School: Spring Valley High School
Athletic accomplishments: As of Thursday, Augustin has 68 tackles and five pass deflections. He’s been the captain of the team for the last two years. He’s a member of the winter and spring track teams.
Academic accomplishments: Augustin has a 101.07 GPA. He’s the 2015-16 class valedictorian. He’s taking six AP classes and two college classes. He’s looking to study psychology/psychiatry. He’s undecided about where he wants to go to college but is looking at Georgetown, John Hopkins and Boston University.. He’s the president of the Science Honor Society, vice president of the Math Honor Society and the current secretary of the National Honor Society. Augustin’s a member of the Social Studies, English and Foreign Language Honor societies.
School and community involvement: At school, Augustin’s a member of the Thespian Troupe 721 member and worked behind the scenes. He’s a peer mentor to the freshman class of 2019. He’s a Vacation Bible School Teacher at French Speaking Baptist Church and a church usher.
Getting to know Edenis Augustin
The Journal News: How’d you become a cornerback?
Edenis Augustin: My freshman year on JV I played wide receiver. There wasn’t enough players so I switched to play corner which was the opposite position and it seemed natural.
TJN: Who’s your favorite cornerback?
EA: (Arizona Cardinals) Patrick Peterson. I love what he does and he doesn’t make a big show of it. You don’t hear about him on SportsCenter making a lot of noise. He does what he has to on and off of the field. I’m not the type of the person who likes to talk a lot and I like to keep to myself. When it comes to Patrick Peterson, you never hear about him until he actually does play.
TJN: With the stats you had this season, do you look at it as a sign of respect when opponents choose to not throw your way?
EA: Of course, it means I’m doing my job. It puts a lot of pressure on the other corner to make sure he does his job so teams won’t throw his way. If I do my job then it makes things easier for my teammates to do theirs.
TJN: What does it mean to you to be named the class valedictorian?
EA: It’s a great honor. I feel like the hard work I put in finally pays off. All of the times that I’ve had little amount of sleep staying up doing homework or studying, physically being unable to do anything, for me to get that honor is pretty amazing.
TJN: Why did you join the Theatre Troupe?
EA: In the real world, you’re not going to see the same people every day. I’m glad I took to broaden my horizons and speak to new people from all different walks of life. Football, you get a whole bunch with similar interests. With the theatre troupe, you get a whole different array of people with different personalities. I think it’s beneficial that I took part in those programs.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.