The Pope John Paul II High School girls cross country team has won the WIAA/Gesa Credit Union State Championship for the third consecutive year! It was a close race but once again, the Eagles showed their determination and grit, edging out Garfield-Palouse by one point!

For the fourth consecutive year, with less than a minute spread between each of the top five JPII runners, Eagle boys cross country placed second at State!

The Pope John Paul II High School girls cross country team has won the WIAA/Gesa Credit Union Academic State Champions Award for achieving the highest grade point average in the girls 1B cross country classification. This is the second consecutive year that our girls cross country team has won the Academic State Championship!

Each team member will receive a special patch and medallion in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishment. A special plaque will be presented to the girls during the upcoming WIAA/Gesa Credit Union State Cross Country Meet. Therese Allin, principal of JPII, expressed pride in the girls’ accomplishments, “We are so blessed to have such incredible student athletes.”

The culmination of years of work, the Eucharist was installed in JPII’s chapel tabernacle on Wednesday, October 19th! JPII extends our deep gratitude to Fr. Tim Ilgen of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacey for saying Mass, blessing the tabernacle and stand and for being responsible for the Eucharist at our school moving forward. This was a monumental occasion for JPII, we feel very blessed!

We are pleased to share that seniors Bella K. and Moriah S. have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Bella and Moriah placed among the top 50,000 students in the entire United States who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

In July, JPII hosted its first StellarCamp. Facilitated by JPII faculty member, Dr. Tracy Russell, StellarCamp was a fun space system design camp covering information on orbits, history of space exploration, satellites, rockets and much more. On the last day of camp students had the opportunity to participate in a mini-competition scenario to challenge the skills they obtained over the course of the week!

The JPII Track & Field team had an incredible 2022 season, wrapping up with the girls team winning the 1B State Champions and the boys placing 3rd! 

In individual competition, senior Trevor D. ended his high school career with State titles in the 3200m and 1600m. On the girl’s side, senior Vivi K. earned a State title in the 3200m! There were numerous other fantastic performances including the girls taking five of eight podium spots in the 3200m.

In light of these incredible accomplishments, the team was recognized by the Lacey City Council for their exceptional season! This was a huge honor and most definitely well deserved! We are so proud of these athletes and the way they represent our school on and off the track (and field). You can view the recognition ceremony on the City of Lacey Facebook page linked here

JPII is pleased to share that we have hired three excellent teachers for the next academic year! 

Dr. Heather Wallace steps into the role of English teacher and comes to us with a wealth of qualifications. Notably, Dr. Wallace has served as a professor at Duke University.

Ms. Alex Choate will teach mathematics next year. Ms. Choate is a graduate of Seattle University and comes to JPII with experience teaching at an Archdiocesan Catholic school. 

Ms. Megan Davis is our very first Alumni teacher graduating from JPII in 2015. Ms. Davis attended the University of the Incarnate Word for her Bachelor’s and received her Master’s in Teaching from Saint Martin’s University. Ms. Davis will teach mathematics next year.

Welcome Dr. Wallace, Ms. Choate and Ms. Davis! 

We are so proud of our seniors, of who they are and of how they have led and loved our community. 

Please consider joining us for graduation as we honor our seniors:

Saturday, June 4th: 11:00AM, Saint Michael Westside Chapel: 
GRADUATION!!! |1835 Overhulse Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502

In honor of their classmates, seniors Giuliana A. and Celeste G. created the video below. Take a moment to enjoy a walk through the JPII Class of 2022’s high school experience!

We are pleased to share that JPII senior, Elle F., was a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) scholarship for 2022! In March, Elle was formally recognized by representatives of the Sacajawea Chapter of DAR in a small ceremony at JPII. Members of her family and the entire Senior Class were present to show their support for this wonderful achievement.

We are pleased to share that Noah B. and Vivi K. were named to the SeaTac League’s 2nd Team All-League for all-star performances in boys and girls basketball! 

Of all the athletes who play basketball in the SeaTac League, only a select few are nominated by coaches for All-League honors at the end of each season. The next step in selecting All-League athletes involves coaches from each team unanimously agreeing on which of the nominated athletes will receive 1st Team, 2nd Team and Honorable Mention status for the league. In selecting who will receive these honors, coaches look at the nominated athlete’s overall performance and contribution to their team. To be named to 2nd Team is quite an accomplishment, we are very proud of Noah and Vivi.