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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:49 am

Cera Hassinan is one of those people who makes others feel uncomfortable with themselves.

She has her hand in just about everything, idle time is not her friend, and she excels at all of it.

You can see how it could possibly wear on someone who is doing just enough to get by, but that’s not on her. Hassinan only knows one way to approach school, sports and life.

Hassinan, who was picked by Mayor Greg Stanton’s office to be the first recipient of the Ahwatukee Bowl Award and was honored at this year’s game, played four years of soccer, cross country and track along with participating in National Honor Society, Language Honors Society, Support our Soldiers, National Sign Language and Fed clubs.

Hassinan is one of those student athletes who exemplify what the high school experience should be about in becoming a well-rounded person later in life.

Yes, she is a good athlete who finished 51st at the Division I cross country meet and she is in the top 10 percent of her class in GPA, but it is the other stuff that opened the door to John Hopkins University.

All of it adds up to Hassinan being named the Ahwatukee Foothills News Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

So here is one more look at:

Cera Hassinan

Date of birth: Nov. 20, 1995

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 145

GPA: 4.33

Family members: Debra Hassinan (mother), Wael Hassinan (father), Jessica Hare (older sister), Christine Hare (older sister), Samer Hassinan (junior, brother), Zane Hassinan (eighth-grader, brother)

Car: 2001 Mercedes

Hobbies: Doing the unexpected, dancing, soccer, running on a good day

Favorite TV show(s): “The Office,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “That 70s Show”

Favorite movies: “The Princess Bride,” “500 Days of Summer,” “Pretty in Pink”

Favorite actor(s): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Steve Carell, Mila Kunis, James Franco

Favorite athlete(s): Billy Mills, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alex Morgan

Favorite song(s): “You Make My Dreams Come True,” “Carried Away,” “Mountain Sound,” “Kids,” “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”

Favorite book(s): “A Northern Light,” “The Hunger Games”

Favorite number: 14

Best compliment ever received: “You are the nicest person I know” — The Great Avi Dasgupta (my friend)

Worst advice ever received: “Playing soccer and running cross country will be easy.”— My naive self

Best advice: “You cannot give up. You just need to work hard.” — my lovely mother

The thing I like most about sports: The adrenaline rush you get, my team, and winning of course!

What I dislike most about sports: Trying to forget that you’re tired.

If I could do one thing over in my life: Telling my mother I love her every single day! No regrets!

Who would play you in a movie: Female version of Steve Carell.

What is one of your favorite quotes: “Life is a Journey, Not a Destination.”

What chore do you absolutely hate doing: Cleaning my shared bathroom… with my brothers.

If you knew the world was ending in 2013, what would you do differently: I would laugh more and go sky diving. Enjoy life! Run around like a mad woman.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be: I would attend Woodstock. In the future I would like to take a trip to the moon in a space ship, fly to work in my jetpack.

What would you name the autobiography of your life: “Personal Memoirs of a tan, tall, awkward Native”

What story does your family always tell about you: When I was 8, I locked Zane, my baby brother, in the bathroom when he was only 3 years old. It was a huge fiasco because it took forever to get him out. I didn’t confess until I was 13.

What is your favorite smell: Chopped cilantro, new textbooks, Jasmine flower

Last dream you remember: I was in Las Vegas for a soccer tournament and I completely slept in and I was late to this huge game, so my family was speeding to the soccer fields and once we got there I was too scared to talk to my coach, then I woke up.

What I will remember most about high school: The people I was able to meet, through class and sports. I will remember being called a Noob for most of my senior year and loving it.

If you won the lottery what are the first three things you would do: I would split up the money so a fraction would go to me to spend on things like college and a huge closet filled with crazy clothes, I would go on a huge vacation to Italy with my family, and I would give a fraction to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Describe your perfect day: I wake up with tons of energy so I go on a run at South Mountain, get breakfast at Burrito Co., go to the movie theater with my mother, take a quick nap, make lunch and smoothies with my family, go to a concert with all my friends; sing and dance. Then look at the stars at night.

Where will you be in 10 years: I have no idea, hopefully pursuing/finishing a medical degree, who knows where.

Where will you be in 20 years: I will be at home surrounded by people I love and enjoy. Home is where the heart is.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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