Thursday, April 25, 2013
The annual track meet is the largest in the U.S. and the largest relay race meet in the world.
Spring-Ford and Pope John Paul II's track teams are on the schedule for the 2013 Penn Relays which began Thursday. Pope John Paul II High School According to the Penn Relays website, the Pope John Paul II girls team has already competed on Thursday in the High School Girls 4x100 Small Schools division. The PJPII team ran a 52.97 race and placed 157th out of 357 teams. PJP's ranking and the top spot, a team from Jamaica who set the race record at 45.52, are separated by only 7 seconds. In Thursday afternoon competition in the Girls 4x400 race, PJP placed seventh with a time of 4:18.45. The PJPII High School Boys placed 177th out of 296 teams, with a time of 46.22 in the 4x100 in the Small Schools division on Friday. PJPII's upcoming team …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Connolly Foundation awards Neumann Scholarships to upcoming freshmen each year.
Four Montgomery County eighth graders will attend Pope John Paul II High School next year as Neumann Scholars, a highly prestigious scholarship awarded by the Connelly Foundation. According to Pope John Paul II High School's Facebook page, there were five scholarships awarded to Montgomery County Catholic school students this year out of 35 total scholarships. Three of the students, Ben Ferris, Matt Homiak and Mark DeHarde, come from St. Aloysius School in Pottstown. The fourth, James Murphy, is an eighth grader at Corpus Christi School in Lansdale. The Neumann Scholars program is a competitive scholarship program that awards full four-year tuition to the Catholic high school of the student's choice. Requirements to maintain the …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Kelly Thunstrom, local arts reviewer, attended opening night of Pope John Paul II High School's 'Disney Beauty and the Beast.'
Pope John Paul II High School’s Studio 38 Drama Department has become renowned in the area for putting on class-act spring musicals. Their 2013 performance of Disney Beauty and the Beast easily continues the tradition, with exquisite costumes (courtesy of a squadron of costume moms), beautiful and complicated sets (courtesy of four set designers and a team of builders), gorgeous music (courtesy of musical director/conductor Eleanor Bono Griffin and a 16-member orchestra), and a cast and crew of 200 students (yes, you read that correctly). Director/choreographer Marusia Griffin Lynn has assembled a very talented group of students, young children, and adults to be a part of her latest endeavor. What makes PJPII productions different from …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Three sought in grocery store thefts, high school student seriously hurt in crash also make headlines.
Saturday, February 9
The 20-year-old victim was trying to hop a fence separating the two tracks on Thursday evening when he was struck by a westbound train. The senior at the regional Catholic high school in Upper Providence Township was on her way home through Limerick Township when she was involved in a head-on collision. A Lansdale Borough Police officer fired in June 2010 for failing to appear at a preliminary hearing — and allegedly lying during Loudermill hearings with borough police officials and administrators as to why he missed the hearing — had his job reinstated by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge in January. The borough is appealing. A car traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike lost control and ended up falling 65 feet below, …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Kelly Thunstrom, local book and theater reviewer, attended opening night of Pope John Paul II High School's "The Magic of Music."
I had the pleasure of attending opening night of Pope John Paul II High School's "The Magic of Music." This is the third musical-type performance I've attended there, and may I dare say that the arts program is almost second to none. Featuring over 70 students in the cast and crew, directed by Mrs. Marusia Griffin Lynn and musical director Mrs. Eleanor Griffin, and helped by a whole team of assistants and parents, "The Magic of Music" is an awesome effort. Rehearsals have been ongoing since late summer, so you know you'll be in for a treat. The performers, otherwise known as The Rhapsodies, do not just stand around and sing the whole time; there is choreography for almost every song (also done by Mrs. Lynn), with constant rotations around…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Pope John Paul II junior Nick Howarth was transported via medical helicopter to University of Pennsylvania hospital for serious injuries at the weekend game.
Monday, September 24, 2012
According to a Times Herald article, Pope John Paul II High School junior Nick Howarth was seriously injured while playing in a football game against Methacton High School, Sept. 22. The article states that Howarth, “was sandwiched on a kickoff return,” and lay immobilized on the field for approximately 20 minutes before being taken away in an ambulance. Howarth was said to be responsive, but was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and was listed in serious condition. The PJP II Golden Panthers sustained another injury, according to the Herald, when its QB, junior James Bleming, was hit by the goal line and left with a collarbone injury, which may be season ending. The Methacton Warriors defeated …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Faith in the Future Foundation will manage new Philadelphia Catholic school system.
Continuing a year of restructuring, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday it would create a new independently managed Catholic school system for area high schools and special education schools. Royersford's Pope John Paul II Catholic High School is part of the new system. In a press conference at St. Hubert's High School in Northeast Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the Faith in the Future Foundation—which oversaw the mergings and closings of elementary schools earlier this year—would manage 17 high schools and four special education schools beginning Sept. 1. Chaput said the independent system would focus on major fundraising, enrollment management, marketing and cultivating best practices in leadership and …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
New school president succeeds Rev. Alan Okon, Jr.
The Limerick Post reports that Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford has a new school president as of July 19, 2012. Dr. Louis M. Giuliano replaces founding school president Rev. Alan J. Okon, Jr., who was installed as president when the school opened in 2010. According to The Post, no explanation was given for Okon's departure, but he was listed as a Pastor-In-Residence at the two churches of Holy Saviour Parish in Norristown. The high school briefly acknowledged Giuliano with a welcome message on its website.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Your child may be in the spotlight at the Royersford Applebee's.
Families or individuals in the community that frequent the Applebee's restaurant on Buckwalter Road in Royersford may have seen some local stars gracing the walls. Athletes from Spring-Ford High School, Perkiomen Valley High School and Pope John Paul II High School are pictured on the special "local walls" that Applebee's designated. General Manager of the Royersford branch Todd Naiko said these walls have been dedicated for almost two years now. "It's part of our brand and it's been part of our brand for a really long time," he said. "We switched over the core of the restaurant two years this summer. When we redid the wallpaper and stained glass and bar top and things like that, we also wanted to create something local. So we did the …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Med Evac Helicopter Landing To Kick Off PJPII Student Career Fair; Professionals Representing Over 35 Careers To Present To PJP Students
Monday, April 23, 2012
The following release was submitted by Michael DeLiva: ROYERSFORD, PA – APRIL 22, 2012 – Whether students are in their Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior class, they’ll undoubtedly face a decision in the future in regard to selecting a career path or vocation. To help introduce the students of Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford to the broad range of careers that are available to them, the PJP Parents Association, in partnership with the Administration, are hosting their first-ever Career Day on April 24 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Over 35 speakers will be presenting to the students in 15-minute sessions, so they’ll have the chance to learn about four different career options from Accounting to Veterinary Medicine. The event will…