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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
Twenty-five motivated Washington County students sat for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test on Friday, February 9th. This marks the sixteenth consecutive year that the CTE Center has offered the ASVAB to all the county’s 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Students who are considering a possible career in America’s armed forces sat for the exam.
Washington County and the nation owes a special tip of the cap to these students, who gave up a Friday afternoon to travel to the CTE Center for the test. Whether or not they eventually join the military, they have shown a special kind of patriotism by contemplating a tour of service for their country. We appreciate them!
In a rare juxtaposition, two of Holston High School's greatest runners of all time are racing their way to school records. Jordan K. and Ryland H. have gotten the attention of their coaches, their teammates, and---mostly---their competitors. Both of these scholar athletes were teammates on this year's successful 2017 Cross Country Team and will join forces again this spring on the HHS Outdoor Track Team.
During the season, Jordan set and then broke the record for boys' individual time. He broke the 16 minute mark at a meet at Sugar Hollow, setting a new HHS course record. He finished the season as the individual Hogoheegee boys' champion and went on to place 3rd in the state. He also led the boys' Holston XC team as they made their first trip to the state finals as a group in over twenty-five years. Ryland won individual meets at the Tazewell and Council Courses. She moved on to star on the Indoor Track Team this winter. At a recent meet at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, she set a new school girls' record for the long jump (16 ft., 7 in.). Last year she also set a new girls' milestone for the 300 meter hurdles, turning in a time of 50:58. In addition, she led the Holston Relay Team to a win at the state track finals in Manassas last spring.
It is unusual that these two superior runners would both be attending Holston at the same time. The HHS community is proud while the competition is fearful. Given the raw talent of the pair, more coveted landmarks are destined to fall.
Social Studies Teacher Julie Matlock was recently selected as the 2017-18 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Washington County. The recognition was well deserved as she has worked tirelessly to serve the needs of her students. Julie came to the teaching profession after trying her hand as a paralegal. She began at HHS in the spring of 2014 as a long-term substitute and SOL tutor. Her dedication was immediately evident and she was chosen as a full-time teacher for the 2014-15 school year.
Julie’s teaching practices embody the county’s dictum that “Failure is not an option.” She makes frequent contact with the parents of students who are struggling or have fallen behind. She remains in her classroom up to three evenings a week offering tutoring and make-up opportunities. She often tutors during her lunch and planning period as well. She keeps a positive attitude and conducts student centered classes. Typically, her classes begin with a recap of the previous day’s lesson. She then uses visual media to help introduce the current topic. Finally, she has students participate in a practical exercise that helps them understand the lesson’s concept.
Julie received her BA in History from UVA Wise. She moved on to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her Masters in History. She entered teaching through the “Career Switcher” program. Her husband Jason serves as a principal in the Bristol, Virginia Public Schools. They are the parents of two sons, ages 5 and 2.
Holston’s faculty and staff congratulate Julie on her award and appreciate her dedication to the students.