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.”

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

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