This week's NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week is known for helping her peers on the court and in the classroom. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
In a class of more than 800 students, Kenya Medina stands out. The Francis Lewis High School senior has proven herself to be a leader in both athletics and academics.
"She shows that drive and teamwork," says Arnie Rosenbaum, coach of the girls volleyball team at Francis Lewis High School.
"She's very motivated. Good work ethic," says Mayra Rosa, Medina's AP Psychology teacher. "She's an excellent student."
Medina is captain of the school's handball team. She's also a key player on the volleyball team, which she helped lead to the playoffs this season. A twisted ankle kept Medina from participating, but it didn't stop her from showing team spirit.
"She came to practice. She cheered everybody on," Rosenbaum says. "She ended up being our photographer for the playoffs."
"We made it far, and I'm really proud of my team, and even though I was injured, I'm glad I was still able to be there with them," Medina says.
Medina's can-do attitude also translates to her classwork. The honors student takes a challenging course load ranging from AP mathematics to music.
With a GPA above 100, Medina is ranked third in the class.
"I always found school to be very important, so I had to keep the grades up," she says. "And then at the end, when I found out I was third, at first, I didn't believe it."
Teachers say they can always count on her to participate and help struggling classmates succeed.
"She's an excellent role model," Rosa says. "There's an air of modesty about her that really stands out. She attracts students. They feel free to approach her."
Medina aspires to become a physical therapist in the future. She's still undecided on where to go to college, but wants to stay involved in sports.
"I always play sports," she says. "I can't stop doing that."
"If she picks a school that maybe she can play at, she'll make the team 'cause she'll go there and give it her all," Rosenbaum says.
So, for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, even from the sidelines, Kenya Medina is the latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.