The latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week is a passionate leader on the basketball court, both at his school and in the community. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
Those who know Kieran Hurley say he is a selfless leader. The Brooklyn Technical High School senior captains the varsity basketball team and serves as an assistant coach for his local CYO team on Staten Island.
"Coaching this year was kind of something that was thrown at me at the spur of the moment. They were like, 'Do you want to come and help coach this team?' And I said, 'Why not?' It was a really good experience, it was fun to watch the kids get better and better everyday and it was just fun to watch the team grow as a whole," recalls Kieran.
"He's very friendly, very sociable. He likes to involve himself with other people's needs. He tries to help out his teammates as much as he can," says basketball coach Stephen Gigliello.
In his spare time, Hurley competes with the Staten Island Stingrays Travel Team. His teachers say that his strong leadership on the courts translates to the classroom.
"You can see a definite reflection of sports in the classroom. We do a lot of group work in the forensics science class so there's always an activity or lab they're trying to solve. He works well with anyone, he's good at developing strategy. He sees strength in his group members," says forensics science teacher Kay Sirianni.
Hurley boasts an average of over 100 and is ranked in the top 10 of the graduating class. He serves as a peer tutor and writes for the school newspaper.
"Journalism is a potential career path for me," says Kieran. "I'm not sure what I want to do yet but it's one of the things I've been considering so it's been really interesting and I've learned a lot and its shown me a lot."
"Teaching is hard and it has its frustrations, even at a great school like this. What makes the job worthwhile is a student like Kieran. He was sent by the teaching Gods," says AP English teacher Dan Baldwin.
Hurley plans to attend Cornell University in the fall and is looking forward to a successful future.
"I think that once you experience success you want to keep going at it and keep doing better and better and better. And that motivates me all the time. Just keep going. No matter what problems I may face or difficulties that come about it always helps me to stay focused and keep doing good," says Kieran.
So, for his passion for basketball and academic excellence, Kieran Hurley is the latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week.