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Abby Julo - an amazing 4 year old
« on: Aug 13th, 2003, 8:24pm »
Abigail (Abby) Julo can answer over 200 questions about the government and political figures of the United States and numerous other countries. She can also recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the US Constitution.
Abby's great memorization and pronunciation skills were clearly evident by age 2, when during the presidential campaign of 2000, she surprised her parents, Amy and Mark, by quickly recognizing televised polictical figures. Mark explains, "After the election, once she knew the names of the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, and the National Security Advisor, it became very natural to just keep going."
At age 3, Abby mastered the names of the past 42 US Presidents as well as the current President and First Lady, their two daughters, and family pets. She knows the name of the presidential airplane, helicopter, cabinet members, Speaker of the House, Senate and House Majority and Minority Leaders, Surgeon General, Director of the FBI and the CIA. "We really were just doing it for fun and as a way to occupy her and keep her thinking," explains Amy.
One morning while at a local bed and breakfast with her parents, Abby met Political Science Professor Dr. John Settich who teaches the Introduction to American Government course at Benedictine College. "One thing lead to another," Mark explains, "and the following Monday morning Abby visited his class and answered about 38 questions posed by students. She only needed help with one: How many bills are comprised in the US Bill of Rights?"
Abby was made an Honorary College Freshman for the day and given a Freshman beanie. The event was photographed and reported in the local newspaper. It caught the attention of Atchison's KAIR radio, which then showcased Abby on its morning show.
Soon afterwards Abby's parents sent a CD of the show to the media and prominent individuals. Positive responses were received from First Lady Laura Bush and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Abby has since appeared on various programs and has a bright future on the horizon.