Holly brought outstanding credentials from McKinley High where she participated in high school track and volleyball. As a sophomore she turned in superlative times in the 100 and 200 meter events while lending a hand to the 4x 400 relay team. Going into her junior year she was considered one the team's top sprinters in addition to the fact that her competitive attitude could have made that a big year for her. She was going to be in line for many district and regional honors. That year she established WVU records in 400 meters, 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 meter relays. She was also named to the all- Eastern team. Returning her senior year it was believed she was going to be one of the Mountaineers’ top performers.