Dressed to the spades—with hats—for the big awards occa-sion May 16 on the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink are Sun Val-ley Figure Skating Club mem-bers, front from left, Alexandra Harten, graduating seniors Te-lar McClure, Gracie Eagan, Nicole Pratt and Shayna Moel-lenberg and Joyce Chan. Mid-dle row, from left, Katie Peters, Isabella Bourret, Sage Curtis, Grace Hoffman, Prescott Pot-ter, Sheldon Gentling and Alex Stuessi. Back row, from left, Kenny Pratt, Emma Stuessi, Lane Letourneau, Caitlin Sholtis, Claire Stickney, Blake Letourneau, Antonia Avery and Travis Flynt.
By ANDREA NELSON For the Express
The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club celebrated a banner year of athletic accomplishment and sportsmanship with an afternoon of fun, silliness and ceremony on Sun Valley’s outdoor rink Thursday, May 16.
The skaters traded their double jumps, core training, and testing drills for neon hats, boas, hula hoops and giant rubber bands while the speakers played their kind of music….the kind the judges ordinarily don’t like!
Between bites of pizza and cupcakes, each skater was called to the ice to be recognized with gifts and a special certificate listing personal achievements in competition and U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) testing for 2012-13.
The SVFSC dedicated the ceremony to its four graduating seniors—Telar McClure, Gracie Eagan, Nicole Pratt and Shayna Moellenberg.
McClure and Moellenberg treated members and parents with beautiful, bittersweet “good-bye” solo performances bringing tears to the eyes of their mothers.
Highlights of the ceremony included the club’s four annual special awards and the presentation of official gold pins to newly-minted USFS gold medalists Nicole Pratt and Alexandra Harten.
Pratt became a double gold medalist by passing the highest level USFS test in Free Skate in November. The Wood River High graduating senior previously passed her Senior Moves in the Field test. Community School sophomore Harten passed highest-level USFS Moves in the Field this year.
The Club presented its four annual Special Awards for top merits in athletic achievement and sportsmanship to Shayna Moellenberg, Alex Harten, Joyce Chan, Alex Stuessi, Lane Letourneau and Kenny Pratt.
SVFSC gave special mention to its four national medalists in theatrical skating at the 2013 USFS National Showcase Competition—Joyce Chan, Lane Letourneau and Alex Stuessi (gold) and Alex Harten (silver).
Blake Letourneau and Emma Stuessi received special mention for participating in the National Showcase competition, and Katie Peters and Sheldon Gentling for participating in non-qualifying regional competitions, this year.
This year’s SVFSC special award winners were:
· Shayna Moellenberg: Earned the club’s highest honor, the Herman Maricich Award, for the highest Juvenile-Senior Level skater athletic accomplishment.
Shayna placed third in Senior Ladies at the 2013 Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships. For the fourth consecutive year, she qualified for and competed at the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships. Shayna is the ninth-ranked Senior Ladies Singles skater in the Pacific Northwest and the 2012 NWP Senior Ladies Regional Bronze Medalist.
· Alexandra Harten and Joyce Chan: The Judy Fuller Sportsmanship Award for Juvenile-Senior level skaters who demonstrate a positive attitude towards the club and fellow skaters, and who devote substantial volunteer time to club activities and events.
The two cheerful skater role models each logged more than 100 service hours to the SVFSC while training, competing and testing at higher levels.
· Lane Letourneau and Alex Stuessi: The Lolly Jensen Achievement Award for Nontest—Pre-Juvenile Level skaters who have achieved the highest athletic accomplishment during the year.
The award is based on U.S. Figure Skating tests passed and competition results, with medals in regional, sectional and national competition weighted appropriately. Lane and Alex won their events at National Showcase. Each passed multiple USFS tests and earned competition medals.
· Kenny Pratt: The Daisy Langley Jr. Sportsmanship Award for a Nontest—Pre-Juvenile Level skater who demonstrates a positive attitude towards the club and fellow skaters, and who devotes substantial volunteer time to club activities and events. Kenny logged 35 volunteer hours for the club this year while actively passing four USFS tests.
With 106 members, age 4-80, the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club offers fun for experienced skaters and those new to the ice who. New membership packets for the 2013-2014 skating year will be available in June.
For information, visit sunvalleyfsc.com.