EdChoice: Hearings Scheduled in Columbus Open to Parents

The Ohio House of Representatives just announced that they will hold hearings in Columbus regarding changes to the EdChoice Program. School Choice Ohio needs parents and educators who can come to Columbus to testify in support of EdChoice.

Hearings regarding HB 9 will take place on the following dates and times at the Statehouse, in Room 313:

February 11, 12 and 13, all beginning at 5 p.m.
February 14, 15 and 17 from 9 a.m. – Noon
February 18, 19 and 20, all beginning at 5 p.m.

It is important to get parents to the hearings. School Choice Ohio expects that school districts and their representatives will be out in force.

If you can come to Columbus to testify, please complete this EdChoice Witness Slip for your desired date, and email your testimony and completed witness slip to: Primary&SecondaryEducationCommittee@ohiohouse.gov. If you have questions about providing testimony, you can contact the Committee Chair’s (Rep. Jones) office at (614) 644-8728.

You may indicate that you are an interested party on the witness slip.

To help us better coordinate testimony, please blind copy (bcc) School Choice Ohio at advocacy@scohio.org.

If you cannot make it to Columbus, you are still able to lend your support. You can provide a written statement to the Committee at the email address above (Primary&SecondaryEducationCommittee@ohiohouse.gov).

Key points you may wish to make:

– Why your family chose EdChoice and what the opportunity has meant to your family.

– Families are looking for options that best meet their child’s needs. And no one understands your child’s needs better.

– If you have been waiting for the opportunity and your district school is finally on the most recent list, explain the steps (including any fees paid) you’ve already taken, and that changing the rules of the program at this date is unfair and poor public policy.

– Keeping students trapped in schools that are not working for them is wrong and a waste of taxpayer money.

If you have any questions, please call School Choice Ohio at 614-223-1555.

If you share your opinions on Facebook or Twitter, use the hashtag #EdChoice.

Fr. James Vesely ’47 Celebrates 65th Ordination Anniversary

Holy Name offers many blessings and prayers to Fr. James Vesely, a 1947 graduate who recently celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Vesely was recognized and honored during a Mass at Mount Alverna Village, where he now lives and continues his pastoral ministry. To read more about this celebration, please visit the Diocesan website for the full story.

Heather Lennox ’85 Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Lawyer in Ohio

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Ohio via a patented multi-phase selection process involving peer nomination and independent research. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Ohio lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers Top Lists. Heather Lennox ’85, Jones Day’s Partner-in-Charge (Cleveland) is ranked second overall in Cleveland and is also in the top 10 overall in Ohio. Congratulations Heather!

Holy Name’s Rainbow Six Siege Team Wins National Esports Championship

We are proud to announce that the school’s Rainbow Six Siege Team won the High School Esports League’s (HSEL) national championship on Tuesday, December 17.

Holy Name defeated Ridge Community High School in Florida to secure the championship title. Only the top 16 teams in the country qualified for the playoffs initially. By winning this title, each of the team members receives a $1,000 college scholarship. Holy Name also receives a championship trophy.

Rainbow Six team members include Leonard Cahill, Rafael Castro, Antonio DeLeva, CJ Forster, Mark Hughes and Ricky Smith. All of them competed in Tuesday night’s championship except for Cahill, who was the team’s alternate. PJ Farrell, a theology teacher at Holy Name, serves as the Holy Name esports moderator.

Esports has grown significantly in the last two years at Holy Name. Along with having a Rainbow Six Team, the school also has students playing Overwatch, Rocket League, Counter-Strike, Super Smash Bros., Fortnite, Madden NFL 20 and NBA 2K20 in the HSEL.

Four Seniors Announce College Athletic Commitments

Four Seniors Announce College Athletic Commitments

Congratulations to the following seniors who each signed a National Letter of Intent yesterday to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level in 2020!

Lauren Borchert – Wright State University, Soccer

Richard Forgach – Malone University, Baseball

Alexa Sieger – Cleveland State University, Softball

Sean Springer – University of Cincinnati, Baseball