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Release: Aug. 22, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: "Golden Girl" Julie Canterbury can be reached at (319) 887-6809, or by e-mail at <>.)

Julie Canterbury, UI 'Golden Girl' twirler, sweeps top honors at national competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Julie Canterbury, the baton-twirling Golden Girl who performs with the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, has swept the top honors at Youth on Parade, the national competition of the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA), held July 24-28 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Canterbury, who was selected Miss College Majorette of America, National Collegiate Strutting Champion and National Collegiate Twirling Champion, is the first person to win all three honors in the same year. She also became the first person to win the traveling trophy for the National Collegiate Twirling Championship -- a tankard given by the Queen of England -- for the third time.

Founded in 1948 by Don Sartel, the NBTA is the oldest and largest sanctioned association of baton twirling. The college division of the NBTA national competition is open to all students in post-secondary institutions, but competitors have to pass through regional pageants in order to qualify for the nationals.

In addition to winning a trophy for each first-place finish, Canterbury received a traveling trophy that goes each year to the Miss Majorette of America winner, and scholarships totaling nearly $1,000. She was also chosen by the leadership of the NBTA to travel to Peru as a good will ambassador, on a trip sponsored by Lions Clubs International.

Canterbury has been Golden Girl with the Hawkeye Marching Band for four years. She will complete her undergraduate degree this year with a double major in psychology and elementary education, with specializations in reading and social sciences.

A native of Norwalk, she has been baton twirling since she was three years old and won her first national title at the age of six. Prior to the 2001 national contest, she had earned six additional national titles, including the 1997 Grand National Collegiate Twirling Champion. Other titles include Miss Majorette of Iowa, Miss Majorette of the North, All North regional Twirling and Strutting Champion, and the Iowa Grand Strutting Champion.