On November 13th, decorated track and field student-athlete Ziyah Holman of Georgetown Day School officially committed to the University of Michigan.
Holman’s athletic achievements and dominance in sport helped her earn 12 scholarship offers in total, including those from Stanford, Harvard and Princeton. Her final four consisted of Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M and UCLA. Stating that she felt most at home during her visit with the Wolverines, Ziyah will be running with the Maize and Blue.
“I choose Michigan because they have a family-like culture similar to the one here at GDS,” she said. “In speaking with the coach, I know he has my best interest at heart; not just as an athlete, but as a student as well, and I appreciate that."
In her time at GDS, Holman has developed into one of the premier student-athletes of the DCSAA and beyond. A gold medal winner and world record holder for her leg in the 4x400 meter relay at the Pan American u20 championships, Ziyah is also a 2-time D.C. Gatorade student-athlete of the year. She is ranked fifth nationally and first in Washington D.C. in the 400m and is the Hoppers reigning indoor and outdoor track team MVP.
Ziyah credits her success to being someone who focuses more on the big picture than individual results. “ You have to be someone who loves the sport — more than just getting the times— but also in doing it for your team and doing the work to better yourself," she said.
As a member of the GDS community, teachers, coaches, faculty and much of the student body came out in droves to support Ziyah during her ceremony. A sign of solidarity that wasn’t lost on Holman.
“Today was amazing. I actually cried because it was so special to me,” said Holman, “this shows the culture we have here at GDS. I really appreciate everyone who came out”.
The decision to further her academic and athletic pursuits at Michigan does not represent the end of Ziyah’s journey, rather the start of what her mother believes will be the next of many chapters of achievement,
“Bachelors degree, Masters degree, Law School,” said Rashida Holman-Jones while listing what may be next for her daughter, “I’m happy she made a choice that puts academics first and she made it on her own. I want Ziyah to make sure she gets everything she can from her experience at Michigan and that she takes full advantage of her opportunities. She chose the best school possible."