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Dear Holston High School Community,
I would like to welcome all of you to our Holston High School family. I say family because most of the students that we teach have parents and grandparents who attended this very school. The Holston community is a proud, strong community full of history and tradition. I am honored to be a part of that pride, strength and tradition serving as Principal of Holston High School.
With over 50 years of experience and tradition, our Vision—“enabling each student to achieve their highest academic, social, and physical potential in order to become responsible and productive citizens” guides and inspires our faculty and staff to achieve excellence in teaching and learning.
We appreciate and embrace the opportunity to serve your students. We encourage you to become an active participant in your student’s educational journey! I thank all of you for your continued support and for your commitment to the students that we serve.
Respectfully,Kendra D. Addison Principal Holston High School
Holston High School senior Diana S. was recently awarded the prestigious Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarship. Diana was one of seventeen high school students in Virginia chosen for this scholarship. The $ 1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate ethics through leadership, community service, and overall personal integrity. Diana and her fellow recipients were honored by BBB Serving Western VA at the 15th Annual Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards Dinner held on April 26, 2018, in Roanoke, Virginia.
The BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards are sponsored by area businesses that are eager to acknowledge character, integrity and ethical behavior in future leaders. Sponsoring the Student of Integrity Scholarship is a great opportunity for these companies to join the BBB in celebrating high character ethics and leadership in our area’s youth. The Holston High School community is extremely proud of Diana and wishes her well in her journey after graduation.
The FBLA State Leadership Conference was held in Reston, Virginia, on April 13th & 14th, 2018. Five members of the Holston High School FBLA Club attended the conference with their sponsors, Ms. Rose and Mr. Campbell. Holston High School attendees were senior – Jake C., juniors – Marissa S. & Eric R., and sophomores – Austin F. & Morgan W.
When asked to recap their trip to our nation's capital, Jake C. had the following reflection. “I experienced many new things on my FBLA trip to Washington D.C. We went to the capital and also toured the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I didn't realize how large and interesting these places were. We also attended a professional baseball game. The Washington Nationals stadium was magnificent and our seating was along the first baseline. We went to the Tysons Corner Mall, where I got to experience virtual reality and I also sat in a $120,000 Tesla prototype automobile.” Jake’s FBLA peer, Austin F., felt that the D.C. trip was a fun experience for everyone and that he especially enjoyed touring the city.
Junior Eric R. competed in the Client Service category and finished 3rd in the State of Virginia. He is now qualified for the National Finals in Baltimore on June 29-30. Eric had the following statement to add about his trip to Washington. “My trip to the FBLA state convention is something I'll always remember. Being able to compete against my peers, place top 3 and get to walk across the stage is a feeling that I will never forget. All of the state participants were so nice. FBLA has taught me many new skills that I can take into the real world for my everyday life. Qualifying for nationals has without a doubt been an incredible moment in my life and I'm so glad that I chose to participate.”
This year the Holston High School Class of 2018 had 24 participating scholars with an impressive overall GPA of 3.54. These 24 young men and women have performed and logged over 3,800 hours of service. Many of these scholars have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the required service hours for the program...much like they do in their academic studies, much like they do in their sports teams, much like they do in their churches and community.
This small group’s selflessness has had a tremendous impact on the Damascus community. From doing yard work for the elderly to influencing the youth of Washington County through 4-H, GATE and Little League, this group’s service list is extensive and varied. What is most notable however, is their selfless initiative and leadership. These particular students are responsible for organizing and coordinating efforts that have helped numerous organizations such as Johnston Memorial Hospital, Marsh Blood Foundation, the Damascus Fire Department, the Damascus Library, the Washington County Fair Association, Grace Healthcare, the Creeper Trail Conservancy and the Holston River Soil and Water Conservation District, just to name a few.
Washington County Community Scholars for the Class of 2018 are: Santanna A., Riley B., Jacob C., Leah C., Linsey C., Michael F., Andrew F., Matthew F., Tommy G., Cody H., Bailey L., Hayden L., Santana M., Seth M., Kagan M., Trayton M., Cody P., William P., Emma P., Bethany Q., Allen R., Diana S., Eve W., and Morghan W.
On April 17, 2018, the Holston Business Department sent 13 students to Southwest Virginia Community College for their 47th Annual Business Education Contest. The students were welcomed by SWCC interim VP of Academic & Student Services – Dr. Ron Proffitt. HHS was one of ten area schools participating in an event that saw nearly 150 students from high schools across the region. HHS Student attendees included: Juniors = Shawn M., Jenna G., Cody H., Anna Blake W., Jason J., & Sarah S. and Sophomores = Austin F., Kenzie P., Justin H., Morgan W., Liyah F., Carson B., & Abbey C.
HHS Placed in three of the eight events that they entered. Winners from HHS include:
When asked for comments on their experience for the day, students gave the following statements. Junior Shawn M. said that “Going to SWCC was a great experience, as everything was very interactive, making it a unique visit.” Fellow Junior Cody H. said that he enjoyed the entertainment in the auditorium in between testing times, as a student rapped to the song, “Can’t hold us” by Macklemore. Junior Jenna G. gained some advice through her experience. She learned to “Do what makes you happy, not what makes the most money.” Sophomore Kenzie P. stated that “This was a great experience to meet new people and to test our knowledge in different categories.” The students and advisors would like to thank SWCC for all of their hospitality and dedication to make this event a success.