Clare Frances Kennedy
Clare Frances Kennedy, daughter of Betsy and Rob Kennedy, is a senior at Battle Ground Academy and this week’s Student of the Week.
She is involved in Speech and Debate and the Honor Council at school. She also teaches Sunday school at her church.
She got her start in debate in middle school when she volunteered to help with a competition. Although she was only a volunteer and did not participate, she said she fell in love just watching. She said the moment she walked in the doors her freshman year of high school, she went to see the coach and knew she wanted to do it. “Since then I’ve gotten really, really involved and been all about it all the time,” Kennedy said.
She is a BGA Merit Scholarship Recipient and has been named the Speech and Debate Academic All American.
On the Honor Council at BGA, she and eleven other students, sophomores, juniors and seniors, work together to enforce the Honor Code and better the BGA community with the Dean of Students and various sponsors.
“We work to bring the honor code to BGA… we don’t lie, cheat or steal. We make sure to enforce those ideas and we hold trials if someone breaks that honor code,” she said.
One of her biggest role models is her speech coach, Cadi Kadlecek. Kennedy looks up to her for her empowering, motivational spirit.
“I had a hard tournament this past speech season. She told me that I was too important to not be happy with my results for the tournament… to not even consider it. What I had done was important, the way I had led the team was important,” Kennedy said. “I hope to, no matter what I do in my life, teach people the importance of their voice and story like she has done for me and so many others.”
After finishing at BGA this year, Kennedy plans to go to college to pursue a degree in communications. Eventually, she would like to work in education and continue her passion for leading and teaching others.