F ALL 2012 - John Paul II HS


F ALL 2012 - John Paul II HS

The Cardinal


FALL 2012

page 7

From the Chairman


The John Paul II High School Community is looking forward with

great anticipation to the 2013 Legacy Gala, A New York State of

Mind. So… “Start Spreading the News!”

We’ll be celebrating all things New York: from the Great White Way

in the Big Apple to Sleepy Hollow and West Point, from the Baseball

Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to Lake George in the Adirondack

Mountains, from the Thousand Islands to the wineries of the Finger

Lakes, from Coney Island to Niagara Falls, and from the canyons of

Wall Street to the farmlands of Woodstock, the evening will be a

night to remember.

We will gratefully accept donations of auction items, which can be

dropped off at school at your convenience. We invite you to consider

sponsorship opportunities, and this year, we are also offering the

opportunity to take advantage of advertising in the Gala program.

Save the Date!







There are a number of ways to support this event, which in turn

supports our school, and we hope you will all choose some way to

help. We thank you in advance for donations of your time, your

talent, and your treasure, and we’re looking forward to a fun night of

successful fundraising.

Would you like to donate something to

the 2013 Legacy Gala and Auction

The committee is looking for these fabulous items!

Sports Tickets/Suites

Local Weekend Get-Aways

Vacation/ Lake Homes

Airline Tickets

Sports Equipment

Fine Wine & Spirits

Humidor and Fine Cigars

Spa Services


Outdoor Living

Home Décor


S ponsorship Opportunities


Three Legacy Gala Patron Tables for Ten

Premium Patron Seating

Recognition in Gala Program

Recognition at Electronic Bidding Stations

VIP Reception


Two Legacy Gala Patron Tables for Ten

Primary Patron Seating

Recognition in Gala Program

VIP Reception


Legacy Gala Patron Table for Ten

Preferred Patron Seating

Recognition in Gala Program

VIP Reception


Six Tickets to the Legacy Gala

Recognition in Gala Program

VIP Reception


Four Tickets to the Legacy Gala

Recognition in Gala Program

VIP Reception


Two Tickets to Legacy Gala

Recognition in Gala Program


Recognition in Gala Program

Advertising Opportunities


Business Card 3.5” x 2” $150 $400

Quarter Page 3.75” x 5” $250 $500

Half Page 7.5” x 5” $500 $750

Full Page 7.5” x 10” $750 $1,000

Inside Back Cover 7.5” x 10” $2,000 $2,500

Inside Front Cover 7.5” x 10” $2,000 $2,500

Outside Back Cover 7.5” x 10” $2,500 $3,000

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 o t to

“Seek to Serve”

For questions, please contact Jan Nolen at jannolen@johnpauliihs.org or 469.229.5170.


Seek to


making a donation. Coffee and snacks fortified the volunteers and donors.

Meanwhile, in the building, the advancement office staff monitored a


On September 13, 2012, the JPIIHS community participated

in North Texas Giving Day. On that one day, gifts given to the school were

matched at a specific percentage by the Communities Foundation of Texas

and the Cardinal family responded to the charge to kick start the 2012

2013 Annual Fund with tremendous force.

spreadsheet, updated in real time by CFT, to help track donations.

A busy social media campaign kept viewers in the know, providing ongoing

posts throughout the day. The community was directed to the NTGD

website, to watch the leaderboard and track JPIIHS progress. Of the 900

non-profits involved in the day, JPIIHS hit the top of the list with the most

individual donations at 9:30 a.m. and stayed in the lead position for just

over 12 hours. Ultimately, the school came in second place with 940

donors, for which JPIIHS was awarded and additional $5,000.00.

The grand total from donors at the end of the day was $205,980. What a

great start to the Annual Fund. The goal is always 100% participation – so

if you missed your chance to give on 9 13 12, it is not too late to donate to

the Annual Fund, the single most important fundraiser of the school year.

Tents with table and chairs were set up in the parking lot and during morning

carpool parents, faculty and staff, JPIIHS cheer, Big Red, and administration

encouraged families to park and take advantage of the iPads available for

Thank you for the enthusiasm and excitement surrounding our first time

joining North Texas Giving Day. We look forward to next year and another






John Paul II High School is proud to have the Champions for John Paul II High

School program listed in the Giving Guide of the Communities Foundation

of Texas. The Giving Guide is accessible on-line and in print and facilitates

philanthropy by bringing together donors and non-profits with specific areas

of need. Acceptance into the Giving Guide is rigorous and requires that nonprofits

submit narrative and statistical information regarding program needs.

Throughout the process, the school is able to align with an excellent local

foundation, reflect on the Champions program, and play a role in the larger

philanthropic community of North Texas.

Supporting Champions for John Paul II High School by giving directly to the

Office of Advancement is the most common way to donate. However, if you


are interested in learning more about how you can give to Champions through

the Communities Foundation of Texas, visit the website www.cftexas.org, click

“Grants” and then “Giving Guide.”





Since 2008, the John Paul II High School guidance and counseling office

has been directed by Ms. Paula Nickel, and her presence on campus has

helped to define the department’s goals and refine the college application

process for students and families. Ensuring college readiness from 9th – 12th

grade, the faculty and staff work to challenge JPIIHS Cardinals. Guidance and

counseling staff are there every step of the way.

Ms. Nickel came to JPIIHS after retiring from public school in 2008. She

was in Plano ISD for 29 years, working at Plano Senior High as a junior and

senior English teacher and at Vines as a counselor, and then at Plano East

as a counselor and the Director of Guidance and Counseling. Ms. Nickel

remembers her retirement, brief as it was, and her move to JPIIHS, “I decided

in May of 2008 to retire from public school because I felt I wasn’t able to work

with students the way I wanted to. My children tease me that I had the shortest

retirement of anyone they know – mine was two weeks before accepting the

position here.”

Prepping Cardinals for their next step is taken seriously. Ms. Nickel describes

the college readiness program as beginning once the students enter as 9th

graders and proceeding through to their senior year. Counselors go into

the classrooms to discuss PSAT testing, college information, essay writing,

resume building, etc. Each year in the spring our students and parents meet

individually with their counselor to go over the 4-year plan and to make

choices for course selections based upon college requirements. Students

and parents are introduced to Naviance in 9th grade and will then continue

to use the program through the high school years. Ms. Nickel says, “We ask

our freshmen students to do the career profiler to see what type of interests


they have in the career area. We also ask them to complete the personality

profile which is another source of helping students identify possible careers.

We have the students check out different majors and to see which colleges

offer that major. Students then realize that not all majors are offered at every

school. In addition, we offer parent nights for all grade levels in the fall and

spring to go over college readiness information.”

The older students and

parents love Naviance

especially with the

Scattergrams, which help

viewers to see how many

JPIIHS students were

accepted or not accepted

at specific colleges.

Ms. Nickel pictured with her three sons. Students use this tool

to help determine reach

schools, target schools, and safety schools. In the fall, seniors meet with

their counselors regarding the application process and the counselors spend

time reading essays and giving advice.

The JPIIHS community is Ms. Nickel’s favorite aspect of begin here. She

describes a Cardinal using the 4 R’s – responsible, respectful, role-model,

and reverent – and always seeking to serve each other and the community.

“When I first came into this building for an interview, I felt it was a good

place. Of course, I enjoy being able to work with all 4 grade levels and seeing

the students change and grow from 9th to 12th grades. I enjoy the fact that

the counseling department is able to work with our students and families as

they make choices regarding their future plans. I like the fact I am able to be

in the counseling role again and helping to make a difference.



Each fall, Cardinal family and friends come together to enjoy a day of golf. The

JPIIHS annual golf tournament raises significant funds for Tuition Assistance

and allows donors and participants a chance to support the school while

golfing. Mr. John Culin, parent of a current Cardinal and parent of a Cardinal

alum, serves as the chair of this exciting event and our community is grateful

to him and his commitment to the school.

Mr. Culin (left) pictured with his two sons,

Stephen and Michael, and his wife Suzanne.

Mr. Culin has been involved in

the school in some capacity for

now his sixth year. Son Michael,

is a graduate and the first

Cardinal to win an athletic state

championship for JPIIHS, which

he did playing golf. He attends

TCU. Another son, Stephen is

currently a sophomore at JPIIHS

and a member of the golf team. He

and his wife, Suzanne, have two adult children as well. Mr. Culin is CEO of

Synergy Enterprises, a regional food sales and marketing company. The family

belongs to Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Plano where he has served

on the finance committee and various auction committees over the sixteen

years of weekly worship.

Through his children’s involvement at JPIIHS, Mr. Culin got to know the chair

of the golf tournament and subsequently served on the committee. He first

served as chairman in Fall 2011 and is repeating this task for Fall of 2012.

As chairman in 2011, he recruited committee members and refocused the


mission and goals of the tournament to concentrate on Tuition Assistance.

The success of this event is reflected in the over $170,000 raised from the

local business community and JPIIHS families. We can all look forward to

another successful tournament with Mr. Culin leading the charge.

Tuition Assistance and the creation of JPIIHS’s Hall of Fame Wall are two

efforts Mr. Culin is actively supporting. He says “JPIIHS is founded on

providing the best faith founded education for all people, and the creation

of our Hall of Fame is important as we are recognized in both academic and

athletic state achievements.

Mr. Culin notes that during the search for a high school, “with several great

choices of which high school to attend, and visiting each choice, both sons

applied to one school-JPIIHS. Michael’s decision was based on the gut feeling

that the staff and teachers gave him during his visit, and Stephen experienced

the great atmosphere for four years prior to his decision.” Mr. Culin was

drawn to the mission of the school which he says “hits all the right notes and

is exactly what JPIIHS stands for.” He was drawn to the faith-based education

and the genuine concern the teachers, staff, and administration has for the


As a parent and a highly-involved volunteer, Mr. Culin is often on campus.

While here and seeing the school in action, he observes that “JPIIHS has

the highest moral and ethical standards, driving home respect for others, a

great work ethic, honesty and morality.” The students are happy, ambitious,

supported, and respectful. The community fosters strong and lasting

friendships, modeled by parents and faculty, replicated by the students. Mr.

Culin appreciates the many relationships he has formed while at the school

– and takes time to offer this advice on two in particular: “If you don’t know

Mrs. J. and Mrs. Hawley then get to know them!”



student life

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the JPIIHS students,

faculty and guests gathered to dedicate the East Sports Complex (ESC). This

new facility provides softball and baseball facilities, tennis courts, and parklike

spaces for spectators and school events. The ESC was made possible by

the continued generosity of Mary and Rich Templeton and their family.

Led by the marching band, the student body walked from the main building

to the ESC, waving “Go Cardinals” pennants as they passed the VIP tent.

Students, faculty, and staff received t-shirts that morning commemorating

the big day which made for great visual impact. Guests seated in the tent

included Senator Florence Shapiro, Plano Mayor Phil Dyer, Most Reverend

Kevin J. Farrell, D.D., Bishop of Dallas, founders of the school, leaders in the

Catholic community, and the Templeton family.

Mr. Pete Delkus, weather man for WFAA, served as the host and master

of ceremonies, keeping the crowd engaged with his enthusiasm. As to be

expected, he brought with him perfect weather for an outdoor celebration.

The dedication included a blessing from Bishop Farrell, remarks from Senator

Shapiro, Mr.Thomas Poore, and Madison Urtso, the president of the JPIIHS

student body. The choir led the community in the national anthem and a

guest barber shop quartet serenaded Mrs. Templeton. At one point, four

skydivers landed on the field, delivering a baseball, a softball, and a tennis

ball, and a United States of America flag. The Templeton family threw the

first pitches, the first serve, and participated in a ribbon cutting. The morning

was a spectacular celebration of the JPIIHS community and a wonderful way to

say thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Templeton for their commitment to the school.

After the dedication on the field, the student body returned to the main

building, where the dining hall served ball park food for lunch. The VIP

guests moved from the field to a tent decorated with the theme of vintage

baseball. There, they enjoyed ball park food, ice cream and peanuts, and

more of the barber shop quartet.

The ESC is a signature JPIIHS facility. Cardinal athletes and guests will enjoy

a playing experience rivaled by none. Mr. and Mrs. Templeton continue to

be instrumental in the growth of JPIIHS. Their support makes JPIIHS the

school that it is – an exceptional college-preparatory Catholic high school

with unlimited potential.

From left to right: Thomas W. Poore, M.Ed., Senator Florence Shapiro, Bishop Farrell,

Rich Templeton, Mary Templeton, Stephanie Templeton, and Mayor Phil Dyer at the

official ribbon cutting.



Master of Ceremonies,

WFAA’s Pete Delkus

John Paul II High School softball, baseball and tennis

captains with the skydivers.

The old-fashioned barber shop quartet as they serenaded Mary Templeton

with “Sweet Mary T,” a twist on the Neil Diamond favorite “Sweet Caroline.”

Mary and Rich Templeton are members of the founding families of John Paul II

High School (JPIIHS). With the generous leadership and philanthropy of Mr. and

Mrs. Templeton, JPIIHS has become a leader in Catholic college-preparatory

education in North Texas. In addition to the donation for the new East Sports

Complex, their contributions are extensive and include: the seeding of a multimillion

dollar endowment to provide leadership scholarships for top students,

support of our tuition assistance program, the completion of an athletic complex

for football, soccer, and track, furnishings for common areas for the student

body, and generous support of all of our school community events.

student life




The entire John Paul II High School Community is grateful to the Templeton

family for their faithful support of the school.




Jackie Kerski ’08 graduated from Texas Tech University in the spring with a degree in Nursing. She is

working in the Cardiac Unit at Baylor Hospital in Garland, Texas.

Maegen Moon ’08 graduated from Baylor University in August and is interning at the Wildlife Center at

Crosstimbers Ranch.

Natasha Pajda ‘08 recently graduated Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts

Degree in Religious Education and accepted a volunteer position with the Gateway Vincentian Volunteers.

Their mission is to provide young adults with an experience of living in community and working with the

poor in the spirit of St. Vincent DePaul, whose life’s work was dedicated to serving the poor and needy.

Lindsay Paris ‘08 graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in December of 2011. She

received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently a Kindergarten teacher in

Frisco ISD.

Tessa Barrientos ‘09 spent her summer as a Brand Management Intern at Cramer Krasselt, working on the

MGM Grand Las Vegas account at the Phoenix, Arizona office.

Michelle Dubret ’09 will graduate from LSU in May with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology.

She has been accepted to both UT Southwestern and Texas Woman’s University for Physical Therapy

school and plans to attend UT Southwestern.

Kirsten Gary ‘09, a senior at Southern Methodist University, accepted a Supply Chain Internship at the

Frito Lay - Headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Johnston ‘09 was selected as the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I)

Volleyball Player of the Week, for two weeks in a row! Libby is a senior outside hitter / middle for the

College of New Rochelle Blue Angels. According to NCAA rankings, as of October, she was ranked 10th

in NCAA Division III in service aces per set.

Elise Bockoven ’10 was accepted to the Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Nursing.

Lauren Foote ‘10 spent her summer interning with Flow magazine in Dallas.

Lauren Dozier ‘10 was accepted into the University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing.

Shelby Stahl ‘10 was accepted into the Joint Admission Medical Program at the University of North Texas.

Shelby has maintained Dean’s list status during her entire time in college. She will begin her first medical

school internship at Texas Tech this summer.

Reese Layton ’12 plays trumpet with the “Spirit of Oklahoma State” Cowboy Marching Band. As one of the

largest student organizations on campus, the 300+ members proudly represent and support Oklahoma State

University, OSU Music Department, and OSU Athletics.

Caroline Pajda ‘12 was awarded a Boren Scholarship Award at the University of Oklahoma. Caroline is a

freshman and pursuing a degree in Architecture. The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas recently announced that

Caroline achieved her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Caroline achieved this distinction

through her service project at JPIIHS. Caroline organized efforts to install a bench and new landscaping in

the Senior Courtyard. The project was dedicated to Blessed Pope John Paul II, his battle with Parkinson’s

disease, and the impact of the disease on her family and other families.

Elliott Polanchyck ‘12 wears #71 as a member of the University of Oklahoma hockey team. He is the youngest

player and one of only two freshmen to make this year’s team. The Sooners, ranked #6 in ACHA Division 1,

defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, 10-2, in the season opener. Elliott scored his first goal as a Sooner and

had two assists.

Conrad Skidmore ‘12 achieved his Eagle Scout rank. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy

Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.


Ashley Lorea ’08 welcomed Isaac Anthony.



December 20 th

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1John Paul II High School


Location: The East Sport Complex

Registration will begin at 6:30 pm

Game will begin at 7:00 pm

Pre-Register: bit.ly/bsbalumnigame



JANUARY 5, 2013

JPIIHS Athletic Complex

Registration begins at 1:30pm

Game begins at 2:00pm



or 469.229.5176



Alumni Memorial Game

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

JPIIHS Large Competition Gymnasium

6:30 and 8:00

Honor the Alumni we have lost and watch

the Cardinal basketball teams play

Bishop Lynch High School.

Complimentary admission for Alumni.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas in the Courtyard

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

John Paul II High School


1. Reese Layton ’12, playing trumpet with the “Spirit

of Oklahoma State” Cowboy Marching Band 2. ‘09

Alums Katie Boggs, Laura Poole, Ashley Clark, and

Hannah Sweeney catching up with Ms. Kelly Noonan

(center), Coordinator for Alumni 3. Laura Burns ’11

and Brian Burns ’07 at a Giants Baseball game 4.

Alexa Moraif ’08 at the 2012 Olympics

1. 2. 3. 4.

If you have great news or photos to share, contact

Kelly Noonan at 469.229.5176 or kellynoonan@

johnpauliihs.org. Make sure you “like” us on facebook:

facebook.com/JPIIHSAlumni. Join our group on

LinkedIn: John Paul II High School Alumni.


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