This week's Scholar Athlete goes beyond the belief that practice makes perfect. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
Monica Garlinska's family thought she would follow in the footprints of her grandfather -- he was a professional soccer player in Poland. Instead, it was lacrosse and volleyball that she fell in love with.
She had never picked up a volleyball or held a lacrosse stick until she started high school.
Now the Brooklyn Tech senior is a key player on both teams -- "killing it" on and off the court.
"When you're focused on athletics, you're focused overall in your life. You don't really have the opportunity to lose focus. So I think being focused on being the best athlete I can be helps me become the best student I can be," says Garlinska.
Garlinska's commitment got her named captain of the lacrosse team. She's led that team to a PSAL championship. Her coaches say she sets the standard for other student athletes.
"I've never seen a student athlete so dedicated. She's the first one at practice and the last one to leave," says lacrosse coach Anthony Cicolini.
"When she's here in this gym, she's always looking at what she can do to do a better job, to help the team," says volleyball coach Rosanne D'Augusta.
When she's not running up and down the field or working on her approach, Garlinska is busy with an intense course load that includes eight advanced placement classes.
Her experience as an athlete helps with her studies.
"It's made me a better communicator, even in the classroom. Forcing me to communicate on the field translates into forcing me into communicating with the kid next to me in math," says Garlinska.
"She comes to class with a certain intensity that I've seen her bring to the volleyball and lacrosse court. Her homework is excellently done, she's a great participant in class. I can always depend on her," says teacher Frank Dwyer.
Garlinska plans to go to law school. She says it's because of sports that she's ready for the challenge.
"Playing sports has taught me that I can be very outgoing and I don't have to be afraid of doing certain things and that I have to take risks," says Garlinska.
So, for "acing" it in the classroom and on the court, Monica Garlinska is our Ford Lincoln of Queens/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.