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Student in the Spotlight: Kendall Holecek, Coeur d’Alene High School


Kendall Holecek, Coeur d’Alene High School

Photo by Christine Woeller Photography

 

By Taylor Shillam


“Playing basketball has been one of my greatest enjoyments in life for many reasons,” says Kendall Holecek, 18, and Coeur d’Alene High School (CHS) senior. This year, Kendall will graduate with both her high school diploma and her AA from North Idaho College. 


From teammates turned best friends, putting practice into play on game days, to winning against the odds at district and state championships, Kendall has enjoyed her four years as a basketball athlete. 


“One of my favorite basketball memories in Coeur d’Alene is the Fight for the Fish game,” Kendall shares. “There's no feeling that will ever match what it felt like to not only play with my teammates, but to hit shots and hear the crowd roar and feel the hype as I run back on defense. It’s so fun to have the whole community watching and supporting us as we play our rivals.” 


Throughout high school, Kendall has played volleyball, soccer and basketball, winning the basketball district and state championships in two of those years. Outside of athletics, she maintains a strong academic work ethic.

 

“I have had an unweighted 4.0 throughout all four years, have lettered in academics, and have been on the NIC Dean's List the last few semesters,” she says. 


She has been part of the DECA program as a food store manager and Gates manager. Last year, Kendall joined her team at the DECA Nationals in Orlando, Florida, and will attend Nationals again this year in California. 


Kendall also spends time as a senior representative for the CHS student council, helping to plan school events like dances, spirit games and fundraisers. 


After graduation, Kendall plans to attend college in Tennessee. “I plan to study music business in hopes of working at a record company as a tour manager, or working at an entertainment company as a live event manager,” she says. “I want to do something related to business or real estate; I come from a family of entrepreneurs and being creative with business ideas is something I really enjoy.” 


She says she won't be playing basketball on a college team but hopes to play for fun in an intramural league. Even still, her time as a high school basketball player taught her the value of teamwork. 


“A life lesson I have learned from all of the sports and teams that I have been a part of in my life is that the key to success is teamwork,” Kendall says. “No matter how good one may be on a team, they cannot do it alone. Though everyone’s role on the team is different, each role is equally important.” 


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