By Yumna Ahmed Qazi ’17
Through her success in and out of the classroom, Abeer Naeem ’17 got the gold by becoming New York One’s Scholar Athlete of the Week.
According to ny1.com, the scholarship is awarded to high school students who excel in both athletics and academics and are able to balance both roles on a daily basis. The criteria to be nominated includes being a graduating high school senior in one of the five boroughs, being involved in varsity athletics, having an excellent academic record and being active in their community or being involved in extracurriculars. Naeem, a member of the cross country indoor and outdoor track team with a high grade point average, demonstrated her versatility in sports and school and was nominated by Ms. Lorrie Director.
“NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week is basically given to you if you’re a successful all rounder. I’m really grateful to Ms. Director for nominating me,” said Naeem.
Profiles that feature student athletes are shown on the news channel and online on ny1.com. According to Naeem’s profile that was reported by Matt McClure, Naeem was previously a “couch potato” and took an interest in long distance running when she arrived at Midwood. She is also a lab assistant in Brooklyn College’s biology department and often volunteers to help out those in need in order to make a difference in their lives.
“I find it really cool that I’ve been recognized for the little stuff I do,” said Naeem. “It didn’t even occur to me that I would be on local television until I saw the camera.”
Those who were given the scholarship will be awarded with $1000 that will go towards college tuition, room and board, or books. The NY1 Scholar Athlete program has provided nearly one million dollars in total scholarships to over 450 students in New York City since 1999. New York One will hold an annual ceremony in June that is sponsored by Ford Lincoln of Queens to award each of the winners with a plaque and the $1000.
Naeem expressed her enthusiasm and happiness for receiving the award. Her skillfulness shows that she is an example to be followed by other students.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people at the award ceremony next month. It’s an honor to receive this scholarship,” she said.