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Joiada Darnell: Volleyball and Basketball Captain Motivates Peers to Succeed

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This week's NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week is always helping others improve, whether it's on the court or in the classroom. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

Students and teachers at Humanities and the Arts High School know they can always count on Joiada Darnell for a helping hand.

"She's always there for other students in the classroom if anyone needs help," says college advisor and English teacher Miranda Smalls.

"She's actually a tutor," says Nisha Silochan, a French teacher. "She does part time tutoring for French. She doesn't have to do it, but she just volunteers, which is tremendous help to me."

Darnell's team spirit can be seen best in athletics, where she leads her peers as captain of the volleyball and basketball teams.

"She's a great overall athlete and her teammates really respect her and look up to her," says Haliemah Simone, the girls volleyball coach.

"I like it cause it's a team effort, so it's one for all, all for one," says Darnell. "You have to work together to win the games. If I can be a captain, I can show others what to do, how to do it and help other players progress."

The senior also sets the bar in the band as first-chair clarinet.

Outside of school, Darnell has been selected to participate in a number of prestigious programs based on her leadership abilities.

"She's part of an A&E mentoring," says Smalls. "It's a career-awareness program, and they only give it to six students in our school."

"I'm also a part of College Summit, where we went over to Monmouth University to learn how to be a leader to our peers so they can move themselves to college," says Darnell.

Darnell is heading to Manhattanville College in the fall where she plans to study marine biology.

"I love animals, so I wanted to focus on more of the marine life so I wanted to help the marine life animals come back from extinction," says Darnell.

Teachers say they're sure her positive presence will make a splash on campus.

"I'm expecting to hear great things, wonderful things," says Smalls. "Because when you've been a wonderful person, and you've been Joiada Darnell for four years in this school, I only expect the greatest."

So, for helping motivate everyone she meets to succeed, Joiada Darnell is the NY1/Time Warner Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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