This week's Time Warner Cable Business Class NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week is leaving behind a legacy of athletic and academic excellence at her high school and will head to an ivy league university in the fall. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
Growing up, Marija Jevtic was always on the move. Her family lived in Serbia, Denmark, and Italy before settling in New York City at the start of her freshman year.
"I was really excited to go to school in American because I thought it was going to be like in the movies, like 'High School Musical' or something like that," Jevtic says.
And while Jevtic's experience at the High School for Environmental Studies in Hell's Kitchen has yet to make it to the silver screen, faculty members say she is the star of the school.
"She's somebody everybody wants to be friends with, she cares about everybody, she wants everyone to be happy and she will do whatever it takes to help somebody be better for themselves," says Marissa Bellino, Jevtic's global environment teacher
"She is definitely the greatest athlete we have ever had here, academically, and the greatest volleyball player," says Athletic Director Eugene Downs.
There's high praise for Jevtic, who has captained the volleyball team for the past three years. Her coach says she has served as the ultimate role model.
"It's really amazing how she is able to juggle a lot of things, with so much ease and no complaint at all. I would say that her pursuit of excellence is very exceptional and beyond compare," says Norman Gutierrez, Jevtic's volleyball coach.
"I feel like as the captain on the court, that I have the role of bringing everyone together and resolving any kind of issue that happens in the moment, and I really enjoy that," Jevtic says.
Jevtic also leads her peers in the classroom. The senior is ranked first out of more than 300 students and has a GPA over 100.
"She had a way to study that other students maybe didn't have, a way to communicate with other studies that really helped her really to excel," says Michael Hojnacko, Jevtic's AP biology teacher.
Jevtic founded her school's Model United Nations chapter and also participates on the Envirothon team. Her constant dedication to learning has earned her a spot at Harvard University in the fall, where she looks forward to keeping just as busy.
"I think that whenever you love something, it's not hard to put in work and be persistent and determined and to do it," Jevtic says.
And so, for putting her all into every activity she takes on, Marija Jevtic is this week's Time Warner Cable Business Class NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.