Thurman youngster eyes trip to Australia

THURMAN Ten-year-old Julie Angell of Thurman is headed for the other side of the globe this summer, and shell soon be looking for help to get there. Julie is planning to participate in a 10-day trip sponsored by the People-to-People Student Ambassador program, visiting scenic and historic sites, museums, and getting introduced to Aussie culture and politics. Julie and her parents Brian and Diane Angell will likely be holding fundraisers this Spring to raise money so she can participate. Julie said Saturday this was her first trip overseas. Im really excited to go to Australia, and I cant wait to go scuba diving at the Great Barrier reefs, hold a koala bear and see kangaroos in real life, she said. Im also excited to learn about Australian culture. A 5th-grade student at Warrensburg Elementary School, Julie is interested in science and mathematics. Her father Brian said Friday hes proud of her being chosen by People-to-People as a Student Ambassador. She went through a rigorous selection and interview process, and she is one among about 40 kids chosen in the Capital Region, he said. Julies achievements arent limited to academics. Shes an accomplished gymnast, having competed successfully in meets around the state and in the northeastern U.S., Angell said. The initial fundraiser for Julie Angells trip to Australia, Brian Angell said, will be a spaghetti dinner and auction, planned for 4:30 to 8:30 pm April 26 at the Warrensburg Masonic Lodge on Main St.

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