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John Diakogeorgios: Baseball Captain Furthers Understanding Of Greek Heritage

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The latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week leads by example both on and off the baseball field. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

John Diakogeorgios is an all-around leader. The William Cullen Bryant High School senior captains the varsity baseball team and is the school president.

"I ran for president just so I can exercise my leadership skills. For example, baseball co-captain, school president. It's what I enjoy doing and I hope in the future, I can become the leader of a business," says John.

Diakogeorgios played a variety of sports before falling in love with baseball at the age of seven. He started playing on Little League and now plays center field for Bryant.

"He's one of the most reliable players that I have and one of the most dependable players. He's a tough, greedy kid. He's my type of ball player," says boys baseball coach Rocco Rotondi.

"I look forward to I guess showing the younger kids and the underclassmen which way to go, the right things to do, and leaving a legacy in my name in this year's class," says John.

When Diakogeorgios is off the field, he is engaged in planning school functions as president of the Bryant Union. He is also learning about his Greek heritage as a member of the Greek Club and the Greek Orthodox Youth Association. He also spends his spare time volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House and at the St. Basil's Academy orphanage.

"He's really helped strengthen the Greek Club and has helped maintain the Greek language and the Greek culture," says Greek teacher and Greek Club advisor Adriana Karantzes.

Diakogeorgios wants to pursue business in college and is choosing between St. John's University and Baruch College.

"For the future, I look forward to continuing I guess what I do now. Spending time with family and friends and also working hard and leaving myself in a good position to live comfortably," says John.

"John epitomizes a true Bryant scholar. He's well-rounded academically, socially and athletically," says school principal Namita Dwarka.

So, for his stoic and diverse leadership both on and off the field, John Diakogeorgios is the latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP