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(3A) award winners announced


U.S. Figure Skating has announced the recipients of the 2018 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) award. The 3A award is a scholarship program that recognizes skaters who have achieved fi gure skating excellence while actively volunteer- ing.


To earn a 3A award, skaters must have competed at the novice or junior level at the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skat- ing Championships or the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Candidates were asked to submit an appli- cation detailing their volunteer work. The Athletes Advisory Committee (AAC) selects one overall winner and one winner from each discipline (ladies, men’s, pairs, ice dance and syn- chronized). The overall winner receives $2,000, while each of the remaining fi ve honorees receives $500, which can be used at the skater’s discretion.


The 2018 3A award recipients are: CHRISTINE FARNBERG


Christine Farnberg, Rochester (Minn.) FSC (overall) — A dedicated skater, student, musician and volunteer, Farnberg placed 10th at the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Cham- pionships with the Northernettes junior team. Farnberg creates opportunities for her peers to experience the joy of volunteering. She founded the WHO Club (We Help Others) at Lourdes High School, and regularly volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, Feed My Starving Children, the Friendship Place and Habitat for Humanity.


Emilea Zingas, St. Clair Shores FSC (ladies) — Zingas plays lacrosse and earned the 2018 U.S. novice silver medal. She is a violinist and an oratorical speech competitor at Assump- tion Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Zingas volunteers at Grosse Pointe Learn to Skate USA sessions and serves on the St. Clair Shores Athletes Com- mittee to recruit young skaters and raise money for nearby charities.


Lucas Altieri, Panthers FSC (men’s) — Living with Crohn’s disease and arthritis from ages 11 to 13, Altieri persevered through the pain and treatments to continue to pursue his dream of skating. Placing fourth in the novice division at the 2018 U.S. Championships, he now gives back to those who are fi ghting through these illnesses by volunteering for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in South Florida. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and volunteers with the Learn to Skate USA program at the Panthers Ice Den.


EMILEA ZINGAS


Audrey Lu, Dallas FSC (pairs) — Lu and Misha Mitrofanov are the 2018 U.S. junior champions. Lu volunteers for the Hope Supply Co., which strives to meet the critical needs for homeless and at-risk children by providing the necessities to sustain their lives. Lu is committed to academic excellence, maintaining straight A’s. She received numerous academic honors, such as the President’s Award and Scholastic Honors Team award.


Gianna Buckley, Seattle SC (ice dance) — Buckley, the 2018 U.S. novice silver medalist with partner Jeff rey Chen, dedicates her time to a community organization that assists the homeless. She packs food and distributes it to those in need on a weekly basis, in addition to assisting her local library with restocking of materials twice a week.


LUCAS ALTIERI 40 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018


Joyce Guo, Hayden Recreation Centre FSC (synchronized) Guo serves as class secretary at her high school, and organized a Hurricane Maria relief fundraiser that gener- ated more than $400. She founded the Power of Positivity Club, volunteers as a peer tutor and was recently inducted into the Spanish Honor Society. Guo works with Sources of Strength, an organization dedicated to preventing suicide, and promoting healthy sources of strength, such as positive friends, mentors and healthy activities. Guo is a member of the Lexettes, who took home silver in the junior event at the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.


GIANNA BUCKLEY


AUDREY LU


JOYCE GUO


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