Julie Sinople doesn’t have a lot of spare time these days. Between her school obligations, the hours she spends serenading patients at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital with her violin and playing hockey, this high school sophomore is fully booked.
At 6 years old, she switched from figure skating to hockey after falling in love with the intensity of the game. Though it was a challenge to be the only girl on several boys’ teams, Julia stuck with it, persevering when others might have given up.
Now at age 15, Julia plays on Team Illinois’ Girls 16 & Under team, where she has made friends for life. She has attended three USA Hockey Central District Camps, where she met her idol, U.S. Olympian Brianna Decker.
The Lake Forest Academy student also plays field hockey, lacrosse and soccer, though there’s no question about where her true passion lies.
“Hockey is definitely my favorite sport,” she says.
Outside of sports, Julia has been an avid musician since she first picked up the violin at the age of 4. For years, she has combined her love of music with her desire to help people by volunteering at local hospitals.
“I love helping people, especially veterans,” says the aspiring lawyer. “they deserve attention after what they’ve done for our country.”
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