The latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week is a leader on the soccer field both at her school and in the community. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy has a graduating class of 130 students, but Carlene Fontanez-Lutsky is known as a stand out. The senior captained the girls soccer team for two seasons while staying focused on her studies.
"You have to just always keep the girls motivated saying, 'It's not about winning. It's knowing that you went onto the field doing your best and that you played your heart out,'" says Carlene.
Fontanez-Lutsky’s parents both work in the education field, and it’s helped her keep academics her number one priority.
"She's a model student, works hard at everything she does, whether it be in lab or in lecture, asks really good questions, and is a really good contribution to our school and our classrooms," says science teacher Devin Walsh.
To stay in shape during the off-season, Fontanez-Lusky organized conditioning workouts so the team could focus on new techniques and drills by the time preseason rolled around.
"Despite being smaller than lots of the girls she played against, she wouldn't get knocked around or thrown off the ball very easily because sure she made she was strong enough to stand up to it," says girls soccer coach Julienne Krause.
Fontanez-Lutsky started playing soccer at the age of seven with the Riverdale Soccer League and is now giving back to the community as an assistant coach.
"My sister and I we both helped out and we would teach different drills and then play scrimmages with them and we really built relationships with the girls," says Carlene.
Fontanez-Lutsky interned at the Riverdale Neighborhood House's after-school program where she tutored elementary grade students and also taught soccer.
"Carlene is a leader I would say and I think she leads by example in a lot of ways with really a lot of the energy she brings, really to everything she does," says history teacher Will Cushing.
Fontanez-Lutsky says biology is her favorite subject. She aspires to become a veterinarian or a physical trainer. She also hopes to play club soccer in college.
"School is very important and always has been, but soccer has definitely kept me focused because I knew that if I wasn't performing well in school I wasn't allowed to play soccer so soccer was kind of my relaxation," says Carlene.
So, for giving back to her community through academics and sports, Carlene Fontanez-Lutsky is the latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week.