(JAN 16) (ALEXANDRIA, VA.)
- Seventeen-year-old Iesha Kenney reached new heights in her
amateur boxing career this past week in Reno, Nev. The T.C.
Williams student captured her third straight national title at
the 2015 Junior Open and Youth National Championships. Kenney is
now an eight-time national champion with gold medal victories in
the National Police Athletic League (PAL) tournament, Golden
Gloves, Silver Gloves and Junior Olympics. She’s also tested her
skills against the best in the world, winning a bronze medal at
the 2013 Junior World Championships.
Kenney clinched her first berth
on the U.S. National Team in January of 2013 at the inaugural
Junior and Youth Open Tournament in Reno, Nev. She went on to
represent Team USA at the Pirkka Tournament in Finland, where
she won her first international gold medal. Later in 2013,
Kenney competed in the first-ever Women’s Junior and Youth World
Championships in Bulgaria where she earned bronze after a
controversial loss to Turkey in the semifinal round.
Kenny continued her winning ways last year, reclaiming her
position on Team USA at the 2014 Youth Open before taking gold
the National PAL Championships in October. International
competitions for the women’s non-Olympic weight classes in the
junior and youth categories weren’t contested in 2014, but will
resume this year at the 2015 Junior and Youth Women’s World
Championships in Taipei, Taiwan in May.
Now a regular presence on the USA Boxing national team, the
teenager is well-known on the domestic international scene and
she looks forward to returning to international action later
this year. A proud member of the Alexandria Boxing Club, Kenney
enjoys the chance to train alongside fellow national champions
Troy Isley, Kavon Robertson and Dara Shen. Her coaches Kay
Koroma, Dennis Porter and Ron Simms will make sure to have ready
to face the world’s best when she takes the ring in Taiwan later
Outside of boxing, Kenney maintains a 3.9 GPA at T.C. Williams
High School, where she is enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP)
and “Dual Enrollment” courses, which double as college credits.
Kenney was recognized by the City of Alexandria’s Mayor Bill
Euille in May 2013 for her outstanding achievement in boxing.
Boxing isn’t Kenney’s only talent outside of the classroom,
she’s also an accomplished violinist and softball player.