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Kelly Nola: Basketball Star Pursues Dream of Becoming a Veterinarian

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When this week's Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week isn't busy shooting hoops, she's spending her time helping others. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

According to her basketball coach, Kelly Nola is a one-of-a-kind player.

"She's one of the few players around that will do whatever it takes to win," says John Sce, Nola's basketball coach. "She's [a] very, very unselfish young lady, and more important, an excellent student. Me personally, I don't get to coach student-athletes like this every year."

The Port Richmond High School senior is the star of her team, and she has the stats to prove it. She's scored more than 1,000 points in her high school career.

Those who know her, however, say her true talent is being a team player.

"She makes every girl around her better by the way she practices, by the way she plays, by the way she lifts them up," Sce says.

"We made it really far this year. We've never did that before. We made it to the championship game, so everybody just became really close, and he made us seem like we were sisters," Nola says.

It's not just Nola's team that benefits from her talents. She passes her knowledge to the next generation of basketball players as a coach for fifth graders.

"I felt like they kind of looked up to me a bit, and it made them work hard," Nola says.

Nola also volunteers at a local veterinarian's office. She will be studying biology at Mount St. Vincent College this fall in the hopes of becoming a vet herself.

"Ever since I was little, I wanted to become a vet, so I guess just reaching for that goal has always been one of my dreams," she says.

Ranked in the top 10 of her class with an A average, teachers say they're confident Nola has the work ethic to achieve her goal.

"She's a great student," says Delfina Levine, Nola's AP Calculus teacher. "She tries very hard. She does all her work. She's very conscientious."

"She's a go-to girl," says Mark Luongo, Nola's social studies teacher. "She's dependable, the person that you would want on your team, the person you would want to study with, because she's good at what she does all around."

So, for scoring points on and off the court, and for her dedication to excellence, Kelly Nola is the Time Warner Cable Business Class NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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