Classroom Champions: Wortham's Kendle Rhodes

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(January 3, 2016) Kendle Rhodes' name is all over the Wortham volleyball record books. Despite all her successes, she plans to leave it all behind.

"It's something I feel I'm called to do," she said.

Whether it be district newcomer of the year, two-time setter of the year, academic all-district, Kendle has earned volleyball awards every year of her career.

"The awards are great, but nothing gives me greater satisfaction than knowing that I have helped them through something," she said.

She's been involved in youth group, performed skits and volunteered with Bible School.

But Kendle's helping hands reach beyond the two square miles of Wortham.

"As long as she makes one person's life better, she will call her life a success," head coach Johnny Ward said.

Ranked second in her class, Kendle plans to get her degree in nursing and then use it to help anyone, anywhere.

"Wherever the Lord calls me," she said.

Estonia, on the Russian border, is where she'll head first.

Next summer, she'll help lead sports camps and work with children in the former Soviet Country.

"It's my favorite thing in the world seeing someone that has been touched by something I've done for them or said to them. It just means the world to me," she said.

And she'll soon find out, with a heart like that, she means a lot to the world.