WINCHESTER — For nearly as long as he can remember, Millbrook High School senior Kyle Keenan was taught to put forth his best effort and give life everything he has.

For Kyle, that includes the constantly rotating schedule of a variety of school, sports and other activities. And while it’s almost like walking a tightrope at times, Kyle, 18, seems to have a strong handle on them all.

“It’s all about time management, not stopping until you get everything done,” said Kyle, the son of Bruce and Jill Keenan. “Long nights, early mornings, working on the bus rides, in the locker room before practice. It’s a balancing act for sure.”

But for Kyle, that delicate balancing act has certainly paid off. He is tied for first in his class of 317 and has earned a 4.65 GPA.

He plays varsity baseball and ran cross country his sophomore year and played football his freshman year. He has served as class president twice and participated in other activities such as the Leo Club, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Kyle also likes to give back to his community as often as possible.

Since 2012, he has worked as a National Junior Cotillion instructor, teaching sixth and seventh graders manners and ballroom dancing. For three years he taught gifted and talented students about conservation in the Northern Shenandoah Valley as an intern with the Blue Ridge Environmental Studies Governor’s School. He also incorporated community service projects to help the elderly, and during the holiday season he’s a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

With an interest in finance and economics, Kyle will attend Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he’ll study international finance and continue to showcase his talents on the baseball diamond.

“I just try and put my best foot forward in everything that I can, I’ve always been taught that,” Keenan said. “Be devoted to anything you’re a part of.”

— Contact Christopher Earley at cearley@winchesterstar.com

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