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Sarina Rozek: Volleyball Star Also Proud of Academic Legacy

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This week's Time Warner Cable NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week comes from a long line of athletic excellence. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

It's no surprise Sarina Rozek is the star of Fort Hamilton High School's volleyball team: The sport is in her blood.

"My mom played in Europe when she was there, she's from Slovakia, she also started in fifth grade, and my younger sister she's also on the team," says Sarina.

But Rozek doesn't just rely on her good genes--she is always pushing herself to be better.

"Before the season starts, I work out with the boys to be prepared for the future," says Sarina.

"She's been a real blessing to have, hard working, dedicated. Where she is now is top-level, but she's always trying to get better, which is what you want in a leader," says girls varsity volleyball coach Richard Sherry.

As captain, Rozek has led her team to back-to-back PSAL championships. She also manages the boy's volleyball team. Through this role, Rozek says she met her greatest inspiration, a fellow student, Eduard Nogay. The junior passed away after a battle with cancer last year.

"From him passing away, especially not just me, to everyone, the whole school, we've been driven to push more success this year, and we've done it with the championship, and we're proud of ourselves, and we're glad that we did it for him," says Sarina.

Teachers say Rozek's team spirit extends to the classroom, where the "A" student leads by example.

"She was energetic and dynamic, always willing to do more. Really, really expressive, willing to learn, and all the integral contributions to the class," says English teacher Justin Sosa.

Rozek will take her talents to St. Francis College in the fall, where she looks forward to exploring new subjects and continuing her family's legacy on the court.

"I think she's going to be in a starting role, she's going to be a leader. It's going to be fun to watch her, and I can't wait to get my team over to St. Francis to watch her play," says Coach Sherry.

"Volleyball has shaped me to become who I am now, and honestly I'm in love with it," says Sarina.

So, for putting 100 percent towards pursuing her passion, Sarina Rozek is this week's Time Warner Cable Business Class NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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The NY1/Time Warner Cable Business Class Scholar Athlete program celebrates student athletes who successfully combine academics with athletics, and also find time for community service. The program, operated in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education, is open to any senior attending a New York City public high school.

 

Each week of the school year, a selected student is profiled on NY1 and receives a partial scholarship to the school they choose to attend in the fall.

 

To apply, download and print out the official Scholar Athlete application, then mail it to the address on the form.

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