McKinnon named October YPA winner

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By Carrie Poe

The Youth Performance Award winner for October is Kaitlyn McKinnon, a senior at Grant County High School.

McKinnon, 17, is the daughter of Tony and Kim McKinnon of Crittenden. Her family moved to Grant County three years ago from Georgia.

Her class schedule this year includes AP Spanish, AP English, U.S. history, pre-calculus, fashion, money skills and college experience.

College experience is a class offered at GCHS where students can take either one or two college courses through Northern Kentucky University and receive both college and high school credit for the class.

“I love college experience,” McKinnon said.

This is her first time doing the college experience class. For her last two periods, she attends college classes at NKU Grant County in Williamstown.

“College experience actually helped me decide what college I am going to go to,” said McKinnon.

After graduation, she plans on attending NKU to major in public relations and advertising.

McKinnon’s favorite class this year is AP Spanish.

“It is really hard. I am usually really good at school and this class actually tests me to work hard and I love it,” McKinnon said.

Amy Franks, her Spanish teacher, ranks as her favorite.

“She is one of those teachers that when she talks to you, she gets down to your level and asks how she can help you,” McKinnon said. “She is not the normal type of teacher. She is like a big sister.”

“Kaitlyn is a wonderful young lady who is well-liked by her peers and by her teachers. She does really well in Spanish and works hard to use the language as much as possible,” Franks said. “She actually did an independent study for Spanish 3 over the summer in order to be able to take AP Spanish this year. She is motivated and will be amazing at whatever she chooses to do.”

McKinnon is the president of the National Honor Society, vice president for individual programs for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

McKinnon was nominated for the YPA by Mary Beth Hall, Grant County High School guidance counselor.

“Kaitlyn is an exceptional student in academics, Christian youth groups and a leader among her peers,” Hall said.

As well as being involved in school, she is also active with her church.

“I am very involved in my church. My dad is the pastor. I am one of the leaders that helps the youth and I also do the AV department,” McKinnon said.

In her free time, McKinnon likes to work at Edwardo’s in Crittenden as a waitress. She also loves to be creative, likes computers and loves to write.

“When you talk to me, I’m funny and goofy and just kind of quirky Kaitlyn, but when I write, I can actually show my intelligence,” McKinnon said.

(The Youth Performance Award is co-sponsored by Performance Pipe and the Grant County News. The public is encouraged to nominate a deserving student. For more information on how to nominate someone call 824-3343.)