Academic All-Star: Natasha D'Oliviera

By Mike Peal

May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 12:31 AM EDT

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The steps Natasha D'Oliviera takes on a track have a purpose.

"When the gun goes off," says Natasha. "That's when I really just go."

"She has a desire to win," said Susquehanna Valley assistant track coach Seth Cosens. "when she gets in the blocks and the gun is shot and Natasha takes off, you can see it. She has that look in her eyes that she wants to win that race.

The Susquehanna Valley senior wants to win on and off the track.

She will finish her high school career with 3 sprinting records, and graduate ranked number seven in her class with a 96 grade point average.

"When I accomplish a goal, I think I've accomplished it, but I could probably go harder and do more," D'Oliviera said.

The realization she can do more may define D'Oliviera's time at SV.

"I used to be care free and do what i want to do, but then my brother got sick," she said.

Her 16-year-old brother, Kashawn, has hydrocephalus...or, fluid on his brain.

"He's had four or five surgeries already, and he has a shut in his head and it drains the fluid into his stomach," explained Natasha. "It kind of changed me, like oh wow there are people out there that really need help with different things. So I kind of took up tutoring and stuff and help people out when they need it."

Now, D'Oliviera volunteers for make-a-wish and the hydrocephalus foundation. And has offered her help to anyone who needs it.

"If you didn't know Natasha on a daily basis, you wouldn't realize how she reaches out to help other kids in the classroom or in the school in general," said Cosens.

Which is why she will attend SUNY Oneonta to study criminal justice. The end goal is to be a detective.

"You solve cases that have already been done, so you give people closure on them."

The book is far from closed on Natasha D'Oliviera. It's only just being written.

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