The Graduating Senior Award program recognizes student-athletes who have worked hard to pursue figure skating while maintaining their academics. While figure skating is not a traditional school sport, it requires the same dedication, perseverance and time management as any varsity sport. It is the goal of U.S. Figure Skating to help ensure these student-athletes are recognized for those skills.
There are four categories of recognition based on competition and test achievements in all disciplines of figure skating. Student-athletes are rewarded based on their highest level of achievement at either the Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze level. There is no cost for this program and the student-athletes apply online by March 1 of their senior year. Following the application review process, U.S. Figure Skating sends the student-athlete their awards certificate, congratulatory letter and lapel pin. This year, awards are being presented to over 600 student-athletes.
Graduating Senior Awards..
2016 Silver Award: Sophia Foster
Sophia is a senior graduating from Woodstock Day School in Saugerties New York. She first started skating over ten years ago. Over that time, Sophia has enjoyed doing freestyle and moves in the field, as well as recently starting to learn ice dances and synchronized skating. She has also enjoyed teaching at learn to skate programs through the Skating Club of Saugerties and the Kiwanis Ice Arena.
Next year, Sophia will be attending Smith College where she plans to major in government and hopes to keep skating nearby.