Congratulations to senior Natasha Jahchan who has been named a News 12 Long Island/Capitol One Bank Scholar-Athlete for her academic achievement in the classroom and her athletic prowess on the playing court. Natasha was featured in an Scholar-Athlete segment on News 12.

Captain of the Girls Varsity Basketball team, Natasha achieved All-Class status last year as a junior, when she was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Additionally, she started as a sophomore on the squad that won the Nassau County Championship two years ago and is currently in the midst of her fourth season with the team.

Natasha is a three-year member of the Girls Varsity Soccer team, for which she captained this fall, was named a Conference All-Star and achieved Scholar-Athlete status with a cumulative academic average of 90 for the entire season. In fact, Natasha has earned Scholar-Athlete status every year of her high school career. She was also a two-year starter and former captain on the Junior Varsity Lacrosse team.

“An exemplary student-athlete, Natasha embodies all of the characteristics we look for: athletic ability, character, and strong leadership qualities,” said Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Mark J. Dantuono. “Most importantly, she is a kind and sincere young lady.”

Academically, Natasha is near the top of her class. She was named a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program; has achieved High Honor Roll for four years; is a member of the National Honor Society; is a four-year member of the National French Honor Society; and currently serves as President of the school’s IB Leadership Club. Last year she was ranked 14th in the country in the National French Contest and earned the school’s Community Service Award. As a sophomore Natasha also won the Gold Medal in the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair and has competed in various regional science competitions, including the Long Island Science Congress.

“Natasha is an extraordinary student and just a great all-around person,” added Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. “She is taking the most rigorous courses in all disciplines and has been a terrific leader, not just in athletics but in and around the school and community as well.”

This includes tutoring as many as six different students, speaking to younger student-athletes about sportsmanship, volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, and participating in a hunger banquet and Relay for Life. Natasha is also one of only 85 students around the world to participate in the highly challenging IB Further Math course and in her junior year achieved outstanding scores on her IB exams, particularly in the areas of physics and psychology.

“IB has prepared me for college and helps me to keep an open mind, the value of knowledge and how to apply what I have learned,” said Natasha, who is currently looking at multiple schools at which she plans to major in Architecture and play Division III women’s basketball. “The athletic program has always been supportive of my work in the classroom, as well as on the court and on the field.”

Natasha is one of only 30 high school student-athletes island-wide to be chosen for the prestigious News 12/Capitol One Scholar-Athlete honor. Capitol One Senior Vice President for Professional Services and Private Banking, Andrew Corrado, presented Natasha with a plaque of recognition and awarded her a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward her college education. She will also be in the running for the Scholar-Athlete of the year scholarship award of $5,000. News 12 representatives recorded the presentation, interviewed Natasha and others at the school and followed her through her daily routine as part of the televised segment.

This is the second consecutive year that a Locust Valley High School student has been chosen for this prestigious honor.

Congratulations, Natasha!