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

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!

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information Announced for 2019-2020

Several scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available for current students and families to learn about and apply for use during the 2019-2020 School Year.

The scholarships are broken down into four main groups: Holy Name-specific scholarships; the Cleveland Scholarship Program; need-based financial aid; and additional outside scholarships. Please read more about how to apply for these scholarships, and the deadlines associated with each, below.

Holy Name-Specific Scholarships: Hard copies of the scholarship application forms will be available during lunch periods on Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8. They will also be available in the Advancement Office throughout the month of February. Online versions can be found at https://www.holynamehs.com/holy-name-high-school-tuition/. Some of the scholarships are grade-level specific, while others are for all students to apply for. Please pay attention to the criteria.

The deadline for Holy Name-specific scholarships to be turned in to Holy Name is Thursday, March 21, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Kate McCall at kmccall@holynamehs.com, or at 440-886-0300 ext. 148.

Cleveland Scholarship Program: All students who reside in the city of Cleveland are eligible to apply for this $6,000 scholarship. An application must be submitted each year for renewal, and the paperwork can be found at https://www.holynamehs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CSPRenewalForm.pdf. If your student does not currently receive the Cleveland Scholarship, the Request Form must be completed, and can be found at https://www.holynamehs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CSPRequestForm.pdf.

The deadline for applications to be turned into Holy Name so they can be properly submitted to the Ohio Department of Education is early April 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at 440-886-0300 ext. 120.

Need-Based Financial Aid: Holy Name partners with FACTS to handle all aspects of the financial aid application and verification process. In order to be considered for need-based financial aid from Holy Name and the Diocese of Cleveland, you must fill out the FACTS form. Go to https://www.holynamehs.com/holy-name-high-school-financial-aid/ to find the FACTS website, where you can register, sign-in and fill out the online application. The application will be finalized only after your 2018 tax return information has been submitted. Please note that no hard copy forms are available from FACTS this year; it all must be done online.

The deadline to submit your FACTS application is early April 2019. Please be aware that if you received financial aid from Holy Name during the 2018-2019 school year, it will not be renewed unless you complete the FACTS financial aid form now. If you have any questions about the FACTS Financial Aid Form, contact the Finance Office at 440-886-0300 ext. 124.

Outside Holy Name Scholarships: There are also several scholarships outside of Holy Name that you are invited to consider.

John P. Patton Memorial Scholarship – This full-tuition scholarship is open to current juniors and sophomores applicants who are children or grandchildren of current US military personnel or US veterans, and who are involved in school life and consistently demonstrate positive character traits. The student must also demonstrate financial need by completing the FACTS financial aid application; achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA; and complete a one-page essay. This scholarship would be applied to next year’s tuition. If you meet these criteria and would like to apply, applications are available in the main office or with Mrs. Blanc. All completed applications must be returned to Mrs. Blanc by MARCH 1, 2019.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Council 11464 Knights of Columbus – Ferdinand P. Goll Memorial Scholarship: https://www.holynamehs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/KoC-Goll-Memorial-Scholarship.pdf.

Families will be made aware of all other scholarship opportunities as they become available.

Reminders about deadlines for the Cleveland Scholarship, the Holy Name-specific scholarships, and the FACTS financial aid application will be sent out as needed.

Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame Set to Induct Six New Members

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, five former Holy Name student-athletes and one coach were inducted into the Holy Name Athletic Hall of Fame.

The inductees include:

Coach: Tim Krolikowski ’67
Sport: Head Girls Basketball Coach
Coaching Accomplishments: Krolikowski coached the Lady Namer Basketball Team from 1984-1992. His overall record was 132-55. During the 1986-1987 season, he was named the Associated Press Class AAA State of Ohio Coach of the Year. Twice during his career, he received the North Coast League Coach of the Year Award (1986-1987 and 1990-1991). Krolikowski’s 1986-1987 team went undefeated in the regular season. That squad also was crowned the NCL Champions; achieved a 23-game winning streak; was ranked #1 in The Plain Dealer Girls Basketball Poll; and won a Class AAA District Championship. Two years later, his 1988-1989 team had further success, reaching the Division I state semi-finals.

Athlete: Rudy Kenik ’68
Sports: Football, Basketball and Track
Athletic Accomplishments: Kenik did it all as a three-time letter winner for the Green Wave football team. He was the starting half-back as a junior and returned punts on special teams, while also taking care of punting, kick-off and point-after-touchdown duties. When the ball was in his hands, Kenik averaged 5.3 yards per carry, and averaged 40 yards per punt. He was a Cleveland Press All-Star and named an All-West Senate First Team selection. Kenik also lettered in basketball and track during his high school career.

Athlete: Jeff Arena ’72
Sports: Football and Baseball
Athletic Accomplishments: Arena excelled on both the football field and baseball diamond. In 1971, he was named the football team MVP and the West Senate League MVP runner-up. Additional accolades included being a part of the All-West Senate Team, The Plain Dealer All-Scholastic Team, The Plain Dealer Dream Team and the All-North East Ohio First Team. In the spring of 1972, his abilities on the baseball diamond earned him recognition on The Plain Dealer Dream Team.

Athlete: Dave Woytek Jr. ’87
Sports: Track and Football
Athletic Accomplishments: A four-year track letter winner who led the team in total points all four years, Woytek set numerous school records in a variety of events. He set the 100 and 200 meter dash records, both of which stood for 17 years. He also set and re-set the long jump record that stood for 11 years; was a member of the 4×100 meter relay team that set the school record six different times; and was a part of the sprint medley relay team whose record remained intact for 26 years. The boys track team won the North Coast League Championships in 1986, the same year Woytek earned the NCL MVP Award. He also lettered twice in football.

Athlete: Brian Giovinazzi ’98
Sports: Soccer and Basketball
Athletic Accomplishments: A four-year starter who earned four varsity letters, Giovinazzi left his mark on the boys soccer program. During his senior team MVP campaign in 1997, he served as a co-captain, netting 18 goals and 11 assists. That same year, he was an All-North Coast League, All-Greater Cleveland Second Team and Sun Post All-District selection. On the basketball court, Giovinazzi earned two varsity letters and was a captain his senior year. He finished his basketball career with All-NCL honors.

Athlete: Meghan Patton Crooks ’03
Sports: Soccer, Track and Basketball
Athletic Accomplishments: As the 2003 Holy Name Female Athlete of the Year, Patton earned ten varsity letters in soccer, track and basketball. The two-time captain earned the basketball team’s MVP distinction twice. She was also named All-North Coast League two times during her time as a Namer. On the soccer field, she was a two-time captain who was featured as The Plain Dealer Player of the Week.