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Former local heading to N.C. State

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyKelly Burns, whose family used to live in Gypsum, has committed to North Carolina State for her college volleyball career.

Kelly Burns, a junior at Jackson Hole (Wyo.) High School in Jackson Hole, WY, announced that she would be playing volleyball with a full scholarship for North Carolina State University in the fall of 2009.

The 6-foot left-handed setter is the daughter of former Gypsum residents Bryan and Kathleen Burns. While attending Gypsum Middle School, Kelly played outside hitter for Rob Crawford’s Lightning Club volleyball team.

Burns had to pick volleyball over swimming and basketball, something she had done for five years prior to high school.

“It wasn’t that tough of a choice,” she said. “I enjoyed swimming and playing basketball, but I knew volleyball was going to be a better sport for me.”

Burns has been the cornerstone of her high school varsity and club teams for the past three years.

“She has unlimited potential,” said Sean Shockley, Jackson Hole High School activities director and Burns’ varsity basketball coach. “She has the desire and determination to grow. She has a lot of skills to offer N.C. State right now, but more importantly, has the potential of becoming an outstanding player at a Division I level.”

Last year, Burns was named Wyoming 3A all-state and all-conference as well as featured in Volleyball Magazine Scholar Athlete of the Month and Wyoming Wonder.

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