Mary Comito - State Farm's Athlete of the Week: Amanda Bermel

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EAST HANOVER, NJ- After attending summer softball camps with Coach Wilson, Hanover Park’s Amanda Bermel decided to try out for the volleyball team freshman year.

“I’m more of a softball player than a volleyball player,” the senior said. “I’ve always admitted that.”

Despite hating the sport in middle school, Bermel found joy on the court. The student-athlete confessed that volleyball was her fun sport while most of her focus was geared toward softball.

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“We’d play with the guys in gym class, and they would always smash it,” Bermel said. “I would just hang out in the back, so it’s pretty ironic that I played.”

Although Bermel has received varsity letters in both sports, she discussed an even bigger accomplishment.

“I know a lot of people that suffered due to Sandy, and I went down there a lot as a kid,” Bermel said. “It’s kind of hard to see that happen, so I raised money by selling wristbands.”

In 2012, Bermel raised approximately ten thousand dollars for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. 

“Other than that, I’m pretty boring,” the senior joked. 

Name: Amanda Bermel

Grade: 12

Sport(s): volleyball; softball

Position(s): opposite; outfield: right, center

Fun fact about yourself: Target is my favorite store.

Fun Facts

Dream job: work at Google, Amazon or Apple

Pet peeve: dead silence and there’s that one person that is tapping

Role model: my brother


Show on Netflix: Shameless

Movie: the Saw series, 10 Things I Hate About You, Glory Road and A Warrior’s Heart

Book: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Sport to watch: baseball and football

Professional team: Dallas Cowboys!!!

Food: potatoes in all forms

Just For Fun

Biggest accomplishment so far: Hurricane Sandy fundraiser

Choose a super-power and why: time travel- go into anytime and meet so many people from the past

Secret talent no one knows about you: I can text with my feet.

Best class you’ve taken at HP: AP Computer Science

Best teacher you’ve had at HP: Mr. Meyerkopf, Mr. Evans and Ms. Lurz

Where someone can find you after school: Chipotle then home then nap and Netflix

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