In this recurring monthly special, Nonahood News will be featuring those who’ve graduated from Lake Nona High School and will recognize the achievements they’ve made since. Some will have been a part of the first graduating class. Others graduated a few years later. Few have stayed in the Lake Nona area, and many have explored the world or are still doing so. Let’s see where life’s journey has taken them so far!
Name: Lucas Holiday
Year Graduated: 2012
Occupation: Police Officer
Current Location: Maitland, Fla.
This month, I caught up with one of my close friends from high school to see where life has taken him. Lucas Holiday moved to the Lake Nona area in 2002 with his family and lived here for about 16 years before moving to Maitland. While at Lake Nona High School, Holiday played football as a safety and linebacker.
“I don’t think I ever really thought about life after high school. I lived in the moment and focused on what I had in front of me. I did reach every goal I had made when it presented itself to me. I became a manager of a parking company’s valet area after high school. At the age of 21, I believed this showed that I was mature and responsible beyond my years.”
Transitioning from a valet manager to a police officer is one of those situations where one couldn’t be any different from the other. Why did Officer Holiday choose to become an everyday hero? “I became a cop because it was something new every day. I enjoy the adrenaline rush of the situations I find myself in. I also enjoy being a part of the community and interacting with the citizens of my city.”
Officer Holiday will officially reach his one-year anniversary of becoming a cop on Feb. 20. Before actually getting to hit the streets and stop crime, Holiday had to get the appropriate training in order to receive his badge and gun. “The academy lasted approximately nine months. I went to night classes for the academy. I worked every day Monday through Friday, had school Monday through Thursday and Saturday all day. I met my wife in the academy as well. After graduating, I was lucky enough to get hired by the Maitland Police Department.”
Officer Holiday doesn’t necessarily have any specific goals for the next five years, however he’s pretty adamant about living in the moment and focusing on his career by becoming the best police officer he can become by attending specialized classes. “I have become a police officer. I have been given a great opportunity with the career I’ve chosen. I can go and do anything I have ever wanted. It also led me to my wife and has blessed me with many other opportunities.”
How could one complain with the progress he’s made? I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes him in the upcoming years.
Written for current and future Lake Nona alumni by a Lake Nona alumna. Check back in our March issue to learn about our next Nona graduate(s)!