Academic All Star-Terezka Urban

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2007 at 9:31 PM EDT

AT FIRST, SHE WAS KNOWN AS TRISCUITS BECAUSE THE OTHER STUDENTS DIDN'T KNOW HER REAL NAME. SUCH WAS LIFE AS THE NEW GIRL FOR TEREZKA URBAN WHEN SHE MOVED TO CHENANGO VALLEY FROM ILLINOIS AS A 10TH-GRADER.
"It was kind of weird being the new girl and it was difficult," Terezka says. "Soccer helped a lot. I think that if I didn't play soccer I wouldn't have half the friends I have."
TEREZKA QUICKLY SHED THE "NEW GIRL" LABEL AND FORCED PEOPLE TO LEARN HER NAME. IT DIDN'T HURT THAT SHE'S STARTED FOR THE WARRIORS SINCE DAY ONE. BUT IT'S HER WORK ETHIC THAT'S GIVEN HER THE MOST ATTENTION.
"There's never a down day, Coach Ted Hoffman says. "She'll be the first to practice and the last to leave. Regardless of whether she's tired, not feeling well, she never shows it."
THAT WORK ETHIC IS OWED IN PART TO HER FAMILY'S HERITAGE. TEREZKA WAS BORN IN SLOVAKIA AND MOVED TO AMERICA AS A YOUNG CHILD. SHE TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN HER UNIQUE BACKGROUND.
"Just having that different type of background, being raised differently and having different values and just the fact I'm not an American citizen and so being called foreigner is a part of who I am," says Terezka.
TEREZKA WILL TAKE HER OATH AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IN A FEW MONTHS AND HOPES TO ATTEND CORNELL TO STUDY ECONOMICS. TEREZKA ALSO LIKES TO BREAK THE MOLD BY TRADING HER SHIN GUARDS FOR POM PONS IN THE WINTER, MAKING HER ONE OF THE FEW TO COMPETE IN SOCCER, CHEERLEADING AND TRACK ALL WHILE POSSIBLY BEING NAMED THE VALEDICTORIAN.
"If I'm going to be the valedictorian and I cheer lead, the two things don't go together," says Terezka.
BUT BREAKING THE MOLD IS WHAT MAKES TEREZKA URBAN UNIQUE, AND THAT'S WHY SHE'S THIS WEEK'S ACADEMIC ALL STAR. IN HILLCREST, JUSTIN HOROWITZ, ACTION SPORTS.

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