Local figure skaters with the Northern Lights School of Skating put in great performances at the annual “Ice Box Competition” held Sunday in International Falls.
In the PRE-STARSKATE level, Emilie Jewell participated in her very first competition and earned third place in Basic Elements 2 Group ‘B’ and second in Basic 2 Program Group ‘B.’
Adalynn Seguin finished third in the Basic 3 Elements Group ‘A’ while also placing second in the Basic 3 Program Group ‘B.’
Tayah Cumming wound up second in both the Basic 4 Elements Group ‘B’ and Basic 4 Program Group ‘B.’
Aubrey Johnson nabbed first in Basic 6 Elements Group ‘A’ while also placing third in the Basic 5 Program Group ‘B.’
Bryden Strachan took second in Basic 6 Elements Group ‘A’ and third in the Basic 6 Program Group ‘B’.
Leslie Anderson placed fourth in the Basic 6 Elements Group ‘B’ and second in the Basic 5 Program Group ‘A.’
Lila Black nabbed third in the Basic 6 Elements Group ‘B’ and second in the Basic 6 Program Group ‘B.’
Grayson Wright was the lone male skater at the PRE-STARSKATE level, winding up first in the Basic 6 Program Group ‘A’ and second in the Basic 6 Elements Group ‘B.’
As for the team event, there were four teams total participating in the Basic 4-6 team event, in which the Northern Lights School of Skating had two take part in.
The Northern Lights School of Skating’s ‘A’ team (consisting of Seguin, Johnson, Strachan, and Cumming) took home the gold.
The ‘B’ team (comprised of Jewell, Wright, Anderson, and Black) nabbed silver.
“The skaters really enjoy this event as it’s the one time they get to compete together,” noted Northern Lights School of Skating director/owner Ashley Cumming.
“I’m very proud of all the PRE-STARSKATE skaters,” she added. “They have been working really hard and progressing well.
“They all performed well at the competition with good sportsmanship,” she lauded.
The NLSS also had three STARSKATE level skaters participate in the “Ice Box Competition.”
Rachel Ste. Croix competed in the Free Skate Interpretive Group ‘A,’ with the theme of “sunshine,” and performed very well in earning second place.
Whitney Williamson competed in the Free Skate Interpretive Group ‘B,’ with the theme of “rain,” and also performed very well in garnering first place.
“This event is fun and challenging,” said Ashley Cumming. “The skaters have no idea what [the] piece of music will be prior to the event.
“They get to hear the music selection during the competition for which they have just a few minutes to develop a routine that is judged on its originality, pattern, technical skills [ability to include jumps and spins], and, of course, their music interpretation and expression without any instruction from coaches, parents, or fellow skaters,” she added.
Ste. Croix and Williamson also both competed in several other events.
Ste. Croix finished first in the No Test Spins Group ‘A’ event while also placing second in both the Free Skate 5 Compulsory Group ‘A’ and Preliminary Jumps Group ‘A.’
Williamson, meanwhile, nabbed first in the Free Skate 5 Compulsory Group ‘A,’ Pre-Preliminary Spins Group ‘A,’ and Preliminary Jumps Group ‘A.’
In the showcase event, Angelina Spuzak–who skates with both the NLSS and the International Falls Skating Club–performed her take on “A Bad Prom Night” and earned a fourth-place finish.
“This is an entertaining event in which the skaters reflect a theme or story through their skating,” Cumming explained.
“They are judged on their ability to entertain and theatrical qualities demonstrated through their skating skills.
“They are evaluated on their energy, poise, acting, pantomine, eye contact, choreography, form, extension, and the use of props and ice,” she added.
“The Northern Lights School of Skating would like to congratulate all the skaters on their performance at the International Falls ‘Ice Box Competition,'” Cumming said.
“I’m very proud of each and every one of the skaters,” she enthused.