Julija Martin ’15

Published On: September 19th, 2019 | Categories: Alumni Voices |

Julija Martin
Powhatan School 2015
Clarke County High School 2019
University of Virginia 2023

High School Activities:

Valedictorian, Swim Team, Track Team, NHS, Recycling Club
What first comes to mind when you think of Powhatan?

When I think of Powhatan School, I’m reminded of all the field trips and activities we got to experience. At the time, I didn’t recognize that these “breaks” from academics were still lessons. Now, when I think of Powhatan, I think of all the life lessons we learned outside of the classroom and how they’ve proved incredibly useful throughout life.
What was the time you felt most confident at Powhatan?

Powhatan helped me find the activities that I love the most. I found my interests in music, drama, and various sports because Powhatan required me to try them. I felt the most confident performing on stage.
Can you give me an example of the most challenging activity you had at Powhatan?

Science Fair. Because it taught me how to organize and prepare ahead of time (time management). By the time I got to high school, I was so much more prepared and used to the demands necessary to be successful. Looking back, it really wasn’t about the project but about understanding the process of how to get organized.
What was your favorite activity?

Most, if not all, of the art projects we did in Mr. Royston’s were my favorite. I particularly enjoyed the plastic wrap mannequins we made, as I was the model for that particular project.
Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Bell; he had such a no-nonsense attitude that I respected so much. He had been working at Powhatan for years, and therefore we could never put anything past him, although we tried!
What skills did you come away with from Powhatan that helped you in the years since (high school, college, etc) graduating?

Powhatan taught me how to find fun in what I was learning. This really helped me in high school by keeping me engaged in whatever subject I was learning at the time.
What do you think of when you hear our school motto?

Powhatan’s motto has stuck with me throughout high school and has really helped me stay motivated to learn. When I hear that motto, I think of how everything I learned at Powhatan has helped me, and will continue helping me be successful throughout life.
What advice would you give to the rising eighth grade class?

Eighth grade is the most exciting year of Powhatan, so try to give it your all; you won’t regret it. In addition, I’d tell them not to be too worried about the transition into high school, its a lot less scary than you’d think!