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RECEIVES HIGH MARKS Twenty-three teams competed in the first


U.S. Figure Skating High School Finals compe- tition, April 18–19, in Strongsville, Ohio. Te event, hosted by the Greater Cleve- land Council of Figure Skating Clubs, featured individual skating on the first day and the team manuever event on the second day. Individuals competed in short program, free


skate, moves in the field and solo dance events, with competitors earning points for their high school teams. Te Padua Franciscan team earned top individual team honors, followed by Western Pennsylvania and Flint Area United. Te team manuever event teams were divid-


ed into A (High), B (Intermediate) and C (Low) levels. Each team competed three times: once in jumps, then in steps or moves-in-the-field se- quences, and then in spins. Bloomfield Hills in Michigan took the gold in Level A, followed by Western Pennsylvania and Fox Valley. In Level B, Kalamazoo Area claimed gold, Hudson-Garfield silver and Lake Orion United bronze. Walsh Jesu- it secured gold in Level C, Western Pennsylvania took silver and Hathaway Brown grabbed bronze. “Te competitors had a terrific time net-


working and competing against the other high school skaters from across the country, while proudly representing their high schools,” Mid-


western Vice President Lainie DeMore said. “Tere was lots of school spirit.” A disco dance-themed competitors party was also a big hit. National Vice Chair for High School Pro-


grams Dorothy Tank reflected on the pilot event. “Te skaters, coaches and officials had a wonder- ful time throughout the 2015 High School Final competition,” she said. “Te Program Develop- ment Committee and I are excited to begin the planning for next year’s event and plan to use the great feedback we received thus far. “Witnessing the growth of high school skat-


ing over the years and having that coupled with the addition of the High School Final competi- tion is truly thrilling. What a bright future for high school skating within U.S. Figure Skating.”


The competition was graced by the presence of Olympic champion Carol Heiss Jenkins, who, had a student competing at the event, along with her Olympic champion husband Hayes Jenkins, right, and Hayes’ brother, Olympic champion David Jenkins, who, with his wife Barbara, was in town visiting.


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