Junior softball star has full ride to college


Kathryn Harter

Junior Kennedy Frank has scholarship options from three colleges.

Junior Kennedy Frank is not your average varsity softball player; she has three colleges offering her scholarships. Drake, Evansville, both giving her a full ride, and Western Illinois, offering her a 70% scholarship.

“Kennedy deserves these scholarships because she has worked extremely hard for eight years of her life to get where she is now as a softball player. My husband and I have helped further Kennedy’s softball career by making sure she was challenged as an athlete,” Frank’s mother Miza Frank said.

Frank’s softball career began when she was eight years old. She currently plays for St. Louis Eserit, a select team, and she has been on the varsity team for three years.

“The team here is really awesome. I love hanging out with my teammates. We had our team sleepover and we went to Creepy World together. It’s never awkward and we always find something to do,” Frank said.

Frank’s position is shortstop but batting is her favorite part of the game.

“I love batting because it feels good when you make contact with the ball,” Frank said.

The college Frank is most interested in is Drake in Des Moines, Iowa. She has already visited the campus and met the team and coach in June and Sept.

“The coach and the team are really nice. They took me around the campus, I ate breakfast with them, and I watched one of their games. I also met the pre-vet teacher because I want to be a vet,” Frank said.

Along with varsity softball, Frank participates in varsity track and field although she does not plan to continue this in college.

Frank’s parents are some of her biggest supporters.

“My husband and I are extremely proud of Kennedy! We are thrilled that colleges want her to play softball for them. It has been exciting and stressful to receive offers from various colleges. It’s a great feeling to see that all of her hard work and dedication as a softball player as paid off with scholarships,” Miza Frank said.