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Holmes High School to add four outstanding alumni to its Hall of Distinction at Friday’s graduation

Four outstanding Holmes High School alumni will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Distinction during graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 3.

The inductees are Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey, a 1981 graduate of Holmes who now serves as Superintendent of the Kenton County School District; Todd Duesing, Class of 1996, General Manager of the Aronoff Center for the Arts; Dr. J. Michael Farrell, Class of 1967, journalism professor at the University of Kentucky; and, Charles T. Moore, Class of 1970, Chief District Judge of Boone and Gallatin Counties.

The  Hall of Distinction honors graduates and friends of Covington Schools for their achievements and contributions to society.

It was founded to recognize the history of Holmes and its continuing impact on the community.

“It is an honor to recognize these individuals who graduated from Holmes and are doing outstanding work in our community,’’ said Alvin Garrison, superintendent of Covington Independent Public Schools.

“Holmes High School has many distinguished alumni who have used their education and work experiences to make significant contributions to society.”

The induction ceremony coincides with the Holmes commencement exercises. A reception will be held for the inductees at 5 p.m. in the Hartman Resource Room in the Holmes Fieldhouse.   

The inductees:

Dr. Cox-Cruey

Dr. Cox-Cruey

Dr. Cox-Cruey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Kentucky.  She has worked as a special education teacher, Director of Special Education and General Director of Alternative Programs for Covington Schools. She has been the liaison for the Children’s Home of Northern KY and served on many boards to advocate for students. She is currently Superintendent of the Kenton County School District.

Todd Duesing

Todd Duesing

Duesing earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree  in Communications from Northern Kentucky University. He serves as the General Manager of the Aronoff Center for the Arts and led the campaign to bring the 2012 World Choir Games to Cincinnati. He has received awards including NKU Young Alumni Award, Forty Under 40 from Cincinnati Business Courier, National Generation Next Award from Venue Magazine, and a finalist for the Next Generation Leader Award from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Michael Farrell

Dr. Michael Farrell

Dr. Farrell  is a distinguished journalist and educator. He became a well-celebrated editor of The Kentucky Post and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky where he is now a tenured full professor in the School of Journalism and Media. He also serves as director of the UK Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. He is a co-founder of NKyTribune.com, an online newspaper. He serves as editor of special projects and is a frequent contributor and commentator on First Amendment issues.

Judge Charles Moore

Judge Charles Moore

Judge Moore  earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University, his Master’s Degree from Xavier University, and his Law Degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He has served as a sole practitioner, public defender, domestic relations commissioner, and special trial commissioner. He was named Boone County Businessman of the Year in 1988. He was elected to the  District Court Bench in 1990, and now serves as Chief District Court Judge for the 54th  Judicial District serving Boone and Gallatin counties.

Here is a link to the Holmes High School web site that provides a listing of all Hall of Distinction inductees.

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  1. nancy simms sanchez says:

    would love to see a list of all the Hall of Fame members from Holmes High School thank you

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