved to the auditorium for a series of speeches and tributes from coaches. This year’s award recipients are: Timothy Lark for “Freshman Shield”, Nick Zanger for “Love Your Brother”, John Martinez for “Attention to Detail”, Jacob Lann for “No Regrets”, Nick Pracht for “Pride”, Nick Zanger for Paladin (Special Teams), Jake Motz and Jack Brau for “Scholar Athlete”, and Nolan Underhill for “Shield”.

Knights making the Division II – AAA All Region Team are: Jake Motz (OL), Ed Agholor (OL), Andrew Albert (DL/OL), Nolan Underhill (RB/CB), and Dallas Darden (LB).

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Football Team! GO KNIGHTS!


Young Alumni Winterfest at JPII, 12/16

Alumni of the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 are invited to JPII for an evening of fun on Saturday, December 16th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. JPII’s very own 2005 alumnus Fr. Andrew Bulso will offer Mass at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Events begin at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Mary Leonard ’11 at


Bowling Teams Headed to State

Congratulations to both our men’s and women’s bowling teams for qualifying for the TSSAA Division II State Tournament! The Lady Knights defeated Goodpasture 18-9 in the third round of playoffs and the men defeated DCA in the fourth round. The State Tournament is scheduled for mid January. GO KNIGHTS!

Two Students Perform in the Nashville Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Photo: Karyn Kipley Photography

JPII sophomore Carissa Surber and freshman Trista Brantley will dance in the Nashville Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on weekends during the month of December at TPAC. Dancing with the Nashville Ballet has been a big part of both girls lives’s for years. With daily rehearsals and the demands of their academics, they are busier than most this time of year, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They are full of excitement and anticipation for opening night! Carissa and Trista will be in the following performances: Dec. 2nd at 2:00 p.m., Dec. 10th at 2:00 p.m. Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., and Dec. 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Purchase your TICKETS today. Congratulations Carissa and Trista

Read the full article at The Tennessean.

Sumner County has a number of dancers performing in The Nutcracker, read more in the Sumner Home Page.

Student’s Charity Benefits Thousands of Kids

Freshman Hannah Grubbs founded Bows & Ballcaps when she was 10 years old. The nonprofit charity offers love and support to children with cancer, especially those who have lost their hair. Hannah can relate to cancer patients as she too has lost her hair, not to cancer but to a condition known as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes baldness. As the name of her organization suggests, Hannah provides hair bows and ballcaps to children in hospitals across the country. Over the last four years, more than 10,000 bows and hats were distributed. For the full story, visit the Tennessean.

Bows & Ballcaps will hold a Breakfast with Santa that will benefit the charity and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on Saturday, December 2nd at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club. There are still seats available at 11:00 a.m. Reservations requiredTickets are $19.50 per adult, $15.50 for kids 3-12, and $5.50 for kids under 3. Please check the details below. Reservations at

Grandparent Breakfast 2017

Our Annual Grandparent Breakfast was one for the record books! Over 600 grandparents attended this year’s event, now held in the gymnasium in order to accommodate the growing number of guests. The morning included a performance by the JPII Orchestra and Choirs, special presentations from grandparents The Honorable Joe and Mrs. Marilyn Brown, administrators Mr. Deely, Mrs. Barber, and students William Pacwa and Owen and Sam McGrath. The grandparents also watched a video of endearing messages from their grandchildren. Thank you to all who celebrated with us. We look forward to seeing you again next year.


Student Meets Newly Appointed Bishop

Senior Katy Beth Boyers represented JPII at the diocesan press conference on November 21st when Fr. Mike Johnston announced the appointment of Fr. J. Mark Spalding as the 12th Bishop of Nashville. Katy Beth, an aspiring journalist, was grateful for the opportunity to meet and receive a blessing from Bishop-elect Spalding.

See the diocesan website for articles and a video of the press conference.

Father J. Mark Spalding Appointed 12th Bishop of Nashville

November 21, 2017
Rick Musacchio, Director of Communications, Diocese of Nashville

Fr. J. Mark Spalding

Pope Francis has named Father J. Mark Spalding, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, to be the 12th Bishop of Nashville. The appointment was publicized at noon in Rome, 5 a.m. central time, on Tuesday November 21, 2017.

Bishop-elect Spalding will be ordained a bishop and installed as the Bishop of Nashville on February 2, 2018 at Sagrado Corazon at the Catholic Pastoral Center on McGavock Pike.

Bishop-elect Spalding, 52, a native of Fredericktown, KY and a member of a large extended family with roots dating to the earliest days of Catholic life west of the Appalachian Mountains, was ordained to the priesthood on August 3, 1991 at the St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, KY.  He is a graduate of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, KY, and St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He received a master of religious studies and a licentiate in canon law from American University in Louvain, Belgium.

He is currently pastor of Holy Trinity Parish and Holy Name Parish in Louisville. He has also served as a vicar general for the archdiocese since 2011. He has served a number of other assignments including associate pastor at St. Joseph and chaplain at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, associate pastor at St. Augustine in Lebanon, KY, associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary in Louisville, pastor of Immaculate Conception in LaGrange, KY. He has served as a judge, judicial vicar, and director of the tribunal for the archdiocese.

The entire state of Tennessee was established as the Diocese of Nashville on July 28, 1837 from the territory of the Diocese of Bardstown, KY by Pope Gregory XVI. In 1971 the western third of the state was established as the Diocese of Memphis. In 1988 the eastern third of the state was established as the Diocese of Knoxville. The Diocese of Nashville now covers 38 counties of Middle Tennessee and includes about 76,000 registered Catholics in 53 parishes and three missions. Masses are offered in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Latin, and Korean.

The See of Nashville has been vacant since Bishop David Choby died on June 3, 2017. Father Michael Johnston was elected administrator by the priests of the diocese’s College of Consultors. Father Johnston will continue as administrator until Bishop-elect Spalding is ordained bishop and takes possession of the diocese.

A message from Father Michael Johnston:
On behalf of everyone in the Diocese of Nashville, I am very happy to thank our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for appointing Father J. Mark Spalding as the 12th Bishop of Nashville, and for his generosity in accepting this call. Having served the Archdiocese of Louisville in many capacities over the years, presently as Vicar General and pastor of Holy Trinity Church in the city of Louisville, Bishop-elect Spalding brings a wealth of experience to us as our new shepherd.

He is a man filled with enthusiasm and excitement with his new responsibilities. He comes to Nashville and Middle Tennessee, an area of our state that is dynamic, growing, having such great potential. Bishop-elect Spalding is blessed with a joyful spirit, a strong work ethic, a deep love for the Lord and his people, and a great desire to lead and serve. He has already expressed such a keen interest in learning about the Diocese of Nashville, in listening to our needs and our hopes and dreams, and then discerning the direction the Holy Spirit wishes to take us. With God’s gift to him of this spirit of service and willingness to lead us, we are truly blessed.

Archbishop Kurtz and the people of the Archdiocese of Louisville are undergoing the loss of such a fine priest, and we are grateful for their sacrifice. We assure them that our new bishop will be loved and cared for as he begins his new ministry among us. May we pray for Bishop-elect Spalding and the Diocese of Nashville.

Students Study Motion in Physics

In what ways can you measure movement of an mBot? That was the assignment in Mr. Mamolo’s freshman Physics class. Students investigated motion of the Arduino based robot in teams and reported their discoveries through multiple representations: data table, position vs. time graph, a mathematical model, and written description. Innovation in Catholic Education at it’s best!