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Greeley County-Kennedy Schneider

Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In Excellence

Kennedy Schneider, a recent Greeley County High School graduate, is a high achiever who believes that hard work always trumps talent.

She is not only graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average, she was also a standout on Greeley's cross country team, earning Academic All State last fall, through the Kansas Cross Country Coach's Association.

She is also a Kansas Honor Scholar, a Governor's Scholar, and a Western Kansas Liberty League All Academic honoree.

Her fondest memory of high school was winning state cross country three years in a row with her team. Schneider also won two gold medals at the 2011 state track meet.

"One of my favorite hobbies is running. I have always had a passion for it. It could have been the competition, or seeing my hard work trump talent, or the companionship with my teammates, but I fell in love with cross country and track. I also enjoy riding bikes, golf cart rides and playing with my dogs," Schneider wrote in a questionnaire provided to The Telegram.

Fittingly, her favorite class not only ties in with her athleticism, but also with her future plans.

"My favorite class was human anatomy and physiology. I enjoy learning about the human body and how the muscles work," Schneider said. "I plan to attend the University of Kansas. I will also continue my running career at KU. I plan to major in biology. My field of study will be physical therapy. I enjoy helping others, and this career will enhance my ability to contribute to the health of the people I work with."

Her least favorite class was history, she said.

Schneider also was involved in basketball, cheerleading, student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions and she also participated in the Science Olympiad and was a member of the National Honor Society. She has also given of her time as both a blood drive volunteer and Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer.

Schneider's advice to incoming high school freshmen is to study hard, set high goals and stay focused.

She had similar advice for her fellow graduates.

"Always remember to set your goals high, and you will reach new heights in your life. Most importantly, I want them to know that if anyone ever tells them they can't do something, to remember hard work is all it takes. It will trump talent any day," she said.

She hopes her classmates remember her as an effective leader.

"(And) the type of person everyone wanted to be around, due to my ability to make one feel special and my positive demeanor. I want them to remember my motivation and dedication and apply it to their lives and be the best they can be and achieve their goals," she said.

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