When Justin Holmes isn't playing soccer or lacrosse for Catonsville, the senior is often busy helping people in need far away from home.
Holmes spent a week in Honduras in June 2005 building a dining hall for orphans. This past July, Holmes spent a week in New Orleans, "gutting homes, ripping out all of the dry wall," and otherwise helping displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"This summer, I'm leading my own work trip back to New Orleans with 75 people from Catonsville High - 63 of whom are students and 12 of whom are chaperones," said Holmes, 17, who has a 3.93 grade point average and scored 2,160 on his SAT. "Secular trips like the one I'm leading are pretty rare, especially for high school kids."
Last week, Holmes was informed that he will be one of an elite group of recipients of the Jeffersonian Scholarship to the University of Virginia, which "will pay his full tuition, room and board - everything," said his mother, Faith Holmes.
Said Justin Holmes: "It was a long process - about three months, including an application, interviews with the Maryland regional selection committee, and then some time at the university from March 21 through March 25." He was referring to a period during which he said candidates took a math-logic exam and wrote an essay on the refugee situations in Somalia and Sudan.
McDonogh All-Metro wrestler Shane Milam used a pin, two technical falls, a major decision and two decisions to become Maryland's first-ever Sophomore Nationals champion last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.
In the semifinals, Milam, 16, pinned West Virginia state runner-up Mason Bailey in 5 minutes, 55 seconds. He also defeated five other wrestlers by a combined score of 55-5, including Colorado state runner-up Brandon Montoya, 12-2, in the quarterfinals. Milam beat North Hampton, Pa.'s, Philip Marano, 3-1, in the title bout for his 12th consecutive offseason victory.
Only five other Maryland wrestlers have won national titles, and they were seniors: Archbishop Curley's Gene Curran (1990), Southwestern's Walter Reed (1991), Northeast's Marty Kusick (1995), McDonogh's J.R. Plienis (1996) and Patterson's Deshawn Barrett (2005).
Milam was The Sun's top-ranked 145-pound wrestler all season, going 44-6 with 15 pins. Milam won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools tournaments after being a runner-up in both as a freshman last season, and was fourth at National Prep.
Milam also was a champion at the McDonogh and Mount Mat Madness tournaments after having been second and third, respectively, as a freshman.
A first-ever matchup between 14-time state champion No. 1 Mount Hebron and defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference titlist No. 9 St. Paul's will highlight the 13th annual Maryland High School Lacrosse Showdown. The two girls powers will play at 11 a.m. on Monday at John Hopkins University.
The last Maryland school to defeat Mount Hebron was St. Mary's at the 1998 Lacrosse Showdown.
Facing off in the other girls game, at 1 p.m., will be two-time defending 4A-3A champion No. 4 Dulaney and No. 13 Roland Park. It also is their first meeting.
The first of two boys games begins at 3 p.m. and features Dulaney, winner of five of the past eight 4A-3A state titles, against MIAA A Conference power Loyola. At 5 , Fallston plays Westminster.