HENDERSON – Holt Parrish graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point last May. He is the grandson of Faye and Jerry Parrish of Henderson.

Parrish’s family say he always dreamed of enlisting in the military and despite the obstacles he faced, like injuries, he was still able to accomplish whatever he wanted. He graduated with a 4.0 from Millbrook High School in Raleigh in 2016. While in high school he was a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, JROTC Executive Officer, Football Team, and was a young leader and taught the Sunday school at his church, Asbury United Methodist. He spent his first year at the Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama, studying and training under the West Point AOG Scholarship Program, which he completed with a 4.0 GPA. He received his Congressional nomination from the office of United States House Representative George Holding and also an ROTC nomination and entered West Point in 2017 for the 2021 promotion.

“It is truly a wonderful blessing that he was able to fulfill his dreams. We are extremely proud of him, ”said Jerry Parrish, Holt’s grandfather.

Parrish graduated in the top 20 percent of his class of 1,200 cadets. After graduation, Parrish is now at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for an additional six months of basic officer leadership training, then will report to his first duty station at Fort Campbell Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division. , 3rd Brigade Combat Team.