“It was a total shock and surprise, because there are so many great seniors in the county. I am honored by the award and have had great role models and mentors – Sarah Black, Geoff and Nikki Grow,” Kerns told The Early Bird.
Kora was nominated for the honor by her basketball coach Sarah Black.
“She doesn’t know how to give anything, but 110 percent in everything she does,” Black said about Kerns. “She is never the player you wish you could get more out of…but the player you wish you had more of.”
“She is not afraid to be a positive role model who stands up and leads people in a positive direction,” Black added. “Kora’s actions on the basketball court speak for themselves, but she does so much more outside of this arena to make a positive impact on others.”
Beyond basketball, Kora has participated in multiple sports at Union City Jr/Sr High and currently holds an impressive academic 3.77 GPA.
Additionally, she dedicates her time to volunteer at community and church dinners, outreach programs and each year volunteers time to go on a mission trip with Wesley United Methodist Church.
Kora’s relationship with God carries onto the basketball court. She initiated and leads a prayer circle following each of the Lady Indians’ games in which their opponents are always invited to join – and usually always do.
“My pastor challenged me to start the prayer circles. Many times I was hesitant, but the unity of the teams coming together has been worth it,” Kerns said.
“I want to thank the Gary Horner family for supporting the community and athletes,” Kora concluded.
Gary Horner was a long-time head coach for the Winchester girls basketball program that made a positive impact on everyone around him. Each year the award is voted on by Randolph County school administrators and is presented to the most deserving nominee.
Story Courtesy of Clinton Randall at Blue Bag Media.