Principal's Message

KHonaker.jpg 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.


Kendra D. Addison
Holston High School

Latest News

Recently, Holston High School 4-H members volunteered at the Washington and Smyth counties 4-H Reality Store and Career Explore program held on November 20th at the SWVA Higher Education Center.   More than 950 eighth grade students took part in the two-day event.  The 4-H Reality Store and Career Explore program is sponsored by the United Way of Southwest Virginia.  Reality Store is a life-like simulation where students are given a job and a salary.  They are challenged to navigate 19 “LIFE STATIONS” representing monthly expenses a family would face.  They are challenged to live within their means and balance spending on needs and wants.  Students must make decisions about buying cars, groceries, insurance, housing and much more.  The most eye-opening experience is paying taxes on their income to Uncle Sam.  Also, students have the responsibility for getting childcare and the costs of raising children.  Overall this experience taught many valuable life lessons to a variety of students in a fun and unique way. A quote by Freshman Briana B. said, “It was an awesome experience and it will help kids have a new outlook on life.” Jordan L. said about the Reality store, “I had a fun time working with the kids!” Junior leader Ashley J. responded to the question by saying, “The reality store not only taught the kids about the real world but it also taught us teens, we now realize how stressful it actually is to do basic daily jobs, and that is a great experience to have.”


Post Date: Dec 13, 2018

Five talented Holston High School singers landed spots in the Senior 2019 District VII Choir.  They are Jenna G., Sierra G., Deanna A., Jacob B., and Jake S.  They were chosen out of over 400 students who auditioned.  These five will get to attend the choral event in Carroll County on February 8-9, 2019.  Students will rehearse with guest conductors on Friday and Saturday, and present a concert for the public on Saturday.  Congratulations to these hard-working students!


Post Date: Nov 30, 2018

Five students from Holston High School competed with many other students from Southwest Virginia High Schools at the Sigma Zeta Math & Science Contest.  The contest was a daylong event held at the University of Virginia at Wise.  Members of the math team were Rylee T., Marissa S. and Anna Blake W.  Marissa S. also competed on the science team with Sarah S. and Deanna A.  Both teams were awarded first place in their division.  Other schools from Washington County also did well, Abingdon High School and Patrick Henry High School had individual winners and the Abingdon teams won in their division.  The first place individual winners in each division were offered scholarships to UVa. Wise.

The contest included tours of the physics and chemistry labs and demonstrations performed by UVa. Wise science faculty and students.  The students were very impressed by the modern lab facilities and the sophisticated lab equipment.  The equipment and labs are used by faculty and students for research into all areas of science including cancer research.  The students were able to get a sample of what the University has to offer as they toured the campus and were treated to a great lunch.  They were also invited back to visit the observatory which is off campus but nearby.


Post Date: Nov 15, 2018

On Monday, November 5, our FFA members traveled to Strasburg, VA for the Virginia FFA Soils and Land Evaluation. Students were given opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of Soil Type identification, slope calculations, and Land Use Classifications based on the site characteristics. 11 Holston FFA Members competed on three teams. The Senior Division Team A placed 3rd in the event out of 11 teams.  Baylee T. was ranked 5th individually.  The following is a breakdown of the members that participated on each team:

Senior Division Team A:
Sam A.
Stacy D.
Baylee T.
Hunter T. 
Senior Division Team B:  These students competed as a 4-H team and placed 2nd in the state as a 4-H team
Nick D.
Katie L.
Grayson S.
Junior Division (7-9th Grade):
Madison B.
Emily G.
Noah S.
Chlowe T.
The students worked hard and had a great trip.  Please join us in congratulating them for their success.
Post Date: Nov 15, 2018

On Tuesday, October 30, the FFA Soils Teams competed in the Appalachian Area FFA Soils Judging Competition.  Our senior team placed 1st overall and our junior team of just 9th graders placed 2nd overall.  Baylee T. was the high individual overall and Madison B. was the high individual for our junior team.  The teams will compete on November 6 in Strasburg, Virginia, at the state competition.




Post Date: Nov 15, 2018


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