The latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week has helped lead three of his school's sports teams to success. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
As the joke writer for Hunter College High School's yearbook, Peter Mason is known for his wit and sense of humor. But when it comes to sports his dedication is no laughing matter.
"Sports are just a big part of me. I really enjoy just being on a team and just competing and running and having a good time with my friends," says Peter.
The senior is captain of the school's varsity basketball and volleyball teams. He also helps manage the girl's varsity volleyball team. Coaches say his leadership has helped all three teams grow stronger.
"He puts everyone together, he makes everyone better around him. He is the glue, he is the chemistry," says head boys volleyball coach Jason Dibelius.
Mason is co-president of Hunter's Athletic Association. He says he wants to help his peers have the same positive experience he has enjoyed in the program.
"Just being on a sports team is a really great experience and it's a great way to get to know people and to sort of figure out something about yourself," says Peter.
Teachers say the same traits that make him a star on the courts can be seen in the classroom, where he is enthusiastic and always helping his fellow students.
"He's very much a cooperative team player in the classroom, his peers clearly respect him, they listen to him," says English teacher Lori D'Amico.
"He's one of the best students that I've ever had and one of those students that when you feel down and you think about why did I get into teaching and when you see a student like Peter, it's worthwhile," says Spanish teacher Jose Diaz.
Mason is undecided about where he'll attend college next year. But those who know him are confident he'll excel wherever he winds up going.
"He's going to be very successful. He's extremely determined, very disciplined and he's just an excellent role model," Diaz says.
"On as well as off the court, there's not enough to be said about the way he conducts himself," Dibelius says.
So, for his infectious energy and team spirit, Peter Mason is NY1's Scholar Athlete of the Week.