No school enjoys a more loyal and proud body of alumni than Holmes High School. The alumni contribute significantly to our city, state and nation. The Covington Education Foundation will honor five outstanding graduates at its annual Hall of Honors celebration on October 9. We will highlight each nominee in the coming days.
DeAris Vontae Hoard, Holmes High School Class of 2009 and commencement speaker for the class of 2018, is being honored as the Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2019.
After graduating from Holmes, Hoard studied at the University of Louisville, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and then earned a Master’s in the same field at Cincinnati’s Xavier University. He has a Doctorate in Criminal Justice from Walden University in Minneapolis.
Hoard works as a police training officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department and also holds a position with the Integrative Behavioral Health Research Institute.
He is an executive board member for Free 2 Hope, Inc., a human trafficking and sex crime victim-support organization, and is an active member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the American Criminal Justice Association, the Southern Criminal Justice Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.