HOLLIDAYSBURG - Katy Leamer has enjoyed much success both on and off of the court and track.
She has added another accomplishment to her decorated high school career.
The Bellwood-Antis graduate was awarded with the 13th annual Lynnette Williams Spirit award during a presentation Sunday afternoon at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA.
Bellwood-Antis graduate Katy Leamer was presented the Lynnette Williams Spirit Award Sunday at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA. Standing (from left) are Tim Sissler, Melissa Sitman, Angela Greaser-Detwiler (holding Colt Detwiler), Leamer, Ali Williams, Shelby Reimer, Sue Kovensky.
"I was so happy that I could be named to this award", Leamer said. "To have my name associated with Lynnette Williams is such an honor. I was so ecstatic."
Williams was a local standout in basketball before she died in an automobile accident on October 12, 1999. The award was created to honor a local girls basketball player that have exhibited the same characteristics and love for the game that she did.
Sue Kovensky, the representative from the Gerald Spalding Referees Chapter of PIAA Basketball officials felt that her leadership qualities made her a perfect fit for the honor. The group voted for Leamer unanimously.
"Our officials said she was clearly a leader, she was clearly a great role model," she said. "She had great pride; she was one of the captains. She just had leadership written all over her."
Beth Williams, Lynnette's mother was not able to attend the ceremony due to a death in her family. She did release a statement congratulating Katy.
"I understand that you are a great athlete and player on the floor and an awesome and wonderful person off the floor," she said. "Lynnette's father and I are very glad that you are getting this award and wish you the very best in the future, and I know you indeed have a bright future ahead of you."
Leamer, a two-year captain for the Lady Devil Basketball team, has been selected twice as an Altoona Mirror first-team all star, and third team all star. She has also been named as an Inter-County Conference All-Star and the league MVP.
She also competed on the school's volleyball and track and field teams.
Katy has also been actively involved in community service and extra-curricular activities including her Church, the Miracle League, Tyrone Elks Hoop Shoot, Red Cross Blood Drive, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society. She was also involved in I-99 Clean Up, Chess Club, Library Club, Senior Citizen Dance, Helping Hands, Leo Club and Homecoming Court.
Tim Sissler, the President of Reliance Bank was also on hand to present a scholarship to Leamer. He feels that the right decision was made giving her the award.
"She's a great kid," he said. "She follows a long line of kids that really do a great job of representing what this sport is about, the respect, the love, and the commitment to the game of basketball."
Leamer will continue her career in basketball this fall at Juniata, where she will be enrolled in the school's Pre-Medicine program looking to work in radiology.