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Scholar Athlete of the Week 2/5: Amir Rogers

Posted at: 02/05/2013 12:35 PM
Updated at: 02/05/2013 7:10 PM
By: Robin De Wind

School has not always been easy for Northeast College Preparatory senior Amir Rogers. When his parents divorced his freshman year, he stopped caring about his grades. “I could have not been here, something worse. School wasn't important to me I joined the track team and I came back as a whole different person.”

Life is about choices and Amir says he's glad he made the right one. He turned his grades and attitude around. He's been on high honor roll ever since and has taken several APs. “It's hard in school. There's people who push you to try and take you out of character. You have to restrain yourself.”

Playing football and being on track has also made the difference. Amir was the number one ranked hurdler heading into states last year. “Last year I fell in the state qualifier. I'm trying to redeem myself this year.”

He's ranked second this year and enjoys being captain and being a role model. “I'm a laid back captain. I just try to lead by example and hope it will motivate them.”

Amir is looking at the University of Buffalo, UConn and the University of Pittsburgh. He hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy so he can help young athletes in the future. His future goals aren't just about sports, he wants to be the first of his siblings to go to college. “I just want to better myself and not rely on my legs to get me places. I want to use my brain. My mom says rely on your brain not your legs because anything can happen.”

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