Autumn Lester and Nick Holsomback

The fourth installment in the Mohawk Presents Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars series is Autumn Parker Lester and Nick Holsomback, both representing the Jacket Nation as employees of Calhoun City Schools.

Lester coordinates the community education program and is Assistant Director of Human Resources. Holsomback is the technology teacher at Calhoun Primary School.

Lester is a 1989 graduate of Calhoun High School. She attended Kennesaw State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business communications. She has been married for seventeen years to Joey Lester, sales manager at Eco Finishes.

The Lesters have two children: thirteen year old Katlyn, an eighth grader at Calhoun Middle School, and ten year old Parker, a fifth grader at Calhoun Elementary School. A huge supporter of her children, Lester grins as she admits that everybody always knows she’s there during their various sporting events.

A lifetime dancer, Lester jokes that she was quick stepping in her mother’s womb and that she has never stopped dancing. She studied dance during her school years but the highlight of her dance studies took place later in life, when she was able to live out a fantasy and take a dance class on Broadway.

While Lester will tell you frankly that she is dancing because she wanted to and is looking forward to her time on the stage, Holsomback appears slightly more confused about how he wound up on the roster and much more reluctant about his two minutes of glory.

A single young professional, Holsomback does not have any children and jokes that with 900 students, he has no plans to start a family soon. A 2005 graduate of Calhoun High School, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in housing and consumer economics from the University of Georgia. He also earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Phoenix.

Holsomback attends Rockbridge Community Church and finds himself drawn to mission work in Haiti. He went there on mission trips this past June and November.

In his free time, he also is a group ride instructor at Firehouse Gym.

Lester and Holsomback, along with the six other teams, will hit the GEM Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and conclude with a finale on Saturday, March 15, when five judges present one of the seven teams with the coveted “Mirror Ball” trophy. The Saturday finale will also stream via a live feed at Velo Vineyard.

Mohawk Presents Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars is a joint fundraiser, with all profits benefiting the GEM Theatre and United Way of Gordon County.

Each of the seven teams is competing in two capacities: as fundraisers and as dancers. Their fundraising efforts are limited only by their imaginations. Lester and Holsomback are holding a Winter Ball at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Calhoun High School cafeteria.

Team supporters may make online donations at until right before the finale. Online donors must make a minimum pledge of $5, with Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted.

Those wishing to make personal donations may do so by offering their payments to United Way Director Vickie Spence at her office in the Calhoun Depot. Credit cards, cash and checks are accepted at that location.

Donations may be mailed to United Way at Post Office Box 486, Calhoun, GA 30703. Supporters may also present their donations directly to their favorite team. Donations will be collected during the Friday and Saturday shows.