Thursday 22 Aug 2019

High School Athlete Of The Week – Emily Newsome

Emily Newsome’s relationship with the virtue of perseverance mirrors that of two lifelong friends who have stood by eachother through life’s highs and lows.

The fact that Newsome, a senior volleyball standout at Eastern Wayne High School, didn’t falter in the face of two separate hip surgeries early in her high school career, speaks to her character and resolve.

Newsome is this week’s WGBR High School Athlete of the Week.

The WGBR High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group, Mt. Olive Pickles, Wayne UNC Health Care, O’Berry and Lewis Insurance and Goldsboro Physical Therapy to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.

The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.

Newsome’s volleyball career began when she was 11-years-old and she began playing for the WAVE travel volleyball program. It was during her freshman year when her first hip surgery became necessary. While surgery never limited her ability to take the court for the Warriors, it did hinder her particpation in travel volleyball during her first three years of high school.

With her involvement in the sport she loved interrupted by surgeries and recovery, it was during those times of uncertainty that Newsome discovered just how determined she was to return to the court.

“When I first started playing volleyball I peaked in my athleticism sooner than other players,” Newsome said. “I could jump higher and hit harder so it just came naturally. Then I started declining when my hips started messing up. So it taught me to have to work for things and critique myself and knowing what’s wrong and how I can fix it.”

Newsome’s relentless journey back to volleyball and her passion to improve each day in practice paid off in record-setting ways. She broke Eastern Wayne records for kills and aces in a season. Newsome has also served as a team captain, she was named the team’s MVP each of the last two seasons, and she was named as an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A All-Conference selection as a senior.

“I really enjoy practice,” Newsome said. “Practice is not a chore. I really enjoy going and playing with my teammates because my teammates were really fun this year.”

Newsome’s not only productive on the volleyball court but she is also a member of the National Honors Society and she has served as a Junior Marshall. She is also involved in Young Life and the Key Club.

Newsome’s example not only inspires her teammates but also motivates Warriors’ volleyball coach Anna Hajjar as well.

“What I’ve seen Emily improve on is consistency and as a leader,” Hajjar said. “I think this year putting her at a captain position and pushing her not just about skill, but about leadership and organizing activities for the actual team is where I’ve really seen her grown. And honestly, with her skill she’s actually challenged me as a coach to see how I can get her better.”

After high school Newsome plans to UNC Chapel Hill and study biology with hopes of graduating as a physician’s assistant.

“I knew since I was younger that I was interested in medicine because my mom was a registered nurse,” Newsome said. “I started taking biology in high school and now I’m in AP biology and the entire subject just really interests me.”


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