By Mark Holan, Sun News | February 03, 2013
PARMA HEIGHTS — With the opening of the Ferrante Library & Media Center this fall, Holy Name High School has been able to offer students the opportunity to learn broadcast production skills as part of the curriculum.
Holy Name raised and has invested more than $325,000 to update the library to a modern library media center. The school has since added a television production studio. Tony Ferrante, class of 1949, made the major donation. The lead donors were Emily (2008 graduate), Ellen (2009) and Elissa Day (2012) and their parents, Kevin and Diane Day (1978); Terry and Susan Kenneally (1967); Bill and Christine Mahnic (1975); and Floyd and Christine Trouten. The Holy Name News Team, or HNNews, has been producing daily broadcasts on the school’s website. With a media production course set to start next year, Holy Name students will have even more opportunity to learn the broadcasting basics.
Senior Jordan Blazak, in particular, has been anxiously waiting for the chance to work on the production end of the broadcasts.
A fledgling filmmaker, Blazak has been making his own films and writing scripts since he was in fifth grade.
As a sophomore, he entered the Sprite Refreshing film competition and spent a week in Chicago working with a team of actors and production people. His entry, a 10-minute short titled “Justice,” was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival that year.
Colleen Corrigan Day (class of 1988), the school’s director of institutional advancement, organized a film premiere event to screen “Justice” for students and their families.
“We wanted to show that we’re all here in support of a talented student,” Corrigan Day said.
“We show our support for athletics and other school activities, but here was a student who is demonstrating special talents in a completely different area of the arts,” she said.
Blazak hopes to continue his filmmaking at either the University of Southern California, DePaul, or New York University.
“The skills we’ve learned this year at Holy Name will help me in the years ahead,” Blazak said.
Freshmen Maureen Joyce and Jack Dewey have already shown an aptitude and enthusiasm for the broadcasting course. Joyce delivers the news as a co-anchor, while Dewey has been taken under wing by Blazak and senior Peter Jindra.
According to Corrigan Day, the Holy Name News Team has been inviting guest speakers from various television stations in town. One of them was an alumnus, P.J. Ziegler (class of 1999), who works at Fox 8 News.
“Education is much more hands-on today,” Corrigan Day said, “and the opportunity to offer the students the tools and education for the future is a priority for the Holy Name administration.”