Several years ago, U.S. Figure Skating launched its Graduating Seniors Program to recognize the achievements of those individuals graduating from high school who continued their training in figure skating while pursuing their academic studies.

The purpose of this program is to honor and credit those qualified graduates for their achievements during high school through the presentation of a certificate to the skater during a school function or recognition opportunity. Recognition is proudly awarded on behalf of the U.S. Figure Skating Program Development Committee to those high school graduates who meet the necessary application criteria.

We celebrated Alex Stuessi, Aurora Wilkenson, and Christine Du Fur, who graduated this year from the Sun Valley Community School. They dedicated many years to skating, and we are proud of their accomplishments and all they contributed to our skating community. The club presented them with 3 year collegiate memberships to US Figure Skating.

Seen here with Lisa Marie Allen who retired from coaching this year. A champion at Skate America, Skate Canada International, Nebelhorn Trophy, and 4 time US National medalist, Lisa Marie also competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics placing fifth. After retiring from amateur competition, she became a professional skater and was the assistant choreographer for the feature film Blades of Glory  and assistant choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Salt Lake Olympic Games.