Scholar Athlete of the Week - Suzanne Elzawahry

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - This week's Scholar Athlete of the Week is Rutherford's Suzanne Elzawahry! 


Elzawahry has been playing volleyball since middle school, but this year, she wanted to take on something new - tennis. 

"I noticed that she wasn't playing a spring sport, and I have a very great, talented female team, but they're mostly young. I needed a senior leader. So I called Suzanne up and said, 'Hey I know you played before. I'd really like you to be on my team. I need a team leader for this team," said Rutherford Tennis Head Coach Dashoan Olds.

"I was kind of worried at first because I was like, 'It's my senior year, and I've never played before.' But I like new challenges and so I was really excited to step up for it," said Elzawahry.

Elzawahry equally challenges herself in the classroom, taking all IB and AP classes.

"It's really all about time management, and it took me a long time to learn that. I used to be stressed out. Now I've learned that if you do what you're supposed to do in class, then there's not a lot to do at home. It's really just about putting Netflic away," said Elzawahry.

Elzawahry's work ethic is something she gets from her parents, who immigrated to America from Turkey and Egypt.

"They came here and they had kind of like that tough story, but they came here and made their dreams come true. For them, their whole life was academics, and they've always pushed that on me. My whole thing is like I've been given a very blessed life while I was here, but now it's time for me to step up and be a game changer on my own level. It's all from them," said Elzawahry.

Elzawahry plans to major in law and economics and hopes to work on the international political stage.

"I was visiting my family in Turkey a few years ago, and this was the year that the whole military coup happened, and that was kind of the watershed moment for me. When I saw how international relations and politics work, and I've always wanted to be in a field where I could change policies and be a game changer, I knew that I wanted to be an ambassador."

"She is so motivated, and she's willing to talk to anybody. She sees both sides of almost everything, and she gives a great, valid position at everything she does," said Olds.

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