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Magdalena Zielonka: Yale-Bound Athlete Keeps Community In Mind

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The latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week keeps busy giving back to both her school and sports communities. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

Take one glance at Magdalena Zielonka's resume and it's no surprise that the Hunter College High School senior was accepted into Yale.

"I've always tried to get as involved as I can in different areas of both school life and community life because I feel like I owe a lot to all of my communities. I grew up a pretty happy person and I can thank that and attribute that to all the people who have been around me," says Magdalena.

Zielonka started playing soccer as a toddler with her two brothers who also played for Hunter. This year, she captained the varsity team.

"The three of them, not only are they this perfect soccer playing group, but it's clear that she has a real sort of moral compass and a real sort of set of values and ethics," says girls varsity soccer coach and social studies teacher David Joffe.

Zielonka also started swimming at an early age and has been part of the New York City Aquatic Club since the sixth grade.

"It became a way for me to kind of discipline myself. I knew everyday that I had practice after school and I think swimming is an awesome sport to stay in shape and to be fit," says Magdalena.

When she's not in the pool or on the field, Zielonka heads the Athletic Association and works on the yearbook staff and student council. She also co-founded African Kids in Need to raise funds to sponsor kids and is also a troop leader for a Polish Cub Scout organization.

"It's a cool way for Polish kids within my community because I live in a very Polish community, to kind of come together and enjoy our Polish culture and our Polish heritage," says Magdalena.

"For somebody with all the gifts that she has and she really does seem to have it all. She is really grounded, she really has a good head on her shoulders," says Latin teacher Christopher Unruh.

So, for her passion for her community and excellence in sports, Magdalena Zielonka is the latest NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP