High schools

Kearney golfer Gallagher wins Kenneth Smith Award

Updated: 2013-12-06T05:57:45Z


The Kansas City Star

Kearney senior Chandler Gallagher says she first learned of the Kenneth Smith Award two years ago. An honor reserved for the top female golfer in the Kansas City metropolitan area — in terms of athletic performance, academic achievement and community service — immediately moved to the top of her wish list.

"As soon my dad told me about it, I knew it was the award I wanted in my high school career," Gallagher said.

It's hers now.

Gallagher was presented with the Kenneth Smith Award at her school Thursday — one final honor before she begins her collegiate career at Kansas State next fall.

Gallagher took fourth place at the Missouri Class 2 state tournament in October. She was tied for the lead with five holes remaining.

In the classroom, she ranks first in her class of 267 students with a 4.0 grand-point average. She is Kearney's senior class president.

"That's why this means so much to me — it's not only about golf, it's your character, your community service, academics," Gallagher said. "It's such a huge honor for me.

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