THE MAGAZINE OF JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL
There’s no place
Dear John Paul II High School Families,
The Sixth Annual Golf Classic Turkey Shoot is Monday,
November 21st at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano. The
committee and I sincerely hope you will join us for a day of
fun, relaxation, and time with friends and family. We are
working to create a great environment focused on the players
and sponsors of the tournament, while contributing to a great
initiative: Tuition Assistance at JPIIHS.
The Golf Tournament is one event in the schedule of activities
that provide for the Tuition Assistance program at John Paul II
High School. JPIIHS has been committed to a strong Tuition
Assistance program since the school opened in 2005. This
current school year, we can be proud to know that close to
$400,000 has been awarded to deserving students; over 100
students are slated to receive assistance. Providing aid for
tuition changes lives, aligns with the mission of the school,
and demonstrates Gospel values in action.
JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL
Paul II High School is a factor in the lives of the employees of
those businesses. In large part, the golf committee is charged
to utilize this event as an outreach to the business community,
to educate corporations about the school and help them
understand that John Paul II High School can play an
important role as a factor in relocation decisions. And, now
that the JPIIHS Class of 2007 has graduated from college, we
have solid evidence that the school is an excellent resource
for future employees of Collin County businesses.
We look forward to an excellent tournament on November
21st. I sincerely hope you will join us. Participate in fulfilling
the mission of the school by supporting Tuition Assistance –
all while enjoying a day of friends and golf. You can register
by visiting the Golf Tournament tab under Giving at www.
6th Annual JPIIHS
Golf Classic - Turkey Shoot
November 21, 2011
Gleneagles Country Club
Check-In: 9 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.
Grand Slam Sponsor - $10,000
Major Sponsor - $5,000
Golf Cart Sponsor - $5,000
Putting Green Sponsor - $5,000
Lunch Sponsor - $2,500
Tour Sponsor - $2,500
Hole Sponsor - $1,500
Foursome - $1,200
Single Player - $300
Join us for the
2011 Grandparents’ Day!
Tuesday, November 22nd @ JPIIHS
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Enjoy a hearty breakfast with your
special student and experience the
excitement of JPIIHS firsthand!
To RSVP, please call 972.867.0005 or
subject line: Grandparents’ Day
See you there!
“Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary
to a child’s growth as vitamins.”
V i s i o n
We will make a difference in the
world by walking in the footsteps
of Pope John Paul II.
M i s s i o n
To develop leaders who are
critical thinkers and effective
communicators, committed to
service and rooted in faith.
S t u d e n t Creed
Learn, think, decide,
communicate: to become a
productive and responsible
citizen, dedicated to
selfless service to
God and community.
M ot to
The Golf Tournament also allows JPIIHS to further develop
and deepen relationships with the local corporate community.
From current to incoming corporations and businesses, John
Chairman, Sixth Annual Golf Classic Turkey Shoot
For more information, visit
www.johnpauliihs.org or call
Jan Nolen at 469.229.5170.
Left: John Paul II High School students pictured with their grandparents
at the 2010 Grandparents’ Day. Photos courtesy of boothBOOTH.
“Seek to Serve”
Seek to Serve
p h i l a n t h r o p y
There’s no place like home….
Excitement is building for the next project on the school campus. The
John Paul II High School East Sports Complex will open in Spring 2012
and Cardinal athletes and fans have much to look forward to.
The complex will house three major sports. The facility will include eight
tennis courts, a baseball field, and a softball field. There will be plenty of
parking and a building to house concessions and restrooms. The complex
will be inviting to students and families with a pavilion and ample green
space for gathering to watch games and matches.
The development of the sports complex was initiated by a lead gift from
exceptional campus, and will complement the existing athletic field which
houses football, soccer, and track.
The teams are gearing up for having true home seasons. Joey Schewee,
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Varsity Tennis Coach,
reflects the excitement, saying, “the JPIIHS tennis community is thrilled
about the Complex and humbled by the generosity of the donors. We are
building a ‘Lifelong Tradition’ through the JPIIHS tennis program and now
we have a place to call home!”
“Having our own facility will help take our program to the next level by
providing these girls with a field they can call their own,” observes Coach
Watch for the latest developments in the
JOHN PAUL II
construction of the JPIIHS East Sports Complex
along Plano Parkway and Woodburn Corners
as we finish out 2011 and move into 2012. Visit
www.johnpauliihs.org for updates and get ready
for great seasons in the Cardinal home!
John Paul II High School
East Sports Complex
p h i l a n t h r o p y
Mary and Rich Templeton and family. One of their goals was to create an
environment where the JPIIHS family and community can come together.
Indeed, the JPIIHS East Sports Complex promises to do just that – all
in a cohesive and thoughtful setting. The facility rounds out an already
Shawn Gallimore, Varsity Softball Coach. And, Brian Gaffney, Varsity
Baseball Coach, notes that the complex will not only provide for current
Cardinals, but that it will allow for great visibility for our school and “will
help continue the huge impact JPIIHS has on the youth in the metroplex.”
Michael P. Grace
Elizabeth & John Irish
c o m m i t m e n t
In just his second year as a JPIIHS Cardinal parent, Mr. Michael P. Grace has
already shown his commitment to the school and its mission. Jumping right
in for the 2010 – 2011 school year, Mr. Grace became active as a booster for
the football program, supplying the team with two complete weight racks,
new communication headsets for the coaches, and other training equipment.
His son, Alexander is a member of the Class of 2014, and plays Cardinal
Football, and Mr. Grace sincerely understands the connection between parent
involvement and the school’s success.
An active member of the Collin County community, Mr. Grace heads MPG
Ventures, LLC, and owns Z Interactive, a digital marketing agency with an
emphasis on social media advertising, and Virallock, a social media consulting
service for high school and college students, and young professionals looking
to establish their brand. He graduated from University of Missouri, Kansas
City, and earned an MBA from University of St. Thomas in Houston.
The Grace family, Mr. Grace, his wife, Elizabeth, their sons, Alexander and
Christian, belong to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco. There,
he is a lector and an active member of Knights of Columbus. When looking
for high school options for Alexander, Mr. Grace notes, “we wanted our sons
to be in an academically challenging, Catholic environment that would give
them the foundation they need to be successful in college. From the very
first visit…we knew JPIIHS was the right choice.” He is impressed with the
reputation JPIIHS has already established in the college admissions community
so early in the school’s development. Mr. Grace appreciates that it is easy to
want to be involved here, and says, “Once you realize that we, as parents, play
a key role in helping the teachers and administration adhere to the mission and
vision of the school, you can’t help but want to chip in and do your part to help
When the Office of Advancement examined the structure of the Annual Fund
campaign, and considered tweaking the formula so that the program functions
as parent-driven, a decision was made to make the focus even more specific,
and to give the main effort to fathers in the JPIIHS community. The natural fit to
lead this effort was Mr. Grace and he now works with a team of committed father
volunteers to raise, and perhaps surpass, the funding goal for the 2011 – 2012
Annual Fund. Mr. Grace appreciates the notable energy and sense of community
on campus and is pleased to find himself working with such dedicated parent
volunteers from each class in support of the Annual Fund. He is grateful for
the relationships he has already established at JPIIHS, with individuals like Mr.
Poore, Mrs. Fleming, and Coach David Gaffney; he looks forward to the new
friendships forged in the Annual Fund effort.
The Grace family recognizes the parts of JPIIHS that make it a unique and
important place for young people. “The overall commitment to maintain a
high level of excellence in every endeavor, and to the development of the
whole person as they prepare for being adults,” is the most important work Mr.
Grace sees being done at JPIIHS. Indeed, this is important work, part of the
school’s mission, and a reason the school continues to attract individuals with a
commitment level like that of Mr. Grace.
The 2011 – 2012 school year welcomes two new faculty members who bring
excitement, achievement, and a lot in common – both teach US History,
both coach Academic Decathlon, both live at the same address and drive to
JPIIHS together: the Irishes, a married couple, arrived this year and JPIIHS is
lucky to have them in the school family.
Mr. John Irish and Mrs.
Elizabeth Irish came to
JPIIHS from Katy, Texas.
While there, Mr. Irish
worked at Taylor High
School and Seven Lakes
High School and over
the years taught AP US
History, AP European
tennis, and coached the
Mr. and Mrs. Irish at an SMU football game.
and Octathlon teams and
served as department
chair. Mrs. Irish taught in Katy as well and they met while working for the
district. She was raised in Wisconsin, he in Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Irish have wanted to move to North Texas for some time. They
knew Mr. Philp who filled them in on the great things happening at JPIIHS.
When there was a need for two new AcDec coaches, as well as openings in
the history department, they jumped at the opportunity.
Since arriving, the Irishes have already picked up on what they like best
about the school. The positive atmosphere and strong sense of community
were apparent from the start, and Mr. Irish states that he is “very impressed
with the group of students we have trying out for AcDec this year.”
Mrs. Irish agrees that
JPIIHS Cardinals have
– in fact, as an avid bird
watcher, she likens the
JPIIHS Cardinal to the
cardinals that come and
feed in her backyard.
They stick together,
help each other out, and
know how to stand their
ground. When observing
Mrs. and Mr. Irish, both of whom teach U.S. History. the JPIIHS Cardinal, she
notes they “have deeprooted
faith and strong convictions that they will hold true and stand firm
on, so in this sense, they know how to stand their ground as well.”
c o m m i t m e n t
THROUGH THE EYES OF JPIIHS STUDENTS
Andrew Rogers, Class of 2012, is a creator.
Andrew sees himself as a chef in the future and
One area in which Caitlin excels is photography,
what is fun about art,” says Caitlin. Taking that
a different spin on the work she does – different
student/teacher relationship saying “Mrs. Briley
s t u d e n t l i f e
During his four years at John Paul II High School,
Andrew has found his passion: using everyday
objects, using words, even using food, to create
something new and interesting.
In the art room, Andrew most enjoys 3-D sculpture.
He finds that he can’t put what is in his mind on
paper, so instead his thoughts and observations
manifest in sculpture. He calls himself a pack
rat, and thrills to find an uncommon object and
to uncover its potential as a new form. “I like an
object already made in the world,” he notes. With
such an object, and with other media, Andrew
seeks to create negative space, so people want to
look at it. His work is engaging and captivates the
This approach serves Andrew as he explores the
potential of words. He is active in the JPIIHS
Poetry Club and his favorite form of poetry is haiku
would like to study at a college or university with
a hotel management program. Here too, Andrew’s
knack for examining the everyday, and creating
interesting design, and flavor, serve to build
masterpieces of the culinary.
Andrew understands the benefit of having had
the opportunity to attend JPIIHS, and especially
to work with faculty such as Ms. Briley in the Art
Department. We can look to see Andrew in the
future, perhaps to see his 3-D work out in the world,
or to dine at one of his restaurants. Wherever he
is, and whatever his line of work, we can be certain
he will be creating.
Caitlin Bobbit, Class of 2012, lives as a portrait of
a JPIIHS student. She works hard academically, is
stating that she enjoys taking photos as “the mind
is not perfect” and photography can “capture
the present.” She has combined this interest
with some of her service work by taking photos
while on the Honduras trip. With these photos,
she believes she can honor her “connection
to the experience” and can “put others in the
experience.” She plays with her photographs,
printing them on different types of paper,
switching from black and white to color, and once
satisfied with their appearance, entering them
in area competitions. She has earned 3rd place
in state at the Texas Media Competition and
an honorable mention at TAPPS. At the Collin
County Art Show, her photography was featured
and she earned 3rd place in ceramics – another
area of great interest. She enjoys 3D art, such as
ceramic work, and remembers when she almost
thought to the next level, Caitlin reflects, “people
aren’t perfect – in art and life – and that is okay.”
Academically, Caitlin enjoys AP English. She sees
herself either studying social work or global studies
and diplomacy after graduating from JPIIHS,
because “I am a peacemaker.”
When she is not studying or making art, Caitlin is
a dedicated member of All Saints Catholic Church
– serving as a Eucharistic Minister, working the
parish fall festival, and as an active participant in
the youth group. She heads to church many times
a week and enjoys a high level of involvement.
Caitlin is dedicated to service and working to
make the world a better place as demonstrated by
her commitment to All Saints, PALS at JPIIHS, the
even than the language in the school’s mission. “I
don’t think of it as service but as what needs to be
Jacqueline Jones, Class of 2013, has been a
student at JPIIHS for all of high school and has
embraced Cardinal life, enjoying activities such
as Track and Junior Classical League. While
here, she has cultivated a strong interest in art,
and now finds herself exploring 3D art with
a passion. To make her creations, she uses a
variety of materials, including clay, cardboard
tubes, and styrofoam. She enjoys creating
animal likenesses and says “I just love to build!”
Complementing this love of building, Jacqueline
likes the academic area of science, and admits
that “sometimes” she likes math.
strongly supports me…and help[s] me in art. I’m
very blessed to have [her] as my teacher.” And
while she recognizes and is grateful for the strong
faculty at JPIIHS, she does say that what she likes
best about the school is the food!
Jacqueline volunteers at Baylor for Christian
Service hours and looks forward to a successful
college experience once she graduates from
JPIIHS. She does not know what she will study at
college, but Jacqueline might not yet be finished
satisfying her love of building!
View Andrew, Caitlin,
artwork in the “Cardinals
on Camera” section.
s t u d e n t l i f e
as he, again, likes to take an existing word and use
it to mean other words.
committed to service work, and has an active faith
feared art. “I feel like some people are afraid to
mess up. I was almost afraid to do art but that is
Honduras mission trip, the SADD Blood Drive,
and work with March of Dimes. However, she has
Active in the National Art Honor Society,
Jacqueline understands the importance of a strong
a l u m n i
Kate Levit ’07 graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2011 and
earned a degree in Sociology. She currently works as an Account Executive at ISI
Commercial Refrigeration in Dallas.
Paul Scioneaux ’07 is graduating in December from Louisiana State University with
a degree in Sports Management and Commerce. Paul spent last summer interning
with Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.
Sage Coralli ’07 will graduate from the University of Oklahoma in December. She
currently is developing her own nutrition company.
Ally Allen ’08 plays basketball at University of Texas, Tyler and is a member of the
Criminal Justice Committee. She will be graduating in May 2012.
John Darwin ’09 was awarded the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences
Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship. He spent this past summer researching his
topic “Understanding the Concept of Charity in and Beyond John Milton’s Paradise
Daniel Parfitt ‘09 is currently serving as the Director of Freshmen Aggies Spreading
Traditions (FAST) at Texas A&M University. He has spent the past two summers
as a Fish Camp Counselor and as a counselor at the Youth Adventure Program for
gifted and talented middle school and high school students. Recently he picked up
his Aggie Ring!
Brian Rose ’09 is the President of the Inter-Fraternity Council at Southern
Methodist University. He spent last summer working at Merrill Lynch.
Amanda Stromp ’10 earned a 4.0 last semester at Texas A&M University. She
currently serves as the Chaplain of Delta Zeta sorority and hosts weekly Bible
Avery Kyle ‘10 won her first golf tournament of the year at Spring Hill College.
Julie Boggs ‘10 graduated from an Emerging Leaders program last year at the
University of Arkansas where she is majoring in Hospitality and minoring in
Business. Julie is a member of the Hospitality Club and Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Michael Skelton ’11 joined Alpha Phi Omega, a nationwide co-ed service fraternity,
and is participating in the national Make a Difference Day. He was selected out
of seventy people to be a Billiken Buddy, St. Louis University’s form of a student
Lizzy Dubret ’11 just returned from a Hunt Scholars trip to Taos, New Mexico. Lizzy
is a freshman at Southern Methodist University.
LORD, PLEASE WELCOME ...
Hailey (Charles) Koval ’08 and husband Ryan Koval welcomed baby Kamryn
LORD, HOLD IN YOUR HANDS ...
Anna Basso ‘11
Michaela Swedenburg ‘11
Mason Vanstory ‘10
SAVE THE DATE
FOR THE CLASS OF 2007
FIVE YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 28, 2012
9:00 am - 2:00 pm @ JPIIHS
Questions? Call Kelly Noonan, 469.229.5176
November 21, 2011
6th Annual Golf Classic
Gleneagles Country Club
Visit www.johnpauliihs.org for more info!
January 5, 2012
Christmas in the Courtyard
6 - 8 p.m.
John Paul II High School
We are excited to announce that Ms.
Kelly Noonan is the new John Paul II
High School Coordinator for Alumni.
Ms. Noonan joined the JPIIHS family
in 2006 as a member of the Social
Studies department. If you have great
news, photos, or stories to share, call
Kelly at 469.229.5176 or email her at
Make sure you become a fan of
our Alumni facebook page:
a l u m n i
c a r d i n a l s o n c a m e r a
Check out our
social media sites
for daily happenings at
John Paul II High School!
Above left: John Paul II High School art student Andrew Rogers, pictured
with a recent scultpure of his. Above right: a second sculpture of Andrew’s.
Above and right: Two
sculptures created by John
Paul II High School 3-D art
student, junior Jacqueline
Left: Sub-varsity football players take
the field at their game against Fort
Worth Christian Academy. Above:
Jessi Gorman, sophomore keyboardist,
won a gold medal at TPSMEA State
Instrumental Competition in May. She
played the First Movement of a Haydn
Sonata. Way to go Jessi!
Above left: The varsity volleyball team at their game against Fort
Worth Nolan Catholic. Above right: Cardinal Belles Captain
Parker LaDue leads the Belles in a halftime performance.
Above, bottom right: Francesca Ursua
performing in the High School Concert Choir,
a group made up of auditioned voices from
across the country. Photo by Dustin Taylor, from
the Kodály Envoy, summer 2011, Vol 37, No 4.
Copyright © 2011 by OAKE: The Organization
of American Kodály Educators. Used with
JPIIHS Twirler Amelia
Mugavero performs during
the varsity football game
against Bishop Dunne High
Above: Piccolo player Lauren
Koehler performs with the rest
of the marching band at the
varsity football game against
Bishop Dunne High School.
In addition, JPIIHS is
pleased to present a
brand new website!
We welcome photo submissions for
Cardinals on Camera. For inquiries,
please email Meredith Inman at
John Paul II High School art student Caitlin Bobbitt works with several different types of media.
Above left to right, self photograph, scultpure titled “Butterfly”, and a handmade dress.
Above: Junior Ryan Cook catches
a pass at the varsity football game
against Prestonwood Christian
Academy. Right: Cheerleading
Sponsor and Coordinator for
Admissions and Alumni, Kelly
Noonan, poses with Big Red and the
varsity cheerleaders at the PCA game.
WAY TO GO CARDINALS!
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