PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Known as an avid gamer around the halls of Holy Name High School, theology/technology teacher P.J. Farrell never imagined that his shared passion with students for video games would lead to national recognition.
“We started up our Esports program more than two years ago when I had a group of seniors tell me if we joined a league, we’d win it all playing ‘(Tom Clancy’s) Rainbow Six Siege,’” said Farrell, who is also the Esports moderator/coach at the Parma Heights school.
“I kind of laughed at them, but then we signed up and they made it to the semifinals their first year. Then, last year, we had a really good group coming back who won three national championships. This year, they recently won a fourth. So that’s four national championships in the last year and a half,” he said.
As part of Generation Esports’ High School Esports League — North America’s largest and longest-running competitive gaming organization for students — Holy Name High School’s Rainbow Six Esports team, playing on PlayStation 4, recently won first place in the fall major playoff competition.
Members of the Rainbow Six team — including seniors Ricky Smith and Taujheed Kelly, juniors CJ Forster and Antonio DeLeva, and freshmen Josh Parisi and Brian Moreno — each received a $1,000 college scholarship for winning the fall championship.
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