THE MAGAZINE OF JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL
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!
LEGACY GALA & AUCTION
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013
LEGACY TOWN CENTER
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
Would you like to donate something to
the 2013 Legacy Gala and Auction
The committee is looking for these fabulous items!
Local Weekend Get-Aways
Vacation/ Lake Homes
Fine Wine & Spirits
Humidor and Fine Cigars
S ponsorship Opportunities
$25,000 PRESENTING SPONSOR
Three Legacy Gala Patron Tables for Ten
Premium Patron Seating
Recognition in Gala Program
Recognition at Electronic Bidding Stations
$10,000 PLATINUM SPONSOR
Two Legacy Gala Patron Tables for Ten
Primary Patron Seating
Recognition in Gala Program
$5,000 GOLD SPONSOR
Legacy Gala Patron Table for Ten
Preferred Patron Seating
Recognition in Gala Program
$2,500 SILVER SPONSOR
Six Tickets to the Legacy Gala
Recognition in Gala Program
$1,500 BRONZE SPONSOR
Four Tickets to the Legacy Gala
Recognition in Gala Program
$750 CARDINAL SPONSOR
Two Tickets to Legacy Gala
Recognition in Gala Program
$250 FRIEND SPONSOR
Recognition in Gala Program
AD SELECTION DIMENSIONS PRICE (B&W) PRICE (COLOR)
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 email@example.com or 469.229.5170.
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
FOUNDATION of TEXAS
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.”
JPIIHS STAFF MEMBER: PAULA NICKEL
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
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.
JPIIHS ALUMNI PARENT: JOHN CULIN
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!”
JPIIHS EAST SP
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.
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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
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
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.
LORD, PLEASE WELCOME:
Ashley Lorea ’08 welcomed Isaac Anthony.
ALUMNI CALENDAR of EVENTS
December 20 th
1John Paul II High School
Location: The East Sport Complex
Registration will begin at 6:30 pm
Game will begin at 7:00 pm
1ST ANNUAL MEN’S
ALUMNI SOCCER GAME
JANUARY 5, 2013
JPIIHS Athletic Complex
Registration begins at 1:30pm
Game begins at 2:00pm
JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL
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.
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Kelly Noonan at 469.229.5176 or kellynoonan@
johnpauliihs.org. Make sure you “like” us on facebook:
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LinkedIn: John Paul II High School Alumni.
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