Kelly's academic achievement ranks her in the top 10 of her class with a weighted cumulative GPA above 4.3. She also earned a 34 composite ACT score and became an AP Scholar.
At Paducah Tilghman, she's involved with the varsity tennis team, The Tilghman Bell newspaper, choral and theatre departments, Future Problem Solving and National Honor Society. She is a member of Concordia and Another Shade of Blue, which are school a cappella groups.
Kelly has played tennis for years and received the most improved award. She credits it for teaching her tenacity.
"Never giving up because it's sometimes frustrating when you're trying to improve, and you're not seeing the results you want, or you're against a tough opponent and you have to somehow figure out a way to just get as many points as you can," she said.
She's considering Belmont University, University of Tennessee or University of Cincinnati for college, but hasn't committed yet.
"This year's definitely been my favorite year of high school, so that's nice, but I'm very excited to graduate and move forward in my life and pursue what I'm passionate about," she said. "It's kind of bittersweet knowing that May is so soon, but I'm very excited for the future."
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