PALESTINE — Three sisters with Palestine family connections have been keeping busy this summer — one in New Zealand, one in Australia and the other here in Texas.
The sisters include Julie Ann Link, 27, Megan Rae Link, 23, and younger sister Emma Camille Link, 21. They are the daughters of Rick and Pam Link of Plano, and the granddaughters of Gina and Bob Gingerich, and the late Dan Link, all of Palestine, and maternal grandmother Peggy Bockhoff of Olney.
Julie was sent to Waitaki Girls’ High School in New Zealand to fine tune their musical skills before their competition in Timaru in June. Julie's trip was funded by the New Zealand Music Chamber.
Waitaki Girls’ High Music teacher Helen Beckingsale said Julie helped the girls a lot.
Julie, a bassoonist, is performing as a casual player with the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Orchestra Willington and the Southern Sinfonia. She has been playing the bassoon since she was 12 and has studied music in Cleveland, before earning a scholarship to study in Switzerland. She also has received the Fulbright Scholarship. Julie also tutors several students in bassoon.
Megan is a chemist and mud engineer for Halliburton and has recently transferred to Brisbane, Australia. She will be working in Roma, Australia as a field service representative for Halliburton. Megan completed Mud School second in her class with a grade of 98 on her final exam. She received a MVP award for her studies and a cash prize of $500. Megan will work 21 days on the rig site and be off 21 days. Megan is looking forward to being able to visit her sister, Julie, in New Zealand, according to her grandmother, Gina Gingerich.
Emma, who lives in College Station, is volunteering in a microbiology lab at Texas A&M University that is researching the safety and efficacy of electron beam radiation on microbiological growth. The current project being worked on is what concentration of radiation is required to sterilize waste water such that it will greatly reduce the risk of infection or disease from bacteria. In the future, she’d like to apply what she has learned toward a career in quality assurance and quality control in the food industry. This fall, Emma will begin her senior year at Texas A&M University.