This week's NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week has a passion for foreign languages he hopes will take him around the world. NY1's Priya Desai filed the following report.
Christian Tufaro is the starting quarter back and strong safety for Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island. Depending on the play, he'll start at wide receiver as well.
"It's a lot of hard work a lot of commitment you got to look at plays. Memorizing offenses when you are on defense memorizing defenses when you are on offense," says Christian.
Tufaro's can do attitude has led him to success on the football field as well as in the classroom. He has spent the last four years on the honor roll and is fluent in Italian.
"It's a fun language you get to the roll the Rs. It's a lot of culture into it, I'm Italian," he says.
The Wagner senior has been studying Italian since elementary school and decided his junior year to take on Spanish and French as well. His love of the languages found its way to the football field.
"As a player you need to be able to not just focus on one thing and take in everything at once. So being able to learn multiple things at a time really help me on the field," says Christian.
Tufaro's multiple interests extend beyond the languages excelling in math, physics and AP literature. Teachers say his passion for academia is palpable in the classroom.
"When he brings on a discussion everyone is quiet and listens and appreciates what he says. At times they applaud what he brings into the classroom. That's awesome to see, it really is," says romance philology teacher Michael Ambrosino.
Christian plans on continuing his multiple foreign language studies in college and he plans on using those skills all around the world.
Combining his love of languages, math, and international travel Tufaro wants to become an engineer.
"If I could use engineering to like help the world and build the world it would be awesome," says Christian.
Tufaro's coach isn't surprised the senior has set such high goals. He's seen his player succeed both in the classroom and on the field.
"I think whatever he chooses to do he'll be successful in because of his work ethic and drive," says varsity football coach Arthur Newcombe.
"If you know what you want in your heart, you shouldn't let anyone distract you from that," says Christian.
So, for following his passions all around the world, Christian Tufaro is our latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.