The Pope John XXIII Choir competed at District Music on Friday, April 21st at Norfolk Senior High School. They came away with excellent scores. Congratulations to all.

Mixed Choir: Superior
Women’s Choir: Superior
Men’s Choir: Excellent
Girls Duet, Elizabeth Selting and Jordan Mescher: Superior
Freshmen Girls Group: Superior (Perfect Score)
Flute Solo, Sydney Kerkman: Superior
Vocal Solo, Erin Beckman: Superior
Vocal Solo, Madison Dilly: Superior
Vocal Solo, Brianna Hupp: Excellent
Vocal Solo, Logan Henn: Excellent
Vocal Solo, Brody Hupp: Superior

Local Cargill representative, Brent Schmidt recently presented a check for $3,750 to the Environmental Science/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin. The funds were donated courtesy of

At the 31st Annual Pope John Development Dinner, Larry and Nancy Shavlik were presented with the 2017 Roncallli Award.  The Roncalli Award is named after Guiseppe Roncalli, which is the given name of our beloved patron Saint Pope John XXIII.  This prestigious award is presented each year to an individual or family in appreciation for their contribution to the long-term advancement of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School.

Larry and Nancy have been actively involved in supporting Pope John for many years. Even though, their youngest daughter, Leah graduated from Pope John in 1997 – they have never stopped their involvement at Pope John, in fact they’ve taken on more.

Larry entertained Pope John supporters as emcee for the Development Dinner for five years. Both Larry and Nancy have generously donated their famous Steak Grilled over a Wood Fire meal to both the Development Dinner and Evening with Friends auctions.  Over the past ten years, their dinners have raised a little over $86,000 for Pope John. Their wonderful hospitality and cooking skills have kept bidders coming back year after year.

Nancy is also an active quilter and has helped provide many quilts for the annual Pope John quilt raffle. They were both instrumental in making the Herb Mignery Bronze Sculpture Project a successful fundraiser. It has raised close to $200,000 since its inception in 1995. They still play a vital role in helping with the Herb Mignery Bronze Cross Project each year.

In addition, Larry serves as a trustee for the Lawrence Goscha Advisory Committee, which gives scholarships to Pope John students each year.