The Crittenden County High School senior has been the place kicker for the football team and played French horn in the school band throughout his high school career. Practices and games often overlap, leaving Hollamon to strike a balance between his two favorite extracurricular activities.
During halftime of the football games he changes into his band uniform to perform and then suits back up and hits the sidelines ready for the second half of the game. Hollamon said the Crittenden County marching band winning third in the region last year is his favorite high school memory.
"The main two things I do in school are football and band...I have to split time between both practices," he said.
Micah Hollamon, son of Greg and Dawn Hollamon, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different MCU Teen of the Week selected from nominees guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois submit to the Sun. Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years. In the spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year is eligible for a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent University or a cash award of $2,500, paid through the Paducah Sun, if the student selects another college to attend.
Hollaman has succeeded by winning awards and setting records in both, including garnering the most valuable special teams player and most outstanding junior awards and placing on the the all-district and quad-state teams in band. Hollamon also holds the school record in most consecutive extra points and most total field goals throughout his sophomore and junior years.
He has held various positions in the student council including — president, vice president and treasurer — served as the secretary and vice president of the school Future Business Leaders of America chapter and participated in statewide and national tournaments with the chess and speech teams. He has served as team captain of the chess team all four years.
In his spare time when he isn't working on homework, Hollamon enjoys reading fiction and doing activities with his church youth group at Marion Church of Christ. He said he also enjoys traveling and has visited Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy.
He was selected to participate in the 2013 Governor's Scholars Program, a residential summer session for qualified rising seniors held from June 16 to July 20 at Morehead State University. Hollamon said he valued the opportunity because it allowed him to broaden his horizons.
Hollamon, who has a 4.1 grade-point average, on the All-A Honor Roll and is ranked first in his class, said his favorite classes are mathematics and Chemistry. His love for education in general and the subject of mathematics began at home, as both of his parents were involved in the teaching profession. His mother is a retired home economics teacher and his father is a semi-retired mathematics teacher.
He is currently applying to colleges but Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., the school his sister attended, and Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville, Tenn, are currently his top choices.
Although busy with academics, athletics and his involvement in student organizations, he also knows the value of hard work. His family lives on-site at the Western Kentucky Youth Camp in Marion. His parents are the caretakers and manage the property upkeep. Hollamon has worked as a lifeguard and grounds keeper during the summers on the site. He said the best part of his family's non-traditional living situation is the ability to meet and bond with camp visitors from surrounding states.
Hollamon said he has mixed feelings about his upcoming graduation but is excited for a new challenge.
"I'm ready to be done but really sad to see everyone go," he said. "But I'm looking forward to getting to know more people and building relationships this year."
Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.