Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Photos: From academics to flute playing to varsity football, this eighth grade girl does it all

Helmet on, it’s hard to single out Michael as the only girl on the Seven Springs football roster, and the third one in the school’s history. Not that it matters to her teammates.

Off the field, she is a flute player in the school band. On the field, she’s one of 80 players on the varsity football team.

“She’s not your average girl,” said family friend Toni Maxton . “She’s not scared of anything or anyone.”

Read Jeffrey Solochek’s story on Julie Michael here.

Dressed in her shoulder pads and jersey, eighth-grader and varsity football player, Julliana Michael, 13, holds her flute as she looks toward the football field before playing the National Anthem with the Seven Springs marching band at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Michael plays the National Anthem and the school's fight song before starting the game as kicker. She also plays linebacker and wide receiver. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
With flute in hand, varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, runs toward the football field after playing with the National Anthem and the school's fight song with the marching band at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Before the game, Michael practices with the marching band, then stretches on the field with her teammates before joining the marching band again. Once the band finishes their performance, Michael sprints toward the field to start the game as a kicker. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Sharon Michael, mother to varsity football player Julliana Michael, shows off her shirt during their first game of the season against the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Varsity football player, Julliana Michael, 13, opens her hands wide to catch the football during a practice before their first game of the season against the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Not only is Michael on the varsity football team as a kicker, linebacker and wide receiver, but she plays flute in the marching band. She plays the National Anthem and the school's fight song before joining her teammates on the field. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, jokes around with her teammates before a game against the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Before the start of the game, Michael joins the marching band to play the National Anthem and the school's fight song before starting the game as kicker. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
The cleats of varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, can be seen with black shoes worn by members of the marching band at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Normally Michael would wear black shoes with the band, but on game days Michael comes in cleats and pads to band practice. After band practice she joins her teammates on the field for stretching and warm-ups before the game. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, practices the flute with the marching band before her football game against the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Once she finishes playing the National Anthem and the school's fight song she races to join her teammates on the field where she serves as kicker, linebacker and wide receiver. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, pulls her helmet from her locker in the girls' locker room before a game against the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Before joining her teammates on the field, Michael plays the National Anthem alongside the Seven Springs marching band and then sprints to start the game as kicker. She also plays linebacker and wide receiver. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, walks from the girls' locker room to the band room to practice flute with the marching band before her football game against the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. After Michael changes into her football gear, she practices with the band for nearly 20 minutes before joining her teammates on the field for stretching and warm-ups before the game. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Varsity football player Julliana Michael, 13, runs to kick the ball during a game agains the Hudson Middle School Cougars at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Before the start of the game, Michael plays the flute in the marching band. BRONTE WITTPENN | Times

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