by Josh Sandin
Posted on 4/22/2013
FORT DODGE – Iowa Central Community College sophomores Will Kenny and Madison Garst were named 2013 USA Today Academic All-Americans at Iowa Central’s Night of Academic Excellence held Tuesday, April 16, in Decker Auditorium. Both are local students as Kenny is a graduate of Senior High and Garst graduated from St. Edmond.
Will Kenny, who was also the recipient of the 2013 Mike Algoe Award which is given annually to the top male athlete at Iowa Central, has had a very busy two years at Iowa Central. The former Dodger has been a dominant force for the Iowa Central baseball program. The talented left-handed pitcher currently carries a 6-2 record and a 3.50 ERA. Iowa Central is 25-10 overall.
“I chose Iowa Central because I felt comfortable here and I like the school’s tradition,” said Kenny. “It has been a great experience for me.”
Kenny’s accomplishments off the field are just as impressive. Kenny has also been a member of Iowa Central’s President’s List for three straight semesters. He will continue his collegiate career at the University of Iowa where he plans to study business this fall.
“Will has been a great kid to work with and he applies his strong work ethic to everything he does, whether its baseball or school, he gives 100 percent,” said head baseball coach Rick Pederson.
Madison Garst also made the choice to stay local and her decision has paid dividends. The sophomore is working towards a degree in secondary education and will attend Buena Vista University on its Fort Dodge campus next fall. She hopes to eventually teach psychology.
“I chose Iowa Central because it was close to my home and my family,” said Garst. “I really like the location and there are so many great teachers here.”
Garst is very involved in community service. She does the majority of her volunteering at the Blanden Art Museum. She assists with the art classes Blanden hosts and also works behind the scenes doing office work. In addition to volunteering, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has been on the President’s List each of the last two semesters.
“I really like volunteering and working there gives me the chance to be creative,” said Garst.
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