Holmes High School's Class of 2021 graduated on Friday, June 4 in a beautiful ceremony in Tom Ellis Stadium. The 151 graduates earned 250 college credits and numerous scholarships to help them in the next chapter of their lives. Kyndall Miller was the valedictorian and Chrystie Cadet was the salutatorian. The graduation ceremony can be viewed by clicking here.
The following seniors received awards and scholarships on Senior Honor Night:
Departmental & Career Awards
The outstanding student for each course is determined by grades, attendance, effort and attitude.
English – Kyndall Miller
Math – Mikayla Moore
Science – Kyndall Miller
Social Studies – Aaliyah Spencer
Spanish - Edith Perez Tomas
Merit of Outstanding Effort – Britaney McMullin
English Language Learners – Kibler Tomas Chun
Welding – Brandon Smith Jr.
ROTC – Jordan Lukat
Health Science – Leily Aguilar De Leon
Media Arts – Brooklynne Scott
Construction – Jesse Milligan
Business & Marketing – Amir Rice
PLTW/Biomedical – Billy Patrick Jr.
Music – Jordan Lukat
Art – Madison Mount
"A" Honor Roll
These talented and hard-working students earned all A’s for Term 1 thru Term 3.
"A/B" Honor Roll
These talented and hard-working students earned all A’s and B’s for Term 1 thru Term 3.
Jala Abdullah Commodore
Leily Aguilar De Leon
Holmes High School is listed on the National Historic Register as the oldest co-educational high school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Holmes has a long list of distinguished graduates and long-standing support from the community. As evidence of this support, our students are awarded scholarships of varying amounts from individuals and organizations in the community. The following scholarships honor the donors as well as the recipients.
Adams Law PLLC
The Law Firm of Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing funds this scholarship to help a Holmes High School student who is interested in attending an institution of higher education. They value education as a vital foundation for creating and fulfilling, advantageous careers and are proud and are excited to help students achieve their goals of furthering their education. Clinton Harvey Gardiner A member of Holmes class of 1931, Dr. Gardiner established a scholarship to be presented to a member of the National Honor Society whose grades and extra-curricular activities demonstrate broad intellectual capabilities, strong leadership potential, and a sincere interest in school and community involvement. The scholarship is awarded to Aaliyah Spencer.
Chuck & Julie Geisen Scheper
Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper are committed supporters of Holmes High School. They have created this scholarship for a student who possesses the skills for success. The recipient is selected by teacher and staff recommendation. The scholarship is awarded to Isaiah Phillips and Kyndall Miller.
Clinton Harvey Gardiner
A member of Holmes class of 1931, Dr. Gardiner established a scholarship to be presented to a member of the National Honor Society whose grades and extra-curricular activities demonstrate broad intellectual capabilities, strong leadership potential, and a sincere interest in school and community involvement. The scholarship is awarded to Aaliyah Spencer.
Covington Education Association
The Covington Education Association is a professional organization for the teachers of Covington. Each year some of the dues money is used to provide this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to Daniel Delehanty.
Covington Education Foundation
Scholarships for a graduating senior attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis who demonstrates financial need and shows the potential for success in college. This scholarship is renewable if the rising college student maintains full-time enrollment in an accredited 2-4 year college or university, passes all courses and maintains a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship is awarded to Heather Richardson.
Covington Education Foundation
Scholarships for a graduating senior attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis who demonstrates financial need and shows potential for success in college. The scholarship is awarded to Kaylee McManama.
Covington Professional Firefighters – Local 38
Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38 is one of the area’s oldest professional organizations of firefighters and is awarding these scholarships to Holmes students who will be attending post-secondary institutions and who have financial need. The scholarship is awarded to Charles Govan, Meleah Mains and Daniel Delehanty.
Don Conrad is a 1946 graduate of Holmes. After returning home from the Navy, Mr. Conrad began work at Cincinnati Bell. He started a gas station at 11th & Scott St. in 1955 and opened a second station in 1958. Today he is chairman and CEO of Waco Oil, the largest Shell Oil dealer in the United States. He hopes through these renewable scholarships to encourage other Holmes graduates to succeed. The scholarship is awarded to Leily Aguilar De Leon and Aaliyah Spencer.
Harry & Sarah Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell began as a math teacher in 1937. He was a Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent of our district. He retired in 1969. Mrs. Mitchell taught science at Holmes from 1944 to 1969. The Mitchells provided for this scholarship in their will. The winner must be of good moral character and display good citizenship as well as have a 3.0 in math or science. The scholarship is awarded to Makiah Green and Madison Mount.
Herb & Chris Tudor
Herb and Chris Tudor were a vital part of Covington Schools for many years. Mr. Tudor began as a social studies teacher in 1936, he was an elementary principal and assistant principal of the junior high and principal of Holmes High School. Mrs. Tudor began teaching English at Holmes in 1944. Mr. and Mrs. Tudor retired in 1964. In Mr. Tudor’s will, he provided a scholarship to a senior in the top 15% of the class who has shown outstanding scholarship, attendance, citizenship and leadership in school, church and community. The scholarship is awarded to Reghan Nelson.
Former Superintendent, Mr. Jack Moreland, created a scholarship to assist a Holmes student to further their education in Kentucky. The recipient must major in an educational field or chemistry. The scholarship is awarded to Mikayla Moore.
DeWitt Monroe Baulch
This science scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA and is exceptional in math and science. The student must plan to pursue a career in Health Sciences or Physical Science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology or geology). The scholarship is awarded to Madison Mount.
Fred Waddell Pathway to UK
This renewable scholarship focuses on supporting students who want to use the college experience to expand their horizons and find ways to make a difference in the world. The scholarship is awarded to Gavirel Null.
These renewable scholarships honor the Mumm family - Holmes graduates William, Thelma, Ruth, and David, who also served as a Holmes teacher and baseball coach. The scholarships are designed for students who want to attend college on a full-time basis but who otherwise could not afford it. Academic achievement may be considered in the final selection process. The scholarship is awarded to Daisy Grooms and Johnathan Meyer.
Linda Lee Waddell
This renewable scholarship is focused on young women students who see the college experience as an opportunity to achieve goals that will help others who have lacked the opportunity or resources that they themselves have experienced while in school. The scholarship is awarded to Kayli Rice.
Shelly Duncan Memorial
This scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits the kindness that Mrs. Duncan was known for. This scholarship is awarded to a student that has a financial need. The student is nominated by staff. The scholarship is awarded to Aaliyah Spencer.
The student awarded this scholarship has demonstrated strong moral character, service to others, and leadership potential. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. It is intended to support a student who will attend an accredited university or college to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math. The scholarship is awarded to Amir Rice.
Virginia Chapman loved the children of Covington. She was a member of the school board beginning in 1959 and Chairman from 1963 to 1992. This scholarship is awarded to the student who best exemplifies Mrs. Chapman’s spirit of community service and love of Holmes High School. The scholarship is awarded to Jordan Lukat.
Jim Vogt, former Covington School Board Member, and family created this scholarship for a Holmes graduate who will attend an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis outside the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area. The scholarship is awarded to Destiny DeMoss.
National Honor Society
To become a member of the National Honor Society, a student must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. The students must be deemed of good character by the faculty, show potential for leadership, and exhibit a willingness to be involved in community service. They can be inducted as early as their sophomore year and maintain their membership as long as they are meeting the standards of scholarship, leadership, character and service.
Spanish National Honor Society
To become a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, a student must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA in Spanish. The students must be deemed of good character by the faculty, show potential for leadership, and exhibit a willingness to be involved in community service. They can be inducted as early as their sophomore year and maintain their membership as long as they are meeting the standards of scholarship, leadership, character and service.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a globally recognized course of study. To be eligible for the IB Diploma, students must complete a series of at least six college-level courses throughout their junior and senior years. Additionally, students must complete 150 hours of creativity, action, and service outside of school. Through this combination of extracurricular and academic involvement, students are well-prepared to become engaged, knowledgeable, and reflective citizens of the world.
The United States Marine Corps recognizes students for completion of a Junior ROTC program for three and four years. The following students are receiving a certificate of completion of the program. Students completing all four years of JROTC also receive a graduation cord.
Honor Graduates Beginning with the Class of 2015, students with a GPA of 3.5 and above are recognized as honor graduates.
Magna Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA of 3.7 to 3.899
Edith Perez Tomas
Summa Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA of 3.9 and above
Jala Abdullah Commodore
Leily Aguilar De Leon
Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.699
This cup signifies the student with the second-highest weighted GPA in the senior class.
This cup signifies the student with the highest weighted GPA in the senior class.
Holmes Castle Award
The original Holmes Castle award was given by the Holmes Department Store. The Covington Board of Education bought the “castle” and land from the Holmes family in 1915 so it could build the school building. The “castle” remained until 1936 and was used for a dining hall. It stood where the administration building now stands. This award began with the generosity of Elsa Heisel Sule in memory of C.N. Heisel, M.D.