This week's student athlete of the week really does exemplify what a solid school role model should be.
Amani Parkins plays varsity on three teams at Phillip O. Berry High School in Charlotte. The rising junior says she became interested in tennis, soccer and basketball at a young age. Since she started playing, she's juggled her athletics and academics beautifully. A strong work ethic keeps her focused and while she loves her extracurricular activities, she's a firm believer that her academics come first!
Amani excels on the tennis court and soccer field, but her favorite sport is basketball.
"When I was little, I just fell in love with the sport as soon as I touched the ball," she said.
Amani is making a big impact off the court as well. She served as sophomore class president and will be the vice president of the student body during the 2016-2017 school year. Her love of Phillip O. Berry pushed her into student government. ]
"It was a tough thing to do. I kind of didn't want to push myself to be the vice president, but I want to change the school," she told us.
Amani has proven to be a good influence on the other students. Mentoring the freshman class was one of her highlights from last year.
"I just love making them feel like they are needed in the school," she said.
When asked about what advice Amani would give to other student athletes, she went back to her main goal, academics.
"Academics come first, so make sure your academics are the best they can be. For the sport, just practice because practice makes perfect. If you don't practice, then you just can't get what you want to be."
Wise words from a young lady with a very bright future. We look forward to seeing what Amani accomplishes in her last two years at Phillip O. Berry and beyond!