In a school as close-knit as OLMA it would be hard not to know Julie Andaloro. That’s because this OLMA freshman exudes enthusiasm at every turn. She is also a regular on the piano — entertaining everyone in earshot before school, during break and while waiting for a ride home. Piano, by the way, is one of the four instruments she plays.
Julie joined us after graduating from Hammonton Middle School where there were more than 500 students in her class. “You might think that going from so many kids in a huge school to OLMA would be a big shock,” said Julie. “Well, it was, but in a good way. Suddenly, I went from knowing a few close friends in my old school to knowing everyone in every grade at OLMA. It was pretty crazy, especially the way the teachers treat us. They care and are always available to help or talk. They definitely push us hard when it comes to academics, but they are also as kind as can be.”
Julie has a twin brother over at St. Augustine Prep, which is how she first became interested in OLMA. “I was looking for a change and decided to check it out, she said. “When I shadowed I heard a lot about Bravery Training and empowerment. I liked the sound of that and knew this was the place for me.”
Julie is an honors student who maintains excellent grades. She said that time management was something she had to learn fast if she was going to do well in school and still have time for sports and music. In addition to being a four-instrument musician, Julie is a three-season athlete. She played soccer in the fall, swam all winter for OLMA and a club team, and is now playing lacrosse. “I love sports, but I know that I can’t play if I don’t keep my grades up. It took a little while for me to learn how to juggle it all, but I’ve got it now.” Indeed she does.
With only a few months left of her freshman year, Julie is looking forward to her Culinary Arts Mini-Mester and summer with her new OLMA friends. Looking ahead, Julie says that she and her brother are planning to do the Spain Exchange in junior year. She loves the fact that she has this adventure to look forward to and is glad that it is something she will do with her brother.
Until then, there this plenty of adventure to be had closer to home. Knowing Julie, she will have no trouble finding it. Keep smiling, Julie.