Palmer Kahren – North Gwinnett

Q: Please tell us about your current plans after high school. And what inspired you to choose this path?

A: I will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall. UA has a great business school and this will be my field of study. Also, when I went to visit, I just felt like it was the greatest fit for me. From the moment I walked on campus, I knew it was where I wanted to spend the next four years.


Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.

A: My Dad, John Kahren is originally from Indiana and my Mom is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have a sister Lindsay who is two years behind me and she also goes to North Gwinnett. She plays on both the North varsity tennis and volleyball teams. My dad has been a huge inspiration for me. I am always inspired by his generosity, kindness and caring. He has 130 employees at his company and I see him strive to take care of them in all that he does running his company. He has also made so much possible for me during my years of sports, specifically my golf career. I am thankful he coached all my youth teams for over 12 years. My mom has been a stay at home mom since I was born and I am so thankful for the time she has always spent helping me reach my goals.


Q: Where do you go to school?

A: North Gwinnett High School


Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community? 

A: Taco Mac is a great place to gather with friends, Sonic on a Friday night, and Taco Bell for the Baha Blast!!


Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?

A: Brian Sellers. He has been my golf coach for 4 years at North Gwinnett. He is so interesting because he is so mellow on the surface, but as you get to know him, he is so much fun. He has been an amazing coach, mentor and huge person in my life. I am a better person for his influence over the past four years!! Thanks Coach!!


Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

A: I want to stay home for now until it is safer to travel, but then I want to hit the beach with a group of friends since we missed spring break. After that, onto Tuscaloosa and football games.


Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?

A: Current favorite TV show is Lucifer, but have loved Friends in the past.


Q: What’s the best advice you ever received from a teacher? Who was the teacher?

A: Ms. Brace in 6th Grade Math. She encouraged me by telling me to always be organized, use the talent and the smarts I have and look toward the big picture. She wanted me to always focus on the what I want the four years after high school.


Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?

A: Any Country music.


Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?

A:  Steph Curry. I would love to hear about his road to the NBA. Mellow Mushroom to get local pizza.


Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?

A: Rec basketball through NGBSA that has been run so well by Chip Pierce and Dale Cushman. This program has been full of fun, competition and friends for the last 8 years for me.


Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

A: I hope to graduate from University of Alabama in 5 years with a Master’s Degree in Business. I want to use this degree in a sales capacity to learn all I can for four or five years and then I hope to start my own business.


Q: What show are you binge watching right now? 

A: Lucifer


Q: Favorite month? holiday? and best single day on the calendar?

A: Early September for the start of the NFL season.


Q: Who inspires you to be better?

A: Mostly my Dad. He is amazing and I always want to make him proud. Also, my Cincinnati cousins. They have also had a great influence on me.


Q: If you could go back over your entire school career what is one thing you would do different?

A: I would start golfing earlier. I did not pick up a club until 9th grade.


Q: Who or what do you miss the most right now?

A: I miss the chance to see friends and just hang out like we all planned as we wrap up our Senior Year. I miss knowing that we will all have a great time through Prom, Graduation and Senior activities.


Q: Were you involved in any sports or extra curricular activities?

A: National Honor Society and Varsity Golf


Q: What’s the first thing you want to do when this quarantine is over?

A: Get together with a big group of friends. Enjoy going to the local restaurants again.