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December 17, 2013

WALLACE STATE BASEBALL: Manager Justin Holmes handles multiple responsibilities, but special bond with brother comes first


HANCEVILLE — Jacob Holmes enjoys his science, movies and quiet time

A normal day on campus for Jacob includes going to class, returning to the dorm and engrossing himself into some of his favorite hobbies, which include surfing the Web, science and movies, among others.

“First, I’m at Wallace State because I want to get a better education,” Jacob said. “I like science and movies and like to research both of them on my iPad.”

Justin agrees that his brother is indeed a movie fanatic and interested in any science fiction material or anything related to Joss Whedon, who is most famous for writing or producing television shows and movies like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Avengers.”

And, Justin knows not to disturb his brother when he’s zoned in on his hobbies or studies.

“Jacob likes to keep himself and not to socialize at all, not even with me. Even though Jacob doesn’t like to talk to anybody, I just to have understand that’s how he is. He’ll have his headphones in, listening  to something and if he thinks I’m too loud, he’ll still let me know. When Jacob does really need something, he’ll come to me, though,” Justin said. “Actually, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m really glad he’s here with me. I don’t have to worry about having a roommate who is wrapped up in smoking and drinking or getting rowdy.”

Jacob, who is also interested in business-related classes and atmospheric sciences, declared he’s smarter than his older brother.

“I’m smarter than him, a whole lot smarter,” Jacob added.

Justin concurs with his brother.

“Jacob can read a book and probably retype every word in the book that he read. He has a great memory,” Justin said. “He also loves puzzles. He can take a 2,000-piece puzzle and put it together in less than a day. It would probably take me a week to complete it.”

Justin says one of his brother’s limitations is focusing on tests for an extensive time.

“He is probably the smartest person at Wallace State, but he just struggles with tests. He is best at math, but his limitations make it harder with reading and English,” Justin said. “It also takes him a while to understand what people are asking him. If we’re around people and someone asks him a question, he’ll usually look at me before answering to either make sure he is going to say the right thing or if he understood correctly.”

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