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Scholar Athlete of the Week 11/27: Emily Piacentini

Posted at: 11/27/2012 1:12 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2012 7:22 PM
By: Robin De Wind

Eastridge senior Emily Piacentini credits her older siblings for her 94-average and four AP classes -- their success in school was her motivation.” That's probably one of my best qualities because it's hard to be in AP classes and then go to one sport sometimes two practices with two sports and do both.”

Emily hopes to turn her hard work into a career as a first grade teacher. Emily loved her teacher and decided on elementary education in the sixth grade when her mom was a daycare provider. “I taught the kids to add and subtract and how to write their names and stuff and I had a lot of fun with that.”

Emily's dad has been her athletic influence. “My dad played sports in college. My siblings, I've been around their games, my brother's practices, my sister's practice -- it's a part of my life.”

Emily is a three-sport athlete -- six years on varsity basketball and four years as captain. She has been first team All-County for three years and holds the school record for most points scored heading into this season.

Her father is her coach. “I’m almost grateful for it. It's been hard but I reached my fullest potential with him.”

Emily has also spent six years on varsity tennis and softball -- a four-year captain and All-County for both but basketball is her love. “You have room for creativity. There are so many moves, the intensity is so high. I need that in my life. I need the go go go and sports emulate that for me.”

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