John Fleming of ESPN Dallas (from left), Jereme Schoemaker of Toyota of Irving, Joy Goodrum of the Irving Chamber, Nikola Malic and Irving ISD Athletic Director Clint Roddy.

John Fleming of ESPN Dallas (from left), Jereme Schoemaker of Toyota of Irving, Joy Goodrum of the Irving Chamber, Nikola Malic and Irving ISD Athletic Director Clint Roddy.

Nikola Malic has broken three school records at MacArthur High School in Irving.

And the junior student-athlete is ranked in the top three percent of his 2015 graduating class.

Nikola’s academic success, community involvement and athletic discipline make him the perfect recipient of the One Irving High School Athlete of the Month Award for April. Nikola was nominated for the award by MacArthur football coach Brian Basil.

The One Irving High School Athlete of the Month Award recognizes student-athletes in Irving high schools for their athletic and academic accomplishments, as well as involvement in the community. Student-athletes are nominated for the monthly award by school officials. The One Irving High School Athlete of the Month Award is presented by the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce’s One Irving campaign and sponsored by Toyota of Irving and ESPN Dallas.

Irving ISD Athletic Director Clint Roddy kicked off the presentation of the award to Nikola at the field house in front of his fellow student-athletes on April 30. Joy Goodrum, director of education and workforce development for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce; Jereme Schoemaker of Toyota of Irving and John Fleming with ESPN Dallas presented the award to Nikola.

Nikola started nine games as a varsity linebacker during the 2013-2014 season at MacArthur. He is also involved in track and field, but his strength is in lifting. Nikola broke three school powerlifting records at MacArthur in the squat, 610 lbs.; bench press, 335 lbs.; and hang clean, 315 lbs.

MacArthur High School Principal Robert Abel (from left), MacArthur Coach Brian Basil, Nikola Malic and Irving ISD Athletic Director Clint Roddy.

MacArthur High School Principal Robert Abel (from left), MacArthur Coach Brian Basil, Nikola Malic and Irving ISD Athletic Director Clint Roddy.

“Guys, it’s not all about the records he’s broken. That’s great, but his ability to balance his academic success with athletics and giving back to his community is what’s impressive,” Roddy told the room full of MacArthur student-athletes.

Nikola is a member of the National Honor Society. Out in the community, he volunteers with the elderly on a weekly basis.

About One Irving

One Irving — Making the Grade is a five-year initiative of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. The initiative began in November 2011 with a goal to raise $3.1 million from the private sector over the next five years to increase the number of college-bound and post-secondary education students by improving test scores in science and math, introducing students to career opportunities in the business world and demonstrating the need for academic excellence and promoting Irving by accurately and consistently portraying Irving’s assets and academic achievements. For more information, visit www.oneirving.org.

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