In a few short months, Lincoln High School senior Kennedy Taylor will be headed to Texas State University on a basketball scholarship to study broadcast journalism. It’s the realization of a dream for the scholar-athlete who was recently named Dallas ISD’s female Student Athlete of the Year. Kennedy stands just over 5 feet, and few would guess that within that petite frame is a determined four-sport athlete who her coach describes as a game changer.
“Since the first day she arrived on campus, we knew Kennedy was a special individual,” said Coach Reginald Bell, Lincoln’s athletic director.
On a campus that fields teams in more than eight sports, Bell says Kennedy’s skill and hustle has helped make Lincoln a state competitor in volleyball, track and basketball.
“I recall we had been out of the playoffs in volleyball for several years when Kennedy arrived. As a freshman, she helped our volleyball team get back in the playoffs,” says Bell. “As a trackster, she led us to the state in 4×2 (relay),” And on the basketball court, Bell says with a chuckle that though she’s just a hair over five feet, “she plays like she’s six foot plus.”
While Kennedy’s athletic accomplishments are impressive, her academic resume is even more stellar. She has mastered the art of a true student-athlete as she has maintained a 3.8 GPA while still in high school.
Kennedy, who is also number one in her senior class, says her teachers at Lincoln share much of the credit for her success. “Lincoln is a great school that prepares you for the real world.” And she says teachers go the extra mile to help and support students. “The teachers always offer tutoring sessions. They always offer extra help and, whenever you need them, they’re always there.”
Because of its caring, nurturing environment and student opportunities, Kennedy recommends Lincoln to other students looking for a great high school experience. She encourages students to see for themselves what the school has to offer.
“If they come here and take care of their business and work hard, they will receive a good education,” Kennedy said.