Holliman attends leadership conference in D.C.

October 19, 2009

John Holliman, a junior at Saint Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29 to Oct. 5.

John was nominated to attend the six-day program through the Student Search Service of the College Board to represent West Virginia and his high school.

John lives near Shepherdstown, W.Va., with his mother, Dianne Holliman.

John is involved in many activities outside of school.

He volunteers on a team for Friends in Action, a group that mentors low-income families. During the summer of 2008, he went to Mexico for three weeks to hone his Spanish skills and work with children in an orphanage in central Mexico. He has participated in many other mission trips with the Shepherdstown Presbyterian youth group, including a trip to an Apache reservation in Arizona and yearly trips to D.C., to help the homeless and the elderly.

During the summer, John worked as an intern for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, assisting Greg Evans in marketing. He has also volunteered as an assistant for the Symphony Saturday Series, sponsored by the MSO Guild.


He sings in the choir at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, as well as in the choir at his high school. He is a member of the Thespian Honor Society and has appeared in several productions, including "Anything Goes," and "Seussical the Musical," with the Goretti Drama Players, and "Grease" with Walker Performing Arts.

He plans to pursue a career involving computers and has started his own small business helping people with their computer problems.

The leadership conference offers participants a better understanding of the workings of the federal government. For more information, go to

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