WACO — Julia Frandsen-DeLoach is quite the success story of what an active, smart, and determined student can accomplish in four years at a major Division I university — even after her playing days are long over.

DeLoach has made history with the Baylor band, continued her success in the classroom and, most recently, taken the field during the annual homecoming game as a homecoming queen nominee.

The 2014 Midlothian High graduate was not only a Midlothian scholar and member of the National Honor Society during her high school days, but she was an exceptional athlete on the Panther tennis team, as well. Deloach won a district championship in singles during her senior year, and she was also a three-time regional qualifier. She also received 1st team all-district honors in doubles (2011) and twice in singles (2012, 13)

If that didn’t keep her busy enough during her high school days, she also was a part of Midlothian’s Regiment Band for three years and played the bass drum.

Her passion for music and involvement has continued into her collegiate career.

DeLoach said she was so used to being involved in multiple organizations and activities, that she carried her successful ways on to Baylor University in Waco in the fall of 2014. Since being in college, she has been awarded the Deans’ Academic Honor List (Fall 2016) and the past two years she has been awarded the EP Scott Golden Wave Scholarship for her leadership and dedication to the Golden Wave Band.

She has also received the Deans’ Gold Scholarship each year since enrolling in Baylor, as well as the Student Engagement Scholarship.

This busy young lady said that she has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Golden Wave Band, where she continues her percussion expertise from high school on as a leader on the Baylor drum line.

Over her four years in the band, she has played both bass-one — the smallest bass drum — before more recently switching over to bass-two.

"To get a visual it’s what the energizer bunny on commercials plays," DeLoach joked.

Not only has DeLoach been an active part of the marching band, but she made history at Baylor by being named the first-ever female chaplain for the Golden Wave Band since its founding in 1902. This prestigious honor includes her conducting bi-weekly Bible studies, and she also prays with the band before the football game each week.

But that is just the beginning of her accomplishments. DeLoach has served as the section leader for the bass line section of the drum line, an office manager and sergeant-at-arms for the band council, president of the Student Sustainability and Advisory Board, sister of Kappa Chi Alpha, as well as a member of the French Club and Student Dining Advisory Committee.

To cap-off her Senior year at Baylor, DeLoach was recently named as part of the Baylor Homecoming Queen's court last week. Her crown was based on her “Outstanding Baylor Involvement.”

Miss DeLoach is an Environmental Studies and French double major, with a minor in Legal Reasoning and Analysis on the Pre-Law track. This means that her future plans include attending law school for an International Environmental law degree.

"I’ve applied to a dozen law schools, now I’m just waiting to hear back," she added.

When asked how she would rate her college experience at Baylor University, Miss DeLoach responded, “My college experience has been full of activities and unexpected surprises! I changed my major three times before I found my passion for the environment and a want to help people and the environment through law. I’ve made so many wonderful friends and memories through the marching band as we cheer on our football team together.”

She continued, “I also grew in my faith through Kappa Chi Alpha, a Christian sorority on campus. My homecoming court nomination was a happy surprise, as well as being awarded various scholarships, and being offered to work for the Golden Wave Band during the summer as an administrative assistant, and as an office manager during the school year. I am happy to say I have no regrets in my decision to attend Baylor University, and I’m so proud to be a Baylor Bear. Sic’em!”

Julia Frandsen-DeLoach is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon DeLoach of Cedar Hill.