Holy Name High School | January 28, 2015

We are so proud of freshman Dwayne Cohill Jr. and the success he’s experienced this basketball season, both on and off the court! Dwayne made HN’s Honor Roll for the second straight quarter and is playing a key role on the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team. He recently sat down with Northeast Ohio Media Group Reporter Mark Kern to talk about his first year of varsity basketball. Keep up the good work, Dwayne!

You can read the entire interview here: http://bit.ly/1CwV5dj

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Image credit – Joe Noga, Northeast Ohio Media Group

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PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (January 26, 2015) – Benjamin Farmer, the president of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, will be stepping down from his current position as of June 30, 2015. A search for a new president to be in place for the 2015-2016 school year will begin immediately.

Mr. Farmer has been at Holy Name for more than 25 years, beginning his career there as a Math teacher in 1988. He served as an assistant principal in 2002 before being appointed principal in 2003. In 2004, the roles of president and principal were combined and Mr. Farmer remained in this dual role until July 2014 when the positions were again separated and Shelbrey Blanc ’95 became the first female lay principal of the school.

“Mr. Farmer’s dedication to Catholic education in general and Holy Name High School, in particular, goes well beyond any expression of gratitude words can convey. His commitment to the students and families of Holy Name will endure in their transformed lives,” said the Diocese of Cleveland’s Secretary for Catechetical Formation & Education/Superintendent Margaret Lyons.

During Mr. Farmer’s tenure at the school, Holy Name has consistently operated within budget while successfully completing many capital improvement projects, including the new library media center, new energy-efficient lights throughout the building, a new athletic practice field and a new boiler for the school heating system. In addition, a window replacement project will be completed later this year. Under his leadership the school has also experienced important curriculum improvements to better prepare students for college, most notably with the school’s participation in the highly regarded Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP).

“Holy Name High School is in a solid position for a transition to new leadership, and is blessed to have a remarkable and dedicated faculty and staff who will continue their outstanding efforts of providing a transformative educational experience for Holy Name students,” said Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Newman Campus Ministry Eugene Boyer. “As Holy Name begins its second century we want to build on the great things that have been done. It is exciting to think about the next chapter in Holy Name’s story.”

Mr. Farmer is currently exploring other options within the Diocese of Cleveland, and will remain fully engaged as president of Holy Name until his departure on June 30, 2015. The school plans to have someone in the role as of July 1, 2015. For more details on this position, please view the job posting at http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/president-holy-name-high-school.

About Holy Name High School

Holy Name High School is a coeducational, Catholic high school located in Parma Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1914, it is the oldest coed Catholic school in the Cleveland area. Rich in history and tradition, Holy Name is a college preparatory institution enrolling students in grades 9-12. Rooted in Christian values, Holy Name promotes excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extra-curricular activities. Our graduates move into the future with the confidence and knowledge-base to succeed.

To help our Physics classes better understand torque, velocity and more, teacher Alan Duncan had his students build mousetrap cars to demonstrate these concepts. The cars could be made out of anything, with the only piece that had to be included being a mousetrap. With those instructions in mind, students used fishing wire, tape, cardboard, popsicle sticks and other materials to create their cars. Once completed, Mr. Duncan set up a ‘racing station’ where the students could race their cars against one another. Throughout the races, Mr. Duncan talked to the students about their cars and how they related to the lessons they were learning in the classroom.

Afterwards, Mr. Duncan gave his students awards for achievements such as whose car was the fastest or whose traveled the farthest distance. The students also wrote papers explaining how they built their cars, why they were successful and what they could do differently to increase torque, velocity, distance, etc.

The students loved being able to put their knowledge to work, and we can’t wait to see what other creative projects the Physics classes work on this semester!

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Last week during their English classes, Holy Name juniors welcomed two professional actor-teachers from the Great Lakes Theater Festival’s Residency Program into their classrooms. These actor-teachers helped the students better understand the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. Over a four-day period, students were able to discuss and perform The Crucible, bringing the play and the characters to life.

The English Department is grateful to make opportunities like these available to HN students, and we look forward to welcoming the actor-teachers from GLTF back next school year!

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HN Boys Basketball

Attention Holy Name Boys’ Basketball Fans: The game postponed on Friday, January 9 vs. Warren JFK has now been rescheduled for Monday, February 2. The JV Boys’ Team will play at 6 p.m., and the Varsity Boys’ Team will play at 7:30 p.m., with both games taking place in HN’s Memorial Gym.

The boys will also be home this Friday, January 16 vs. Central Catholic, so be sure to come cheer them on in their first home game this month! JV tips off at 6, with Varsity immediately following.

Thanks to English Teacher Mrs. Amy Hirzel, Holy Name High School students now have a Holy Name Writing Handbook to reference when writing their papers. Since Modern Language Association (MLA) is the most common format used for papers at HN, that is the style outlined in the handbook. Students can review the handbook to see how to make in-text citations, create a Works Cited page, proofread their work and more.

The handbook can be found here:

Holy Name Writing Guide


1. Don’t forget your permission slip
2. Don’t forget to drop off your gear in the respective VISITOR LOCKER ROOM in the new gym area
3. Don’t forget your ski card
4. Don’t forget to dress warm!!!!!!!!!!

Holy Name High School Ski & Snowboard Information 2014-2015

How the ski card works:
1. The card is your lift ticket! You must have it on you at all times. This is an RFI tag that identifies you within 3 ft. of the lift. It does NOT need to be visible, but it must be on you in your pocket or on a lanyard.
2. This is also what you use when you redeem your 4 $10 sessions.

Starting: Ski Club begins on Monday, January 12, 2015 (weather permitting).

Ski dates and times are as follows:
January 12 (after school): board bus at 2:50, bus leaves 3:00 sharp; clear slopes 7:00
January 19 (no school): be at HN by 9:15 am, bus leaves at 9:30 sharp; clear slopes 2:00
January 26 (no school): be at HN by 2:45, bus leaves at 3:00 sharp; clear slopes 7:00
February 2 (after school): board bus at 2:50, bus leaves at 3:00 sharp; clear slopes 7:00
February 9 (after school): board bus at 2:50, bus leaves at 3:00 sharp; clear slopes 7:00
February 16 (no school): be at HN by 9:15 am, bus leaves at 9:30 sharp; clear slopes 2:00

**If we have no school due to weather, we will NOT ski.**

Equipment: On school days, you will be bringing your skis, boards and boots to the proper VISITOR LOCKER ROOMS (BOYS TO BOYS, GIRLS TO GIRLS) IN THE NEW GYM HALL. After school, you may change your clothes in those locker rooms and head out to the bus in the front of the school building.

Departure: Load all equipment in the storage bins under the bus. Book bags, etc may be left on the bus while we ski.

Bus Trip: Throw all garbage in trash bag – keep the bus clean. Talk quietly… Stay in your seat.
This is a school function; all school rules will be enforced!

Lockers: Lockers for your shoes require a TOKEN; tokens cost one dollar. Your token is only good to
open your locker once. It will cost you another dollar to open your locker a second time. If you
share a locker, decide when and where you will meet your locker partner to prevent frustration
in waiting for them. Also know your locker number and partner’s first and last name in case of
emergency. I believe there is a $10 fee for lost locker keys, so please be careful with it.

Lessons: Have fun skiing and boarding!!! YOU MUST ATTEND YOUR LESSONS!!
Listen for times / locations from your instructors before you leave the bus.

Return Trip: Departure at 7:30PM OR 2:30PM SHARP. We will return to Holy Name at approximately
8:15 OR 3:15. You will not be able to get back into the school, the building will be locked. Have your ride waiting for you in the teachers’ parking lot so the bus can pull around the front of the building. Once again, please do not make others wait for you.

Email: I will communicate through the emails you gave when you signed up online. I will do my best to keep you informed of any changes or cancellations.

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Due to the HN snow days that took place on Thursday, January 8 and Friday, January 9, please note the following:

The first semester/second quarter will be extended through Monday, January 12th. The second semester/third quarter will begin on Tuesday, January 13th. Students will attend first semester classes on Monday, January 12th and second semester classes will begin on Tuesday, January 13th. Copies of second semester schedules will be distributed in homeroom on Monday.

Students should plan on taking tests that were scheduled for Thursday or Friday when we return to school on Monday, January 12th.

Any outstanding coursework that was due this week should also be turned in on Monday, January 12th.

Also, students are reminded that Monday will be a College Spirit Wear Accent Day. Students may wear college sweatshirts, hoodies or t-shirts OVER the actual uniform.

Saturday School, scheduled for this Saturday, January 10th, will be held as originally planned.

Boys’ Basketball Games scheduled for Friday, January 9th vs. Warren JFK have been postponed. Rescheduled dates should be announced by early next week.

We hope everyone has a nice and safe weekend. Stay warm!


All Holy Name alumni are invited to enjoy the company of friends and fellow Namers tonight at Mavis Winkle’s Irish Pub in Independence! We will gather starting at 6 p.m. South High Alumni will also be holding a gathering, making it the perfect time to reunite with old friends. Mavis Winkle’s is located at 5005 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio, very close to the entrance and exits ramps to I-77. See you there!

Holy Name students taking the “Popular Art and Music in American History” course completed their first semester studies with a fun and educational trip to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in downtown Cleveland. During their visit, HN students participated in a lecture and discussion on the history of rock artists from Cleveland! After the presentation students were able to explore the Hall of Fame and Museum, and viewed many of the cool rock and roll artifacts, music and exhibits. The students had a great time and learned Cleveland Rocks!

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