Kyndal Curry 2010 Student-Athlete of the Year Award

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By Dave Taylor

To look at Kyndal Curry’s high school resume of scholastic, athletic and extra-curricular activities and accomplishments would make one wonder when she makes time to eat and sleep. What is more remarkable is the fact that Curry’s extensive resume has been written in three, not four, years of high school achievement.


Nominated by two coaches for her efforts in two separate sports, Curry is the 2010 recipient of The News-Democrat Female Student of the Year, sponsored by Earl Floyd Ford.

“Kyndal is a very hard worker that budgets her time well and stays active year round,” wrote Carroll County High School Athletic Director Randy Mefford in nominating Curry. Mefford, who also serves as Lady Panthers’ Basketball Head Coach, nominated Curry for her efforts in basketball this past season.

Curry was also nominated by Lady Panthers’ Volleyball Head Coach Kristen Arbinger for her efforts on the volleyball court.

“To say Kyndal is a hard worker is an understatement,” Arbinger wrote. “She works tirelessly on her game, both athletically and academically, and almost never allows the pressure to get to her.”

Curry has excelled in both sports, but to ask which is her favorite elicits an evasive answer.

“I don’t really have a favorite,” she said in an interview. “I’m just more of a natural at volleyball. It really depends on what season it is as to which sport is my favorite.”

Lumped together, the list of her athletic accolades is exhaustive: Academic All State (All A’s), Panther Award, Volleyball all district tournament team, Volleyball All A Regional Tournament Team, Volleyball All A State Tournament Team, Basketball Academic All State (All A’s), Defense Award, Basketball All District All tournament team, basketball North American Stainless all tournament team, basketball All A tournament team, volleyball team won 8th region and went to state tournament, basketball team won NAS tournament, basketball All NCKC tournament team, listed at Northern Kentucky Tristate sports “Volleyball player to watch” as a junior, volleyball team captain sophomore year, Queen of the Bluegrass all tournament team, Ironman Award.

“Athletically, her awards speak for themselves,” Arbinger said. “She is a tremendous athlete who never lets her team down. In volleyball, she is a leader on the court. Like the quarterback in football, everything runs around Kyndal, her abilities and her choices. Kyndal has worked to improve these abilities and choices and in her soon-to-be four-year career as a varsity player, clearly she has mastered her domain.”

“Kyndal is a very dedicated student athlete that does very well both on the court and in the classroom,” Mefford said.

“Academically, Kyndal is first in her class and is well on her way to being valedictorian next year,” Arbinger said.

Curry has been active in numerous school-related organizations and activities, including Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Pep Club, Prom Committee, Gender Equity Committee, Principal’s Advisory Board, church Christmas program, sophomore Leadership Institute graduate, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Youth Council, member of Class of Kentucky Sophomores and Panther Kick Off Mentor to incoming freshmen.

“It makes for a lot of late nights because you have games and practices,” Curry said of her busy schedule. “I’ve realized that the busier I am the more structured I am. I’m more organized and I know that I have to get this done at this time.”

“She stays very busy with outside church activities as well as being a very good singer,” Mefford said.

“I also take voice lessons, but not very many people know that,” Curry acknowledged. “I’m starting to get more comfortable with being in front of people, but usually it’s just at recitals and church. I just do it because I enjoy it. I haven’t ever really thought of it as anything more than just fun.”

Curry said she hopes to play volleyball on the college level.

“I haven’t really decided on anything concrete, but maybe at a smaller school like Georgetown,” she said. “If not I’ll probably go to UK.”

With a year of high school and college still ahead of her, Curry hasn’t made any firm career decisions, but said coaching might be in her future somewhere down the line.

“My mom wants me to do something with broadcasting but I’ve just never even thought of it,” she said. “When I was little I was in drama club at Cartmell. I used to do monologues.”

Arbinger said Curry already has a great aptitude for teaching, adding that she “can often be found tutoring other players in the gym before practice or games. Her teammates respect and admire her tenacity and just by doing what she does she has pushed other girls to improve and work harder.”

Curry will be among nine Carroll County High School students who, having completed their junior year, will participate in the prestigious, five-week Governor’s Scholars Program this summer.

“It was a really big deal when I found out that nine people from our class got in,” Curry said. “Even though I’ll have to sacrifice some summer practices I’m really looking forward to that this summer.”