VINE GROVE, KY- Head JTA Volleyball Coach, Dana Atcher, had a problem these past few weeks, but it was definitely a good one to have. Who was going to represent her program as Student-Athlete of the Month for March? “There are so many great girls on this team, it’s really hard to pick just one.”
Eventually, it was a decision that rested with her and her staff, and it was one where she couldn’t go wrong. 8th Grade Lady Trojan Kelsey Adkins has made a name for herself on not just the Volleyball Court, but also in the classroom, and the concert hall.
As for her tenure with the Alton and North Hardin Volleyball programs, it is certainly not devoid of accolades. She is a three-year member of the Alton Program, being pulled up to North Hardin last year as a 7th Grader to play JV, playing and even starting Varsity this year as an 8th Grader.
Atcher says that “Kelsey always gives 100% to whatever she is participating in. Kelsey balances accelerated academics, Academic Team participation, Middle School Volleyball, Varsity HS Volleyball, and Club Volleyball. All while maintaining all A’s...She will encourage girls to stay focused during practice in a positive way.”
As a 7th Grader she was chosen by her teammates as the MVP of the season, and this past year, while playing Varsity for North Hardin she won the H3 (Heart, Hustle & Hard Work) Award for her play on the Freshman team from Coach Amanda Patterson.
Patterson said “She is a student first as she was always completing homework/assignments on time and knows that school came first...She started just freshman for us but then joined our JV and Varsity roster because of her heart, and her drive”
8th Grade Teammate, Mady Hunley, echoed her coaches in saying that, “Kelsey is the best teammate anyone could ask for. She has everyone’s best interests and loves to see others succeed...Kelsey is a great role model and leader for everyone on the team to look up to.”
A two-year member of the Alton Academic team, she has helped her teammates win Back-to-Back District championships, placing 3rd in Written Composition as a 7th Grader, and 2nd in the same at both District and Region as an 8th Grader. Academic Team Head Coach, Brandon Durbin, said that “Kelsey is a valued member of the team not just because of her amazing writing ability but also because of her encouraging personality...Whether she knows it or not, her support at practice has given her teammates the confidence they need to buzz in.”
Adkins is a two-year member of the symphonic band, membership in which is based solely on merit. She has earned a Distinguished rating from the KMEA in Solo and Ensemble playing the Flute, her 6th and 7th-grade years and is likely to again this year. JTA Band Director, Byron Witham says that “Kelsey is an amazing musician. She has a keen ear for music and how it should be performed.”
Kelsey Adkins has been on the Gifted and Talented roll at Alton all three of her attending years, meaning her schedules have been jam-packed with advanced and higher-level classes. In spite of this, she has remained and is likely to again this year, on the All-A Honor Roll. Adkins was also the 6th Grade winner of, and 7th Grade Nominee for the Trojan Award, the highest award an Alton Student can receive.
Alton Athletic Director, Richard Rowland, concluded by saying “Kelsey’s one of those people that bring such a high amount of energy to whatever it is that she’s doing. She’s going to give everything she has, whether it’s volleyball, the flute, the academic team, you’re getting her all, and because of that, she’s extremely talented in all of those areas. North will be lucky to have her next year”