Miss SNPJ 2016 Julie Rockwell is a member of Lodge 138 in Strabane, Pa. She is the daughter of Bob and Jan Rockwell (138), the sister of Robbie Rockwell (138), and the granddaughter of Tony and Josie Bole (138).
Julie is a recent graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with a minor in biology. While at Penn State, her honors included being named to the Dean’s List for five semesters, and membership in the Health and Human Development Honors Society and the National Health Pre-Professional Honors Society. She was a member of Tapestry Dance Company, the Kinesiology Club and Global Medical Brigades.
Julie was actively involved in the Penn State Panhellenic/IFC Dance Marathon (THON), participating on the THON OPPerations and Dancer Relations com-mittees. She was also a teaching assistant and lecture assistant for the Biology Department, a peer mentor for the Kinesiology Department, and a member of the Management 100 Quality Team for the Management Department.
Throughout college, Julie worked for Lion Tutors and Nittany Notes. She has participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and has volunteered at the local Salvation Army, as well as for the Middletown Main Street Committee and Red Cross blood drives. She is currently medical scribing for an ophthalmologist while applying to medical schools.
Throughout high school she was a member of the varsity Dance Team, Winter Guard Competition Team and Dance Line. She cheered on her school’s squad for three years and served as captain for four seasons. She also danced at a local studio for 12 years, where she apprenticed young dancers. Outside of academics, Julie has been very active within her church. She was a member of her church youth group, volunteered at a local soup kitchen, participated in Adopt a Child, danced in the church’s liturgical group, and sang in the youth choir. Julie was also a Girl Scout for 12 years, receiving a Girl Scout Silver Award and serving as a Girl Scout camp counselor for three summers.
Julie has been a member of Lodge 138 since birth. She has attended and helped at many Circle 19 holiday parties, and has assisted with the Lodge 138 Duck Race. She has participated in the Youth Telegraphic and Family Twosome bowling tournaments, and has submitted articles and artwork to both The Voice of Youth and PROSVETA. She has attended every Slovenefest since birth, except when she was visiting Slovenia with an SNPJ tour. During Slovenefest, she has helped with the children’s activities, served as a card turner and tended the front table for Miss SNPJ Pageants, worked at the entrance booths, and helped at the SNPJ Heritage Center museum. Along with her grandparents, she has also attended Federation meetings and volunteered at Federation picnics. She has participated in many National SNPJ Days and Memorial Day celebrations as well.
Julie was a Youth Roundup camper for seven years, a TEL delegate for five years, and has served as a delegate to the Young Adult Conference for three years. She has also served as a counselor for Youth Roundup and TEL. She has attended SNPJ Pirates baseball nights and many SNPJ Kennywood Park Days where she helped with the children’s activities and in the Slovenian kitchen.