This week's NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week's award-winning athleticism and dedication in the classroom set him apart from his peers. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
In his four years at Curtis High School, Jacob Marlin has made a mark: Breaking records for his speed on the track and becoming a role model for underclassmen.
"He leads by example. And everything he does, the other teammates emulate what he does. From his focus, to his pre-race preparation, to his post-race warm down, they understand he's a leader," says track coach Ronald Banks.
Marlin is co-captain of the school's cross country and track and field teams. The senior holds the Curtis steeplechase record and has the fifth fastest cross-country time in school history. But Marlin says he's always pushing to be better.
"My school has had some great runners and I always want to be the best at what I do," says Jacob.
"He's finished races with no shoes, he's finished races with banged-up knees, and nothing distracts him from his goal," says Banks.
And when he's not helping his teammates, Marlin shares his knowledge of sports by coaching youth track and little league teams. But, his volunteer efforts also extend off the field.
"My apartment building was actually affected by Hurricane Sandy, so I felt like I had a need to go help the community," says Jacob.
Marlin served hot meals to his neighbors in need after the storm. He was also selected by his school faculty to help lead peer outreach programs. Teachers say this commitment to the community helped earn him a spot in the school's competitive International Baccalaureate Program.
"Jacob has excelled in this program, gone above and beyond what the requirements are," says physics teacher Alia Jackson.
"He's a model of leadership, he's a model of athletic ability, and he's a model academically," says diploma program coordinator Margarita Fernandez.
Marlin is undecided where he will attend college next year, but he hopes to study physics and continue running track. He believes his academic and athletic interests are intertwined.
"They're very similar because you have to do hard work in both of them to succeed. So, if you're good at track, it's generally because you try hard, so in school, it's the same thing," says Jacob.
So, for always going the extra mile to achieve excellence, Jacob Marlin is the latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.