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.