Kendall Walk, a three-sport participant at Northwest High School in Hughesville, is setting the pace in the classroom.
The 17-year old junior, has a 3.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, scored a 20 on the ACT in June and plans to take it again in October, and is ranked third academically in her 25-member junior class at Northwest.
“Academics are more important (than sports),” said Walk, a member of the National Honor Society. “Grades take you farther in life.”
Walk plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg after her graduation from Northwest in 2014.
“I would like to work in an intensive care neonatal unit at a hospital,” Walk said.
Walk has taken weighted courses Anatomy, Algebra III, English III and American Government at Northwest and is taking a dual-credit course through the Vocational Technical School at State Fair Community College.
She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the Math Team, is President of her Junior Class, Student Council and the National Honor Society.
Walk has played volleyball, basketball and softball since her early childhood, coming up through the Northwest Elementary programs. She started playing softball in tee ball and played one year of traveling softball in the Tri County League.
She is in her third season of volleyball this fall at the high school, plans to play her third season of high school basketball for the Lady Mustangs this winter and then her third season of softball for the Lady Mustangs next spring.
Walk made Honorable Mention All Kaysinger Conference and All District last fall for the volleyball Mustangs.
“I think volleyball is my favorite,” she said. “I’ve played it so long and I just enjoy it.”
Walk said making All District in volleyball last season has been the highlight of her high school athletic career to this point.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” she said of the honor. “There were so many girls qualified for it.”
Walk enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
She is active in her youth group at First Baptist Church in Sedalia and spent a week in Alabama this summer on a mission trip.
“With all the sports, I don’t have much time for anything else,” said Walk.
Walk has a younger sister Megan, 12 and a seventh grader at Northwest. She is the daughter of Dana and Darrin Walk, Houstonia.