It is with a heavy heart that we report that rising Iowa high school senior Emma Nugent passed away on Monday, July 6th. Nugent attended City High School where she was on the Varsity volleyball team and played the flute in the marching band. An OH/DS, Nugent was also a captain on her Iowa Rockets club team. The cause of death has not been announced.
City HS principal John Bacon announced the heartbreaking news on Twitter Tuesday morning saying that Nugent died “suddenly and unexpectedly.”
Iowa Rockets club director Kyla Rodgers told PrepVolleyball that “it was very sudden and no one was prepared for this tragedy.” Rodgers added the following statement regarding the loss of Nugent:
“We are so sad about the passing of our friend and teammate, Emma Nugent. But we were blessed to have Emma play with Iowa Rockets since she was in seventh grade and we were looking forward to her senior year with us. She had many friends, teammates, and coaches that will miss her terribly. Emma will be remembered for her wonderful, outgoing personality and her dedication.
“She was the ‘go-to person’ that could play most any position, and was comfortable filling in on any team. She often came to other teams’ practices and tournaments just for the love of the game. Volleyball was only a small part of Emma, but it was important to her. Emma is an inspiration to other players; her smile and friendliness a constant reminder of her selflessness in volleyball and all aspects of her life.”
City High coach Tricia Carty wrote on Twitter:
There aren’t really words to capture the impact our students and athletes have on our lives. I’ll be forever grateful you’ve impacted mine, Emma. Soar high #14, soar high <3
We reached out to Carty to hear more about Nugent and she said, “Emma will be deeply missed in the City High community. She was incredibly involved in a variety of activities at City High including both athletics, band, and student ambassadors. She also excelled in the classroom. She was All-Conference All-Academic last season while taking a schedule of challenging Honors and AP classes. She and a classmate created a video about Climate Change that was honored by C-Span this spring.
“Emma was a tremendous young woman. She was always, always smiling. She exemplified what it meant to be a loyal teammate. Her kindness and work ethic were evident to all of us on a daily basis. Emma truly made our team, our school, and our community a better place.”
The City High Band also said:
Emma was a hard worker, always had a smile on her face, and was a dependable, kind, caring, bright, amazing student. Her influence and careful nurturing in leadership roles always provided a sense of belonging to our City High Band community.
Nugent’s obituary can be found here. On behalf of PrepVolleyball.com, we send our deepest condolences to the Nugent family and her friends, teammates, and coaches.