History maker, champion, MVP to soon graduate from Ranger College

Ryan Ronan
K-Lani Nava

The name K-Lani Nava is likely familiar to local sports fans that know her from her time as the starting kicker for the state champion Strawn Greyhounds.

Many more sports fans know her from seeing her on ESPN’s Sportcenter after she made history when she became the first female to play in a University Interscholastic League title game.

“It’s a cliché, but it’s so true, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to,” said Nava.

The next time she will be in the public eye is when she walks across the stage as a Ranger College graduate. The Dave Campbell’s championship game MVP will earn her associates degree from Ranger a couple weeks before she graduates from Strawn High School.

Nava, who is on the Dean’s List with her 3.6 GPA, has been accepted to Hawaii Pacific, but hopes she can take her 60 hours of college credit to Texas A&M Galveston where she wants to major in marine biology.

When you combine the upcoming spring graduation with the ceremony in May 2017, more than 70 high school students have graduated from Ranger College before they walked the stage for their high school diploma.