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

From April 5th to April 7th, Holston High School junior Jenna G. attended the 2018 Virginia All-State Chorus event.  She was selected in February along with a few other District VII students to attend the prestigious event.  The proceeding was held in Richmond.  In preparation, she and the other chosen students took part in two and a half days of rehearsals with renowned guest conductors.  The culminating event was a concert on Saturday for the public, held in the beautiful Dominion Center for the Performing Arts.  It was a wonderful opportunity for students to sing in a very large choir that consisted of top high school talent from across the state.  Jenna said she especially appreciated getting to work with her choir’s guest conductor.

Holston High School’s faculty and staff congratulate Jenna on her selection and on her performance.  Her teacher, Mrs. Sue Spirup, also appreciates Jenna’s leadership and help with choral events.

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Post Date: Jul 9, 2018

Months of hard work came to a conclusion when Holston High School students put on their Spring Musical on March 23rd and 24th. Holston’s Chorus students began planning before the Christmas break and started practicing shortly after they returned in the second semester. 

Their hard work bore fruit which was manifest in the performance of Mary Poppins. The students discovered that the stage play is quite different from the Disney movie in many ways. There are songs in this version that are not in the movie, including the inspiring Anything Can Happen, and the poignant Being Mrs. Banks. The favorites are still in the stage version however, such as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Jolly Holiday. Lead students in the play included Lauren W. as Mary Poppins, Jake S. as Bert, Jacob B. as Mr. Banks, Jenna G. as Mrs. Banks, Jessica L. as Miss Andrew, and Hanna D. as Mrs. Brill and the Bird Woman. Two students from Rhea Valley Elementary played lead roles as the Banks children – Zyleigh H. and Maryn M. For Lauren, the musical was the culminating event for her years of work with the Chorus.

The play came together beautifully, and audience members as well as staff agreed that all of the students performed exceptionally well in their roles. The Choral Department is appreciative of the donations of clothing and items used for props that were donated by the faculty and community members. Holston High School is very proud of these students for their talent, their dedication, and their incredible work ethic.

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Post Date: Jun 21, 2018

Pride A. has grown up farming.  He is among the last of the students in Washington County to have worked in the region’s once-abundant tobacco fields.  He has developed an aptitude for his chosen profession.  He has received numerous awards for his prowess and has recently been recognized by the Bristol Herald-Courier, which ran a feature article about him.

Pride, who served as a Future Farmers of America officer during his time at HHS, finished first in the state Tractor Driving Competition that was held in Harrisonburg, Virginia this Spring.  He will contend for national award in Springfield, Massachusetts in September.  He enhanced the skills he puts to use on his family’s farm by taking welding at the Washington County Career and Technical Center.  He uses his welding know-how to repair equipment.  His Agriculture and Horticulture teachers, Sarah Scyphers and Lawrence Cox, have come to rely on his leadership in their FFA organization and they have counted on him to mentor younger students.  He is the epitome of a young man with a positive attitude and a tremendous work ethic.

Holston congratulates Pride and wishes him well as he pursues his career.

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Post Date: Jun 19, 2018

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.


Post Date: May 10, 2018

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.”

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Post Date: Apr 25, 2018


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