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

Two of Holston’s students were selected to attend the 2016 All-VA Chorus.  Jamie A. and Ashelyn W. auditioned on February 20th, at the Sr. All-District Chorus event, and were picked to be part of this prestigious choir.  Both students have been very busy musically this year.  They both were selected and attended the All-County event in October held at Holston HS, and the All-District event held this last weekend at George Wythe HS in Wythe Co.  The All State Chorus will be held in Virginia Beach on April 28th through 30th.  The culminating event will be a concert on Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 PM.

Both Ashelyn and Jamie are seniors this year, and they have been part of Holston’s band and choir all through middle school and high school.  Ashelyn will be attending Emory and Henry College next year.  She has received a scholarship, and plans to go into music education.  Jamie plans to attend VHCC, and then transfer to ETSU.  He would like to go into some aspect of the entertainment industry, probably either in music or film.  Holston High would like to congratulate these two talented students, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.


Post Date: Mar 22, 2016

The Holston FFA chapter in Damascus, Virginia has been awarded $2,500 as part of the FFA: Food For All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.

The Holston FFA plans to help fight hunger by building six raised beds to start a community garden. Students in the Horticulture classes at Holston High School will be constructing the raised beds and the surrounding landscape. Students will be cultivating vegetables crops where all of the food harvested will be donated to the soup kitchen at Feeding America Southwest Virginia located in Abingdon, Virginia. One goal of this project is to help FFA members learn the importance of community service and the value of helping those in need. Every student that participates in the after school portion of this project will be able to count the hours towards the community service requirement of the Washington County Community Scholars and FFA degree programs.

The FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Donaldson Foundation, Elanco, Land O’Lakes, Nationwide Foundation, Nutra Blend, Sealed Air, Tractor Supply Company and Tyson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program provided nearly $360,000 to FFA chapters in 40 states and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the FFA: Food For All grant program is part of the National FFA Organization’s Hunger Home platform. More information about the program can be found at


Post Date: Feb 8, 2016

The Johnston Memorial Hospital Bloodmobile made its annual visit to Holston High School on Monday, February 1, 2016.  HHS responded with an outpouring of support for the bus and its mission.  A bevy of student volunteers assisted the specialists on board the bus by escorting students to the donation area when their appointment time came.  Over 30 people signed up to donate and nearly all of them were ultimately eligible to do so.

Faculty and parents were among those who gave blood.  HHS students heralded the success of the drive.  Student Miranda H. said:  “”Knowing my donation may help save three lives is really encouraging.”  Student Mekenzie C. added:  “It’s rewarding for students at Holston to know they are really helping out in our area.” 

The professional staff on board reviewed permission slips for completeness, asked qualifying questions, did blood pressure checks, and provided donors with light snacks and drinks.  Teacher Sammy Campbell, who volunteers with local emergency services, coordinated the event.

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Post Date: Feb 8, 2016

Brent Mossholder, a veteran Special Education/ Resource teacher, has been selected as Holston High School’s Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Mossholder began teaching in 2008 after having spent the first few years after college working in the retail field.  He began teaching at Abingdon High School in 2008 and came to Holston in 2011.  For the past two years he has served as department head.

A natural athlete, he was signed to play basketball by Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama before moving on to Auburn University to complete his undergraduate career.  He is a member of the varsity basketball coaching staff at HHS.  He is respected for his demeanor and patience, as well as his interest in the students he serves and coaches.

His wife, Rhonda, is also a teacher in Washington County Schools.  He has two sons, one who is attending the University of Virginia and the other a freshman at Holston.  The faculty and staff salute Mr. Mossholder for his selection and his years of service to the students.

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Post Date: Feb 2, 2016

The King University Men's Vocal Ensemble visited Holston High School on January 14th.  The group of talented singers performed several American standard pop songs without instrumental accompaniment.  HHS Chorus Director Sue Spirup invited the performers to come showcase their talent for her students and the entire student body.  The ensemble sang classic standards popularized by The Manhattan Transfer and Nat King Cole.  Each member commanded a wide range of vocal tones.  The depth of their talent was evident. 

King Choral Director Shae Clay has worked closely with the HHS Chorus in the past, making guest appearances and serving as a judge in competitions.  She and Mrs. Spirup have formed a working partnership that definitely benefits the singers at Holston High School.  The visit by the men’s ensemble was well received and the faculty and students appreciated the program.

Post Date: Feb 2, 2016


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