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The John Paul II High School celebrated its Class of 2014 graduation this weekend. The 175 members of the Class of 2014 earned more than $11.2 millions dollars in scholarships, and students are attending colleges and universities all over the country, including Princeton University, Cornell University, The Julliard School, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Saint Louis University. 

VALEDICTORIAN

Jonathan Luke Walsh is the son of Jane and Daniel Walsh of Plano and attends Preston Meadow Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Recruitment Leadership Council, the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Cardinal Crew, Student Ambassadors and Student Council. He was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team and was captain of the Swim Team. He was a National Merit Finalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction, a Christian Role Model Award winner, and a National Spanish Exam Gold Award winner. He has been a Presidential Scholar (earning all As in a quarter) every quarter he has attended John Paul II High School. He is the Philanthropy Committee Chairman for the Young Men’s Service League, and was one of 200 students in Texas selected to attend the HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar at Texas Christian University. He spent 10 days last summer in Nicaragua as part of the Diocese of Dallas Mission Trip. Jonathan will attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Biomedical Engineering.

SALUTATORIAN

Monica Sue Lisot is the daughter of Liza and Dan Lisot of Richardson and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. At JPIIHS, she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, Secretary of the Key Club, Student Council Class Secretary, an Academic Honor Council member, a National Society of High School Scholars member and the recipient of the Bishop Grahmann Award in 2012. She earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards and was a National Young Leaders State Conference attendee. Monica excels in both academics and art; she won a Gold Award for placing in the top two percent nationally on the National Spanish Exam and won awards at JPIIHS for Chemistry, Biology and English. She won the Top Graphics Project award and placed at the TAPPS State Art Competition. She volunteers at the S.H.I.N.E. Catholic work camp and has completed projects in Galveston, San Antonio and Joplin, MO. She has also been a dancer since age 4. Monica will attend the University of Texas at Dallas on an Academic Excellence Scholarship to study Biomedical Engineering.