Frank Sroka ’33 Celebrates 100th Birthday with Help of HN Family

Frank Sroka ’33 Celebrates 100th Birthday with Help of HN Family

On Thursday, February 5, students, teachers and administrators from Holy Name traveled to St. Mary of the Woods in Avon to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus, Francis (Frank) Sroka ’33! The special day began with a Mass celebrated in honor of Frank, who was also joined by many of his children and grandchildren. HN’s Music Ministry group, directed by Theology Teacher Sara Gresko ’08, led all of the liturgical hymns and songs.

After the Mass, the HN Students Making a Difference (SMAD) Club surprised Frank with hundreds of birthday cards and a memory board filled with pictures and stories from his own days as a student at HN. They also gave him a new HN mug as well as a hat and sweatshirt, which he immediately wanted to try on!

Additionally, Director of Constituent Relations Colleen Corrigan Day ’88 presented Frank and his family with several happy birthday proclamations and letters from cities and local congresspeople, including Parma Heights, Parma, U.S. Representative for Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District Marcy Kaptur, State Senator for Ohio’s 23rd District Michael J. Skindell and State Representative for Ohio’s 14th District Martin J. Sweeney.

Thank you to the following students, teachers and administrators who helped make this day possible, and shared their voices and smiles with all residents of St. Mary’s of the Woods on Thursday:

Mrs. Colleen Corrigan Day ’88
Mr. Ben Farmer
Ms. Sara Gresko ’08
Ms. Kate McCall ’05
Mr. Ray Murphy
Mr. Kevin Ontko ’91
Maria Churavy ’15
Jennifer DiGeronimo ’15
Dylan Douglas ’17
Sarah Durma ’16
Sarah Gallagher ’16
Sarah Hasek ’16
Brooke Lyman ’16
Jake Taylor ’16
Nick Tober ’16
Kelsey Zolac ’17
Shawn Zubek ’15

We wish Frank a very happy 100th birthday and thank him for his continued support of Holy Name!

Read the story written for the Parma Sun Post here.

NamerFest brings countless Namers back home!

NamerFest brings countless Namers back home!

Joseph Laviano, Class of 1987 | June 15, 2014

What a fantastic weekend for everyone lucky enough to be a Namer. It’s difficult to say how many attended but we estimate 800 to 1,000 people came back home to Holy Name High School last weekend to celebrate the Centennial of our beloved institution.


Mike Piszczor Class of 1974 presents HN President Ben Farmer a letter from Rev. Msr. Antall

The weekend started Friday night with the All-Alumni Reunion that was held in Kenneally Gym. Over 300 Holy Name Alumni danced the night away and reminisced about their time at Holy Name.

Saturday was a very busy day. The day started with hundreds participating in the HN Fun Run. One Namer decided that the Fun Run was not good enough. Class of 1974’s Mike Piszczor walked an estimated 13 miles to deliver a letter from Rev. Msgr. Richard Antall of Holy Name Parish in Cleveland, the original site of Holy Name High School, to Holy Name High School’s current location in Parma Heights.

NamerFest officially started with the unveiling of Holy Name High School’s Ohio Historical Marker. The ceremony was attended by countless generations of Namers. The Marker impressively stands tall at the entrance of the Parma Hts. campus’s main entrance walkway. The Marker became the centerpiece of hundreds of family photos throughout the day. The ceremony was full of some very memorable moments including a beautiful rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner and Alma Mater performed by Jennifer DiGeronimo ’15, and inspiring words by the Rev. John Carlin, Pastor of St. Charles of Borromeo in Parma, Advisory Board President Dr. Brian Adams, HN President Ben Farmer, and Parma Hts. Mayor Michael Byrne.


Holy Name’s Ohio Historical Marker.

The back parking lot became the NamerFest’s main stage for the remainder of the day. The Liverpool Lads and Cleveland’s Breakfast Club featuring the Class of 1984’s Brain Dossa kept our toes tapping with awesome tunes. The Nosh Box, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Fired up Taco and Honey Hut provided delicious treats from their food trucks. HN students and volunteers entertained children with face painting and games.  The day concluded with an outdoor mass featuring a memorable homily from Holy Name graduate the Rev. Damian Ference ’94.

The past couple years have presented a wild ride for all those involved in planning this event, and we all wanted to achieve the goal of bringing alumni back to the place that made so many memories for so many us. As I reflect back on the weekend and watched the planned events unfold,  I realized something happened that was not on any of the agendas, advertisements, or social media posts, and was not mentioned at any of the planning meetings. I realized that Holy Name of Cleveland and Holy Name of Parma Heights became one in one glorious weekend. It was no longer the buildings, there was no longer two different schools. We all stood together and celebrated, as Holy Name, as Namers, as Namer Nation. There were so many moments where I noticed Namers of different generations, separated by decades sharing their memories of how Holy Name is etched forever in their hearts. NamerFest took on its own agenda and made Namer Nation one.

Special thanks to Colleen Corrigan Day ’88, Mark Priebe ’88, Mike Nowak ’74, Ray Murphy. Your leadership, dedication and commitment to this event was priceless. Also a big thank you goes out to our committee chairs, especially Kate McCall ’05 who organized all the hard working volunteers and to the HN Maintenance Staff who went above and beyond their duties to help things run smoothly.


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Hundreds of Namer’s March for St. Patrick’s Day!

Hundreds of Namer’s March for St. Patrick’s Day!

Holy Name High School | March 17, 2014

Hundreds of Namers, young and old, participated in the St. Patrick’s NamerNation March at the 2014 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The event started at Holy Name’s Parma Hts. campus.  Participants received green sweatshirts that boasted the HN Centennial logo. The group boarded buses and journeyed down to the staging area of the parade, where they met up with the Holy Name Band, Drill Team, the HN Float and hundreds of more Namer Alumni.

The sea of green marched the parade route with green and white pom poms, green balloons, and signs that noted the many decades of graduates.

The event continued at the Hyatt, in the nostalgic Cleveland Arcade. The Parade Committee did a great job with every detail, from the green towering HN flags to great food and spirits

The 2014 St.Patrick’s Day Parade was the third scheduled event celebrating the Holy Name Centennial. Each event has been awesome in it’s own right. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a great forum to show the spirit of the HN community to Northeast Ohio, and it did not fall short on that task.

Congratulations to the Holy Name Drill Team that was awarded 3rd Place in Parade Drill Teams.

A huge thank you to the Parade Committee, their hard work and dedication was not overlooked and has created lifelong memories to all who participated. “Proud to be an Namer” was heard by many…

If you missed any of the first three HN Centennial events, do not miss out again! Save the dates for the upcoming events. The next event is the premier event – the Holy Name Reunion weekend, June 13-14.

Here are some preliminary details (all events held at Holy Name High School):

  • Friday June 12th – Reunion Dinner/Dance
  • Saturday June 13th
    • HN 5k Run
    • Dedication of Ohio Historical Plaque to Holy Name High School
    • Namer Fest  – Featuring Music, Spirits, Food Trucks, Alumni & kid games.

Rumor  feature music act is Cleveland’s Breakfast Club – Featuring Class of 1984’s Brian Dossa.

Details will be updated on the Centennial Web Page and Social Media as it becomes available.

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HN celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘Rising Tide’ gala

HN celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘Rising Tide’ gala

Parma Heights Holy Name High School celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘Rising Tide’ gala

By Mark Holan, Special to the Sun News March 03, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Ivan Sevel, Class of 1947, was the oldest alumnus at Holy Name High School's "Rising Tide" gala March 1 at the Embassy Suites. Ivan was joined by Sharon, his wife of 54 years. (Mark Holan/Special to Sun News)

Ivan Sevel, Class of 1947, was the oldest alumnus at Holy Name High School’s “Rising Tide” gala March 1 at the Embassy Suites. Ivan was joined by Sharon, his wife of 54 years. (Mark Holan/Special to Sun News)

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Holy Name High School’s “Rising Tide” 100th anniversary gala March 1 at the Embassy Suites was a huge success on several levels. First, it raised funds for the storied high school, and second, it brought together many alumni who hadn’t seen each other in a long time.

The high school that began at the Holy Name parish at the intersection of Harvard and Broadway in Cleveland has grown at its present location in the former Nazareth Academy building.

Over the years, Holy Name has been synonymous with academic and athletic excellence.

Present at the Rising Tide gala were four members of the 1975 Division II State Championship football team. Pat Powers, Neil Gehring, Tom Amato and Dave Kotowski looked in great shape and signed a football that was part of the silent auction. Amato has been inducted into the Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame.

Co-chairs of the Rising Tide Committee Colleen Corrigan-Day (Class of 1988) and Kim Novak-Szczepinski did a fine job of organizing the live and silent auctions, which raised money for the school’s capital funds.

Ben Farmer, the former principal, will become president of the school after this year. Farmer welcomed the guests and talked about the bright future for the co-ed school.

Ivan Sevel (Class of 1947) was the oldest alumnus at the gala. He and his wife, Sharon, were joined by their son, Robert, and his wife. The Sevels have been married for 54 years

Roseann Busciglio Burgan (Class of 1963) was joined by her friend, Rose Zatezalo.

Burgan reminisced about her class’ 50th reunion this past summer, also at the Embassy Suites, and hanging out at Mama Ray’s at the corner of Harvard and Broadway during her high school days.

“We were all friends with each other,” she said. “It was a great time to be in high school.”

Next event is the Namer St. Patrick’s Day March – Click here for details

Photo Gallery – Photo’s provided by Fisher Photography

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WEWS: Holy Name Celebrates 100 Years

WEWS: Holy Name Celebrates 100 Years

Holy Name High School celebrates 100-year anniversary, kicks-off year of special events
Centennial Mass and school walk-thru held

By Bob Fenner

CLEVELAND – For the Holy Name High School community, 2014 is going to be a special year as the northeast Ohio school celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

The festivities kicked-off Sunday as a standing-room-only, Centennial Celebration Opening Mass was held at Holy Name Church on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland.

Following Mass, parishioners gathered in the church basement to reminisce about old times while enjoying coffee and cookies.

Alumni also took a walk down memory lane as they traveled the hallways and classrooms of the former Holy Name High School building behind the church. The high school moved to its current location in Parma Heights in 1978.

Nancy Joyce, a 1970 Holy Name graduate, walked the Carroll Building hallways Sunday with her family. Her two daughters and father were also Holy Name graduates. For Nancy, walking into the school was an emotional moment as she reflected on the good friends, good people and good teachers that impacted her life.

“It brings back a lot of memories, a lot of people,” said Joyce. “I’m glad I came today.”

Sunday’s event was the first of many events to be held in 2014 to celebrate Holy Name’s 100 years. For more information on future events log onto .

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Holy Name High School set for centennial year

Holy Name High School set for centennial year

Mark Holan | Sun News, December 30, 2013


Holy Name High School moved into the former Nazareth Academy building in 1978. (Courtesy of Holy Name High School/Special to Sun News )

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – There’s quite a difference between the Broadway/Harvard neighborhood in Cleveland and Queens Highway in Parma Heights, but for the past 36 years, Holy Name High School has been the spiritual bridge between the two neighborhoods.

The Catholic college preparatory school was one of the first coeducational Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland when it was founded as part of the Holy Name Church and School in 1914.

In 1978, the school moved to the former Nazareth High School building at 6000 Queens Highway in Parma Heights.

The school will officially begin its centennial year with a series of events, starting with a Mass Jan. 5 at Holy Name Church on the original campus.

“For 100 years, it has been our privilege to provide a learning environment where high school students grow academically, spiritually and socially,” said Ben Farmer, Holy Name High School president.

“The Holy Name community has been very blessed, and we want to take the time in 2014 to honor our past, celebrate the present and build for the future. All of the events planned will allow our students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to do just that.”

The 2014 Holy Name High School Calendar of Events to celebrate its 100th Anniversary includes:

• March 1 – Holy Name Rising Tide Auction and Gala at the Embassy Suites Independence

• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

• June 13 — Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance at Holy Name High School

• June 14 – Alumni Reunion and Community Festival at Holy Name

• Sept. 7 – History of Holy Name High School Presentation at Holy Name Church and elementary school campus in Cleveland

• Oct. 24 – Homecoming Mass and Varsity Football Game at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium in North Royalton

• Dec. 28 – Centennial Closing Mass at Holy Name High School

“Our hope is that everyone who has ever been affiliated with Holy Name will join us for these special events,” said Colleen Corrigan Day, Holy Name’s director of constituent relations.

“Whether you graduated from the Harvard-Broadway campus or the Parma Heights campus, you’re invited to help us recognize one hundred years of education, faith and friendship.”

“The residents of Parma Heights are fortunate to have such an outstanding academic institution located in our city,” said Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.

“Holy Name High School has been actively involved in our community for 36 years,” Byrne said. “I’m sure this will be an eventful year for the students and alumni. I look forward to helping them celebrate their 100th anniversary and wish them continued success.”