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Terrance Armstard/News-Times El Dorado's Caroline Humphreys is a finalist for 2017 Nexans AmerCable/News-Times Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Humphreys played soccer for the Lady Wildcats while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. The Nexans AmerCable/News-Times Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet will be held May 25.

Terrance Armstard/News-Times El Dorado's Caroline Humphreys is a finalist for 2017 Nexans AmerCable/News-Times Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Humphreys played soccer for the Lady Wildcats while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. The Nexans AmerCable/News-Times Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet will be held May 25.

Sweet Caroline

Humphreys perseveres on field and in classroom

This article was published May 18, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

By Tony Burns

Sports Editor

El Dorado’s Caroline Humphreys started playing soccer when she was 5-years-old. Although not blessed with tremendous speed or great size, she honed her skills and, over the years, became one of the Lady Wildcats’ key performers.

As a senior, she finished second on the team in goals scored from her forward position.

“She has improved a lot over the years. She’s improved a whole lot,” said El Dorado coach Neville Matthews. “I can use her in the midfield. I can use her up top. It depends on our opponent because she’s got very good possession skills. I like to use her to distribute the ball. She’s come a long way in the last four years. She’s scored a lot of goals for us.”

Without a doubt, Humphreys put in the work to achieve her success in soccer. She worked even harder to accomplish her 4.0 grade point average.

“I’m one of those people that have to study for things. But, I think I have a good idea on how to study. I’ll see when I go to college next year,” said Humphreys. “But, I like school but only certain subjects. Math? I’m not good at math so I have to study and really work hard in that subject. But when it comes to the athletic part, I can play in whatever situation you put me in.”

Humphreys plans on attending Harding University in Searcy and majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Her goal is to become a speech pathologist.

“I like the medical field but I don’t really want to be one of those people that are like a surgeon or anything. I just want to help people the best I can,” she said. “I know I’d like to work with kids more. I just like working with kids. I feel like they’re a lot easier to work with than adults sometimes. Being a speech pathologist, you get the opportunity to help them develop and grow up.”

Humphreys didn’t just pull speech pathology out of the air. She’s been interested in that field for quite awhile.

“My aunt is a speech pathologist,” she revealed. “In eight grade, I job shadowed her for one of our school projects. I really liked it.”

As for why Harding, “My church is really involved when it comes to Harding. We go up to camps a lot up there during the summer. So, I’ve always been around it. I just love being up there. I like the campus. I like the people.”

It was on her mother’s advice that Humphreys chose her aunt for the school project. She admitted her parents have been a large influence on her life.

“Every time I mess up they do the famous, ‘I’m disappointed in you’ line. It always gets me every time so I try to do what they want,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard. I just have to remember I’m under their rules and roof until August.”

When it’s suggested it sounds as if she’s itching to be on her own, she sort of shrugged and added, “I feel like I’m ready to get out.”

Humphreys’ past successes were built on determination. She said it’s one of her best traits.

“I feel like I persevere through a lot of things. There are things you can’t control, especially on the field or in the classroom. I can control how I react to those situations. I feel like I’m good at controlling how I react, my attitude, the effort I put in. I feel like I’m good at that,” said Humphreys.

“I’m proud of my scholar achievements because of everything I’ve had to do.

“I’ve been really busy. I’m proud of myself that I’ve been able to accomplish all that I have. I’m also really proud of what I’ve accomplished in soccer, too.

“I think I’ve had a lot of challenges I’ve had to overcome when it came to that, too. Coming up from freshman to senior, you have to work for your position. Your parents want you to succeed. Your coaches want you to succeed so you have all these people rooting for you. You just have to find it in yourself. You have to be motivated for yourself to be the best that you can be.”

On the field and off, overcoming obstacles are keys to success. Humphreys used the word, “perseverance” in describing her path through high school. She credited soccer for helping to shape her attitude.

“Soccer has allowed me to become a leader on and off the field. And, it has taught me to pursue any goal that I set for myself. I feel my playing reflects that effort,” she said.

“My parents have always been supportive of me, no matter what I’ve done. Also, the other seniors I’ve played soccer with. We’ve played since we were little on a team together. We’ve all gone to school together. We’ve all pushed each other to be the best. I’m really thankful for that and my parents for everything.”

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