Teacher PJ Farrell Featured in Cleveland Magazine

Don’t miss reading this fantastic story about Holy Name Theology/Computer Science Teacher, Esports Moderator and Freshman Baseball Coach Mr. PJ Farrell! The story appears in the August 2020 edition of Cleveland Magazine.

Mr. Farrell is just one of the many dedicated and innovative educators Holy Name is lucky to have on staff. We are truly blessed!


Karen Carter Named New Principal of Holy Name High School

Karen L. Carter, the assistant principal for academics at Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio has been elevated to the position of principal of the school, replacing Shelbrey L. Blanc, who was named school president last April. The promotion of Carter to principal was announced by Frank O’Linn, Ed.D., secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, which owns and operates Holy Name High School.

Carter has been employed at Holy Name for 28 years and has served in a variety of roles including social studies teacher, head volleyball coach, assistant athletic director, guidance counselor, associate director of admissions, advanced placement and College Credit Plus coordinator, and assistant principal of academics.

“Serving professionally in these numerous positions has provided me with the unique opportunity of interacting with students and their families as well as faculty and staff in so many different ways,” said Carter. “I am excited to have been selected as principal and to use my many years of education and administrative experience in this role, serving the needs of students, parents and the entire Holy Name High School community.”

“I am pleased that Mrs. Carter has been selected as our new principal and look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Blanc. “She brings a depth of experience to the position of principal which touches upon all aspects of academics including hiring of teachers, faculty evaluation, planning professional development, and improving curriculum. Mrs. Carter is passionate about secondary education and embraces the rich history and tradition of Holy Name High School.”

Carter is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1989, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 1991, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education – Comprehensive Social Studies, with a minor in social work.

“Over the years, Mrs. Carter has proven herself to be an exceptional educator and steadfast leader who has engaged in a broad range of important roles helping students grow and prepare for their life’s journey,” said Dr. O’Linn. “I know Mrs. Carter will use her vast experience and exceptional skills to ensure the future growth and great success of Holy Name High School.”

Located in Parma Heights Ohio, Holy Name High School traces its roots to September 1914 when the school first opened its doors as a four-year secondary, co-educational, Catholic high school. The mission of Holy Name is simple and clear: To lead young adults to Christ by educating them in mind, body, and spirit.

Class of 2020 Celebrates Baccalaureate Mass

On Friday, July 17, members of the Class of 2020 celebrated Mass on campus one last time as Holy Name students. Fr. James Kulway, parochial vicar at Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish in Brook Park, was the celebrant. Fr. James also celebrated the very first Mass many members of the Class of 2020 attended in August 2016, at their Freshman Class Picnic.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Written by A.A. Milne, for Winnie the Pooh.

Class of 2020, we have been lucky to have you at Holy Name these last four years. You persevered in both good times and bad times. You showed the underclassmen how to lead, how to serve, and how to treat others with respect. You made this school – this community – a better place. Saying goodbye to you is not easy. But please know that all of us are very proud of you, and feel lucky to call you Namers for life.

Class of 2020’s Matthew Stracensky & Kate Reardon Featured on AM 1260

Each year, AM 1260 The Rock – the Cleveland Catholic Radio Station – invites two senior students from each Greater Cleveland area Catholic high school to record station identifications that also feature the student’s name and school.

Holy Name’s representatives this year were Class of 2020 Valedictorian Matthew Stracensky and Salutatorian Kate Reardon! If you listen to AM 1260, you may have heard Matthew and Kate’s friendly voices during the month of May. If you did not, feel free to listen to their station IDs now at https://am1260therock.com/class-of-2020-on-am-1260-the-rock/!

Matthew and Kate were also highlighted in the May/June edition of Northeast Ohio Catholic Magazine: https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/offices/communications/northeast-ohio-catholic-magazine/class-of-2020.

Rainbow Six Siege Esports Team Wins Third National Championship

For the third time this school year, the Rainbow Six Siege Esports Team brought a national championship home to Holy Name! The team won the High School Esports League (HSEL) title in the fall, during the winter open, and then once again on Sunday, June 7.

Team members this spring included Rafael Castro, Ricky Smith, CJ Forster, Taujheed Kelly, and Antonio DeLeva. Due to their winning efforts, each team member will receive a $1,000 college scholarship!

When the team won this past fall, each team member also received college scholarship money.

The team’s coach/moderator is Theology Teacher Mr. PJ Farrell.