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Tanya Kaewkrajang: Swim Team Captain Excels At Piano, Other Instruments

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This week's NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete is an accomplished musician and a leader in the pool. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

If being a classically trained pianist isn't enough, Tanya Kaewkrajang plays the violin and guitar.

"I've been playing for so long that I find myself, whenever I'm tired or anything, I just go to the piano and just play piano," she says. "I just find myself playing pieces I've been playing for a while."

The LaGuardia High School of the Arts senior is also enrolled in the Music Assess Project at the Bloomingdale School of Music, an after-school scholarship program. She has the opportunity to take master classes and has won various competitions.

"She has brought her own discipline to every task in front of her," says Joseph Meyers, an instrumental music teacher.

After playing the piano for more than 11 years, Kaewkrajang has an impressive repertoire.

"Bach prelude and fugues to Chopin nocturnes, Chopin scherzos, and a contemporary piece by Benjamin Lees, Fantasia," she says.

When Kaewkrajang was accepted to the school, she was required to pick up a secondary instrument. She chose the violin.

Kaewkrajang was able to advance to the junior symphonic orchestra after only three years of playing. Last year, she even served as a section leader of the intermediate string orchestra.

"She was my principal second violinist, even though she's not a violinist," Meyers says. "She came here as a pianist. It just shows the drive that she has in her life and how she is so focused that no matter what's she's working on, she gives it absolutely her all."

Kaewkrajang started swimming when she was 12 and captained the school's swim team.

"I had to encourage everyone to practice every day," she says. "Even though we don’t have practice, to go by themselves to a pool so we could become a better team."

In college, she plans to pursue pharmacy at either St. John's University or Long Island University in the fall.

"I can definitely imagine, with her extremely strong math background, that she's going to be a fantastic pharmacist if she so chooses," says Hansen Law, a mathematics teacher. "But to be honest, I could see her doing all sorts of things in life.

So, for excelling in the world of music and sports, Tanya Kaewkrajang is the latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP