Patrick Holden- Board of Education
Patrick has been a resident of Durham for nearly all of his life, since his family first moved from Middletown in 1999. He grew up in the RSD13 system, attending John Lyman Elementary, Memorial, Strong, and eventually Coginchaug, where he graduated in 2016. In 2020, he graduated from Keene State College, and will be finishing his Master’s from Queen’s University Belfast this December.
During high school, Patrick was heavily involved in the music department, where he was a member of Show Choir, concert band and chorus, and musical productions like “Spamalot” and “Good News.” He was also a part of National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Class Council. At Keene State, he worked as an orientation leader and was a tutor for a multitude of classes. He also studied within the education department, where he saw the challenges that teachers face daily and was inspired to get more involved in education outside of the classroom. This led to him, along with only sixteen others in his graduating class, to win the Outstanding Senior Service Award for “unselfish service” and “outstanding leadership.”
Since returning home to Durham in 2020, Patrick has become actively involved in the community. He joined the Middlefield-Durham Racial Justice Team and led a subcommittee dedicated to supporting equity and anti-bullying policies within RSD13. Within a year, he was nominated to the position of Co-Head of the full group. He also was nominated to Durham’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, where he collaborated with the other members on projects such as the Indigenous Peoples’ Day event.
During his childhood, Patrick was heavily involved in the Middlefield Federated Church, participating in several service and outreach events like the 30 Hour Famine, volunteering at nearby soup kitchens, and cleanup projects in Hartford. He also worked as a Sunday School teacher throughout high school. Before heading off to college, he was rewarded with the Chiarappa Scholarship for his church service.
Durham has been Patrick’s home for nearly all his life, and he cares deeply for its success and its future. He would be honored to join RSD13’s Board of Education to pay back the tremendous support and care the school system gave him.