Cardinal Life

Student Clubs & Organizations

At John Paul High School, students have numerous opportunities to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations. There is a venue for all students to become an integral part of the life of the school and develop their individual leadership skills. Students are encouraged to start new clubs and organizations within their interest areas.

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  • Academic Decathlon & Octathlon

    Academic Decathlon is a national organization promoting friendly scholastic competition among high school students. The program consists of a rigorous alternative curriculum that teaches and inspires students to explore varying aspects of ten different subjects including speech, interview, essay, math, music, economics, language and literature, social science, science, and art. All subjects are unified by a specific theme chosen annually by the national organization, USAD. Past themes have included Imperialism, Russia, and World War I. Through this highly competitive program, students compete for state and national titles as well as college scholarship money. The JPII Academic Decathlon team boasts five state titles.

    The Academic Octathlon Competition is open to ninth and tenth graders who do not participate on the Academic Decathlon team. These students compete in all subject areas except speech and interview.

    State Champions: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2016


    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mr. Keith Gannett
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    Mrs. Kristen Burt
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  • Ambassadors

    The mission of the John Paul II High School Ambassador Club is to provide a warm and friendly welcome to all guests that visit the school. The Ambassadors represent the school at all community and school functions and are outstanding role models of high moral character and aptitude.


    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Ashley McMurtry
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  • Baking Club

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Matt Krause
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  • Band

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Michael Browning
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  • Baseball

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Kyle Hay
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  • Bird's Eye Media Club

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Kristy Rodgers
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    Mr. Alex Eckler
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  • Book Club

    The mission of the JPII Book Club is to engender an appreciation of literature through active discussion pertaining to books. Meetings will be held once a month in the Athenaeum at a day that is most agreeable for the majority of parties involved. There will be discussion about the month’s book and a decision will be made about the book for the following month.


    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Ms. Debra Goheen
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  • Cardinal Mentors

    The Cardinal Mentors are a select group of juniors and seniors who mentor new students to JPII. Mentors are responsible for leading new student orientation as well as communicating important reminders to new students throughout the year. 

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Melissa Downs
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  • Cheerleading

    HEAD COACH
    Ms. Meredith Henry '12
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    ASSISTANT COACH
    Ms. Debra Goheen
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  • Chess, Board Games & Ping Pong

    Our goal as the Chess, Board Games & Ping Pong Club is to help JPII students not only have fun and relax from their school work but to also create relationships with their peers through the games we play. We will also help students hone and learn new abilities such as critical thinking through competitions while also allowing them to take part in their community through charity work.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Michael Korrie
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  • Choir

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Emmanuel Espiritu
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  • Class of 2022

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Shenny Donnelly
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    Ms. Carrie Barlow
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  • Class of 2023

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Channing Milfeld
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    Mr. Vern Dewees
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  • Class of 2024

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms.Becky Salonish
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    Mr. Alex Eckler
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  • Class of 2025

    Faculty Sponsors

    Ms. Julie Hopkins
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    Deacon Jack Hopkins
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  • Color Guard

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Donna Hicks
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  • Cross Country

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Jeff Jackson
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    ASSISTANT COACH
    Mr. Peter Frein
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  • DECA

    ​​DECA provides opportunities to explore careers in areas including accounting, entrepreneurship, fashion, restaurant, and sports management. Students develop leadership skills. In addition to competitions, the club offers speaker events, scholarships, conferences, and awards. The club plans to host a Stock Market Game and multiple Virtual Business Challenges.

    Faculty Sponsor:  Mickey Saloma
  • Diocesan Mission Trip

    Our annual Diocesan Mission Trip goes to a community in a Central American country to work and build relationships for ten days. Students and faculty/staff members from all over the diocese come together to participate in an active way in another community. This is a retreat-style trip in which you will not only bond with JPII and diocesan students but also with local people in a very real and spiritual way.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Shenny Donnelly '11
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  • Drill Team

    CARDINAL BELLES HEAD COACH
    Mrs. Bethany Ralston
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  • E-Sports

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Josh Gharis
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  • Environmental Club

    The environmental club will help students at JPII feel supported, encouraged and educated in becoming leaders in the preservation of Earth. The environmental club will help students become environmentally conscious and will develop friendly skills, attitudes, responsibilities and dedication to individually and collectively achieving a high quality of life and environment.

    Faculty Sponsor: Kristin Burt

  • Every Cardinal

    Celebrating Respect Awareness Dialogue Inclusivity Non-Violence Acceptance Love

    Open to all students, this group seeks to promote understanding and positive discussion about social issues.
  • Fiction Writers

    The JPII Fiction Writers club is a creative writing club for all grade levels. During after school meetings, students write and read their own poetry and short prose in a supportive environment with the aim that each student publishes at least one creative piece per year. With the help of fellow students and the club sponsor, students will edit and polish their work to ready it for publication. Students also have the opportunity to enter creative writing competitions for recognition and college scholarship money.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Natalie Webb
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  • Football

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. George Teague
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  • Golf

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Bruce Smith
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  • Honor Council

    The Honor Council helps encourage integrity and diligence in the student body using a team of its peers, who are an elected group of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. The Honor Council helps to create policies that will have the best effect on the school, counsel students who have received a violation, and sit on panels in hearings of students who actively contest the violation received in a class. The Honor Council works to educate, advise and promote academic honesty in a friendly environment.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Matt Krause
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  • HOSA

    HOSA is an international student organization that provides experiences for future medical professionals.

    Faculty Sponsor: Matt Krause
  • Interact Club

    Committed to lead, connect, and serve locally and globally. Interact Club is a service club with more than 250,000 youth members worldwide. It benefits from sponsorship by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance. JPIIHS Interact will carry out service projects as an individual group as well as partner with other Interact/Rotary clubs needing support.

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Ms. Kim Premo
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    Mrs. Rosey Restani
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  • International Club

    The International Club is dedicated to broadening our understanding of other cultures through fun learning events, food, and holiday celebrations. We complete a service project annually, chosen by club members. International Club typically meets once per month.

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mrs. Lian Zhang
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    Ms. Elizabeth Afanador
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  • International Thespian Society

    The International Thespian Society is the Honor society for Theatre. The Honor Society promotes several service projects each year including the Theatre Backpack/School Supply Drive, A Performance Evening for the Elderly, Scottish Rite Christmas Tree and others. The Theatre students earn points toward membership by working on plays as actors or crew or audience members. It takes 15 points to become a member and students accrue points throughout their years in the department. Members in good standing as seniors can earn their honor cords to wear at graduation. Plays that members can work on throughout the year include the Fall play, the TAPPS One Act Play, the traveling one act musical and the spring musical.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Terry Tuck
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  • Junior Classical League

    Our purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Chris Holmes
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  • Kairos Retreats

    Kairos is a Roman Catholic retreat program for high school and college. The retreat is a three-day, two-night residential retreat, with the aim of providing participants the chance to contemplate God's role in their lives.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Kelly Schueler
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  • Men's Basketball

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Dan Lee
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  • Men's Lacrosse

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Stuart Smith
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  • Men's Soccer

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Rusty Oglesby
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    ASSISTANT COACH
    Mr. Roger Azevedo
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  • Model United Nations

    Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Anne Stone
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  • Mu Alpha Theta

    Mu Alpha Theta is the national math honor society. Its purpose is to extend math knowledge and interest to those students with high math aptitude. This goal is accomplished through competitions, service, and expanding interest in math to all students. This society also offers opportunities to earn scholarships and bond with other national members. Our chapter initiates in the early fall of each year to ensure that all members are enrolled in their third Honors (Geometry or higher) or AP level math class.

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mr. Kent Thele
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    Mrs. Melissa Garretson
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  • National Art Honor Society

    The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is a professional organization aimed at recognizing those students with an outstanding ability and interest in Art and providing Christian Service to the school and to the community through the visual arts. The organization helps members achieve their goals in art areas and brings art education to the school and to the community. NAHS members work to integrate art into other school activities; sponsor events, exhibits and speakers; plan field trips to community businesses associated with art and to art museums; and plan activities for members to expand their art skills such as workshops. NAHS provides scholarship opportunities and information about art careers and conventions that are pertinent to serious art students.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Tony Schraufnagel
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  • National Chinese Honor Society

    The aim of this organization shall be to encourage its members to become life-long learners in order to gain a better understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as to play an active role as a contributing global citizen in the twenty-first century.

    Faculty Sponsor: Lian Zhang
  • National French Honor Society

    The French National Honor Society is an organization whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in at least three semesters of French language courses; this is done by induction into the organization.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Carmen Nelson
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  • National Hispanic Institute: Cardinal Chapter

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Silvia Garza
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  • National Honor Society

    The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mrs. Julie Furlong
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    Mr. Roger Azevedo
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  • National Speech and Debate Association

    The National Speech and Debate Association, formerly the National Forensic League, is an interscholastic speech and debate organization serving Cardinal students. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, resources, training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Aaron Basinger
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  • Orchestra

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Michael Browning
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  • Pop Choir

  • Powderpuff

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Jermaine Love
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    ASSISTANT COACH
    Ms. Kendall Bass
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  • Powerlifting

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Jermaine Love
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  • Praise & Worship

    The Praise and Worship team is comprised of students with modern musical talent wishing to lead the music ministry at monthly masses, weekly Cardinal Breaks, and retreats throughout the year. These students are committed to providing intentional opportunities for the JPII community to reflect, adore, and worship.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Allie Choiniere
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  • Pro-Life Club

    The mission of the John Paul II High School Pro-life club is to support, promote and educate ALL LIFE from conception to natural death through knowledge, service, prayer, and peaceful activism. The JPIIHS Pro-Life Club was founded in 2008 by David Lebeuf, Anna Underwood, and Gerald Macias. They wanted to build a culture of LIFE at our high school. Students are encouraged to join at the start of the school year. Communication and joining the club is done with Google Classroom. Please see Mr. Leon Schram, Pro-Life Club Sponsor, in room 2312 during Cardinal Break, for any additional details or to join!

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Leon Schram
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  • Quill & Scroll

    Quill and Scroll seeks to encourage individual initiative in high school journalism, specifically in reporting, writing, design, leadership, photography, and other related skills valuable to the journalistic endeavor; and recognize and reward the individual achievements of students engaged in journalistic activity.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Kristy Rodgers
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  • Rho Kappa

    Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. The purpose of the JPII Rho Kappa chapter is to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. Members are responsible for attending meetings, tutoring JPII students in Social Studies classes, and participating in a national Social Studies Essay writing competition. Members must have completed at least two Honors/Pre-AP or AP Social Studies classes and be currently enrolled in an Honors or AP Social Studies course with all of their Social Studies coursework earning an “85” or higher.

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mr. Jeremy Morse
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    Mr. Bob Wade
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  • Robotics

    Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and others. Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. John Schram
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  • Science National Honor Society

    The purpose of Science NHS is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, to aid the community with its comprehension of science, and to encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind.

    At John Paul II High School, the Science NHS will accomplish this purpose in several specific ways:
    • provide opportunities for students to apply for fellowships, internships, and scholarships
    • give back to the greater community, especially our own school community and our Catholic feeder schools, through peer-tutoring and hosting science-related events
    • host guest speakers in various science, medicine, and engineering fields in order to foster collaboration, networking, and college readiness
    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mr. Vern Dewees
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    Mrs. Callie Boykin
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  • Social Innovation Lab

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mr. Frank Santoni
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    Mrs. Jessica Dishman
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  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

    This is the Juan Pablo Segundo chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. We are dedicated to the academic pursuit of the Spanish language, involvement in the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples, and service to Spanish-speaking communities.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Silvia Garza
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  • Softball

    HEAD COACH
    Mrs. Jayme Baker-Nelson
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  • Speech & Debate

    Speech and Debate is one of the most rewarding and beneficial educational activities available to students. Those enrolled in Oral Interpretation (acting skills) and Debate (rhetorical skills) compete throughout the year in local, state, and national tournaments. Skills are developed in areas diverse as researching, writing, critical thinking, literary analysis, character development, presentation, time management, and interpersonal communication.

    Students gain valuable skills in four critical areas. First, developing confidence, in both group and one-on-one communications. Second, academic skills essential to collegiate level work are honed. Third, enhanced professional skills that aid with college admission are polished. And finally, it is fun!

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Ms. Debbie Maestaz
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    Mrs. Debra Goheen
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  • Spirit Boys

    Is a group of positive, outgoing and spirited young men with the common goal to instill in the whole JPIIHS student body, inside and outside of school, Cardinal Spirit and Pride.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Kelly Schueler
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    Ms. Erin Harper
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  • STEAM Council

    FACULTY SPONSORS
    Mr. Josh Gharis
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    Mrs. Jessica Dishman
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  • Student Council

    The mission of the John Paul II High School Student Council is to provide an opportunity for student expression which serves as a link in communication and cooperation between the student body, faculty, and administration. Student Council members are expected to foster practices of good citizenship, academic excellence, and personal achievement as well as maintain school unity and spirit by fostering pride in John Paul II High School.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Jane Jonte
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    Ms. Erin Harper
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  • Student Ministry

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mrs. Shenny Donnelly '11
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  • Student Wellness Group

    ​​This organization supports the overall well-being of each student through events, activities and resources.

    Faculty Sponsor: Peter Frein
  • Swimming

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Grant Miller
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  • Tennis

    HEAD COACH
    Ms. Sally Frame
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  • Track

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Jeff Jackson
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    ASSISTANT COACH
    Mr. Peter Frein
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  • Tri-M Music Honor Society

    Tri-M Music Honor Society is a high school music honor society and a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements and to provide leadership and service opportunities to young musicians.

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Mr. Austin Jordan
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  • Water Polo

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Grant Miller
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  • Women's Basketball

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. John Griffin
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  • Women's Lacrosse

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Stuart Smith
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  • Women's Soccer

    HEAD COACH
    Mr. Jeremy Morse
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    ASSISTANT COACH
    Mrs. Ashley McMurtry
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  • Yearbook

    The Cardinal yearbook is a student-produced publication of John Paul II High School. Our goal is to document the year and represent the student body accurately and completely.  

    We welcome story or photo ideas, suggestions, and constructive criticism. Please email and include your name, phone number, and suggestions.

    Order Your 2020-2021 Yearbook Here

    FACULTY SPONSOR
    Ms. Kristy Rodgers
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