This is one of many spotlights about Badin graduates and their successes in life.
Julie is a graduate of the Class of 1999. Over her 4 years at Badin, she was a member of both the women’s soccer team and the swim team. She participated in theater, student ministry, and was an active member of several other clubs. She went on to receive her Bachelor in Rehabilitation Science and her Master of Physical Therapy degrees from Mount St. Joseph University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Over the course of her career as a physical therapist, she has also taught at several Tristate colleges and universities while continuing to work as a physical therapist in the clinic. She is currently working as a physical therapist and is the facility manager for Athletico Physical Therapy in West Chester, Ohio.
She remains active in her community and her faith, enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, is a life long learner, and loves spending time with her friends and family. When asked, Julie will tell you that she is thankful for the experiences she had, the relationships she developed, the values and beliefs she strengthened, and the life long friends she made over her four years at Badin. Not only did they help shape her in to who she is today, they have given her some of the greatest gifts - the gifts of knowledge, perseverance, faith, friendship, and family. Learn more: www.athletico.com
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Alumni Spotlight on: JULIE RIGLING, '99
Who inspires you and why? My younger brother has inspired me for years. He had a dream, a vision, a goal early on in his life and has made choices throughout his life that were, at times, challenging but have continued to move him toward that vision. And he's done it with grace and kindness without forgetting to have fun and spend time with the people he loves along the way. He may never win a noble peace prize, but I think he'll change the world, if even in some small way. I know he's changed mine for the better and he definitely inspires me to LIVE life and enjoy the journey.
What is your favorite quote? "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Gahndi
Where have you traveled in the world? Over the past 15 years, I've had the pleasure and the good fortune to be able to travel a little to Europe, the British Isles, New Zealand, Greece, and domestically in the States. I can't say I have a favorite place or food...I just love meeting new people, exploring new places, and experiencing new cultures.
What is your best advice for current Badin students? Be kind and work hard but remember to have fun, too! I'm thankful for the friends I still have in my life that I made at Badin. It's always your choice, but if you embrace where you are, you have the chance to build a strong foundation, life long friendships, and connections that you can enjoy the rest of your life. So enjoy the journey!
If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would you choose? Why? My grandparents. I wasn't fortunate enough to have met three of them and I'd love to get to know them better and to understand more of our family history. I'd love to hear their stories and say thank you for everything they did back then so that we can have what we have now, and to promise them that we will continue to build on what they started.
What is one thing that you learned while at Badin that you still use and value today? Two of the main things that were reinforced at Badin that I still use and value today are The Golden Rule and Living the Fourth. Treating people with kindness, compassion and respect while putting my faith and beliefs in to action are elemental to my daily life. I'm thankful I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that valued these things as much as I did and still do.