The Holmes Community College 2018 Alumnus of the Year recipient is Kosciusko native
Frank Harris Shaw, Jr.
Shaw graduated from Holmes in 1975. During his time as a student, he excelled both on and off the field. He was an All-State defensive back for the Bulldogs, selected for the North State All-Star football team, a recipient of the Ras M. Branch Football Trophy, a member of the 1973 State Championship-winning track team and a Dean's List Scholar.
Upon graduation, Shaw continued his football career at Millsaps College. After Millsaps, he continued on to Mississippi State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1976 and a Master of Education in 1978. In 1981, Shaw earned his Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi School of Law and entered the Air Force as a captain by direct appointment. Shaw served combined active and reserve for a total of 28 years of service, retiring as a Brigadier General with the Mississippi Air National Guard with numerous awards/decorations. Shaw was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Mississippi Magnolia Cross.
Shaw has been an attorney at law in Kosciusko since 1985. He has also served as an assistant and deputy staff judge advocate as well as the chief defense counsel for Headquarters U.S. Air Force Judiciary.
Over the years, Shaw has been very active in his community. He has worked with Mississippi Emergency Operations Center to provide immediate and ongoing relief to thousands of coastal citizens during Hurricane Katrina, served as a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, remained active in the Veteran's Day and Memorial Day "Aisle of Honor" flag ceremony in Parkway Cemetery, served as a sponsor for numerous student activities in surrounding schools and a sponsor for the Holmes CC Development Foundation Golf Tournament.
Shaw has been named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Kosciusko Lions Club, received the American Legion Commanders Award and is a life member of VFW and American Legion.
Shaw and his wife, Debbie, provide an endowment scholarship annually to someone interested in computer technology.
"It is important to utilize the opportunities to pay back what was given to me," Shaw said. "It is my way to contribute to those outlets that made me who I am today."
Shaw is very passionate about his experience at Holmes and committed to repaying the people that helped him get where he is today. Some of his closest friends are ones he met while attending Holmes and he still keeps up with them today - Donnie Sims, Dwight Myrick and Ricky Casey.
Shaw and his wife have three children: Paige Shaw McAdams, 29, Luke Shaw, 25, and Kurt Shaw, 21.