March 25: Emeka A. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Emeka A.

Emeka is a hard worker on the court with a penchant for long rallys and hitting his particularly strong forehand. Outside of tennis he likes to play soccer and video games. 

“KCTL is making me a better tennis player,” said Emeka. He’s looking forward to the summer so that he can practice more and bring his backhand up to the level of his forehand. 

March 25: Jayden S. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Jayden S.

“My favorite part of tennis is when it all comes together and we all have fun while playing,” said Jayden, KCTL’s student of the week for session one. He also had something similar to say about KCTL as whole, particularly the annual Jamboree which he says is made more fun when “we all bring food and hang out together.”

Outside of tennis, Jayden enjoys playing soccer and video games.


March 17: Gabriella P. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Gabriella P.

Gabriella is KCTL's student of the week because she gave extra hard effort during a volley game with all boys older than her. She stepped in and held her own as a younger student. She says she likes tennis because she can “put power on the ball.” She is a powerful person who displays the courage it takes to do things that are not easy.

March 17: Katelynn E. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Katelynn E.

Katelynn is KCTL's student of the week because of the determination she puts behind everything she does on court. She enjoys hitting overheads, playing doubles, and playing points. Doubles is fun because “if you can't get to the ball, you can ask your partner to hit it.” She enjoys winning, doing math and exercising.


March 10: Zorea D. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Zorea D.

Zorea is a hard worker who believes persistence is the best way to improve her game. “I will try again if I need to get better at something. I think I can get better at backhands and that’s why I like to hit them. I think learning new things in tennis is fun.”

Zorea enjoys dance, run track and sing. When she gets older she wants a house with a tennis court in the backyard. She also loves sneakers, especially Adidas, Vans and Jordans.

March 10: Kavon G. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Kavon G.

Kavon is KCTL’s student of the week because of his easy going attitude and enthusiasm for learning. Kavon enjoys playing games and points like King of the Court and Breakout. He likes to exercise and is one of KCTL’s most hard working students. He is thoughtful and considerate on and off the tennis court. Kavon enjoys learning about history and playing video games. He is currently learning about WW1 and the American Revolution.


March 3: Lily B. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Lily B.

Lily B. is KCTL’s student of the week because she is courageous and willing to try new things with a smile. She thinks tennis “is a good opportunity to learn something new" and helps her "get a lot of exercise.” She decided to play tennis because she thought it was really cool and always wanted to learn how to play like Serena. She is learning about backhands and forehands. She likes to dance and when she grows up she wants to be a very famous fashion designer. Lily is in 3rd grade.


March 3: Isaiah F. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Isaiah F.

Isaiah F. is almost 13 years old started playing tennis about five years ago. He was chosen as KCTL’s student of the week because he is always willing to try something new, takes suggestions well, and give 100% effort.

Isaiah learned about KCTL from a flyer he received at school which he took home to his mom. He likes everything about tennis: “The forehand, backhand, slices and overheads.” For fun, he likes to stay home and play on his computer.


February 24: Jonathan T. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Jonathan T.

Jonathan is KCTL winter session two student of the week. He has steadily improved his tennis game in just a short period of time, saying, “I know it takes practice, so I keep playing.” He started playing tennis last summer at Sumner Tennis Club. He is learning a lot about footwork and bending his knees to get the ball over the net. He likes to make new friends and enjoys being active.

Tennis improves his strength and helps him meet new kids. He is nine years old and in 4th grade.

In addition to tennis, he likes playing soccer and video games.

February 24: Michael M. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Michael M.

Michael is KCTL’s student of the week for winter session one. He has a positive attitude that he says comes from his parents. “They teach me that it doesn’t matter if I win or lose as long as I have fun and am nice.”

He enjoys learning about using the correct grip to hit groundstrokes and coming to KCTL so he can make new friends.

Michael enjoys playing video games and playing tennis.


February 17: Kyle C. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Kyle C.

Kyle Corbin likes to play tennis because “you get to run and exercise.” He was chosen for KCTL’s student of the week because of his determination to improve his groundstrokes. Kyle spent extra time with a volunteer to improve his aim. “I learned that wherever I put my shoulders, the ball goes exactly in the direction my shoulders are turned.”

He enjoys winning games and he has a positive attitude because he “feels happy all the time.”

February 17: Madison B. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Madison H

Madison Hird has played tennis with KCTL for two years and was chosen student of the week because she carries a positive attitude throughout the entire class. When she smiles, it spreads to the students around her.

She enjoys tennis because it gives her “the feeling of everybody helping, getting active and trying something new.”

She likes being active because it helps her feel more positive and healthy. She says KCTL is “awesome.”

February 3: Alexander L. (Session 2)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 2): Alexander L.

Alexander Lopez has been playing tennis for two years. He is ten years old. He likes tennis because “it is a game of cunning. You have to find out your opponent’s techniques. Tennis is a game of knowledge.”

Alexander is eager to help and first to raise his hand when asked questions about tennis or KCTL’s norms.

He likes learning about volleys. He says he has had a positive attitude “since I was one year old.”

February 3: Amina M. (Session 1)


KCTL Student of the Week (session 1): Amina Moses

Amina describes herself as a happy person who has tight friendships.

“My friends, we are always there for each other, no matter what. We’ll fight because we are not perfect people. You just got to know these are people who love you and care about you. You can’t push them away. People who you known for a long time who you stick with will love and care for you back.”

She says she attracts people with her happiness and smile. She likes to dance and bake things like brownies and cakes. Amina is in the 6th grade and 12 years old. She has a brother who also plays in KCTL.

She thinks tennis is fun. Serena Williams inspires her to do tennis. She likes playing a game, and playing tennis with friends. “I get to learn and have fun. That’s a big thing for me.”

Recently she learned how to volley and control her power to “keep the ball in the green.”

Outside of tennis, she has learned she has to be herself and not try to be like other people.

“That’s all I can be at the end of the day. All I can be is me.”


KCTL's "Student of the Week" feature is updated every Wednesday to recognize one player's outstanding behavior and/or effort from the previous Saturday class. Each honoree is selected through the careful review of our Site Leaders and Educational Coordinators.