Upper Valley Career Center News Article

Alaura Holycross - Student and Athlete Signs with Tiffin

Alaura Holycross | Upper Valley Career Center

Alaura Holycross

While attending school daily at the Upper Valley Career Center, Alaura has remained an active member of her basketball and track & field teams at Troy High School. She says that being an athlete helps her maintain connections with friends and her home school.

In her second year at the Career Center, Alaura loves the hands-on education style and the real-life scenarios that are a standard in her classes. She says that her teachers help her focus on setting goals and making plans for the future. She tells how attending the Career Center has changed her life and she is so glad that she made the decision to attend the school.

An Athlete

Mr. Aaron Johnson, second year head coach of the Troy girls varsity basketball, is also a math instructor at the Career Center. He has this to say about his student athlete, “Alaura is a determined, hard-working, tenacious competitor. Standing 5'5" tall, she was third in the GWOC in rebounding, averaging 9 rebounds per game. She is a four-year letter winner, co-captain of the varsity team, and the heart and soul of a team that had its first winning season in 5 years.

Basketball Accolades:

  • 1st team GWOC American Division
  • District 9 All Star Team
  • Winner of the Trojan Award (MVP)
  • Ohio Southwest District All Star Team, Honorable Mention

A Student

As a student in the Exercise Science program at the Career Center, Alaura says understanding how the body works while training has been a big advantage for her as an athlete. Her career tech education has also helped her realize her dream job, which is to be a police officer. She says that what she has learned will translate well into her chosen profession

Mrs. Megan Geise is the Exercise Science instructor and says, “Alaura is the epitome of a great leader. She has skills beyond her age that resonate to her peers and classmates. Alaura will help out whenever needed, and goes above and beyond in order to make sure people are taken care of. She has a heart of gold that makes everyone feel welcome. As an athlete she works as hard as anyone. The amount of effort she puts in the weight room is a direct response to how well she does in her athletics. I hold her in the highest regard and will truly miss her in my class room.”

Looking to the Future

Alaura has signed with Tiffin University as a track & field athlete to compete in the shot put, and hopefully the hammer throw. She plans to major in Criminal Justice and Social Science with the hopes of being a police officer.  Her mom, Sonia Holycross, is excited for Alaura’s future and said that, “it took a village” to get her to this point and thanked the teachers and coaches for going above and beyond for her daughter.


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