Battle Mountain athlete looking forward to college
Keegan Garnsey has grown up enjoying everything the valley has to offer. The Eagle resident will soon graduate from Battle Mountain High School ” and the one thing she won’t miss is being on the road for an hour each day. She will miss the mountains, skiing and the smallness of the valley. “I love that everybody knows everybody here and I will miss that,” says Garnsey. She will also miss the group of girls that she has hung out with, and they plan to keep in touch after they go their separate ways next fall.
In addition to being in student council for Battle Mountain, Garnsey has proven herself to be an amazing athlete. She excelled in hockey and soccer during her high school years. On the hockey team, she played forward and was switched her senior year in soccer from defense to forward. “That was a big change for me,” says Garnsey, who came to enjoy playing the new position. “It’s fun working with different people on the team.”
Garnsey’s older brother, Mac, attends Boston College, and Garnsey is currently trying to choose Boston or closer-to-home CU-Boulder. “I’ve learned a lot from Mac’s experiences and we are very close,” relays Garnsey. Her parents have provided her with support and advice through the years, and she’s ready to be on her own. Garnsey says, “My parents always have said that things always work out in the end and to try hard at everything you do ” because it’ll be worth it.”
Garnsey attended Edwards Elementary School before spending her middle school years at the Eagle County Charter Academy. Eagle County School District Director of Secondary Education Mike Gass was the Dean at the charter academy Garnsey attended. “I was always excited to see where this group of graduating seniors would end up,” says Gass, who went on to say that it has been fun monitoring Garnsey and her friends through the newspapers and seeing their success in school and athletics. “Keegan is a positive role model for younger students,” says Gass. “She was one of those kids who was high-energy and always in a good mood,” adds Gass, who says that students like Garnsey have an impact on teachers and administrators.