Senior Awards Ceremony: Class of 2020 Winners Announced

Never, Ever Give Up Project Created by Freshmen Displayed at UH Parma

Earlier this year, freshmen read “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. After reading the book, students wrote six-word memoirs that highlighted lessons they learned during their most difficult times. These memoirs were written on pieces of old t-shirts.

The six-word memoirs were slated to be displayed on Holy Name’s campus. However, following the school closure due to COVID-19, English Teacher Miss Megan Leigh approached University Hospitals Parma Medical Center to see if they would be open to having it displayed there. UH Parma immediately jumped on-board, and now, “Never, Ever Give Up! Love, HN” is a reality there.

Read the Cleveland.com story at https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/05/holy-name-high-school-students-inspire-uh-parma-medical-center-employees-with-messages-of-perseverance.html.

Holy Name has many alumni and parents who are first responders and medical care workers. We are so proud of, and grateful for, the work they do each day to protect us, especially during this pandemic.

Shelbrey Blanc ’95 Named Holy Name President

Shelbrey Althoff Blanc ’95 has been named president of Holy Name High School. Mrs. Blanc replaces Terry Kenneally, a 1967 Holy Name graduate and longtime supporter of the school, who retires at the end of June after having served as president for four years. Mrs. Blanc currently serves as principal for Holy Name.

In making this announcement, Frank O’Linn, Ed.D., secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, praised Mrs. Blanc for the strength of her leadership.

“Over the years, Mrs. Blanc has proven herself to be an exceptional educator and visionary leader, guiding the school’s outstanding faculty and broader community in Holy Name’s commitment to ignite the fire of God’s love within their students, and also bring that same light to the world,” Dr. O’Linn said.

Mrs. Blanc expressed her appreciation for the appointment, saying, “Holy Name is a special place – one I hold close to my heart, and I am blessed to be part of this excellent institution. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead Holy Name into the future as its president. I am humbled by Dr. O’Linn’s confidence in me, and I look forward to continuing the traditions of Holy Name while helping to chart a solid course for continued growth and academic success in the years to come.”

Mrs. Blanc’s depth of experience in secondary education is impressive. In her more than 20 years in the field, Mrs. Blanc’s roles include that of principal, assistant principal and teacher at Holy Name High School. In addition, she taught high school students English at René Descartes High School, Saint Genis-Laval, France, from October 2001 – April 2002.

Mrs. Blanc earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. She has a Master of Arts in French Language and Culture from Boston College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Mrs. Blanc received her Bachelor of Science in Languages (French) from Georgetown University, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics in Washington, D.C. In 1998, she received her French university studies diploma from the L’Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III, Faculté de lettres, Lyon, France and a Diplôme de français des affaires, French business diploma with honors, in October 1999 from the Paris Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France.

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.

Online Green Wave Gala Silent Auction Raises $22,610: Thank You!

Grateful is how we feel as we announce that last week’s online Green Wave Gala Silent Auction raised $22,610 to help support Holy Name’s students! We congratulate Thomas Bowman, who was the winner of the Green Wave Gala Auction $50 Trip Raffle. Thomas will get to choose between a trip to Boston, MA for a Samuel Adams Brewery Tour, or a trip to Louisville, KY to visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Thank you to all who participated, as well as to all who prayed for the event’s success. Our community will continue to prosper due to your dedication to helping Holy Name provide a college preparatory, faith-based education to young men and women.

These same young men and women have had to adjust and adapt this past month. Beginning the week of March 16, all classes were switched to distance learning mode. This will remain in place until at least May 1. Using ProgressBook, Google Classroom, Zoom, and other digital platforms, faculty have been educating and connecting with students from home. Group chats, online assignments, and recorded lectures have become the new ‘normal.’ We are especially appreciative of our faculty for making this happen so quickly.

Technology helps students connect outside of the classroom, too. Campus Ministry is offering students the opportunity to pray the Angelus prayer daily, and the Rosary weekly via Zoom. Cenacle of Mary comes together each Thursday evening on Zoom to sing worship songs, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Divine Praises, and have open individual prayer time. Ensuring our students thrive not just academically, but socially and spiritually, remains a priority during this trying time.

We also look for the bright spots – the news to celebrate and recognize, especially from our seniors. Jared Sanderell ’20 has earned a full tuition, room, and board scholarship to the University of Akron, where he will study engineering and be a member of the Honors College. Both Kate Reardon ’20 and Matthew Stracensky ’20 have now been named National Merit Finalists. Numerous student-athletes have announced where they are continuing their academic and athletic careers next fall. Others are discerning calls to religious life. These are the stories we are proud of and will share.

Along with sharing our students’ stories, we want to hear from our alumni, parents, and friends. Please contact us with your own good news, or news about others in our greater Holy Name community who are making a difference. Feel free to share these by emailing jweiss@holynamehs.com.

Thank you again for supporting Holy Name and for believing in our mission. We continue to pray for your good health and safety, and hope you and your family have a blessed Easter season.

All Hail Holy Name,

Terry Kenneally ’67, President and Shelbrey Blanc ’95, Principal