Kelsey is graduating from Whitefield Academy in Mableton where he is an “A Better Chance” Scholar, member of the honor society and the Varsity Golf Team. Kelsey will be attending Mercer University this Fall and plans to study Mechanical Engineering.
How FTMA has impacted my life: As a participant of First Tee for several years, Kelsey acknowledges First Tee as playing a significant role in his life. First Tee introduced Kelsey to golf and helped him developed strong enough skills to earn MVP of the golf team at Cumberland Christian Academy as a 10th grader and to play for the Varsity golf team at Whitefield AcademyKelsey has experience many “firsts” with First Tee. First Tee helped Kelsey get his very first job, caddying for a country Club in Atlanta, and First Tee took him on his first college tour to UGA. Most importantly, First Tee helped to build the perseverance, diligence, and confidence that Kelsey is known for today. In addition, First Tee introduced kelsey to life long friends that share his passion for Golf.
Kelsey is the epitome of a well-rounded student who is dedicated to academics, service and volunteerism. He is a role model for the preschoolers he serves each weekend as well as his peers. Also, he is known for his spirit of service, his friendly disposition and his dedication to anything he does. Over the past few years his volunteerism includes personally raising $2500 for the National Kidney Foundation, hosting and organizing a kidney awareness event in his community, serving impoverished children in Dominican Republic, and volunteering at the Food Pantry in West Georgia.
Kelsey’s achievements include earning the Eagle Scout Rank in Boy Scouts and becoming an Eagle level participant in First Tee. He has remained diligent in his academics and stayed on the A/B Honor roll throughout his participation in First Tee. In 2019 he was induction into the National Honor Society at Whitefield Academy. Last Year Kelsey was honored with the Timothy Award, given to one student per class each year. The award recipient is chosen by students and faculty who collectively select a student who exemplifies outstanding character. Kelsey received the largest merit scholarship that Mercer offers, The Penfield Presidential Scholarship. He is also a recipient of the Future Engineer Award, and the Zell Miller award.