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Principal - Mrs. Kendra Honaker

Vice Principal - Mr. Jackson Barker












Economics & Personal Finance
Teacher Attends National Conference



The Jump$tart Coalition conducted its fifth annual conference devoted specifically to PreK-12 classroom teachers of personal finance in Washington, DC in November. This conference offered classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources to integrate immediately into current lesson plans and attend informative workshops under three different strands:  advocacy, curriculum/content, and personal growth.  Educators had the opportunity to meet with leaders from finance and education and network with colleagues from across the country.

Holston HS Business Teacher, Joy Munsey, was one of six teachers to receive a scholarship from VISA, Inc. to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference.  As a result Mrs. Munsey was invited to attend the Jump$tart National Awards Dinner at The Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 8.   Mrs. Munsey was a guest of VISA, Inc. for the awards dinner and was recognized as a personal finance educator.

Pictured w/Mrs. Munsey are Nathanial Sillin (L) and Jason Alderman (R) from VISA, Inc.

(Article Contributed by:  Business Teacher - Joy Munsey)

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23rd - Track Meet @ Chilhowie
24th - Baseball & Softball
           Home - Marion
25th - Baseball Home - Haysi
26th - Relay for Life Pageant
29th - Baseball & Softball @ GW


 1st - Baseball & Softball
         @ Rural Retreat
 2nd - Baseball & Softball
         @ Honaker
 3rd - PROM @ The Heartwood
 4th - Spring Band Concert (3 pm)
 6th - Band Solo & Ensemble
 6th - Baseball & Softball

COED Hi-Y Attends
Model General Assembly


The Holston High School Coed Hi-Y attended the Model General Assembly on March 27-29, in Richmond, VA.   Members who attended were Sydney T. - Delegate, Skylar H. - Reporter, Kelsey W. - Lobbyist, Tyler S. - Senator, Tanner S. and Billy H. - Underclassmen Legislators, and Sponsors - Ms. Atwell and Mrs. Counts.

The Attorney General, Mark Herring, addressed the attendees Thursday night, at the opening ceremony at St. Paulís Church, across from the Capitol.  After that concluded, the committee meetings started.  Holstonís bill amended a law requiring anyone who drives a moped on a public highway to have a valid driverís license.  It was a great opportunity for students to see first- hand how difficult it is to amend a state law.  The students actually met in the Senate and Legislative Chambers in the Capitol Building since Congress was out of session at the time.

On Friday night the entire group of approximately 500 was treated to a banquet and formal dance.  An election was then held for the Youth Governor for next year.   On Sat. all students gathered back at St. Paulís Church for the closing joint session for final remarks.


 The group also had an opportunity to visit the War Memorial, drive down Monument Avenue, and have a wonderful lunch at the Tobacco Company.  It was a very enjoyable and informative trip!

(Article Contributed by:  COED Hi-Y Advisor - Pam Atwell)

HHS Ranked #7 by W!se

Working in Support of Education (W!SE), a New York City based, educational not-for-profit, announced on April 7 the winners of the ď100 Best W!SE High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.Ē   John S. Battle HS was ranked in the Top 100.  Abingdon HS ranked 27, Patrick Henry HS ranked 17, and Holston HS ranked 7th in the Top 100!  The Top 30 schools were invited to an awards ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange on April 7 and provided a tour of the NYSE trading floor.  Three teachers from AHS and Joy Munsey from HHS attended the ceremony.  Special guests included Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the NYSE, Bruce Kasman, JP Morgan Chase and Sharon Epperson, Personal Finance Correspondent for CNBC. 

The WISE program provides teachers with a curriculum and resources to prepare students for the WISE Financial Literacy Certification Test.  The test is currently given in 34 states.  Holston HS was the first high school to administer the test in 2012, and all four high schools gave the test in 2013 to all economics and personal finance students.  This yearís rankings are based on the 2013 scores.  The ranking was determined by an advisory board which took into consideration the average test score and pass rate for each school, number of students tested in proportion to school population and consideration was given to eligibility for free and reduced lunch.  Twenty-nine Virginia High Schools made the Top 100 list. 

Congratulations to all of our Washington County high schools!

Pictured from L to R:  Patty Denton (AHS), Joy Munsey (HHS), DeDe Whichard (AHS) and David Farris (AHS).

(Article Contributed by Business Teacher - Joy Munsey)

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Sophomore:  Jared D.

  Junior:  Desiree B.