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KENDALL SANKEY – JUNIOR – MONITEAU
Sports Played: Golf, Basketball, Track
Parents Names: Jarrod and Tina Sankey
Siblings: Brendin (14)
Social Media Handles: Instagram-@kendallsankey; Twitter-@kendall_sankey
2021-22 Highlights: Won D9 team title in golf; Shared the highest GPA award during basketball season with Catherine Kelly; Team won KSAC Championship in Track & Field;
College Athletics plan if applicable: I would like to play basketball or golf in college. There are a bunch of women’s golf scholarships that no one takes so it would be cool to golf.
Q: What was the first sport you played? Why did you play it? Did you like it?
A: Basketball. My friends were playing it and both my parents played so I had an early interest in it. I fell in love with basketball almost immediately and don’t regret trying it at all.
Q: What is the most important factor in you being successful in high school athletics?
A: I think the most important thing is putting in the work and giving 110% effort no matter what. I don’t like when things are handed to me. I like working hard and breaking a sweat trying to achieve something that I’m striving for.
Q: What is your favorite non-sports “go-to” activity?
A: Probably hanging out with my best friends. We usually get sushi and watch scary movies or get lunch and then just hang out.
Q: You could meet one sports figure, living or dead (1) who would it be and (2) what is the first thing you would ask them?
A: Michael Jordan for sure. I would ask him what he thought was the key to success, not just in basketball, but life in general.
Q: What is your favorite sport and if you could change one thing about your favorite sport, what would it be?
A: I’d probably say basketball. I don’t think I’d change anything about it. I think it’s pretty good the way it is.
Q: If you could eat any food in the world right now, what would it be?
A: I love food but I think I’d want to eat any kind of pasta from Italy.
Q: What is your ideal vacation spot?
A: I would love to visit Paris. I think it’s such a beautiful city and attracts so many people that it would be so life-changing to visit.
Q: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the question/answer?
A: I wish you would’ve asked what sports have taught me about life. I would’ve answered that sports have taught me to work hard no matter what the situation is and to never give up on something you’re passionate about.