2018-2019 Inductions

Shawn Armstead

Saying Shawn Armstead was a standout athlete is an understatement.  Shawn graduated from Gloucester High School in 1998 and then attended Hargrave Military Academy. While at GHS, he earned two varsity letters in Track & Field, two in Boys Basketball, and four in Football. Football is where his athletic ability shined. Shawn was named to the 2nd team All-Peninsula District as a sophomore, and 1st team All Peninsula District defense his junior and senior years. He was also named to the Daily Press Football All Stars in the fall of 1997. Besides athletics, he was a member of GHS’s first Academy of Finance Class and sang in the Gospel Choir. While at Hargrave he started all games and helped the team to a 10-0 record in 1998. After Hargrave, he signed to play football at Division I Kent State University. As a freshman, he started several games, but from sophomore through senior years he started on defense for all games. He also received Academic Honors twice. Shawn says of his life now: “I strive to give as much of the game and life to any good kid that is willing to listen in hopes that my impact will help guide their lives”.


Hannah Varnell

Hannah Varnell is graduate of the Gloucester High School class of 2009. While at GHS she was part of the historically strong Track & Field and Cross Country teams. Hannah was the Girls Cross Country Peninsula District Champion in 2007 and made the 1st Team All Region Cross Country teams in 2006 & 2007. She was an All-State selection in 2008 and Daily Press Player of the year in 2008 & 2009. Some records at GHS that Hannah still holds are in the 5K, a time of 18:19 set in 2008; she holds the top four fastest times. In Indoor Track & Field for the 1000m & 1600m she holds the top 12 fastest times in each. Outdoor T&F for the 800m run she set a record of 2:14.94 in 2009 and she holds the top 18 fastest times. Hannah also still holds the top 3 fastest times in the 1500m run. While at GHS Hannah was more than an athlete. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, volunteered with Operation Smile, and organizer of a Mr. GHS pageant. She also received the Virginia Department of Education Spirit of the Commonwealth Award.  Outside of running, Hannah was also part of the Girl’s Soccer program, and was the top scorer in 2006, even scoring a “hat trick”. After graduation Hannah attended Stanford University where she was a Division I Cross Country and Track & Field stand out. Some of her accomplishments include 2-time All Pac-12 Academic Honors and being part of the Pac-12 Conference Cross Country Championship. Hannah is currently working on being a doctor of Veterinary Medicine @ NC State.


Ed Holstrom

Coach Ed Holstrom has had an outstanding basketball-coaching career that spanned 30 years, over half of which was spent at Gloucester High School. Coach Holstrom started as an assistant with Boys Basketball from 1973-1974, after which he moved up to Head Coach. He stayed at the position from 1975-1986. During that time he coached a very successful team. Among their accomplishments was the York River District Championship in 1980 and this team also went 10-0 that season against district opponents. Coach Holstrom has coached many standout players, including GHS Hall of Fame past inductees Guy Crittenden and Michael Evans. Coach Holstrom as a graduate of Benedictine High School and played on two state championship teams. He earned degrees from VCU and William & Mary. While at GHS he taught History and then was a Guidance Counselor. After leaving GHS Coach continued his successful career at Franklin County, Atlee and CD Hylton. In total, Coach Holstrom has dedicated 44 years to public education in Virginia.


L.T. Wells

Mr. LT Wells has been a major contributor to many aspects of Gloucester High School and Gloucester County since moving here 56 years ago. Mr. Wells was a charter member of the civil group Gloucester Jaycees and received the Outstanding Jaycee Award in 1967 and Distinguished Service Award in 1969. He was also a member of the Abingdon Rescue Squad. As a member of the Abingdon Ruritan Club for 45 years, he received the Man of the Year Award four times. In 1996 he volunteered along with John Compton to transport the “Electric Duke” to Arizona and Florida for competitions for the GHS Auto-mechanics electric vehicle team. In 1999 fellow inductee Mr. John Baxter & LT Wells took a chance on a developing GHS Crew program. Because of their dedication, time, and investments the team was able to buy their first shells for the rowing program, which soon after became a VHSL sport at GHS. In the spring of 2012 the Gloucester Rowing Association named a four-man shell after Mr. Wells. Mr. Wells and his wife Rachel also spent time as volunteers with the GHS Band Boosters and ran the concession stand for three years. Mr. Wells says, “I will always remember our time volunteering at GHS." His commitment to service and the entire Gloucester community does not go unnoticed and these groups continue to thrive today.



John & Laura Baxter

The Baxter’s had been an instrumental part of the now well established Gloucester High School Crew program and Gloucester Rowing Association.  Mr. Baxter has been an advocate for the Gloucester Community for 33 years.  He owns and runs Baxter Insurance Group with Nationwide. He has been a recipient of the Champion Award, Presidents Conference Award, and part of the Nationwide Life Council. Over the years the Baxter’s have been very involved with groups such as The Brain Injury Association, Hurricane Relief Efforts, and the Coleman Bridge Project. These are just part of the numerous ways they continually give back to the community.  Through the efforts of Mr. Baxter and fellow inductee LT Wells, the Gloucester Rowing Association was able to purchase their first shells to get the program started.  In the spring of 2012, Gloucester Rowing Association dedicated a shell and named it after the Baxter’s. Thanks to their initial efforts, the program is able to continue to flourish today.


Jason Beach

Jason Beach graduated from Gloucester High School in 1996. He was a Virginia High School League AAA State Champion for the weight class 189 during his senior year.

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