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Teen Spotlight: Kendall Hardaway


17, Senior at Saint James School


  • National Technical Honor Society
  • SGA President
  • President of Tie and Doll Inc. Teenboard
  • STJ Peer Leader


“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas”. - Shirley Chisholm

Her Story

Kendall Hardaway’s favorite thing about attending Saint James School is the number of opportunities that she’s been opened up to. She states that “My Saint James family has allowed me to thrive and explore opportunities outside of my comfort zone.” Kendall has maintained a 4.2 GPA while in several extracurriculars like National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She says one thing most people don’t know about her is that she is very introverted. Kendall’s advice for incoming freshmen is “you have to set your own goals and follow your own path. You can not live someone else's life. You have to be your own person and do what makes you happy.” She wants to be remembered “as a strong-minded and determined woman who set concrete goals and went after what she sought fit.”

What’s Next

Kendall Hardaway plans to pursue a career in biomedical sciences and then obtain a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. She chose this because her occupational goal is to help people and she feels this is the best way to achieve that goal.

Parental Guidance (PG) Rating

Kendall Hardaway shared that her favorite thing about her family is that they are all hard workers. She states that “nothing was handed to them. Their success was all earned through perseverance and determination.” The best advice that she was given was “to unapologetically be yourself.”

Parents’ Perspective

Kendall’s parents expressed that they admire her because “Kendall is not afraid to try new things. She has an internal drive to be successful and does not shy away from things that might present a challenge. Kendall has an “all in” mentality. She measures her success not by the desired outcome but by whether or not she has challenged herself. She desires to be the best version of herself in whatever endeavor she has chosen.”

Parent to Parent

James and Tamaka Hardaway had this advice for other parents, “Always encourage your child to try everything that they have an interest in. Always remind them that they have your full support. Be there to encourage them when they need it and be there to cheer them on when successes are made.”

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