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Destination: Graduation - Tanner Watts

This series highlights graduating seniors from Covington's Holmes High School and is written by staff members at Covington Independent Public Schools:

Tanner Watts has big dreams. He wants to be known throughout the world. He longs to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

“I don’t need to have the most money, I just want to impact people of all ages,’’ he says. “I want to be able to hire some people who I know are struggling. I like telling people what to do. I like running things. ‘’

Scott Calcaterra, a business teacher at Holmes, said Tanner talks to him all the time about business ideas and asks questions about investing. He also said Tanner is very polite and dependable. 

Tanner will be going to Eastern Kentucky University in the fall. He will major in business/marketing.

The 18-year-old has been involved in just about every activity at Holmes, including the mentoring program, PRIDE and the Leadership Resiliency Program. He is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in Regional Youth Leadership. He was a member of the Holmes student chapter of the NAACP. He was the manager for the boys’ basketball team and he played baseball and soccer.

He is often called upon to introduce speakers and to serve as the master of ceremonies. 
“I like to be the center of attention,’’ he said. “Besides, it prepares me for the real world and my career.’’

Tanner is also a charmer – he can talk his way in and out of anything. “I just want to get the most out of life,’’ says Tanner, a cancer survivor.

Tanner also has participated in several community service projects, including Clean-up Covington and feeding the homeless. 

His best memory of Holmes was attending the assembly after the boys’ basketball team won the state championship in 2009. “Winning the state was a great experience but the part I liked the most was when Mr. Bohannon and Ms. Jackson were dancing,’’ he said. “That was cool and funny at the same time.’’

Tanner’s advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t let anything distract you. Get your school work done early and in the long run it will pay off.’’

Mr. Calcaterra said Tanner is the type of person “you know you can count on and he handles responsibility well.’’

“Tanner is driven to be successful and is not afraid to put in the work to do so, ’’ Mr. Calcaterra said. “He is very competitive which a common characteristic in successful business people.”

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