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Holmes High shining ‘HESPY’ spotlight on students, teams excelling in academics, athletics, service

Holmes High School is rolling out the red carpet to shine a spotlight on students and teams who excel in academics, athletics and service.  

The school is hosting its first HESPY Awards at 6 p.m., May 16, in the Jack Moreland Auditorium on the Holmes Campus.

The awards banquet is a spinoff of ESPN’s Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, better known as the ESPYs. The Bulldogs added an H to include Holmes, thus, the HESPY awards.  

“We want to recognize the good things that all of our sports programs are doing, as well as honor our students who excel in the classroom, in sports and who give back to their community,” 
said Jon Hopkins, Holmes counselor and track coach, who is one of the organizers of the event. “Typically, we have separate banquets for each athletic team. Our goal is to bring together the school and community to create an atmosphere that spotlights all the great things that our student-athletes are doing.”  

Anthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengal great and Pro Football Hall of Famer, will be the keynote speaker. 

The evening will be filled with fun and surprises as students and teams will receive awards from an array of categories, including the ”Heart of the Bulldog Award,” which will be presented to an individual who inspires others, the “Milestone Performance,” for an athlete with a remarkable career and “Against All Odds,” for an athlete who persevered through injury or uncommon odds in their life. 

In addition, athletics with a GPA of 3.5 and higher will be recognized as well as the team with the highest GPA. 

All students were nominated by coaches. 

Bulldog Alumni will present the awards. Formal attire is required for all student-athletes.

The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 5:30 p.m. with the red carpet photos. 

The awards ceremony follows at 6:30 p.m.  

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