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Meet the Staff: Julia Holmgren

Meet Julia Holmgren, our new cooking columnist!  Julia is excited to write for the cooking column this year because it merges her two interests of baking and photography.  Her love of photography began when, at age eleven or twelve, she found her dad’s old camera hiding in the closet and started using it.  Since then, Julia has taken two TPS photography classes.

Julia is in tenth grade, and although this is her first time on the clay staff, this will be her fourth year with TPS.  Her classes at TPS this year include English 4/5, Algebra II, Pre-AP Chem, SAT Prep, Graphic Arts, and Military History, her favorite subject.  Besides school, Julia has many other interests such as karate, triathlons, and skiing. She is presently working as a lifeguard and is a competitive swimmer.   She also plays the violin, piano, and some trumpet, and she loves creative writing and reading. One of her favorite books is Unbroken, but typically whatever she is currently reading is her favorite. She and her family travel a lot, having visited Kenya, Iceland, UAE, Croatia, and Austria.  Julia still hopes to visit Peru, China, Thailand, and South Korea as well.

I asked Julia a few random questions so that clay readers can get to know her better.  Here are some of her answers:

Current residence: Massachusetts.

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Favorite Bible character: Other than Jesus, Joseph and Esther.

Pets:  “We used to have a dog, but she passed away a couple years ago.”

Siblings:  Two younger sisters.

Favorite colors:  Sage green, purple, and red.

Favorite food:  Probably some kind of fruit, like blueberries or mango, but she also really likes avocados and ice cream.

If you had to describe yourself as a food, what would it be?  A pineapple because they are one of her favorite fruits and also because pineapples are the sign of friendship and welcome.

Pet peeves:  “It really annoys me when my sister sings, and I’m trying to read.”

Fluent in:  German and, of course, English.

Don’t forget to check out Julia’s column this year; she plans on sharing some international recipes to bring some diversity and culture to your kitchen!

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