The latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week has racked up an impressive number of frequent flyer miles by following her passion for sports across the country. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
Isabella Pecorari's athletic abilities are recognized from coast to coast. The Bronx Science High School senior is a nationally ranked equestrian and a member of a traveling soccer team.
"I really like the team aspect, you learn a lot through competition and working together," says Isabella.
"She's extremely talented, she's also very versatile. People look at her and they're, like, I wish I could do that, I wish I could do that like Isabella does it," says girls soccer coach Annie Eckstein.
While she may spend weekends traveling across the country to compete, Pecorari spends her weekdays dedicated to her school and community. Along with captaining the varsity soccer team, she is editor-in-chief of the yearbook and mentors freshman as part of the Big Sib program.
"She's always been very vocal and sort of reaching out to girls that are younger than her," says Coach Eckstein.
"I help mentor them through their first year here, either with helping to choose courses to take or if they have any issues they can always come help me. I love giving my advice to them," says Isabella.
Pecorari aspires to one day turn this passion for helping others into a profession by entering the medical field.
"I love giving back to people and trying to make the world a better place, and for me, that would be through healthcare," she says.
With a full schedule of honors courses and a hospital internship on her resume, Pecorari is already making strides towards this goal. Her teachers are confident she will be able to achieve whatever she puts her mind to when she heads to college in the fall.
"Her academics are extremely strong. And we're a rigorous school to begin with, but she even chooses more rigorous classes. I mean she's a powerhouse, I don't even know how she has enough time in the day to do what she does," says guidance counselor Jacole Mills.
"She's going to be able to bring a lot to her campus, not just in terms of academics but what she's going to be able to bring to her class," says Spanish teacher Patricia Nunez.
So, for always putting 100 percent into any task she takes on, Isabella Pecorari is the latest NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.