On June 1st, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Bullis will hold their 2015 Commencement Ceremony at the Strathmore in Rockville, Maryland. This year’s featured commencement speaker will be Ms. April L. Holmes.
Holmes was often reminded of her three goals and decided by whatever means necessary she would accomplish all three of them. By the next year, her track and field career exploded. Not long after she began in 2002, she had accomplished almost all of her goals. Holmes has broken IPC World Records fourteen times and American Records eighteen times in the 100, 200, 400 meters and the long jump. Holmes won her first Paralympic gold medal in 2008 at the Beijing Games. To finally achieve all her goals, Holmes got the opportunity to wear the USA track and field uniform at the 2012 Paralympics in London and she was awarded with a bronze medal in front of a sold-out arena for the 100 meters.
To say the least, Holmes is a soldier and she shows people that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Off the track, Holmes runs the April Holmes Inc. This incorporation is a non-profit organization that helps people with physical and learning disabilities by providing scholarships and medical equipment. Holmes also completed her MBA in Marketing which she uses to improve the awareness of people with disabilities. Recently, April L. Holmes was named by the International Paralympic Committee’s “ Top 10 Women in Paralympic Sports, a US Paralympic, and a US Anti-Doping Ambassador”. Holmes also assisted First Lady Michelle Obama on the “Let’s Move” Campaign.
Lastly, Holmes has recently co-authored her first book with Brian Tracy entitled, “ The Winning Way” . Her second book , “Stop Limping Thru Life, Start Running” will be on the bookshelves soon.
April’s story is a testament to how much one can accomplish, and she enjoys opportunities to share her life and her accomplishments with others. She has engaged audiences with messages of motivation, diversity, leadership and even marketing. The Bullis Community is very excited to host her at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony.