Palmerton teen is named speaker for graduation
Albert Nelthropp, 18, of Palmerton, was named as one of two student speakers for the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts 2015 graduation ceremony, which will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Packer Memorial Chapel, on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem. The Class of 2015 consists of 105 graduates.
Nelthropp is an accomplished vocalist and actor. While attending Charter Arts, he majored in vocal music and then became a theater major for his senior year. He is a member of Charter Arts' award-winning Touring Choir and has played lead roles in several Charter Arts theater productions, including "Promises, Promises and Blood Brothers."
He received a 2015 Lehigh Valley Music Awards Youth Education scholarship and has sung the national anthem at various events in the region, including a March of Dimes event at Dorney Park in March, and he will perform at the Relay for Life event in Bethlehem this weekend.
In addition, Nelthropp has studied acting at HB Studios in New York City, and he studied privately with Broadway star Will Chase. Nelthropp began his acting training at Civic Theatre in Allentown and was a former member of the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir. He studies locally with vocal coach Dr. Yvonne Robinson.
"The secret of my success is always working hard and taking the negativity thrown at you and making something positive out of it," Nelthropp said when asked what the secret to his success is.
This fall, Nelthropp will attend Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, to major in theater performance. Nelthropp is the son of Albert V. F. Nelthropp and Suzanne Nelthropp.