CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
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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 <Iagoldgirl@aol.com>.)
Julie Canterbury, UI 'Golden Girl' twirler, sweeps top honors at national
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
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
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.