Great Grad 2017: Brandon Holcomb

Brandon Holcomb, 18, is a Lorain County Early College High School student from Lorain. In May, he will earn an Associate of Arts degree with a 4.0 grade point average. At the same time, he will graduate high school. He is a 2017 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar. He was also named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team.

Holcomb conducts genetic research as part of the LCCC Early Scientist HIV Research group with professor Harry Kestler, Ph.D. He is also a member of the Lorain County Community College Chapter of the American Society of Microbiology and has presented his research findings at several conferences. He received the Honorable Mention award at the 59th Annual May Conference at John Carroll University. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Holcomb is an assistant instructor for the Early College High School Rock Lab, an after-school music program. In Rock Lab, Holcomb shares his love of music with his fellow students by helping them learn to play and write their own music.

He is active in the community with the Lorain County AIDS Taskforce and volunteering at local events, such as the Harvest Festival at LCCC. Holcomb works each weekend at the Lorain Columbia Club and helps care for his younger brother and sister.

Holcomb plans to continue his education to eventually earn a Ph.D. in microbiology. He aspires to have a career in clinical research.