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Three East Ridge High School seniors earn U.S. Figure Skating Awards

Photo of ERHS Senior US Figure Skating Awardees

Three East Ridge High School seniors were recently recognized by U.S. Figure Skating for their commitment to the sport while maintaining their academics. Savanna Gray received a U.S. Figure Skating 2018 Graduating Senior Platinum Level Award. Brooke Schmitz and Julia Travis each received a U.S. Figure Skating 2018 Graduating Senior Silver Level Award.

Savanna plans to attend Adrian College in Michigan this fall, majoring in Biology, with an eventual goal of attending medical school. Savanna has already earned college credits through Concordia College in St. Paul as a full-time Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student during her junior and senior year at East Ridge High School. She plans to continue skating as a college student. 

Brooke plans to attend Concordia College in St. Paul in the fall, majoring in Education and History and looks forward to a possible career in teaching. She also sings in the East Ridge Bel Canto and Chamber Choirs and recorded her own solo music for her skating competitions. 

Julia plans to attend DePauw University in Indiana, focusing on an Economics degree and ultimately a career in Business Management. In addition to her commitment to figure skating, she has played tennis, been an active member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Ambassadors and served as a Student Member for the South Washington County Schools School Board. 

All three young women have maintained part-time jobs in addition to their commitments to skating, school and community service. When asked what the fondest memory has been from their many years of skating, all three responded that the friendships they have developed is the best highlight from their experiences.

While figure skating is not a school-sponsored sport, it requires the same devotion, tenacity and time management as any varsity sport. U.S. Figure Skating helps to ensure student-athletes are recognized for these 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. 

Congratulations to all three of these student-athletes on their extraordinary accomplishments!

(Photo, left to right: Savanna Gray, Brooke Schmitz, Julia Travis)