Construction on New Turf Field Begins

On Thursday, August 18, Holy Name High School held a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new turf field and track project.

Holy Name President Terry Kenneally ’67, Principal Shelbrey Blanc ’95, Athletic Director Jack Richardson ’79, Advisory Board Members Scott Opincar ’87 and Matt Gray ’86, and major donor Rich Cicerchi ’65 were the first to break ground on the field. (A picture of this significant moment in Holy Name’s history is attached to this email.) Several other Holy Name alumni, supporters and students were also on-hand for this special event.

Construction on the field began on Monday, August 22. Before FieldTurf can begin the installation of the new surface, trees must be removed and the current grass field playing area must also be excavated and leveled. In just one week’s time, workers have made significant process on this portion of the project.

During Phase I of the ‘Team Up for Turf’ initiative, the synthetic, multi-purpose athletic turf field will be installed. It will be known as Cicerchi Field, thanks to the generous support of Rich Cicerchi ’65. Holy Name expects this first phase to be completed by early November 2016. The school also has plans for a Phase II, which will include the installation of an all-weather track around the turf field.

Scott McCafferty ’85 Named 2016 Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Finalist

Scott McCafferty ’85 Named 2016 Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Finalist

Holy Name congratulates WTWH Media, LLC Co-Founder and Managing Partner Scott McCafferty, a 1985 graduate, on being named a 2016 Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Finalist! Scott, along with fellow co-founder and WTWH VP of Sales, Michael Emich, received this honor. For more on Scott, as well as his business success, read this story that is in the latest edition of Smart Business Magazine.

We are also very excited to share that a few of our students are partnering with Scott and WTWH this summer to create a student-run media company. At the end of the summer, we look forward to sharing more details about this exciting opportunity!

Josh Foreman ’16 and Joe Langa ’75 Featured on Cleveland.com

Josh Foreman ’16 and Joe Langa ’75 Featured on Cleveland.com

We are so proud to share that Josh Foreman ’16 and Mr. Joe Langa ’75, are featured in an article now available on Cleveland.com. The story focuses on Josh, who is blind, and the incredible journey he has had as a Holy Name student, thanks to help from Mr. Langa. Click here to read this wonderful story about Josh and Mr. Langa.

Thank you to Plain Dealer reporter Michael McIntyre and photographer Marvin Fong for capturing this story!

Students Enjoy Time at Arts for All Event

Students Enjoy Time at Arts for All Event

On Thursday, May 12, Holy Name students spent a day at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea participating in “Arts for All.” This day is devoted to giving developmentally disabled children the opportunity to make art, sing and dance to live music! Holy Name students spent the day volunteering and helping with a variety of arts activities, including face painting (which the kids LOVED!). It truly was a great day for all!

Christopher Weber ’85 Elected Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Managing Director

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Kegler Brown Announces Election of 1985 Holy Name Grad as Managing Director


Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter announced that Christopher J. Weber, a long-time professional responsibility and trial lawyer, has been elected to succeed Michael E. Zatezalo as managing director.

Now one of the largest law firms in the central Ohio region, Kegler Brown established a Cleveland office and grew by more than 30% in Zatezalo’s sixteen-year tenure, a time when many law firms downsized or merged to remain competitive.

“Under Mike’s leadership, we’ve positioned ourselves to evolve alongside the rapidly changing legal industry because of the strategic choices we’ve made,” said Weber. “Our firm continuously innovates and grows in step with our clients’ needs, and our unique firm culture helps us attract more and more opportunities both here and abroad.”

Weber, who began his career as a summer associate with the firm in 1991, has served the firm in numerous leadership positions throughout his career, including most recently as practice management chair, ethics advisor, and as a member of its executive committee. In his role as the firm’s managing director, he will focus primarily on driving workplace culture and growing the firm and its geographic footprint.

“The 25 years Chris has spent with our firm have prepared him exceptionally well to serve as managing director,” said Zatezalo. “He has exceled in previous firm management roles and we’re excited about the leadership he’ll bring to our business, our culture, and, most importantly, our commitment to client service.”

“The firm made an excellent decision in electing Chris,” said Bill Jordan, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at DSW, Inc. “He has a practical and thoughtful approach to solving legal issues- qualities that will suit him very well as the firm’s managing director.”

In addition to his new responsibilities, Weber, a Litigation Counsel of America fellow and a seasoned trial lawyer, will continue to focus his law practice on assisting clients in professional responsibility and legal ethics issues, and civil litigation matters. The Best Lawyers in America identified Chris as its 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus for Professional Malpractice Law and as its 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.

Weber earned his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1992, is a 1989 graduate of John Carroll University and graduated from Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, in 1985.