The latest Health Plus Amerigroup/NY1 Scholar Athlete is able to balance three sports and his studies while never missing a day of classes. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Rob Levine views going to school as he would going to a job. And since he says it's never okay to miss work, he's never missed a day of school, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
"A lot of people say it's impressive, but I say it's just a thing I do," Robert says. "I get up, alarm clock every morning 6:30 [a.m.] and head off to school, it's not really a big deal to me. It's my job to go to school and my job to get a good education so I see that as the best thing to do."
It's not just only that Rob shows up to school everyday at Leon M. Goldstein High School but he makes an impact once he's there. He's a leader in many different ways including as treasurer of the student government, but it's also his sense of humor that helps him stand out.
"He's a funny person, witty. He's got a great personality, he's respected by all of his peers and the faculty," says math teacher Steven Sclavos.
Rob takes an active role in class discussion, something his teachers say is invaluable.
"Current events he's always well versed in current events. So the other students kind of look to him for the information that he brings to the class," says public speaking teacher John Gwinn.
Rob is the goalie on the soccer team and a golfer. His basketball coach says Rob was a late addition to the team and only joined after his classmates recommended him to the coach because of his athleticism. He ultimately became a starter.
"I remember him telling me how he expected to play maybe five, 10 minutes, and here he is playing 25 minutes, 30 minutes and saying, 'Hey coach I need a sub.' I wasn't expecting play this much, but it worked really nice," says basketball coach Orlando Ortiz.
Rob also uses all his experience to help teach elementary school kids how to play basketball.
"It's just rewarding for me, to see the kids, they smile, they make a basket, I mean it's like seeing myself in them," says Rob.
Rob is going to put his multitasking skills to good use next year at Binghamton where he's planning on majoring in political science.
"I was considering a bunch of other schools but Binghamton looked like it had the best program for me and I figured the internships would lead me to a successful career," Rob says.
So, for his dedication to his school work as a way to prepare himself for the future, Rob Levine is the latest Health Plus Amerigroup/NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week.