This week's NY1 Scholar Athlete rarely takes a break from her busy sports schedule, yet never misses a beat in the classroom. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed this report.
Sophia Gershon is a triple threat: She starts at first base for the softball team, is captain of the soccer team, and a basketball star.
The athlete shines on and off the court at Stuyvesant High School, but getting a starting position on the basketball team didn't come easy.
"I worked really hard to improve and show the coach that I could be a starter and I deserved the playing time," says Gershon.
And that's what she did. Gershon spent extra time outside of school on travel teams working on her skills. She then became a starting center her junior year--the 6'2" tall senior leads the PSAL in rebounds.
"It's not necessarily the most skilled player, it's not necessarily the most athletic player, which obviously those things do go into it, but it's really how much you want the ball and how much you're willing to go after it," says Gershon.
"She's a big rebounder. She boxes out, she also can shoot from the outside, she can shoot anywhere on the court," says Vincent Miller, the school's basketball and softball coach.
Gershon's coaches and teachers say she is a natural leader. The honor society member excels in science and math and is always going the extra mile to help her peers.
"She has a very caring attitude towards everyone in the classroom, like she's looking out for other people, and trying to make sure that everybody's on the same page, everybody's getting the concepts right," says Oana Pascu, a math teacher at Stuyvesant.
"She's definitely a leading voice during practice, during the match, in the huddle, and I think that she's someone that the other players definitely, definitely respect," says Hugh Francis, an English teacher and the school's soccer coach.
Gershon is also a tutor and heads many of the school's theatre productions. She says her ability to juggle so much comes from the discipline she's learned as an athlete.
"When you're playing sports and you're running up and down the court, you might not want to be doing that, but you have to like push through," she says.
And so, for scoring high with her teachers and coaches, Sophia Gershon is our Ford Lincoln of Queens/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.