Fox Chapel Area, Shady Side Academy athletes earn top WPIAL honors
Shady Side Academy seniors Emmie Lau and Nick Lauer, along with Fox Chapel Area senior Marissa Hardiman, are among the top scholar-athletes of 2019, according to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL).
They each won a WPIAL James Collins Scholar-Athlete Award which goes to the top 10 male and top 10 female high school scholar-athletes, as selected by the league. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship and commemorative plaque.
The 2019 honorees will be lauded at a banquet on May 13 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree.
• Hardiman is a tri-sport athlete, competing in field hockey, lacrosse and track.
She has been a varsity starter on the field hockey and lacrosse teams since she was a freshman.
“When I was a freshman and sophomore, we were the WPIAL field hockey champs, and section champs for three years,” said Hardiman, team goalie.
“In lacrosse, we were the WPIAL runner-up last year and section champs in my sophomore and junior years.”
Hardiman holds a grade point average of 4.33. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She also serves as co-president of the Latin Club and participated in the school’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for two years.
Hardiman plans to attend Georgetown University’s College of Foreign Service.
• Lau is a three-sport athlete who competes on the girls’ varsity lacrosse, basketball and cross country teams.
She is a two-time lacrosse team captain and has led the team in scoring since she was a freshman. In spring 2018, she led the lacrosse team to the WPIAL semifinals and was named team MVP, earning All-WPIAL honors.
She was a member of the Under Armour All-American Midwest Lacrosse Team in 2017 and 2018.
In basketball, she helped SSA to a section title, the program’s first-ever appearance in the WPIAL finals and a PIAA tournament berth in winter 2018-2019.
Lau joined the cross country team as a junior and in her senior year, placed fifth overall at the 2018 WPIAL Class A Championships, earning team MVP honors.
Academically, she is a National Merit Commended Student and will be inducted into SSA’s Cum Laude honor society this month.
Lau plans to attend Brown University in the fall, where she will play lacrosse.
• Lauer is a three-sport athlete who competes on the boys’ varsity swimming, soccer and track & field teams.
In swimming, he qualified to compete in the WPIAL Championships all four years and collected a total of eight medals, including two golds as a member of the WPIAL champion 200-freestyle relay team in 2018 and 2019.
He also qualified for the PIAA Swimming Championships in each of the last three years and served as team captain his senior year.
Lauer helped SSA win back-to-back WPIAL Class AA soccer titles in 2017 and 2018.
Academically, he is a 2019 National Merit Scholarship finalist, a 2018 Carson Scholar and will be inducted into SSA’s Cum Laude honor society this month. In 2018, he was among eight SSA students selected for a Parkin Fellowship where he traveled to Chile to assist students in reading, writing and speaking English.
Lauer plans to attend Harvard University.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .