Julia Pedersen (Lara) (1996-2001) earned thirteen varsity letters in the sports of basketball, volleyball, and track and field. During her high school career, she was voted the Female Athlete of the Year for her grade three times. In basketball, she was All EDC and the team MVP in 2000. She was a member of the State Champion Volleyball team in 1999 and the State Runner Up in 2000. In track and field, she was a two-time place winner in the javelin, four-time place winner in the shot put, and in the discus she was the State Runner Up three times and the State Champion two times. Her track teams were State Champions in 1998 and 2000 and the State Runner Up in 1999. In 1997, Julia set a Junior Olympic National Discus Record for her age group. Julia attended Arizona State University were she was a Pac 10 All Conference performer and national qualifier in both the shot put and discus.