To those who knew her, Amanda Holmes was a good friend, a talented photographer and artist and a Raider’s Raider in the Leavenworth High School JROTC program.

“She taught me what it meant to be a true friend,” wrote Holmes’ classmate and fellow Raider Hailey Sunblom in a testimonial about Holmes.

Tragically, Holmes was killed in a car accident in the fall of 2016. She was 18 years old.

The Amanda Holmes Memorial Scholarship 5K Terrain Run soon will be held to honor Holmes’ memory and raise money for scholarships for JROTC cadets who wish to further their education after high school.

Holmes was a member of the JROTC program for three years during her high school career.

“She was very outgoing, always happy, always willing to help someone,” said Mary Schwartz, an adviser with the JROTC program. “She was a ray of sunshine and touched everyone’s life.”

The run is slated to begin at 8 a.m. June 1 on the JROTC grounds at Leavenworth High School, 2012 10th Ave.

The course will consist of a road portion and a terrain portion. Participants can either run or hike the 5K course.

“You can run, walk or crawl, we don’t care,” said Schwartz. “Or you can just come out and donate and go for a nature walk.”

Entry fee is $25 per person. The race is open to the public.

Schwartz said run organizers are hoping for a turnout of some 200 participants.

To register for the run, visit