Band, Drill Team and Choir Perform at Disney World

Band, Drill Team and Choir Perform at Disney World

Over Spring Break, the Holy Name Marching Band, Drill Team and Choir took their talents to Disney World! The band and drill team marched in a parade through the Magic Kingdom, while the choir performed at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). We thank Music Director Mr. Evan Campus and the parent chaperones for making this trip a successful one for our students.

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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Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal

Holy Name High School | March 10, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our search for a new Principal of Holy Name High School. Effective July 1, 2014 Shelbrey Blanc ’95 will become the new principal of Holy Name. Mrs. Blanc is currently the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Teacher Supervision at Holy Name, a position she has held since 2009. She will become the first female lay principal in Holy Name’s history.
During her high school years at Holy Name she was freshman and sophomore class president, a 4 year participant on the track team, president of French club, and a member of the National Honor Society.

Upon graduation from Holy Name, Mrs. Blanc attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language in French in 1999. She was then named a teaching fellow at Boston College where she taught Elementary and Intermediate French classes to undergraduates and also earned her Master’s degree there in 2001.

Prior to returning to Holy Name as a French teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson, Mrs. Blanc worked as an English instructor to adolescents and adults in Lyon, France for two years.

“I am thrilled to accept the position of Principal of my alma mater and I look forward to working with the alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students of Holy Name by leading the continued development of the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Cleveland,” Mrs. Blanc expressed.

With this appointment Holy Name joins other diocesan high schools in adopting the successful model of separating the offices of principals and presidents. Current President/Principal Ben Farmer will continue as President of Holy Name.

“We are delighted that Shelbrey’s love for the Holy Name community is translating into a new role as principal. We welcome a new energy as this model of administration is initiated,” stated Ms. Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education and Superintendent of Schools.
Please join us in congratulating Shelbrey Blanc and welcoming her into her new role at Holy Name.

Thank you,
The Administration of Holy Name High School.

The Wave: Alumni Profile – Elizabeth Becca ’81

The Wave: Alumni Profile – Elizabeth Becca ’81

The Wave | Spring-Summer 2013

While most Holy Namers would recognize her as Elizabeth Becka, the 1981 graduate now goes by a different name — Lisa Black — when writing her murder mystery novels.

Becka has written several books under the names Elizabeth Becka and Lisa Black, and her ideas often come from her former job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, where she analyzed gunshot residue, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and other evidence as well as crime scenes.becca

Her books are set in Cleveland and feature city landmarks and history. “Trail of Blood,” for example, features the murders of the famed Torso Killer.

“I always wrote stories, starting in grade school,” Becka says. “At Holy Name, I wrote stories about myself and my friends in various situations, and, in college, they became longer and longer. When I graduated, I worked as a secretary and was in front of a word processor all day, so I wrote a novel.

When I started working for the coroner’s office I didn’t have time to write. But then my husband and I moved to Florida, and I had no job, no family and no friends, so I began writing to stay sane.

I always wrote mysteries and the new interest in shows like CSI helped me to get published.”

Becka now works as a forensic specialist with the Cape Coral, Florida Police Department. She says her time at Holy Name helped prepare her for her career today.

“What Catholic school does is instill discipline and show a need for self-control, which is the most important ingredient for success but is increasingly lacking in today’s world,” Becka says. “Holy Name gave me a quality education and helped teach me to find a goal and stick to it and see it through.”

At Holy Name, Becka was a member of the marching band, concert band and orchestra.

“Most of my friends were in the band,”she recalls. “I had been in band since fourth grade. I like making music; it’s a big part of my life. I continued playing through college and even in community bands.”

Following graduation, Becka attended John Carroll University, majoring in political science. After working for a number of years, she decided to attend Cleveland State University, earning a degree in biology to focus on forensics.

“I always read mysteries, and writing mysteries and being a detective was all I ever wanted, although I didn’t want to be a cop,” she explains. “I finally figured out that because I liked science, I could make a career in forensics and have the best of both worlds.”

In her spare time, Becka enjoys reading,exercising and traveling. To celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, she and her husband, Russ, conducted a tour of World War II battlefields from Normandy to the Eagles’ Nest in Germany. “My husband lives on the History Channel, so it was great to finally see the places we see on TV,” she says.

Becka has stayed involved with Holy Name, donating books to the annual auction and coming back to speak to students.

“I talked about my writing and how I got published,” she says. “The response was overwhelming. The students were very interested and excited.”


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