If you asked Holman Torno what he feels his greatest accomplishment to date is, he’d tell you that it is a tie between two remarkable honors that few men achieve.
“My greatest accomplishment is a tie between earning my Eagle Scout and getting into my dream school, the Naval Academy,” Holman said.
In the fall, Holman will head to the United States Naval Academy to study aerospace engineering. In a decade, Holman hopes to be flying planes for the U.S. Navy.
These huge accomplishments sit on a list of many that were achieved in Holman’s four years at Serra.
Holman played football and lacrosse all four years. He was the captain of the lacrosse team senior year. He also played soccer as a freshman and joined the wrestling team sophomore year through senior year.
Holman was also involved in the Robotics Club for four years, culminating in him being the president of the club senior year. He did Mock Trial freshman and sophomore year and was part of the Men’s Chorus as sophomore and junior. He was in the BBQ Club freshman and sophomore year.
During freshman year, Holman went on the Nicaragua Immersion Trip and Kairos 24 during his junior year.
Holman was also involved in student government, and sat on class council for freshman sophomore year and Executive Council junior and senior year. He attended Close Up junior year.
A member of the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society, Holman prides himself on also making the I made the Principal's List all four years at Serra.
Holman holds Serra dear to his heart, and attributes his high school experience to helping shape him into the man he is today.
“Serra taught me to stand up for what I believe in even when the odds are against you,” he said.
His favorite memory at Serra is also a tie.
“It is either Parker McDonald shooting a buzzer beater three to win the Jungle Game my freshman year or when Tom Brady Facetimed the team before playing at Levi's Stadium.”
A tradition Holman hopes will always remain at Serra is, “I would then have to say when we say "Home of the Padres" during the National Anthem.”
To his family, Holman said, “Thank you guys for supporting me in everything I chose to do, even when you disagreed with me; and pushing me to be the best version of myself.”
Serra is so proud of all you have done as a Padre and we are excited to see all that you will accomplish in your bright future, Holman!