21308 Monroe Road           PH#  (276) 739-4000   
               Damascus, VA  24236        FAX# (276) 475-4024              

Principal - Kendra Addison Honaker

Assistant Principal - Jackson Barker












Students Visit Marine
Lab in North Carolina

Forty WCS students from 3 high schools (HHS, PHHS, and AHS) spent a week "immersed" in coastal ecology, history, and marine biology at Duke University's Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC.  The purpose of the trip was to expose students to an environment and a field of study that many had no previous contact with, and to remind students of the power of learning by experience.  Students on the trip walked through mud flats, held sharks at night, waded extensive tidal flats, trawled in the open ocean, dredged in the estuary, found fossils, identified bryozoans and skeleton shrimp under the microscope, created sand sculptures, walked through wild barrier islands, got close to wild ponies descended from shipwrecked Spanish galleons, visited Blackbeard's old haunts, and much more.  The group was extremely well behaved and represented Washington County Schools well.  Steve Ahn and Lawrence Cox brought students from Holston HS, Kim Laws and Marywood Sparks brought students from Abingdon HS, and Eric Hoffman brought students from Patrick Henry HS.  A photo and video collage of the trip can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO28N0Md1kM

(Article Contributed by Science Instructor - Steve Ahn)

Cavalier Band Marches in 
Saint Patrick's Day Parade @ Chicago

Faculty Meetings Now


(17th - 18th) - Spring Musical 7 pm
17th - Base/Softball @
           (JV Base/Softball Home)  
20th - Baseball Home - Northwood
(Softball & JV Baseball Away)
21st - Community Scholars Event
21st - Base/Softball Home -
22nd - Track Meet @ PH 

(23rd - 26th) - Senior Trip
24th - Baseball Home - Hurley
28th - Base/Softball Home - GW
           (JV Away)
29th - Track Meet @ Patrick Henry
30th - Baseball & Softball Home
          - Rural Retreat (JV Away)

The Princess & The Pea
Comes to Holston High


The Holston High School Chorus and Student Body are very pleased to present “Once Upon a Mattress”.  This delightful musical is a spoof on the old fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea.  It will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, at 7:00 PM both nights in the HHS Auditorium.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and senior citizens.  Preschoolers are free.

The play begins with our medieval minstrel singing the story as most of us know it. We are then told it is not quite the way that things actually happened, and the story progresses from there.  Characters include an overbearing Queen, who is determined that no Princess is going to be good enough for her darling boy.  There is a mute king (who cannot speak because of a spell cast on him).  The conflict arises because of a law that states no one may marry until the Prince gets married.  Naturally, the whole royal court is very anxious to find a suitable Princess, so that they also may get married.  Enter Princess Winnifred, whom everyone likes, except the Queen.  How the story unfolds from there is something you will not want to miss!

The delightful songs in this musical were written by Mary Rodgers, who is the daughter of Richard Rodgers, of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame.  Carol Burnett had the lead role of Winnifred when the play opened on Broadway, and the role is what helped lead to her stardom.  Our Winnifred is Ashelyn W., with Jake J. as Prince Dauntless, Mary R. as Queen Aggravain, and Nick W. as King Sextimus.  Other leads include Megan B. as Lady Larken, Michael J. as Sir Harry, Chandler L. as the Jester, Summer S. as the Minstrel, and Takoda C. as the Wizard.  Please come and help fill up our auditorium for these hardworking and talented students.  Tickets will be available soon from Chorus and Cast members.

(Article Contributed by Chorus Teacher - Sue Spirup)

King University Signs
Superior Holston Athlete

On Thursday, March 19th, Holston Senior Chelsey W. reached the pinnacle for outstanding high school athletes when she signed to play softball for King University in the 2015-16 season.  Family, friends, and coaches gathered at the signing ceremony as head coach Lisa Blackburn recalled some of the highlights of Chelsey’s career.

Chelsey has been a multiple sport athlete at HHS, but softball has always been her favorite sport.  As a first baseman and pitcher, she has led her team both defensively and offensively.  At the plate last season, she batted .317 and hit 2 home runs.  On the diamond, she had a .909 fielding average and pitched a one hitter.  This year promises to be even better as play begins.  The faculty and staff of Holston High School congratulate Chelsey and her coaches on her success and King University for their wise choice in acquiring her as a Lady Tornado.  When asked for a comment, Chelsey stated that, "Signing to play softball at the collegiate Level for King has been a Life Long dream of mine.  Having all my closest friends, family, and coaches near was perfect."  Chelsey's sister, Sophomore - Kendra W. and another teammate, Junior - Noelle M. said that, "It was a great experience getting to be a part of Chelsey's signing."

(Article Contributed by Softball Coach - Lisa Blackburn)

gocavs of the Month

Senior:  Nick W.

  Sophomore:  Morgan K.