Kendall, with a 4.283 grade-point average is first in his class at Mayfield High School and determined to become valedictorian. He balances a class schedule heavy with elective Advanced Placement (AP) and advanced courses with participation in four years of football and baseball as well as countless school clubs.
"I'm just an all-around person, I like to do everything," he said. "I don't just assert myself with one certain type of person."
He lists his favorite subject as American History and his current favorite class as AP Calculus because teacher and football coach John Farris makes mathematics fun with his stories. He has taken an AP heavy course load each semester to better prepare himself for the expectations of college, Kendall said.
"Having so many AP classes has taught me time management and how to prioritize school work over more fun stuff," he said.
Kendall. son of Charles and Cheryl Kendall, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different MCU Teen of the Week selected from nominees guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois submitted to the Sun. Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years. In the spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners.
The Teen of the Year is eligible for a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent University or a cash award of $2,500, paid through the Paducah Sun, if the student selects another college to attend.
The senior, the youngest of five siblings, said he has followed in his father's footsteps by playing football at Mayfield. Kendall, who has played the sport since fifth grade and currently plays linebacker and running back also serves as the football and baseball team captain. He said many of this favorite high school memories include playing in three and winning two football Class A football state championships in 2010 and 2012.
He said simply what he enjoys most about sports and football specifically is competing and winning. Kendall was rewarded this year for his play and leadership on the field with the Nick Britt 100 Percent Award.
"The award is about playing every down, going 100 percent every time and always giving it your best effort," he said.
Kendall lists one of his proudest high school moments as being named West Kentucky Football Honorable Mention as a junior while playing noseguard. He is also member of several clubs centered on athletics, business and the outdoors — including Sportsmen's Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA).
He said he enjoys Sportsmen's Club because it allows students to get out of the classroom and experience the outdoors at Land Between the Lakes recreational center. Kendall also participates in weekly Wednesday morning bible study through FCA.
When Kendall isn't staying busy in the classroom or on the field, he is illustrating his charitable spirit and giving back to the community. He has participated or helped coordinate many service activities centered on his love of the outdoors including the March of Dimes, St. Jude Walk-a-thon, Ride for a Cure, volunteering with Lighthouse Ministries in Mayfield and many other local clean-up events.
He helped organize the Turkey Trot run in Mayfield in sixth-grade and continues to participate in the run yearly. He also helped coordinate with his uncle Rodger Kendall the Hooked on Fishing, not Drugs event, which teaches kindergarten to seventh-grade students how to fish and encourages a drug-free lifestyle.
Kendall's hobbies include riding horses, driving all-terrain vehicles (ATV), hunting and skeet shooting. The enterprising student also knows the value of hard work. He has worked for his uncle as a farm attendant, worked as a dog kennel cleaner and started his own personal lawn mowing business.
"It (work ethic) was instilled in me by my parents and was something I was born into," he said. "I like to work and to pay for my own things."
Other than work, Kendall fills his summers with football practice and spending time with friends. Last summer, he also attended the Boys State program, which allowed him to gain hands-on knowledge of government and politics by acting as the secretary of agriculture.
Kendall, who recently joined the Army Reserves, plans to attend Murray State University next year and to major in agriculture and military science and participate in the ROTC program. After college, he plans to serve in the U.S. Army for as long as possible.
For now, Kendall is looking forward to spending more time with his friends in class and on the field and enjoying the perks of his senior year.
"I'm excited to be a leader, make some decisions and have a lot more freedom this year," he said. "Next year, I'll miss knowing everyone and their story and having personal relationships with my teachers."
Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.