Sarah Soo-Hoo: Top City Golfer Sets Own Academic Par
Updated: 03/30/2012 12:45 PM
By: Jon Weinstein
The latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete is focused on becoming a better golfer while getting the most out of the academic offerings at one of the city's top high school's. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
It's not easy to be a high school golfer in the city, just ask Stuyvesant's Sarah Soo-Hoo. She carries her clubs across the five boroughs everyday just to get to practices and matches.
"It required me to wake up about a half an hour earlier than usual in order to avoid rush hour in the morning because I had to take a bus and two trains to get to school," says Sarah. "After that we would have to take a ride to the Bronx from Manhattan for matches and from the Bronx I would have to go back to Queens at home."
But that dedication paid off. She's the school's number one golfer and won a city championship as a junior. She's also been honored by the City Parks Foundation and perhaps even more impressively the PGA of America.
"She's been my number one player since she was a freshman, since the beginning of the team and she got better and better as the years went on," says golf coach and teacher Emilio Nieves.
Stuyvesant offers a rigorous academic program, and Sarah's managed to rise to the top of her class of 800 students. She's piled up perfect scores on Advanced Placement exams and an "A" average, all while impressing her teachers with her thoughtfulness and personality.
"It's very insightful the kinds of things she sees beyond the actual question itself," says math teacher Oana Pascu.
"She will bring to the classroom not just mathematical insights but she brings to the classroom outside tidbits about the school atmosphere and kids pick up on it and it makes for a very fun class," says social studies teacher Dr. Reuben Stern.
Sarah's also showed her maturity when she took on a job as an intern in housing court, a job usually reserved for college and law students.
"I saw the world from a different perspective in a sense because it was housing court and I saw a lot of people facing foreclosures and getting kicked out of their houses for not paying rent, so it was a real eye opener for me," says Sarah.
Despite that interest in the law Sarah is planning on studying medicine in college, she's applied to some of the top universities in the country. She ultimately wants to become a doctor.
"My goal in life is to help people in a sense, to sort of better people and I feel like being a doctor would be the best way to do that," says Sarah.
So, for acing just about every task presented to her, Sarah Soo-Hoo is the latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.
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