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

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

Green Wave Gala Online Silent Auction Opens March 28 at 6PM!

Green Wave Gala: Online Silent Auction Details Announced!

The Green Wave Gala’s Silent Auction will now be ONLINE! All proceeds benefit Holy Name’s students, with funds raised directly offsetting tuition and supporting educational programming.

Here is how it will work:

All bidding will take place at

Bidding opens Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m.

Although bidding is not open yet, you can view the available packages now!

All who want to bid are invited to do so; there is no ticket needed to bid. If bidding, you will need to create an account with your contact and payment information. To do this, go to and click on ‘Start Bidding’ in the top right-hand corner of the page.

You can create your account now, or at any time you decide you want to bid on a package.

Bidding closes Friday, April 3 at 9 p.m.

Once the auction is completed, the Holy Name Advancement Team will coordinate pick-up with auction package winners.

Questions? Contact Michele Fusco Scoccola at

Thank you in advance for supporting the mission of, and students at, Holy Name High School. We are grateful for the many alumni, parents, and friends who are sharing their time, talents, and treasures to make a difference in the lives of Holy Name’s young men and women.

Our prayers are with everyone in our local and global community as we navigate these trying times. May you all stay safe and healthy!

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 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, 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 If your student does not currently receive the Cleveland Scholarship, the Request Form must be completed, and can be found at

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 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:

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 GV Art & Design Shirts: Get Yours Before Christmas!

Holy Name GV Art & Design Shirts: Get Yours Before Christmas!

Namer Nation and Little Davids alike!

Under the guidance of Marketing/Graphics Director Daniel Humphrey ’09 and Athletic Director Richard Kozub ’01, Holy Name High School has teamed up to produce an EXCLUSIVE t-shirt designed by GV Art & Design (, the Lakewood-based artists who created the Cleveland That I Love apparel line and have expanded to design hundreds of items for area pro and college teams. The t-shirt design for Holy Name celebrates the school’s rich history, including both the school’s origins on Harvard and Broadway and the current location on Queens Highway.

You are invited to purchase the limited edition shirt for the low cost of $20. Pre-sale orders open today and will remain open until Wednesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m. Submit your order by following the link below:

Act fast because there are limited quantities! Please make checks payable to Holy Name High School and mail all payments to:

Holy Name High School
Attn: Vicki Kerner
6000 Queens Hwy
Parma Heights, OH 44130

If you wish to pay via credit card, please visit Please note a convenience fee will be applied.

Shirts will be available for pick-up at Holy Name High School from Monday, December 17 through Thursday, December 20 between 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Main Office.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer! Holy Name apparel always makes great Christmas gifts.

Please email Vicki Kerner at with any questions or concerns.

It’s a great day to be a Namer!

Main Building Entrance Closed During Summer

On Monday, June 4, planned construction will begin on the front of Holy Name’s main building. The construction will continue through Friday, August 17.

Between June 4 and August 17, Holy Name’s Main Entrance will not be open. Additionally, the circle in front of the main building will be inaccessible to traffic at certain times.

For those who need to come to the school’s Main Office this summer, please come up Layor Drive, and park in the teacher’s lot. You can enter using the school’s side entrance.

For those needing access to the athletic facilities (Main and Auxiliary Gyms, Cicerchi Field, Weight Room, etc.), please come up Queens Highway and park in the student parking lot. You can enter using the Main Gym entrance.

Please remember there is no one-way traffic on Layor Drive or Queens Highway during the summer; both streets are open to two-way traffic at all hours until school resumes in August.