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Attention teachers, administrators, counselors and coaches: Do you know a student who excels in the classroom and on the playing field? Nominate them to be a Ford Lincoln of Queens NY1 Scholar Athlete by following the directions below.

Jiamin Li: Giving Up is Never an Option for Badminton Champ

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This week's Scholar Athlete created a new life in the city proving that hard work is never lost in translation. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.

Jiamin Li faces every challenge head on.

She had to learn a new city and a new language when she moved from China six years ago. To ease the transition, Li forced herself to step outside of her comfort zone.

“I tried to get involved in the community so I do some volunteer work, I talk with other people like my neighbors, even though I don't know them, but I just knocked on their door,” said Li.

That self-starting attitude is what made Li into the student she is today.

She's a senior at the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, where she's keeping up with the demands of an intensive work load.

She can also add PSAL badminton champion to her growing resume.

“At that moment we felt that nothing was more important than enjoying that moment,” said Li.

The school's badminton team was formed just last year. Li was quickly called on to be the team's captain. Her coach says their success is owed much to Li's dedication to the sport and her team mates.

“She's very disciplined and not afraid to go for every shot and I think that giving up is never an option to her,” said Lai Man, Li’s badminton coach.

Though badminton comes naturally, certain courses did not. Li struggled in chemistry during her junior year, but because of her commitment, her average jumped 15 grade points.

“She came after school, talked to me more. We usually go over questions together, or I would throw her more challenging questions, and she will take it,” said chemistry teacher Shu Yan Chen.

Li says though many won't expect it, she plans to study political science and English in college.

“Even though I'm good at some things, if that's not the things I want to do so I would prefer to do something I want to do instead of something I'm good at,” said Li.

And so, for taking her best shot at every challenge thrown her way, Jiamin Li is NY1’s Ford Lincoln of Queens New York One Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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