2013 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team Announced(1/26/13) - Ten U.S. Figure Skating athletes have been named to the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team. All athletes in this year's class have been named to their high school's honor roll, are in an honor society or hold a 3.7 or higher grade point average.
The team was honored today during a ceremony at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb. The program, which started in 1996, was created by U.S. Figure Skating to recognize high school athletes who excel in academic pursuits, community involvement and the sport of figure skating. More than 1,100 skaters have applied for the scholarship since its inception, with 200 team members selected.
The award is available to U.S. Figure Skating members of all disciplines who are juniors or seniors at an accredited high school. They must be fulltime students with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher and have competed at the novice, junior or senior level during the past two years. Candidates are asked to submit an application and an essay, which are reviewed by a selection panel.
The 2013 honorees:
Christie Corn will graduate this spring from Riverdale Country School in Bronx, N.Y., where she has been named to the honor roll for three consecutive years. A member of The Skating Club of New York, Corn competes in singles and has performed with the Ice Theatre of New York. In 2011 and 2012, Corn co-produced the learn-to-skate ice skating shows which raised more than $32,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey, as well as “Skate for the Goal,” which benefits the Special Olympics of New York and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Corn is interested in journalism, currently holding the position of co-editor-in-chief for the Riverdale Review.
Jacquelyn Cruz is a senior at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., where she has earned numerous academic and extracurricular accolades. Cruz carries a 101.3 percent grade point average and, in addition to being named to the honor roll throughout her high school career, has been awarded certificates of achievement in English and religion. Cruz participates on the varsity soccer team and serves as the editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, the Viator Voice. She is based at the Chicago FSC and most recently placed fourth at the junior level at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships with the Chicago Jazz.
Kaitlin Hawayek is a junior at Troy/Athens High School in Troy, Mich. A junior-level ice dancer who placed sixth with former partner Michael Bramante at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Hawayek carries a 4.18 grade-point average and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Drama Club, Improvisation Club and DECA business club. Hawayek's home club is the Detroit SC where she serves as a Basic Skills instructor and Champions Ice Revue performer. Her volunteer activities include raising money and awareness for Run4Leah and Run4NP, which aim to find a cure for neurofibromatosis. Last summer, Hawayek teamed up with Jean-Luc Baker. Together they have placed in the top five at every event in which they've entered together, including ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in Turkey and Germany.
Wilbur Ji will graduate from Palo Alto Senior High School in Palo Alto, Calif., as a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit semifinalist (finalists to be named in February) and a member of the California Scholarship Federation. Ji is a novice-level skater who serves as the vice president of the Junior Council Board at The Skating Club of San Francisco. He has served as a junior volunteer for the Stanford Hospital and San Francisco Chinese Hospital. He recently attended the 2012 National Student Leadership Conference for Medicine & Health Care in Chicago.
Sage Kelner is a junior at Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minn., where she has earned a 4.0 grade point average. Kelner competed on the varsity swim team and the performance dance team before and competed in ice dancing for a number of years before devoting herself to synchronized skating. Kelner most recently placed first at the junior level at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships as a member of Team Braemar and earned bronze at the 2011 World Junior Challenge Cup. Her volunteer activities include Spanish tutoring at nearby elementary schools and participating in Backpack Tutoring, which helps inner-city students with math and reading homework.
Brian Krentz will graduate this spring from New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Ill. A perennial honor roll student, Krentz also participates in tennis and skiing, plays the piano and has participated in Chinese speech contests. Krentz skates out of the Skokie Valley SC where he teaches skating lessons and trains for competition at the junior level. He placed sixth as a novice at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. His volunteer activities center around raising money for muscular dystrophy and autism.
Lauren Lapuck is a senior at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and is the class president and co-editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper. Lapuck carries a 3.7 grade point average and participates in Students Against Destructive Decisions and serves as president of the Best Buddies of Beaver Country Day School, providing one-on-one mentoring to high school special education students. She is a member of the Haydenettes, who won the bronze medal at the 2012 ISU
World Synchronized Skating Championships.
Alexander Martin attends the International Academy West Campus in White Lake, Mich. A junior carrying a 3.99 grade point average, Martin is a student council member, plays saxophone in the school band and is a member of the Science
Olympiad Team. Based out of the Detroit SC he is a novice-level ice dancer who placed eighth at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. He and his partner Sierra Chadwick often skate in benefit shows for various causes.
Holly Moore, who skates out of the Detroit SC, is a junior at the Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio. A National Honor Society member who carries a 3.97 grade point average, Moore has received Gilmour's Headmaster's award and the French award. Moore has volunteered at the Ave Maria retirement home and the Cleveland Food Bank and has tutored at Villa Montessori. She and her ice dancing partner Daniel Klaber won the novice gold medal at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Jennifer Skerker is a senior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., where she carries a 3.96 grade point average. A commended student in the National Merit Scholarship Program, Skerker is a peer tutor in the Lexington High School Learning Center and a drug prevention peer leader. Skerker's volunteer activities include donating her time to raise money and awareness for food banks, Special Olympics competitions, the Walk for Hunger and the American Cancer Society. She is a member of the Lexettes, based out of the Hayden Recreation Centre FSC, which placed third at the junior level at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.