Share Your Special Intentions with Holy Name

Our Holy Name High School Family would be honored to pray for you and your families at our 2019-2020 All-School Masses, beginning at our All Saints Day celebration on November 1, 2019. We will remember you and your intentions throughout the school year.

Please include any special intentions you may have for family, friends, loss of a loved one, or any unspoken prayer by filling out the form below.

Matthew Stracensky ’20 Earns 36 Composite Score on ACT

Holy Name is very proud to announce that senior Matthew Stracensky earned a 36 composite score on the ACT! This is the highest possible score you can achieve, and he earned this on the ACT’s September 2019 administration.

Along with earning this perfect ACT score, Matthew, who is a graduate of St. Ambrose School in Brunswick, was named a National Merit Semifinalist last month. Please join us in congratulating Matthew on this outstanding achievement.

Ray ’44 and Eleanor Smiley Family Chemistry Lab Opens at Holy Name

Thank you to all who joined us on Monday, September 23 to bless and dedicate the brand-new Ray ’44 and Eleanor Smiley Family Chemistry Lab at Holy Name! We were especially lucky to have Mr. Smiley, many other generous benefactors and alumni, and Diocese of Cleveland Bishop the Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, with us for the celebration.

Along with seeing the brand-new chemistry lab, attendees witnessed the unveiling of the ‘Our Stories Began Here’ Alumni Wall, featuring 21 alumni who have been successful in various walks of life. Guests were also able to learn more about Holy Name’s new Anatomage Table, a seven-foot, interactive anatomy table that will be used in biology, forensics, anatomy and physiology, and health classes. The table was made possible due to a partial grant from The Lubrizol Foundation.

To read more about the Chemistry Lab and Ceremony, please visit

Kate Reardon ’20 and Matthew Stracensky ’20 Named National Merit Semifinalists

Kate Reardon ’20 and Matthew Stracensky ’20 Named National Merit Semifinalists

Holy Name is honored to announce that seniors Kate Reardon and Matthew Stracensky have both been named semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program!

Over 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program after taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) last October. Of those 1.5 million, only 16,000 are recognized as semifinalists, representing the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Kate attended St. Albert the Great School in North Royalton. She is currently ranked second academically in the class of 2020. Outside of the classroom, Kate participates in cross country and track; is a student government class officer and Eucharistic Minister; and is a member of Campus Ministry, Cenacle of Mary, and the Health and Medical Careers Club. She remains active at St. Albert the Great as an altar server and as a scorekeeper at CYO games, while also working at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. After Holy Name, Kate plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University or Purdue University.

Matthew attended St. Ambrose School in Brunswick. He is ranked first academically in the senior class. Matthew has performed in several Holy Name fall plays, spring musicals and one act performances. When he is not on the stage, Matthew is involved with STEAM Club; PenOhio; Drama Club; Campus Ministry; Music Ministry; and the Health and Medical Careers Club. Although he is a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Name, he is also an altar server and choir member at St. Ambrose. Additionally, Matthew is working toward earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Next fall, he plans to study aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University or Purdue University.

As semifinalists, Kate and Matthew have the opportunity to continue in the competition for nearly 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Road Work on Queens Hwy. and Layor Dr. May Cause Delays; Please Be Cautious

When traveling to Holy Name to start school next week, you will notice construction on Snow Road, as well as on Layor Drive and Queens Highway. This is because the Columbia Gas Company is putting in new gas lines for the residents that live in the neighborhoods surrounding Holy Name. The project began several weeks ago and continues in full force as of today, Wednesday, August 14.

Mrs. Blanc spoke with the project foreman today, and he told her that construction on Layor Drive should be completed on Monday, August 19 – the day before school begins for freshmen. However, he anticipates that construction on Queens Highway will continue until the week of August 26.

With this in mind, we ask that all parent and student drivers exercise extreme caution when coming to and leaving school. Workers, as well as a lot of equipment, will be on the roadway. Going slow is always the best option in this situation. Do not try to quickly maneuver around workers; take your time.

Additionally, we share this construction news so that everyone is aware of possible delays on both main roads and side streets near Holy Name. Please give yourself extra time to get to school each morning so you arrive on-time.

We also remind everyone that during school days, Layor Drive and Queens Highway are one-way streets until 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. When coming to Holy Name, please enter via Layor Drive ONLY. When leaving, please exit via Queens Highway ONLY. This is in effect all school days, not just during construction periods.

Back-to-School Packet Pick-Up Begins Tomorrow, Aug. 13 for Upperclassmen

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13, sophomore, junior and senior students may come to the Main Office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up their class schedules, as well as other important back-to-school information and paperwork. In order for a student to receive a class schedule, his/her tuition account must be current. Schedule pick-up will continue on Wednesday and Thursday. All packets not picked up by the end of the week will be mailed home. 

Incoming freshman students will have their schedules given to parents/guardians at the Class of 2023 Welcome Meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.