Sophomore Holden Martin maintains a 4.21 grade point average while being involved in many co-curricular activities at Scecina, including Rock Band, Orchestra, track and field and soccer.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.
By Cari Gallagher '93
“Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and suited for all things. We must teach music in schools.” – Martin Luther
Those are fitting words for sophomore Holden Martin, who is passionate about music and its place in schools. Holden believes the music education he began at Guitar Town in Irvington -- and has continued at Scecina Memorial High School -- enhances his ability to achieve his academic goals and to become a well-rounded, lifelong learner. Holden would go on a crusade to make music education globally accessible.
Holden began playing guitar when he was 12. His instructor, Hans Leck, who is something of an Eastside institution, encouraged him to continue his music education at Scecina. He is a two-year member of the Scecina Orchestra, which plays each year at Scecina’ s Sacred Music Concert, winter and spring concerts, where Holden was featured as an accompanist for the Advanced Chorus, and at the Indiana Crossroads Conference Music Festival.
He also showcases his musical abilities as a guitarist for the Scecina Rock Band. A unique program directed by Mr. Donnie Glowinski, the Scecina Rock Band has an intermediate group of underclassmen known as Rock Band 3.0 and an advanced band, Arisan Maru, composed of seniors. Both bands play at numerous events in and around the Indianapolis area. The groups perform the latest hits from today’s top artists, as well as rock and classics made famous by The Eagles and Jet. As a guitarist with Rock Band 3.0, Holden has played at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, The Geist Marathon and the Little Flower and Holy Spirit parish festivals.
Holden also is a student of science. He takes chemistry and physics, along with a challenging schedule of honors and AP classes. Despite the rigorous course load, Holden maintains 4.21 grade point average. He is a two-year recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Award. Holden says that maintaining good grades while participating in athletics and clubs has been his biggest challenge. He knows his effort and dedication to academic success now will prepare him for the transition to college and career. Holden plans to study chemistry at either Ball State University, where both of his parents attended college, or Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
Holden’s achievements extend beyond the classroom. He has found athletic success as a Crusader, earning JV honors for soccer and a varsity letter with the track and field program during his freshman year. He is training for the 2016 track season and will continue to pursue his love of running by joining the cross country team in the fall. For his performance in the classroom and on the field, Holden has been twice honored as a Scecina Scholar Athlete.
Holden is the son of Patti Martin, who works in education, and Kevin Martin, an architect. His older sister Riley graduated from Scecina in 2014. The family attends Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Irvington.
Posted on Wed, March 9, 2016
by Beth Murphy