May 5, 2016
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Kennedy High graduate Kenneth Walker III has been doing impressive things on the football field for the UCLA Bruins, but we just learned he’s been accomplishing even greater things in the classroom.

On Tuesday, UCLA announced winners of the school’s 10th Annual UCLA Scholar-Athlete awards, with Walker earning the Maggie Gilbert Academic Achievement Award. The starting wide receiver has been netting impressive grades at the well-regarded university.

“The award is presented to student-athletes who have shown tremendous growth throughout their academic career at UCLA and demonstrated relentless perseverance and commitment to their academic endeavors,” the school said in a statement.

Walker, a red-shirt senior, played in 13 games last season, starting in seven. The speedy wide receiver had three big catches in the bowl game against Nebraska, scoring on a 60-yard pass play, and had a season-long 63 yard pass reception at Oregon State.

Here’s Walker talking about his first career TD for UCLA.

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Walker III’s Twitter account.





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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.