A+ Athlete: Kennedy Derzapf, Bells

Published: Nov. 17, 2018 at 7:10 PM CST
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This week's A+ Athlete is Kennedy Derzapf of Bells High School. Kennedy ranks number 1 in her class with a 4.0 G.P.A. She's the senior class president, and has been on the superintendent's honor roll all 4 years. Kennedy's strive for success started at a young age.

"Kennedy came into my class in 7th grade. She came to me on the first day and said 'I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to be a doctor.' She gave me a list of all of the things she had done over the summer though science camps. I've never had a more driven student that was so goal-oriented, that young in the 7th grade," said Bells A&P teacher Kristina Nelson. "Nothing has changed in all of the years that have passed."

"I've always held myself to a high standard," said Derzapf "My parents have always had a really high standard, so it has always been my mind set that I have to work really hard in the class room, and whatever I do."

Kennedy is a star volleyball player for the Lady Panthers. She is a four year starter, and the 2018 district defensive player of the year. She has helped Bells to some successful seasons.

"She has that standard for herself. Everything she does, she want's to be the top," said Bells volleyball coach Lisa Johnson. "Whether she is out on the court, or in the classroom, it bleeds through everything, and she gives it her all, all the time."

"I find that when things are really important to me, I make the time for them," said Derzapf. "I have a little league volleyball team that I coach, and that's one of my favorite things to do. I don't necessarily have the time for it, but the things that I really want to do, I make time for them."

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