This week's NY1 Scholar Athlete of the week has the discipline to clear hurdles on the track and score As in class. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
Staying active has always been important to Kristy Carlin. The senior leads Staten Island Technical High School's health and fitness club and captains the varsity track and cross country teams.
"Being a leader on the team was really cool," Carlin says. "Just helping the girls out on the track and then becoming friends, and helping them off the track, too."
With her speed and impressive ability to clear more than five feet in high jump, Carlin has helped break team records and win championships.
"Her work ethic has rubbed off on many of the other girls, especially the younger ones," says Patricia Mulligan, Carlin's indoor and outdoor track coach. "She's a good example."
The discipline that makes Carlin stand out in sports has also allowed her to leap to the top of her class.
"As a teacher, you see how much hard work goes into the classrooms, and then, their dedication to any kind of sport or extracurricular activity is that much more appreciated because they study so hard," says Victoria Finkelshteyn, Carlin's AP Macroeconomics teacher and assistant track coach.
Not even this winter's snowy weather could slow Carlin down. As a participant in a snow shoveling for seniors volunteer program, she has been outside after every storm, clearing paths for her neighbors in need.
"I'm assigned a senior citizen's house on my block, and after it snows, we walk up there, shovel it," Carlin says. "It's using something that I can do as a healthy individual that maybe she can't anymore."
Carlin says that she never has to look far for inspiration to stay motivated. Her older siblings have set an example that she is eager to follow.
"All three of my siblings have been really successful and a really big inspiration to me, and they've all become successful adults, and I think they've really taught me how to manage things and what, really, the right direction to go in," Carlin says.
Carlin plans to study science and continue running track when she heads to college, where her teachers are confident that her best work is still to come.
"I honestly feel like she's just tapping into her full potential now," Finkelshteyn says.
So, for always raising the bar in any activity she takes on, Kristy Carlin in NY1's Scholar Athlete of the Week.