Priest’s cooking, martial arts, lifeguarding experiences give students recipe for a better life

By Carol Kovach, Sun News

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – About 500 junior high school students from SS. Joseph and John School in Strongsville; Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights; St. Michael, Independence; St. Peter, North Ridgeville; St. Ambrose, Brunswick and St. Barnabas, Northfield, got a recipe that will help them for the rest of their lives.

During a program sponsored by The Fest at Holy Name High School on April 14, they learned how to lead a life pleasing to God. Their instructors were a pair of animated, engaging priests who connected with the students through a series of questions, stories, interactions and role plays.

The Rev. Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose parish, warmed up the crowd and shared information about Mission Possible, an initiative that builds houses for families in the Dominican Republic. With help from a few students, Stec showed the size of the structures they build to house six- to eight-member families.

“The whole house is about the size of your living room,” he said.

He also briefed the students about The Fest, a daylong religious celebration in the Diocese of Cleveland that he started in 2000. This year’s Fest will be noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 on the Borromeo Seminary grounds, 27800 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. The first Fest drew about 5,000 people. Stec said last year’s event had crowds approaching 40,000.

There is an outdoor Mass, plenty of music, vendors, family entertainment, food, fun, a message of faith and fireworks, Stec said. Students who previously attended The Fest agreed.

Stec said Pope Francis told attendees at last year’s World Youth Day that they could make a difference by having the courage to go against the tide. It was a perfect segue for the headliner, the Rev. Leo Patalinghug of Baltimore, Md.

Father Leo, as he’s known, told the students he shouldn’t be a priest. The diminutive cleric said he’s a former lifeguard and knows first-hand that it’s hard to save a life. He’s also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a champion in contact stick fighting, choreographer for an award-winning break-dance group, an author and a chef — hardly the background for a typical priest.

“My brother should be the priest in our family. But he has seven impediments: his wife and six kids,” Father Leo quipped.

He used the lifeguard analogy to help the students visualize saints and the power of prayer to fight evil.

What does a modern saint look like?” he asked, as he chose volunteers from the schools to come up front. They were asked to strike a “saintly pose.” After that, they were asked to demonstrate a sinner’s pose. He explained that saints are like lifeguards who separate from sin and join God.

“If a saint is willing to reach out and a sinner is willing to reach out, they can connect and someone is saved,” he said.

Father Leo said families can save someone by eating together and praying. He suggested that the students cook a meal for their families, pointing out they can find some recipes on his website,

“When Bobby Flay (the well-known chef) challenged me to a fajita cooking contest on The Food Network, I felt like David and Goliath. The night of the throwdown, my website got 2 million unique hits. I won, but I cheated. I beat him with prayer,” he said.

He also connected prayer with martial arts moves.

“You need to pay attention, offer respect, be ready and rest,” he told the students and teachers.”Prayer can save your life and helps you to be a lifesaver.”

Stec said the takeaway for students was learning how to be a saint in today’s world by living a life pleasing to God, full of joy and energy.


Beth Ryan | Holy Name High School | April 11, 2014

Five talented Holy Name High School students are participating in the “2014 Congressional Art Competition” and they need your help! While the judges are meeting to review the artwork entries, it is time to the teachers, parents, students, and administrators to get involved and show their support for their students. This year there will be one “People’s Choice” award. The People’s Choice voting process is on Facebook and has begun! Please visit:

Vote for Holy Name artists: Cat Gajowski, Jackie Yanak, Becca Schettine, Matt Syzmanski and Anastasia Keller.

‘Like’ your favorite artwork between April 10-April 21! Support your Holy Name Artists! The student artwork that receives the most “likes” by 5:00 pm on April 21, will be recognized as the winner.

Please take a moment to share this information to encourage support for the participating students.

All artwork will be on display April 26, 2014 at the Brunswick Library, reception at 11:00 am. All are invited to attend! I hope to see you there!


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The Wave | Winter 2013-2014

Eleven “Namers” will be inducted into the Holy Name High School Hall of Fame at a Ceremony and Banquet on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Brennan’s Party Center. These individuals are being recognized for their dedication, service, or athletic contributions to Holy Name High School.

Five individuals will receive coveted Service Awards and six athletes will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Holy Name High School latest Hall of Fame Inductees:

Service Awards:
Doc Scullen Award – David Stuczynski ‘80
Mother Elizabeth Seton Award – Sr. Katie Hoelscher S.C. (formerly Sr. Elizabeth Ann)
Fred & Ruth Seitz Award – Tony ’49 and Josephine Ferrante
Arata Family Award – Diane Ferrier

Athletic Awards:
Judy Blair (coach) – Basketball
Joe Funari ’79 – Football and Baseball
Lynnea Pappas ’07 – Soccer and Softball
Aaron Sulzer ’08 – Wrestling
Jack Tomasewski ’59 – Football, Basketball and Track

This article was published in HN’s - The Wave Winter 2013-2013- Alumni Magazine.


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By Lexi Pluym, Northeast Ohio Media Group | April 10, 2014 9:18 p.m.

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Holy Name’s baseball team shutout Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 5-0, at home on Thursday.

Green Wave’s Frankie Spinelli went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three runs scored. Teammate Ryan Leonard went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while pitcher Andrew Boden struck out 14 batters and walked four.


  • V: Texidor, Paus (5) and Gall. H: Boden and Leonard, Stibley (6).
  • Notable: For Holy Name Frankie Spinelli was 3-for-4 with three doubles and three runs scored; Ryan Leonard was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI; Andrew Boden picked up the complete game with 14 strikeouts and four walks.

By Tim Bielik, Northeast Ohio Media Group | April 09, 2014 9:10 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Holy Name’s baseball team shut out North Coast League foe Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 9-0, on Wednesday.

Alex Bierut threw a complete game, five-hit shutout for the Green Wave (2-1, 1-0). Bierut (1-0) struck out six hitters.

Michael Loszack hit a grand slam in the sixth inning for Holy Name.


April 15: Track Tri Meet (postponed to 04/16)

April 16: Varsity Lacrosse vs Padua (postponed to 04/19)

April 16: Baseball Varsity & JV vs Gilmour

April 16: Softball Varsity vs Warren JFK

April 16: Track at VASJ


We invite you to attend a planning meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for the 2014 All School Reunion Weekend. Please RSVP your attendance for this meeting by Monday, April 7th to 440-886-0300 x. 136 or You are welcome to invite other class members.

The 2014 REUNION WEEKEND is planned for FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014 AND SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014. This weekend is the third major event for the 100th Anniversary Celebration. The Anniversary Committee is trying to plan how many classes will be participating in the reunion events. The weekend will consist of a reception with music on Friday, June 13, 2014 and a Festival at the High School on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

The meeting on Thursday, April 10th will be held at Holy Name High School, 6000 Queens Highway, Parma Heights, Ohio 44130. The room will be determined by the number of attendees that will be present. There will be a greeter and a sign on the door to direct you. Please park at the end of Layor Drive in the Teachers lot. The doors at the west end of the building will be open.

Go Green Wave,

Colleen Corrigan Day ‘88

The Wave | Winter 2013-2014

Although Greg, ’92, and Patty, ’91, Preisel were only a year apart at Holy Name High School, they did not know each other.

However, when a friend of Patty’s, who also knew Greg, suggested they might be a good match, senior Patty set out to meet the junior Green Wave football, basketball and baseball player.

“I scoped him out and found out who he was,” Patty Preisel, formerly Kinney, recalls. “Then we started talking through campus ministry, which we were both involved with.”

Their first date was a Christmas concert on Dec. 8, 1990, and the rest was history.Fast-forward 23 years and the couple is now happily married.presel

“Campus ministry was an important foundation for us,” says Patty, who was involved in student council, yearbook, National Honor Society and ski club at Holy Name. “We had the same lunch period, and when we started dating, we would go to the chapel at that time every day and pray together. It is a big deal for our marriage and our relationship that our foundation is based in spirituality, and I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve remained strong since.”

The couple is still heavily involved in the school at which they met. Greg serves on both the finance committee and advisory board and Patty planned her class’ 20th reunion. Both attend sporting and alumni events such as the alumni Christmas party and annual gala auction.“We try to be involved as much as possible,” Greg says.

Both Greg and Patty come from a long line of Namers. Both of Greg’s parents attended the school, as well as his older and younger brothers. Patty’s sister also attended Holy Name.

“When it came time for me to go to high school, there was no option for me other than Holy Name,” Greg says. “I wondered if it was the right decision, but it was by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I met my life partner there, made a lot of good friends and had a lot of great experiences.”

“When it came time for me to go to high school, there was no option for me other than Holy Name,” Greg says. “I wondered if it was the right decision, but it was by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I met my life partner there, made a lot of good friends and had a lot of great experiences.”

“I think it’s funny because I’m an accountant by trade, and one of the classes I took my junior year at Holy Name was accounting,” Greg says. “The only reason I took the class is because we got one elective and my buddy was taking it. I ended up enjoying it so much that I took it my senior year as well and then majored
in it when I attended John Carroll University. It all came from that first class at Holy Name.”

Although the Preisels’ children are not yet close to high school age, both parents say they want them to attend Holy Name.“We loved Holy Name when we went there, and we still love it,” Patty says. “We feel it’s a wonderful school in so many ways. There is not only the education aspect but also spiritual development in
the form of groups like campus ministry and a community atmosphere that revolved around school spirit. We want
our kids to go there because we believe it’s the best school around.”

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Becky Williams  | March 26, 2014


2014-2015 Drill Team and Cheerleading Tryouts

Drill Team

  • May 13th from 4-5:30pm (Clinic)
  • May 15th from 4-5:30pm (Clinic/Tryouts)

For both Fall and Winter Cheer Teams

  • May 15th from 6-8:00pm (Clinic)
  • May 16th from 6-8:00pm (Clinic)
  • May 17th from 9-12 (Tryouts)

* Auxiliary Gym*2014-2015 Drill Team and Cheerleading

Beth Kappa | March 25, 2013

Holy Name art students participated in the High School Film Slam sponsored by the Cleveland international Film Festival at Tower City. They saw a series of “International Shorts”, some of which were produced by area high school students. It was a fun and exciting experience for all!