Please join us in congratulating students who made the Fall Semester 2020-21 Honor Roll. Students on the Faculty List earned all As and one B, and students on the Head of School List earned all As.
The best way to get the "feel" of a school is to visit it -- ideally in session!
Our admissions team is happy to provide your family with a personal tour. Please call (615) 822-2375 to schedule an appointment. Students can also have an authentic experience for a day by scheduling a Shadow Day (see below). Let us know how we can serve your family.
Do you think you might want to become a Knight? Get the inside scoop on a typical day at JPII during a Shadow Day. The day is specifically designed to give prospective students a first-hand experience of a full academic day.
- Arrive at JPII by 8:00 a.m. and meet your JPII Student Shadow Ambassador. The admissions team will choose a JPII student for you to shadow, however, if you have a friend who is a current student at JPII, you can shadow him/her.
- Attend a full day of academic classes until 2:30 p.m. This includes eating lunch with your Shadow Ambassador along with the JPII student body.
- Participation in the classroom is encouraged and expected. You will experience extraordinary instruction from our faculty.
- During your visit, individual contact with a teacher, coach, club moderator, or academic department chair may be arranged.
- Shadow days are intended for students who are considering enrollment at JPII for the next academic school year.
- Dress for success and wear gender-appropriate uniform type clothing (polo and khaki pants). You can also wear your current school uniform. Jeans (without holes) and appropriate t-shirts may be worn on Fridays.
Schedule your Shadow Day Visit TODAY!
- A pre-inquiry form must be completed before a Shadow Day Visit can be scheduled: forms.veracross.com/Forms/jp2/PreApplication/Household.aspx
- Schedule your Shadow Day Visit here: https://forms.gle/FV8zTzwSuaXi5C6S9
All visiting students are expected to follow JPII COVID-19 protocols (temperature checks and the wearing of a face mask) to keep the JPII community safe.
Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at (615) 822-2375.
Admissions Calendar of Events
2020-2021 Academic Year
Senior Bella Forrester-Kent gets creative with her winter internship on the JPII campus.
During the JPII Internship Program, students are able to shadow professionals as a way to explore careers and deepen professional skills. Isabella (Bella) Forrester-Kent’s winter internship with the athletics department has given her an inside view of what it takes to prepare for various athletic events and support the JPII Knights. She and her peer mentor Ellie Shaver (pictured) have assisted Mrs. Hanson with countless jobs this winter by hanging up signs on locker room doors for winter sports, folding and organizing men's lacrosse uniforms for storage, taking down advertisement banners on the football field, organizing the athletic news bulletin board, creating signs with the football cheerleaders for games, organizing winter senior banners for display in the gym, and unwrapping all of the junior Bibles. Isabella and Ellie, we appreciate your work in your winter internship!
Two juniors win Nasvhille Cumberland River Compact SLANT Writing Contest and nine others receive honorable mention.
Congratulations to the JPII juniors who were recently recognized for their writing in the Nashville Cumberland River Compact SLANT Writing Contest. They submitted short stories, poems, and essays about nature to complement their study of the American Romantic and Transcendentalist literature in English 11 classes. Two juniors were selected as contest winners: Camaya Keaton and Kevin Marsh, and nine juniors received an honorable mention: Kynadie Adams, Avery Gardner, Ethan Hemmelgarn, Abigail Holland, Ethan Hover, Rose McCaslin, Carter Naylor, Joseph Pate, and Riley Smith.
Students are selected by their teachers in the fall and spring semesters for their outstanding contribution to the Innov8 program.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Fall 2020 JPII Excellence in Innovation Awards!
- Introduction to Public Speaking - Andrew Nessari
- Songwriting and Composition through Technology - Ryder Smith
- Introduction to Video Game Design - Conor Patton; Knight Tank: Enterprising Entrepreneurship - Analia Winters, Jake Kellog, Thao Phan, and Ty Lavendar
- Gear it Up! Robotics - Darren Liu and Kehan Patel
- Haiti Love - Anna Puryear, Catherine Pagan, and Joanna Haymart
- Show Me the Money Investment Course (not included in the video) - Simon Whiteley
Students create a beautiful display in rememberance of the dearly departed.
JPII observed All Souls’ Day, also known as El Dio de los Muertos, a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died. The JPII community honored the memories of loved ones by adding personal items to the El Dio de los Muertos display, created by Spanish teacher Mrs. Del Valle and students Trista Brantley and Jayley Simpson. All students had an opportunity to visit the display and attend morning and a sunset Mass followed by a cook-out in the courtyard on this holy day.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Saint John Paul II, pray for us. Amen.
Baseball Team Take Series Against Father Ryan
The Knights baseball team clinched the lead in the sixth inning to defeat Father Ryan, 4-3, in the first game of the series. Chet Lax picked up the win pitching five innings and striking out nine. Corbin Sweatt and Clay Deason managed multiple hits for the Knights. In game two, the Knights jumped out to an early lead and held on to beat the Irish, 7-3. Benson Montini earned the victory on the mound pitching five innings and striking out six. Max Jackson, Sam Jackson, and Tyler Robertson all had multiple hits for the Knights. Game 3 ended in a tie, 2-2, as Ben Raybourne led the Knights with 2 hits. Unfortunately, the Knights traveled to Grace Christian on Saturday and lost, 3-10.
Lady Knights Defeat Ensworth/Father Ryan
The Lady Knights softball team exploded offensively as they shut out Ensworth, 15-0. The Lady Knights collected 14 hits from Aspen Whittington, Analeigh Donovan, Addie Rice, Kaylee Peyret, Taniyah Britt, and Lillie Van Metre. On Thursday, the Lady Knights defeated Father Ryan, 2-1, in a pitcher’s duel. Lillie Van Metre picked up the win pitching seven innings and striking out 12. Lillie Van Metre and Taniyah Britt each had multiple hits for the Lady Knights. Earlier in the week, the Lady Knights fell to Goodpasture, 5-11.
Lady Knights Lacrosse Crushes USN
The Lady Knights racked up 12 goals on Tuesday to defeat University School of Nashville, 12-2. Maria Martini led the Lady Knights with 4 goals followed by Jenna Gillis with 3, Abby Gibala with 2, and Camille Quiampang, Ellie Shaver, and Scout Chaffin with 1 each.
Men’s Lax Beats ECS
The men’s lacrosse team battled hard and defeated Evangelical Christian School last Friday, 9-6. Hayden Latham led the Knights with 6 goals and 1 assist followed by Micah Smithson with 1 goal and 1 assist, Hawkeye Kauffman with 1 goal and 1 assist, Preston Nason with 1 goal, and Oliver Gould with 1 assist. Asa Douglas recorded 11 saves on goal.
Knights Soccer Squeaks Past McGavock
The men’s soccer team outlasted McGavock last Thursday, 1-0, to pick up their second victory of the season. Liam Leonard scored the games’ only goal with an assist from Lance Blackwell.
Tennis Teams Defeat Goodpasture
The men’s and women’s tennis teams both defeated Goodpasture on Friday. The Lady Knights cruised past the Cougars, 8-1, with singles wins from Alex Dubois, Sara Grubbs, Hannah Grubbs, Callie Keightley, Reagan Berry, and Mary Grace Foulke. Earlier in the week, the Lady Knights fell to Franklin Road Academy, 2-7, and Brentwood Academy, 0-7. The men’s team also defeated Goodpasture, 5-2 with singles wins from Mason Thompson, Matthew McLeod, Joseph Collins, and Nathan Jones. Earlier in the week, the Knights defeated FRA, 5-3, but fell to Brentwood Academy, 0-7.
Knights Track Hosts Meet
The track team hosted their second meet of the season with Ensworth and Father Ryan participating. For the Knights, Bethany Howard placed first in the women’s 100m, while Keonna Chumbley took first in the women’s 400m. Alexis Simino took the women’s 3200m, and Gavin Sellers placed first in the men’s 1600m.
Congratulations to the thirteen JPII Knights who committed to play their sport at the next level today! We are proud of your commitment to athletics, academics, and the many other programs in which you are involved at JPII. We will always cheer for our Knights - no matter where you are! Once a Knight, always a Knight!
Wallace’s Goals Lead Knights to Win
Matthew Wallace’s four goals helped propel the Knights soccer team to a win over MTSA Fire, 4-2 last Tuesday. Wallace received assists from Warner Buell, Lance Blackwell, and Liam Leonard.
Van Metre Pitches ShutOut Against Father Ryan
Lillie Van Metre pitched seven strong innings, allowed only three hits, and struke out 17 to help the Lady Knights softball team shutout cross-town rival Father Ryan, 3-0 last Monday. McKenzie Sonnier, Lillie Van Metre and Kaylee Peyret led the Lady Knights offensively with multiple hits. On Tuesday, the Lady Knights crushed St. Cecilia, 16-1. Aspen Whittington, McKenzie Sonnier, Kaylee Peyret, and Lillie Van Metre all had homeruns to lead the Lady Knights.
Knights Tennis on a Roll
The women’s tennis team improved their record to 2-1 with a big win over Springfield, 7-0, while the men’s tennis team remained perfect after defeating Springfield, 5-4. Alex DuBois, Sara Grubbs, Hannah Grubbs, Savanna Kurtz, Callie Keightley, Simra Kazimuddin, Mason Thompson, Matthew McLeod, Joseph Collins, and D. Rod Hebron all picked up singles wins.
Track Team Hosts Meet/Pearson Breaks Record
The JPII track team hosted their first home meet of the season against Davidson Academy, Goodpasture, and Mt. Juliet Christian. The Knights fared well with Zhion Robinson winning the men’s 200 meter, Harrison Cline winning the men’s 400 meter, Stephen Strickland winning the men’s 1600 meter, and Gavin Sellers winning the 3200 meter. Matthew Solarz placed first in the men’s 110 meter hurdles, while the Knights won both the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x800 meter relay. On the women’s side, Adrianna Cadena placed first in the 200 meter dash, while Alexis Simino won the 3200 meter run. Aubree Franklin placed first in the women’s 100 meter hurdles while Shealee Smith won the women’s 300 meter hurdles. The Lady Knights placed first in the 4x200 meter relay and Leanna Pearson won the women’s long jump with a distance of 16'5.5 breaking the school’s previous record.
Knights Lose Series to MBA
The baseball team started off strong with a big with over MBA on Monday, 3-0. Chet Lax pitched 7 innings giving up only 3 hits and striking out 10. Unfortunately, the Knights fell to the Big Red on Tuesday, 4-7, and again on Wednesday, 1-11. Lack of offensive production and errors cost the Knights in the final two contests. Chet Lax, Corbin Sweatt, Tyler Robertson, Ben Raybourne and Kyler Oathout all picked up hits for the Knights last week.
Knights Lacrosse Falls to Father Ryan
The men’s lacrosse team continued to struggle offensively as they travelled to Father Ryan last Wednesday and fell to the Irish, 1-13. The Knights hope to rebound this week against ECS and Independence.
Lady Knights Lacrosse Lose to Harpeth Hall
The Harpeth Hall Honey Bears handed the Lady Knights their third loss of the season last Tuesday, 3-17. Maria Martini led the Lady Knights with two goals followed by Jenna Gillis with one goal.
Lady Knights Lacrosse Keeps Rolling
The Lady Knights lacrosse team continues to roll as they picked up two big regional wins last week. On Tuesday, the Lady Knights travelled to St. Cecilia and crushed the Scarabs, 13-2. Maria Martini led the Lady Knights with 5 goals followed by Jenna Gillis with 2 goals. On Friday, the Lady Knights defeated a tough Christ Presbyterian team, 9-3. The Lady Knights were led in scoring by Jenna Gillis with 3 goals, Ellie Shaver with 2 goals, Scout Chaffin with 2 goals, and Camille Quiampang and Abby Gibala with 1 goal each.
Track Season Off and Running
The JPII track season kicked off last Tuesday as the Knights travelled to Father Ryan to face the Irish in a one-on-one battle. The women’s team defeated Father Ryan in the overall battle by taking the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay, and the 4x400 relay. Keonna Chumbley finished first in the 100m race, while Ava Skaggs took first in the 400m race. Aubree Franklin placed first in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles, and Leanna Pearson finished first in the long jump. Although the men’s team didn’t win, they did have a first-place finish in the 4x200 relay. Nicholas Bazarne took first in the 300m hurdles.
Tennis Teams Defeat Davidson Academy
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams defeated Davidson Academy last Friday. Hannah Grubbs, Savanna Kurtz, Simra Kazimuddin, Reagan Berry, Mary Grace Foulke and Ashlyn Winter all picked up wins for the Lady Knights. For the men’s team, Mason Thompson, Matthew McLeod, Joseph Collins, Brendan Altenbern, and Nathan Jones recorded wins. Unfortunately, the women’s team fell to Harpeth Hall earlier in the week.
Baseball Team Hosts ServPro Classic
The Knights baseball team hosted the ServPro Classic at JPII last week with four teams from across Tennessee participating. The Knights dropped a close contest to Dickson County, 9-10 in the opening game. Rocco Geritano, Kyler Oathout, Corbin Sweatt, and Chet Lax recorded two hits each. On Friday, the Knights lost the lead late in the game and fell to Centennial, 5-8. Chet Lax went 2 for 5, while Sam Jackson had 2 stolen bases. Earlier in the week, the Knights fell to Forrest, 2-5.
Knights Compete in Southern Coast Cup
The Knights soccer team travelled to south Alabama this past weekend to compete in the Southern Coast Cup. In the first game against Spanish Fort, the Knights tied the Toros, 3-3. Lance Blackwell, Matthew Wallace and Chaimin Ryou all scored for the Knights with assists from Liam Leonard and Jose Angel. The Knights fell to St. Paul’s Episcopal, 2-4 in game two. Jose Angel and Matthew Wallace are credited for the Knights’ goals.
Men’s Lacrosse Team Drops Two
The men’s lacrosse team suffered two loses last week to drop to 2-5 for the season. On Wednesday, the Knights fell to MBA, 0-16. Asa Douglas-Autrey recorded 7 saves while Hayden Latham won 4/8 faceoffs and had 4 ground balls. On Saturday, JPII suffered another loss to St. George’s, 1-13. Hayden Latham scored the Knights’ lone goal. The Knights hope to rebound this Wednesday against Father Ryan.
Lady Knights Lacrosse Crush Centennial
Before Spring Break, the Lady Knights lacrosse team hosted Centennial and shutout the Cougars, 13-0. Jenna Gillis led the Lady Knights with 4 goals followed by Camille Quaimpang with 3, Maria Martini with 2, and Shea McCarthy, Clara Early, Annslee Ware, and Lydia Uhl with 1 each.
Knights Baseball Wins Season Opener
The Knights baseball team opened the season on the road and defeated Clarksville Academy, 5-2. Ryan Bender picked up the win pitching four innings and striking out six batters. Kyler Oathout, Ryan Bender, and Corbin Sweatt each had two hits to lead the Knights. Later in the week, the Knights fell to Moore County, 3-4, and to Coffee County, 0-7, but rebounded on Saturday with a win over Franklin County, 6-3. Righthander Benson Montini pitched five innings and picked up the win.
Men’s Lax Drop Two
Last week the men’s lacrosse team fell to Christian Brothers, 1-19, in regional action. Hayden Latham scored the Knights’ lone goal. Before Spring Break, the Knights dropped a regional game to Ensworth, 7-10. Hayden Latham led the Knights with 5 goals followed by Hugh Gebhardt with 2 goals while Patrick Collins recorded 1 assist.
In honor of our namesake, Saint John Paul II, Bishop Spalding celebrated Mass outside at the Jim Carroll Athletic Complex.
We are grateful to His Excellency Bishop Spalding for celebrating Mass outside last week for the JPII community on the Solemnity of our namesake, Saint John Paul II. As he spoke over the loudspeaker at the JPII football stadium, Bishop Spalding inspired the Class of 2021 to “use their voices to make their echo heard,” like St. John Paul II. Then, the seniors received a special blessing from Bishop Spalding as he affirmed their positive and influential leadership in our community. Thank you, Bishop Spalding!
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Great progress was made on two Habitat for Humanity homes with the help of the JPII community.
At Pope John Paul II High School, we believe service to others is at the very heart of the Gospel message and JPII's mission. We have many opportunities to extend a helping hand over the school year. Still, one of our favorite efforts is partnering with the Dugan Family Foundation for the annual JPII Habitat for Humanity Build. A group of students, parents, alumni, alumni parents, and school staff made substantial progress on two Habitat homes for two very deserving families, all while having a great time.
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Matthew Shipley is a nominee for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards of Hands on Nashville. Matthew is a great example of how a JPII student can impact our community.
Junior Matthew Shipley has been nominated for the 2020 Hands on Nashville Strobel Volunteer Awards for his work, The Bridge Ministry, in downtown Nashville. Matthew has not only been commended by the organization for his dedication and work, but he also impressed the JPII Christian Service Coordinator Libby Byrnes with his thoughtful written reflections about his service experiences. Last fall, Matthew also developed a presentation to help recruit other JPII students for service opportunities at The Bridge Ministry. Finalists for the award will be named on February 20th, and the award program is April 2nd. Tickets for the event go on sale February 20th and are available at www.hon.org
Students in Mr. Elfer's Service in Solidarity Innov8 class works with elementary school students on their English speaking skills.
Each Wednesday afternoon, students in Mr. Elfer's Service in Solidarity Innov8 class travel to Glenview Elementary to help students who don't speak English as their first language to learn English and improve their skills during their after school reading club program. "Helping the children is a very fun and fulfilling experience," says sophomore Alvin Aligbe, "because they are so eager to learn and have such positive attitudes." Service in Solidarity is one of many Innov8 courses that include service-learning opportunities for JPII students.
Students participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
On their pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, JPII students visited the shrine dedicated to our namesake, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Along with attending the March for Life Rally on Friday, with other students from the Diocese of Nashville, they also honored and contemplated the sanctity of human life by visiting sites like the Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“Faith leads us beyond ourselves.” - Saint John Paul II
We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by remembering the values that represent his legacy. Thank you to the students in Knights Media and the JPII Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion student leadership group for helping us reflect on Dr. King’s wise words, which should inspire us to continue to work for social justice and the values of non-violence, peace, love, character, justice, freedom, hope, and faith.
Nothing could stop the House of Gregory as they competed in the Fall House Games.
Congratulations to the House of Gregory for winning the 2020 Fall House Games! The Knights enjoyed lunch outside and the beautiful weather as they competed in trivia, soccer, four square, pumpkin decorating, spike ball, ultimate Frisbee, and of course, tug-o-war. Thanks to the House Council for planning an awesome day for us all.
Pope John Paul II High School stands on the belief that education extends beyond the classroom. We want students to build relationships with one another, faculty, staff, and coaches in meaningful, healthy ways. The House System helps to make this happen by creating smaller communities within the school to encourage friendships, promote school spirit, and develop student leadership. Visit House System to learn more.
Blue Man Group and JPII community support family of fallen MPO Spencer Bristol.
On December 30th, the city of Hendersonville lost MPO Spencer Bristol while he was serving in the line of duty. During our home basketball games in the month of January, the JPII Blue Man Group and the JPII community collected donations for Officer Bristol's family. At the February 4th basketball game, Jack Bender, the leader of JPII’s Blue Man Group, presented Hendersonville Chief of Police Mickey Miller with a check for $2,300 for Officer Bristol's wife Lauren and daughter Eloise as a small gift of appreciation for his sacrifice and service to the Hendersonville community. Thank you Knights!
The JPII Model UN team traveled to the University of Notre Dame, where they participated in diplomatic negotiation to solve some of the world's most pressing concerns, from HIV and AIDS to the use of technology to enhance "Shock" resilience, from cybercrime to climate change, and from immigration reform to refugee crises. Several of our students were able to participate in specialized historical committees including Churchill's War Room, the Dublin Easter Rising, and the Treaty of Versailles. Against stiff competition, several students came away with award recognition: (1) Verbal Accommodations included Madi Bagsby, Patrick Callahan, Dominik Rollins, Harrison Howze, and Carson Blake; (2) Taylor Mayes was awarded Honorable Mention; and (3) Jack Dyer won Best Delegate, the highest honor in any given committee. Congratulations to students for a wonderful last MUN conference!
After a week of festivities, Jack Dyer was crowned Coming Home King at the game on Friday.
Congratulations to Jack Dyer, JPII’s 2020 Coming Home King! Jack’s escort was Trista Brantley. Other Senior Coming Home Court Representatives were Patrick Callahan escorted by Roxy Preston, Jackson Cook escorted by Joleigh Whittaker, and Chris Muller escorted by Khushi Patel. Junior Representatives were Kevin Albert escorted by Katie Marquardt and Collin Cox escorted by Lexi Lang. The sophomore representative was Ryan Zikovich escorted by Kira Rogers, and the freshman representative was Colin Cook escorted by Audrey Evans.
PB Mamalo is the Vice President of House Council and President of the House of Peter, an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity soccer player, and a drummer for the Jazz Ensemble. We thank this Knight of the Week for enriching the JPII community in many ways, especially by sharing the “joke of the day” every morning.
Tanner is an international development and impact investment professional with experience working in impact investing, technology start-ups, strategy consulting, and international NGOs across Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2014 with a degree in philosophy and sociology, Florida State University in 2015 with an MSc in International Affairs (degree of distinction), and from the University of Cambridge in 2019 with a Master's in Social Innovation (degree of distinction). Tanner works in Corporate Development for ModusBox in London.
Zach graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Soon after graduation, he started a financial technology student loan company, Paytronage. Zach sold the business in 2018 to Lumni, Inc. but stayed on as the Head of Capital Markets & Investor Relations. In addition, he continued his entrepreneurial spirit by launching Une Femme Wines along with his sister Jen. Une Femme Wines partners with women in the wine industry, including female winemakers, investors, distributors, designers, and wine retailers. A portion of the proceeds benefits the non-profit Dress for Success.
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Rachel works in the Medical ICU at Vanderbilt Hospital. She is serving Nashville's patients impacted by COVID-19.
Dr. Briana Keightley Franklin, class of 2010, is in her third year of a four-year residency for OBGYN at St. Mary's Hospital in St. Louis. Briana earned her BA in dance from Washington University in St. Louis and her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She and her husband Robert live in Kirkwood, MO.
Alexandra Patterson ‘08 continues as Director of Library Services at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. She is also a dorm parent, teaches English, and works on various committees including Diversity, Equity, and Justice, Community Reading, and the Speaker Series. In August 2020, she began doctoral studies at John Hopkins University School of Education.