In February, Julie Johnson Nohra A’95 was inducted into the Academy of the Holy Names Athletic Hall of Fame. A four-year captain and member of the varsity basketball team, Nohra’s hard work, dedication and leadership helped propel the program to unreached heights while claiming individual accolades and achievements along the way.
Nohra became a member of the prestigious 1,000-point scoring club during her junior year, breaking the county’s all-time scoring record her senior year with 1,643 points, and finishing her career with 1,784 points. She was an All-County team member her sophomore, junior and senior years, and a first-team, all-state member her junior and senior years. During her senior year, Nohra averaged 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and helped lead the Jaguars to a state runner-up finish.
During her time at the Academy, Nohra was also shined off the court. She served as president of the Ambassadors her junior and senior years, as the vice president of the Prom Committee, and a member in the S Club and National Honor Society. She graduated from AHN with honors, and received with the Dads Club Scholar-Athlete Award at graduation.
Because of her academic and athletic accomplishments, Nohra earned the opportunity to attend the University of Tampa as a scholarship athlete. A member of the Spartans basketball team from 1995-1998, Nohra served as team captain her senior season. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in just three years and was appropriately awarded with the program’s Scholar-Athlete Award her senior season.
Nohra’s passion for education is evident in her career choice. After spending a few of her early teaching years at the Academy, she is currently in her 16th year of teaching at Carrollwood Day School.
According to Athletic Director Kevin Vargas, “On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to watch Julie play in high school and I was in Lakeland for the final game of her high school career. … I truly believe that the success and championships earned following [Julie’s] high school career would not have been possible without the four years she spent at AHN; the impact that she had could be felt in the accomplishments and accolades that followed her playing career.”
In her acceptance speech, Nohra credited the Academy with shaping the person she is today. “Basketball took me to the next level but the many lessons that I learned at AHN helped me to find success at the next level. The traditions and sisterhood shared here at Academy are truly unique and will stay with me forever,” she said.
She concluded with a quote that was personal to her family, “‘There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, and the other is wings.’ The Academy is a part of our roots and has given us a strong foundation. Every day you are strengthening your wings and learning to fly. We cannot wait to watch you soar!”