David Holmes: Class of 2014 Valedictorian

Throughout his high school career, Amityville Memorial High School Class of 2014 valedictorian David Holmes has demonstrated excellent leadership and character to go along with his academic prowess.

David has tutored multiple students in Algebra 2/Trigonometry, served as a mentor to seventh-graders, has volunteered to read to young children and chaperone during family evening activities. He has also presented to his classmates about the Historical Black Colleges Tour; helped senior citizens sign up for emergency services; distributed informational flyers, food, clothing and supplies to residents whose homes were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy; and has raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and breast cancer research and awareness.

Since his sophomore year, David has served as AMHS student government treasurer. He plans on studying accounting in college and has taken Honors courses in Algebra 2/Trigonometry, pre-calculus and geometry, among others.  David has also taken five different Advanced Placement courses, is an AP Scholar with Honor having achieved a 3 or higher on four or more AP exams and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. He was inducted into the National Honor Society in April 2012 and has been a member of the World Languages Honor Society for just as long. No stranger to being at the head of the class, David was the salutatorian for the ninth-grade class at Edmund W. Miles Middle School.

Well-rounded throughout, David is also a dedicated athlete, having been a member of both the AMHS spring and winter track squads for three years with All-Academic honors in 2011 for both. He also has a season of JV football under his belt. A talented vocalist, David has served as the lead tenor and overall vocalist of the Church Children’s Choir and sang for his ninth-grade chorus.

“David’s ability to be well-rounded while balancing a most demanding academic load shows a level of dedication and tenacity both in and outside of the classroom,” said his guidance counselor, Jackie Noon. “He is intellectually mature and a wonderful young man who is ready to take on a greater responsibility, and will succeed in college.”

David will attend Florida A&M University, where he plans to major in accounting.