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Chris Frey receives Julia Clukey Courage Award


Pictured here (at right) is award recipient Chris Frey. With him (from l.) are State Senator Eric Brakey, Auburn Middle School principal Celena Ranger, Olympian Julia Clukey, and Frey’s mother, Holly Bosse. (Photo by MBWDA)

Olympian Julia Clukey addressed nearly 500 students at Auburn Middle School recently as part of her ongoing “Julia Inspires” campaign to encourage students to find their passion, create a plan and go after their dreams.

As part of the campaign, Clukey presents the Julia Clukey Courage Award to a deserving student at each school she visits. Following her presentation at Auburn Middle School, she presented the award to AMS student Chris Frey, who was recognized for his ability to persevere though tough times in his personal life while maintaining a positive attitude and inspiring others.

Clukey continues to train for her 19th season in the sport of luge. Earlier this month, she was officially named to the USA National Luge Team for 2016-17. She has set a goal to compete in the sport of luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This summer, she will host Julia Clukey’s Camp for Girls at Camp KV in Readfield.

Through her “Julia Inspires” campaign, which is funded by the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association, Clukey has shared her story and message to date at 51 Maine schools, reaching a total of 16,770 students. Middle and high school administrators can request a presentation at

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