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Sister Regina Eleanor Pignoli, Class of 1954, St. Patrick High School
A member of the Class of 1954 at St. Patrick’s High School, Sister Regina cited in her yearbook as “Marvelous accordionist……full of school spirit….hails from Bridgeport.   A dedicated student, Sister Regina followed God’s calling and became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, Sister has dedicated over 60 years to fostering Catholic Education.

Thomas LangClass of 2011, Pope John Paul II High School
Following his stellar career at St. Pius and earning  a State Championship as a member of Pope John Paul II’s first graduation class,  Tommy continued his athletic and education at Duke University, where he achieved All-American status as a member of the Blue Demons Track and Field program.   Thomas has generously committed his time in helping to establish the importance of our Legacy Alum Program through representing PJPII in our many endeavors.

Coach Chris Bockrath, Teacher and Coach, Archbishop Kennedy, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School
Compiled a 124-82-6 record during his tenure at Archbishop Kennedy (1974-1992) while winning 13 league titles.  Coach Bockrath served as first coach for the merged Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic winning division titles 2 of his three years as coach going undefeated in 1993 and 1995.   Coach was a respected teacher who impacted all the students who had the opportunity to learn from him in class.  Coach passed away in 1997 of a heart attack.

Coach Jim Mich, Teacher and Coach, St. Pius X High School
Coach Mich began his career at St. Pius X in 1959 as a teacher and coach.  He went on to have 21 winning seasons on the football field retiring after 26 seasons as coach.   As a physical education teacher, he impacted the lives of students for over 50 years.  In addition, Coach Mich served as the Baseball coach for 8 years that included a 13-0 season in 1960.   Career record was 159-89-11.

James K. Neve, St. Matthew High School, Class of 1959

A three sport athlete at St. Matthews,  James earned a scholarship to the University of Tampa where he earned 8 Varsity letters in football, baseball, and crew.  After Tampa, James entered Naval service through attending Aviation Officer’s Candidate School which following receiving his commission he served 7and a half years active duty.  Following that he affiliated with the Naval Reserve and rose to the rank of Commander of the Naval Reserve Unit.

Dr. Lawrence J. Gribb, St. Pius X HS, Class of 1976

An honors graduate, class officer and a member of the National Honor Society, he participated in sports, drama productions, and was part of the liturgy team while at St. Pius.  After graduation from the University of Scranton,  he continued his education at Temple University Dental School.  After graduation he returned to Pottstown to set up his practice.  His strong belief in Catholic Education has continued through his support over the years of St. Aloysius, St. Pius X, and Pope John Paul II.

Richard Wesselt, Bishop Kenrick HS, Class of 1985

A 1985 graduate of Bishop Kenrick,  Rich was an outstanding student and athlete.  As quarterback of the football team Rich enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of the school.  In addition, as a member of the National Honor Society Rich excelled academically.   He continued his education and athletic endeavors at the University of Pennsylvania where he played quarterback and graduated from the Wharton School with a degree in Economics.    In 1990 Rich founded the Wesslet Capital Group and has become a successful businessman rising to the top of his profession.  His support of education through successful internship programs, establishing scholarships and offering financial support has allowed others to achieve their dreams.

Vince Flocco, Archbishop Kennedy HS, Class of 1970

Vince Flocco, a 1970 graduate of Archbishop Kennedy and a former football player, has been a pillar of activity for the youth of the Conshohocken area for 35 years. Following the example of community involvement set by his father, Flocco started the AMBUCS Special Athletic Program in 1986, organizing sports programs for young athletes with special needs. Since the late 1980's, Vince has been the driving force behind the Conshohocken Funfest and the annual Conshohocken AMBUCS Restaurant Rally. The Restaurant Rally held annually in May draws more than 225 people and makes a net profit of about $10,000 for Special Olympics. He also has been an integral part of the Conshohocken Soap Box Derby and the bowling program for kids at Facenda Whitaker Lanes. At the Conshohocken Fellowship House, Vince has been a constant entity, coaching basketball and track and field. Vince has been fitting people with shoes at FLOCCO's Shoe's and Formalwear in Conshohocken since a young age, and FLOCCO's Shoes has been a staple in the community and Catholic education for many decades.

Pope John Paul II High School
2014 Baseball State Champions

On June 13, 2014 at Pennsylvania State University PJP beat Harriton High School 4-2 to secure PJP's first-ever team PIAA State Championship (3A).
Members inducted include:

James Bleming            Kyle Miller
Chris Kucewicz           Billy Hittman

Sean Williamson         Luke DeLeo
Evan Myers                Kevin Shields
Trevor O'Brien             PJ Heller
Josh Lafferty               Connor Beaudoin
Joey Pedorenko           Cameron Nowakowski
Brendan Heller             Vinnie Togno
Matt Williamson            Andrew Szpindor
Rob Catalano               Christian Wagner
Eric Reed                        Eric Tefft
   Amedeo Citro               Richard McGarry
                                        Dan Zurowski

Coaches: John Duffy, Kevin O'Brien, Matt Eckman


The Legacy Impact Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of the Pope John Paul II (PJPII) Community and its Legacy Schools which include: St. Matthew's, St, Patrick's, Bishop Kenrick, Archbishop Kennedy, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School, and Saint Pius X.  Inductees that have demonstrated a significant impact in life and made outstanding contributions in athletics, academics, government, non profit, business, the arts, or lifetime achievements and/or community service in the PJPII community and beyond. By induction in the Legacy of Impact Hall of Fame, they will forever be recognized as representing the best of Pope John Paul II High School. Their success is a reflection of the opportunities provided them throughout their high school experience!