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Nemeth honored with awards

Northampton senior Lindsey Nemeth received two awards at the recent Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholar Athlete Luncheon. First, she was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year for softball. Then she was designated the female winner of the EPC Character and Sportsmanship Award that cuts across all sports.

In nominating Lindsey for Scholar Athlete, softball coach Kristy Henritzy’s emphasized her class, leadership, and work ethic on the field of play, in the classroom, and in her role as class president. She highlighted Lindsey’s diligence in addressing COVID concerns with the administration in order to give the seniors the experience of a prom.

The Scholar Athlete award is based on 40% academic achievement, 40% athletic achievement, and 20% extracurricular and community activities.

Nemeth’s academic credentials include: A class rank of 10 of 461, GPA of 4.463, ACT score of 31, membership in the National Honor Society, and recognition as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor.

In addition to being class president for all four years of high school, her extracurricular activities included Volunteer Club, Lehigh University Scholars Program, Food Bank for Hunger, Mini-Thon Committee, and Nursing Home Assistant.

Her Northampton athletic career spanned all three seasons. Playing volleyball in the Fall, in her junior she was a key member of the first Northampton girls program to qualify for the EPC and district playoffs. As a senior captain, she was first team All-EPC as an outside hitter.

Although she stopped playing basketball after her sophomore season, that 2019 team won the district championship and advanced to the state quarterfinals. Nemeth played important minutes in the district championship game when Jenna Rogers got into foul trouble.

She lost her junior softball season to the COVID pandemic, but as a senior she has become a starting outfielder for the program that just qualified for its first state tournament since 2013 after winning the District 11 championship.

Nemeth spoke about her Northampton experience.

“I think there’s a really tight-knit community in Northampton,” she said. “Whenever a team is doing well, everyone is involved, everyone wants to know how it’s going including teachers and administration.”

Despite being part of postseason success in three sports, Nemeth describes her favorite memories as, “Just being able to see my family, whether it be in the outfield or in the gym and just have the opportunity to get them together. It’s really nice for them to be together during the seasons. It brings us a lot closer. Seeing them out there means the world to me.”

For the Sportsmanship Award, each EPC member school can nominate one male and one female athlete for consideration by the committee on the basis of Wisdom & Knowledge, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, and Transcendence. Nemeth’s letter of recommendation for the award came from volleyball coach Mike Hollihan.

His nomination read in part, “(Lindsey) has become an incredible leader and person during this time. Without Lindsey, we would not have been able to create the hard-working, fun-filled culture that our program has now. She is a natural-born leader who knows how to balance life and create respect between herself and others.”

Although she had offers to play volleyball at the collegiate level, Nemeth is choosing to follow in her father’s footsteps by attending Villanova and study Business with an emphasis on accounting.

Contributed photo Lindsey Nemeth shows off her EPC Character and Sportsmanship award.