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Principal - Kendra Addison Honaker

Assistant Principal - Jackson Barker












Forensics Team Fares Well
in Conference Tournament


Coach Pam Atwell led her HHS Forensics Team to a solid finish at the Crooked Road Conference Tournament on February 11, 2015 at Twin Valley High School.  Jared D. and Jason S. finished first and second, respectively, in the impromptu category.  For their competition, Jared and Jason drew a topic and had only minutes to craft a speech around it.

The team of Michael J. and Diana S. won a second place tie in the humorous category, portraying Barbie and Ken dolls.  Dalton B. tied for 3rd in the poetry category reading "Hollow Men" and "The Second Coming".  From here, the winners moved on to district competition, which was held February 28th @ Radford.  Members of the team pictured above (Left to Right) are:  Senior Jared D., Senior Jason "J.D." S., Sophomore Michael J., Senior Dalton B., & Freshman Diana S.

(Article Contributed by Forensics Coach - Pam Atwell)

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  7th - Softball Scrimmage
          @ Science Hill, TN
10th - Baseball Scrimmage
(12th - 15th) Band trip to Chicago
17th - Miss HHS Pageant (7 p.m.)
17th - JV Base/Softball @ JSB

(19th - 21st) Baseball & Softball -  
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24th - Softball @ Abingdon


Students Get to Hear
Presentation on South Africa


On February 4, 2015 Virginia FFA State Officers Morgan Smith, an HHS graduate and former Holston FFA president, and Daniel Black, a former member of the Sherando  FFA chapter , came to Holston to speak to the FFA and FBLA clubs about their trip to South Africa.  Morgan and Daniel recently traveled to South Africa for the ILSSO.  The International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) is an international travel experience for current and past state officers.  They visit farms and agribusinesses to learn about agriculture around the world and share the culture. While in South Africa, Morgan and Daniel, along with 75 other officers from around the US, visited the Inyoni Crocodile Farm where they learned about crocodile farming, which is a very long process.  

At the Monsanto Research and Development facility, they learned how to make the agriculture industry more efficient through genetically modified crops, plant breeding, dual hybrid seed planters, and GPS technology. At the Taaiboschbult Feedlot, they learned how feedlots are operated in South Africa and were fascinated by how similar it was with the feedlots in the United States. They learned about the Bonsmara cattle breed and their traits at Mr. Mare’s farm. They also visited the Kruger National Park, Blythe River Canyon, and Nelson Mendela’s prison cell.

Morgan and Daniel learned a lot about agriculture and the culture of South Africa on this trip. The FFA and the FBLA clubs would like to thank Morgan and Daniel for speaking to them about their wonderful experiences and sharing their amazing pictures of South Africa.

(Article Contributed by:
FFA Members Morgan T. & Katelyn O.)

County Students Take ASVAB Test

As is the case every year, Washington County's sophomores, juniors, and seniors were given an opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).  The test was given at the Washington CTE Center on February 6.  Twenty-two students took advantage of the opportunity and sat for the test.  Proctors from the National Guard, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy were there to assist.

The ASVAB is required for entrance into any branch of the military.  It's scores measure general intelligence and overall technical aptitude.  Scores in the various strands help students and their armed forces career counselors determine which field of endeavor best fits each applicant.  Taking the test did not bind students to join the service.

Washington County faculty and staff salute these young people for considering a career that helps keep the nation secure.

(Article Contributed by Assistant Principal - Jackson Barker)

gocavs of the Month

Sophomore:  Cameron P.

  Freshman:  Diana S.