Hammond High SchoolHOMETOWN...

KEELY S. ALEXANDERSCHOOL:

October 16, 1994

KEELY S. ALEXANDER

SCHOOL: Hammond High School

HOMETOWN: Columbia

AGE: 16

Keely's love of tennis goes back to age 9, when she got to know a Houston player who practiced with the likes of superstars Zina Garrison and Lori McNeil.

One of the best players in the state and region, Kelly hopes she'll win an athletic scholarship to play tennis in college. She's ranked No. 14 in Maryland and No. 35 in the region by the United States Tennis Assocation.

She took first place as a freshman and third place as a sophomore in the Howard County Tennis Championship. She also was a member of the school's varsity soccer team, which became state champion her freshman year and county champion her sophomore year. She ran track in her freshman year.

But sports is not her only interest. She belongs to MESA, the math, engineering and science association for minority students, and plays the trumpet and piano. She is a member of Hammond's Black Student Achievement Program, for which she was elected sergeant at arms, and Class Council, for which she helps organize fund-raisers and other activities. She's also part of the peer mediation program, which helps students resolve differences peacefully.

Outside school, she helps tutor children at the Roger Carter Neighborhood Center in Ellicott City as part of a program sponsored by a sorority group.

PLANS: She wants to do work in physical therapy.

HER COMMENTS: "I figure if I'm not a professional athlete, I'd like to help other athletes," she said. "I couldn't imagine going every day doing something without sports. "

Send nominations to Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number to reach the student.

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