Every year, skaters are excited to partake in the Annual Spring Ice Show. They have been hard at work throughout the year perfecting their routines. The Spring Ice Show represents the end of the season and for our graduating seniors, one last dance. Three skaters will be graduating this year and we have witnessed the impact skating has had in their lives.
Meet Our Class of 2020!
Maggie discovered skating at three years old when the Park District of Franklin Park Preschool Program took a field trip to the Franklin Park Ice Arena. When her mom asked her how she enjoyed being on the ice, her response was “it was too slippery” but that did not stop her as she went right back on the ice.
At age seven, she joined the synchronized skating team, Starr Blades. On that team she meet her best friends Hanna, Emily, Sam, Grace and Catherine. Later her siblings Sarah and Bradley followed her on the ice and a skating family was born.
Maggie is currently a skating instructor, helping young skaters reach their full potential. Her favorite part about skating is making great friends and the peace she finds on the ice. When she is not on the ice, she is hitting the books. It is no wonder she is an honor roll student with scholarship offers from schools including Loyola University and Miami of Ohio!
Kamila fell in love with skating when she was seven after watching Ice Princess. Fortunately for us, her friend was taking figure skating classes at the Franklin Park Ice Arena and introduced her to skating. Over the years, we have seen her become an Ice Princess.
Kamila enjoys trying new things. We have seen her skate with Starr Blades and also compete as a soloist. In our Willy Wonka production, she was Mr. Salt. One of our favorite performances was her David Bowie solo. When she is not skating, Kamila loves to read and collect Harry Potter memorabilia.
Her favorite part about stating is the confidence she built. It is a sport that requires discipline and gives her the freedom to express herself. Kamila has been offered a scholarship to Michigan State University, where she will pursue her love of skating and major in Computer Engineering.
Sam was no stranger to skating, you could say she was destined to skate. Sam’s mother was a talented skater and introduced her to skating when Sam was three. Shortly after, the Franklin Park Ice Arena became her second home. Every time we see Sam perform, we appreciate the excitement she brings to the ice. Last year, she was Willy Wonka in our Fusion Production and this Spring she will be Charlie Brown.
Figure skating is just one of her passions, she also loves the water! Sam is on the Fenwick Varsity Hockey and Sailing Teams. Last year, her hockey team won the State Championship! She is a great role model and always takes time to mentor our young skaters as an instructor. Her favorite part about skating is using her creativity to design costumes and choreograph routines.
What is next our figure skater turned hockey player? She aspires to be a Naval Aviator and plans to study Aerospace Engineering. Sam has been offered a scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Good luck in your Senior Year, ladies! It has been a treat watching you skate over the years. All of you have bright futures ahead of you. We will miss you and look forward to your final performance at the 2020 Spring Ice Show!