Congratulations to our Class of 2016!
Allison began skating seven years ago. She has enjoyed skating in several productions of Showtime on Ice.
Besides skating, Allison has been involved in softball, track, flute and Chinese dance. When Allison was eight years old, she was selected to perform in Beijing at a government celebration.
Amy Schneider has been Allison’s coach and Allison has thoroughly enjoyed working with Amy. Allison has learned so much from Amy through the years. Amy has always encouraged Allison to push herself and to do her best. Allison has appreciated Amy’s skills in coaching as well as her friendship.
Allison graduated from Arapahoe High School and will be attending CSU in the fall, majoring in Business and Marketing.
Natalie graduated from Cherokee Trail High School with the highest academic honors. In addition, she is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She has been very involved with DECA and FBLA at her school and has qualified to the state competitions numerous times. In her free time she has volunteered at the Maxfund Dog Shelter in Denver and has helped the shelter fundraise. Natalie enjoys travelling; her favorite place that she has travelled to is Paris. She has been skating for 10 years and has passed through her Intermediate free skate test. She has been on the Senior Ice Theatre of the Rockies team for 2 years and will compete with the team at the National Theatre on Ice competition in Birmingham. In the fall, she will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she will continue to skate and study biochemistry with a focus in pre-medicine.
Lara Wetzel is 17 and a half years old, and she is a recent graduate of Rock Canyon High School.
Lara is currently at the Novice freeskate level, although competing at the Junior level, and she is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field. In addtion, she has passed her Pre-Juvenile and Juvenile pairs tests and plans to take her Intermediate pairs test in June of 2016.
Lara has been a member of the Denver Figure Skating Club since 2007, shortly after she started taking Learn to Skate classes in November of 2006, and she is the current Junior Board Vice-President. Over the last several years she has volunteered extensively in club, non club, and regional competitions in various roles, and has been a junior judge for the last two years.
Lara loves skating, and over the years she has explored many disciplines of skating by competing at the National level with Ice Theatre of the Rockies, Sectional level with the Denver Synchronicity Open-Juvenile team, and at the Regional level as an individual skater. She also loves to perform in shows and has been part of Showtime on Ice for 7 years.
Lara has been an Honor Roll student throughout high school. She has also been a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.
In the fall of 2016, Lara plans on attending either the University of Colorado Boulder or University of Denver pursuing a degree in either business or law.
Sofia is 17 and has been skating for 11 years. She has been a member of the Denver Figure Skating Club for 10 years. She loves to skate in Showtime on Ice, Sun Valley Summer Championships, and the holiday shows. Outside of skating, she likes to play piano, ski, and spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys photography. Sofia went to high school at The Kent Denver School and will start at the University of Denver in the fall.
Amy graduated from Chaparral High School and has been skating since age 9. She works at Starbucks and her hobbies include hooping/drawing, She will be attending Metropolitan State University in the fall.
Stephanie has been around South Suburban Ice Arena since she was four years old. She was born an adventurer, clearly loving the outdoors from a young age. Although in the shadow of older and more vociferous siblings, Daniel and Lindy, she could hold her own on the ice with them. Steph started synchro skating when she was 9 years old, and although she had success in early singles competitions and dabbled in pairs competition with Daniel, synchro became her favorite discipline. Steph has been blessed to be part of Denver Synchronicity for the last several years and to have won three consecutive Pacific Coast Sectional Gold Medals and serve as a co-captain for the Intermediate team over the last two years. She has helped coach younger synchro teams, as well as her younger siblings. Stephanie still loves backpacking, fishing, and climbing, as well as volleyball and horseback riding, but synchro will be an even greater focus next fall as she moves to the next level to skate for Adrian College’s synchro team. Her family and team mates are going to miss her immensely, but we are excited to see what she can accomplish.