By Mark Holan, Special to the Sun News on September 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM
PARMA, Ohio – Art imitates life, and in the case of Dan Humphrey, art education is his life.
Humphrey photo.jpgDan Humphrey Holy Name High School/Special To Sun News
Humphrey, an art educator at Holy Name High School, received the 2014 New Professional Art Educator of the Year Award from the National Art Education Association at its annual meeting in San Diego in March.
A 2009 Holy Name graduate and Parma resident, Humphrey was recognized for excellence and achievement by new art educators and his peers.
Holy Name Principal Shelbrey Blanc praised Humphrey for his dedication as an educator at his alma mater. Humphrey, in return, credits Blanc for her inspiration.
“It was actually at Holy Name that I first thought about entering the teaching field,” Humphrey said. < READ ARTICLE >
Holy Name High School’s State Championship teams will be inducted into HN’s Athletic Hall of Fame on October 24, 2014.
Friday, October 24, 2014, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Induction Ceremony
$25 per guest / no charge for inductees
Holy Name High School • New Gymnasium
6000 Queens Hwy. • Parma Heights, OH 44130
By Northeast Ohio Media Group staff on September 18, 2014 7:28 p.m.
Name: Christian Klink.
School: Holy Name.
Height, weight: 6-2, 208.
What Christian did last week: Went 15-of-21 passing (71.4 percent) for 324 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-19 victory against Valley Forge. Average pass was 15.4 yards, longest reception went 58 yards.
By Tim Bielik, Northeast Ohio Media Group on September 18, 2014 10 a.m.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Holy Name girls soccer coach Emily Balodis still remembers what it’s like to play for the Green Wave.
The first-year coach graduated from Holy Name in 2010 after a strong high school career, which included a state championship in 2006. After four years at Notre Dame College, Balodis returned to her alma mater to lead a new crop of Holy Name girls soccer players eager for similar success.
“I know what I wanted from a coach being a female athlete,” Balodis said following a 4-1 loss to Walsh Jesuit at Notre Dame College on Sept. 10. “So I feel like that helps me understand what they want from a coach. It makes things a bit easier.”
PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Remember Holy Name High School’s sweet win over Badin High School in girls’ soccer in 2006? Or the school’s band marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1994?
This Catholic school was originally established in Cleveland in 1914 and moved to its current location, 6000 Queens Highway in Parma Heights after a merger with Nazareth Academy in the late 1970s.
Holy Name’s team acquired the nickname of “the Green Wave” after a newspaper account described how the players moved on the football field. The school community has historically been a strong supporter of sports.
Holy Name running back Shakif Seymour’s past has taught him lessons for football: Evening off the Field
By Stephanie Kuzydym, Northeast Ohio Media Group on September 11, 2014 12:15 p.m.
Holy Name running back Shakif Seymour laughs at his running backs coach during a light Wednesday workout. Seymour scored six touchdowns in Week 2 against Normandy. (Stephanie Kuzydym, Northeast Ohio Media Group)
PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Water dripped down the sides of Shakif Seymour’s face. He wanted to make sure he wasn’t late for his post-practice workout and interview. He wasn’t. He was early, but he came out to introduce himself in his shower sandals before running back in the locker room to grab his Air Jordans.
It was Wednesday night, which means weightlifting for the Holy Name junior running back and Green Wave running back coach Jake Simon, better known as his buddy. The two work side-by-side, crunch-for-crunch, lift-for-lift through a workout at least three times a week.
Simon said the 6-foot-1, 210 pound star running back doesn’t know his own strength yet and Seymour just smiled. He may not max out but he knows his goals and he knows his place. It stems from three things his mom taught him: stay humble, work hard and eventually everything will be OK, even when it’s not.
That last one is most important. Seymour hasn’t run from his past. He’s learned from it.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group spent an evening with Seymour away from football on Wednesday as part of a regular series that gets to know area athletes and coaches and their lives away from the field.
He grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a neighborhood called Englewood. It has one of the highest crime rates in the country and a declining population to go with it.
Teishua Lawrence wanted to give her son the best chance to succeed so at age 10 she moved her family to Cleveland because an uncle told her it was nice here. She signed Seymour up for muny league football.
Had he stayed in Chicago, he would probably be a student at Simeon. That’s the high school where his favorite basketball player, Derrick Rose, went. It’s also the high school where basketball phenom Ben “Benji” Wilson was shot to death as a senior.
In sixth and seventh grade, Seymour realized he’d have to focus on his grades if he wanted to go to college. He was named valedictorian of his eighth grade class. Then he had to find a high school where he felt he could succeed, as well as where he felt comfortable.
He chose Holy Name, where math, especially geometry, and any kind of history are what he thrives on.
“I actually like doing homework,” he said. “Studying is the hard part.”
But if it’s hard, if it will test him, if it will teach him a lesson, Seymour will put his dedicated work ethic into it.
On Tuesday night, after practice and a radio gig at the Hooley House with his teammates, he headed home to make dinner and then study for three tests. He was up until 1 a.m.
By 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Seymour was in his most relaxed place: the weight room. He did pull-ups and benched the bar of the bench press with a resistance band wound around the end to make it more difficult. Back and forth, Seymour and Simon trudged across the weight room to work out as many different muscles. Game day was approaching – Holy Name (1-1) plays Valley Forge on Friday at North Royalton – so the workout was light.
“I can do this and still smile about it afterward,” Seymour said. “This is cake.”
His trips to the end zone last Friday could be described a similar way. Against Normandy, Seymour found the end zone six times, or in his words he “smelled it.”
Those are the words that go through his head when he touches the ball “smell the end zone.”
But the first words that fill his head when he hits the field? Lead the team.
“If I start off well, they start off well,” he said.
Seymour rushed for 281 yards last week. In two games he has 313 yards on 27 carries and five touchdowns. He has also caught eight passes for 99 yards and two scores.
All of his work is drawing interesting from Division I schools. Last season, he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards while scoring 16 touchdowns.
Before the first snap of games, the four Green Wave running backs gather in a prayer group. One running back who is assigned says the prayer for the week. Then each running back says his intentions so they know each other better. Then they recite two more prayers, Our Father and a Hail Mary. His mom has always told him “God will fix everything, good or bad.”
She’s a single parent who has raised Shakif, his older sister Nikia, 18, and his younger brothers Jahad, 15, and Louis, 12. His dad hasn’t been in the picture since he was 4.
“She’s my role model,” Seymour said of his mother. “She pushed so hard to change everything.”
To this day, she reminds him of things like hard work and “stay in the books.”
His books could be filled with his drawings. Beyond football, it’s what he loves most. Had he stayed in Chicago, he said he would have probably gone to an art school, but now he wants to major in business. He wants gain a scholarship so his mom doesn’t have to pay for his school and then get a good education so he can make money so his mom doesn’t have to work as hard anymore. She’s done her job. Now, he wants it to be his turn.
Well, Plan A is actually to become an NFL player.
“That’s the dream,” he said.
Plan B is to become a businessman who takes care of his family, makes money and is there for his kids. As a leader he has learned when one works hard, it pushes others to work hard.
During Wednesday’s interview he didn’t bring up the six touchdowns. When asked about the accomplishment he brought up one of those three lessons from his mom: work hard.
“I’ve got to lead the team,” he said. “They’re looking up to me. I scored six touchdowns, but they’re still looking to me to do more. I can’t just settle for what I did. They want to see the best out of me and I want to see the best out of my teammates so we have to bring it out of each other.”
Because if there’s anything the past has taught him it’s this: Good or bad, in the end, everything will be OK.
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