Constantine Pougiouklidis: All-City Goalie Ready To Build On Dreams
With his mom always close by, the latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete is impressing everyone at his school with his motivation and drive. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
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Going to the guidance office at Bayside High School is a little different for Constantine Pougiouklidis, because sitting right there is his mom, a secretary at the school.
"It's definitely different, but it's always nice, I come to school with her, I go home with her," says Constantine.
"He's blossomed into the young man I always dreamed he'd become," says Constantine's mom, Georgia Pougliouklidis.
But of course it's not just his mom who is impressed with his accomplishments. Constantine's "A" average is almost secondary to what his teachers say is his amazing ability to connect with his fellow students. For example, he's a "Big Brother" who mentors younger students to help them acclimate to high school.
"He's an exemplary role model for young adults and he displays characteristics of someone who is motivated and dedicated," says English teacher Celeste Stabile.
"As a senior he still comes back to my class, he helps my current freshman and they all look up to him he's a great role model," says social studies teacher Melissa Haroutunian.
The senior's role as a leader is also clear on the soccer field, where he's an All-City goalkeeper. On one of the best teams in the city, he's always cool under pressure including during the playoffs when the season is on the line.
"The two teams that we played and the shots that he saved to win it for us was incredible," says soccer coach Joseph Corrado.
Now Constantine is turning his attention to the future to focus on a career as a civil engineer, designing buildings and other structures.
"You see skyscrapers that are just going straight up. I want to make it different, like make it like an oval building that takes up a whole block with a hole in the middle, just like thinking different things. Bridges too. Buildings, bridges that nobody's seen," says Constantine.
In fact, if you ask Constantine's mom his love for designing buildings and civil engineering came from a very young age.
"When he was 5 years old, he said to me, 'Tell daddy to go buy us land.' And I said, 'Why Constantine?' He said, 'Because I want to build three houses,'" recalls Georgia.
"I want us to buy big land in the Hamptons or upstate where there's just all land and just make it into a fun park, you know like have all of us living together," says Constantine.
So, for making everyone from family to his friends proud, Constantine Pougiouklidis is the latest Health Plus/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.