58 Diplomas to be awarded to Pope John Paul II's Class of 2020
On May 5th, Pope John Paul II High School officially and proudly announced 58 members of their Class of 2020 who will receive diplomas. The newest jaguar alumni are discussing plans to host a service in their foreseeable future. “We just want to be together once more, to celebrate one another,” says senior class president, Abigail Cappy.
Douglas V. Triche, president / principal; Lise Bremond, assistant principal; and Fran Taylor, dean of students, were joined at a recent online meeting with senior class leaders to discuss such plans, to possibly take place this summer, and to have them all return (safely and within social distancing guidelines) for an intimate commencement ceremony on the school’s campus.
To date, the Class of 2020 (before TOPS reward) earned more than $2.8 million in scholarship offers from universities and corporations from across the nation.
This year’s Valedictorian is Caroline Cross. Caroline is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Cross of Pearl River. Cross is the president of the school’s National Honor Society and Vice President of their HOSA club (Health Occupations Student Association), the Student Council’s Executive Board Vice-President, a member of the Math Club, and achieved Mu Alpha Theta membership. Caroline was the school’s nominee for “Student of the Year” during her 8th and 12th grade years. She is a 5-year recipient of PJP’s Academic Star, and is a member of the “30+ Club” that recognizes students who have achieved a score of 30 or more on the ACT. Additionally, she participated in varsity soccer, was a key component on the school’s championship tennis team in past years, and was selected to the LHSAA’s All-Academic Composite Teams for both sports. Caroline received scholarship offers from South Carolina, Florida State, the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but has accepted the Vice Presidential Scholarship and will pursue a degree in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University this fall.
The Salutatorian is Reece Lusich, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brent Lusich of Slidell. Reece served as the Vice-President of the National Honor Society, President of the Math Club, achieved membership into Mu Alpha Theta, and served as HOSA’s Secretary. She was a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and a member of the school’s Liturgy Team. Other participation included: Media Club, Track & Field, Soccer, and she was the captain of the Lady Jags’ Cross Country team. Reece has achieved multiple academic accolades in her years at PJP, including: Principal’s Honor Roll all five years, was a 5-year Academic Star recipient, and is also a member of PJP’s 30+ ACT Club. She has accepted an academic scholarshp and will be attending Rice University in the fall as a mechanical engineering major. Additional scholarship offers from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University were extended to Lusich.
Given to the female and male students who model their faith development and Christianity in keeping with the spirit of the Teresian Sisters, who served the high school over 24 years ago, the school plans to present their St. Teresa of Avila and St. Henry de Osso Awards when the graduates are able to congregate again. At that time, PJP will also announce their Pope John Paul II Leadership Award winner, as well as their most prestigious, Pope John Paul II High School Award winner, recognizing the student who best exemplifies the school’s mission of academic excellence, faith development and leadership during his or her years at the school. Awards traditionally given on the morning of PJP’s graduation, and at a separate senior ceremony, will also be announced when an event can be rescheduled.
In addition to the valedictorian and salutatorian, this year’s Graduates of Distinction were also announced. These students accumulated a 4.50 GPA or higher to receive this status at graduation. They are: Abigail Hartline, Rylee Lusich, and Joseph (Drew) Prude. Hartline, daughter of Mr. Roger & Mrs. Lisa Hartline of Picayune, accepted academic scholarship and will be attending the University of Mississippi, majoring in biochemisty at their Sally Barksdale Honors College. She was also extended offers from Hamilton College. Rylee Lusich has her sights on Auburn University to study psychology, where she will be attending on academic scholarship. Rylee considered scholarships from Loyola and Ole Miss, as well. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brent Lusich. Drew Prude is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Prude of Slidell. Prude considered scholarship offers from: Loyola, Mississippi State University, the University of Alabama, Tulane and Louisiana Tech before accepting scholarships to attend LSU as a pre-law major.
This year, PJP named twelve Esteemed Honor Graduates that will complete their high school careers with a 4.0 to 4.49 cumulative GPA. They are: Ethan Abbenante, Ally Beninato, Jacob Chappetta, Ella Csaki, Ford Favre, Kim Le, Jack Legnon, Madison Lingo, Seth Penny, Aubrey Riggio, Arianna Slupik and Colton Temples.
Named as Honor Graduates and achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.99 are: Jacob Blakeman, Bailey Brouillette, Abigail Cappy, Patrick Champagne, Ridge Chautin, Dylan Elfer, Morgan Faciane, Jacob Gonsoulin, Josh Gulczynski, Abigail Hebert, Logan Klotz, Ashley Mahoney, Emily Roy, Megan Tynes, Bruce Vigee, and Kait Ybos.
Remaining graduates are: Brenna Achary, Karli Bayhi, Brady Becker, Landon Bindewald, Blythe Boudreaux, Jeffrey Chighizola, Eric Cross, Cynthia Crowell, Jevin Dubois, Rediet Fisseha, Macy Hanrahan, Mason Isabelle, Lauren Jones, Ian McManus, Joe Millett, Hope Mitchell, Aidan Mitrik, Gabe Palermo, Garrett Penzato, Michael Rolling, Ethan Sandrock, Connor Sweeney, Nicholas Tranchina, Ansley Tullis, and Princeton Woods.
58 Diplomas to be awarded to Pope John Paul II’s Class of 2020