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Congratulations to our

2022-2023 AAFSC Award Recipients!!

Gordon C. Brown

Outstanding Leadership & Volunteer of the Year Award


Mary Johanson

Erin Donovan


The Gordon C. Brown Award is named in recognition of the 3-time Club President of AAFSC. He was a national and international judge, national dance referee, and served as the Vice President of US Figure Skating in the 1960s. He is remembered for his devotion to figure skating and in his memory, the award was established to recognize members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, and volunteer services to the club. The AAFSC Board of Directors chooses the recipient.

Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award



Pearl Rojas



Julia Segall-Derfler was a vibrant young women who earned one of the very first Ann Arbor FSC Sportsmanship Awards. Tragically, at the age of 24, she died of a sudden illness. She was a tenacious, eager freestyle competitor who inspired the hearts of many as she embraced people as they were and celebrated their differences.  Julia truly knew the meaning of sportsmanship, but more importantly she lived it every day and we are thrilled to keep her memory alive with this award.

Melanie Faulkner-Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award


Yahli Pedersen


This award is presented to an AAFSC Learn to Skate Apprentice Volunteer who has shown enthusiasm for working with young skaters in our Basic Skills Program and learning how to teach. The recipient is chosen by the Learn to Skate Director and Assistant Director based on written evaluations. 

Adult Achievement Award



Mary Byrnes


Every year the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club awards special recognition to an adult member who is an active skater who represents the club in competitions, and is a full participant in the adult skating community. This award is selected by the AAFSC Board of Directors.

Bobbie R. Stoermer

Most Tests Passed Award


Winner

Rebecka Hakansson


Runners Up

Cara Wong

Claire Fort



Long time AAFSC member, Bobbie Stoermer, has served the club as President, MOI Producer, and costume maker for Melody on Ice and the Hockettes teams. She is a locally renowned US Figure Skating judge and is the current AAFSC Test Chair. In 2004, the club established this trophy in her name to honor the AAFSC skater with the highest number of tests passed each season.

Competitor of the Year



Winner

Annabelle Wilkins

Felicia Lin


Runners Up

Pearl Rojas

Jessica Burns


The Competitor of the Year Award is presented annually to the AAFSC skater or skaters that have represented the club in competitions during the past season. The winner of the award is calculated on a point system that assigns points for each competition, event entered, level, placement, and competition ranking in a skating discipline. For example, higher level and National events are awarded more points than local competitions.

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Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 7

Congratulations to all our award winners
Congratulations to Craig Forsyth

Recipient of the 2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC
Gordon C. Brown Award- Volunteer of the Year
Learn more about the Gordon C. Brown Award
Dr. Brown, as he was known around the club in the 1960s, was a wonderful man, a 3-time President of AAFSC, a national and international judge, and a national dance referee. He also served as Vice President of the US Figure Skating. He is remembered for his devotion to figure skating, his warm and gentle associations with young skaters, and his ability to inspire an appreciation of excellence. In memory of Dr. Gordon C. Brown, an award was created and has been presented annually since 1975 to a member of the AAFSC who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and/or sustained leadership, dedication and volunteer services to the AAFSC. The AAFSC Board of Directors chooses the recipient.

This year's recipient is Craig Forsyth. Craig has been with the club as office manager since 2010. He has provided strong financial skills as well as an in-depth understanding of the sport of skating and its world. Since joining the AAFSC, he has been devoted to the Club's success and its promotion of the sport of skating. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Craig puts in numerous volunteer hours for the club.

Craig has volunteered since 2016 to co-produce Melody on Ice and chair the Basic Skills Competition each June. He has become certified as a rink manager and has served as chair for the membership committee since 2010. He is also known to attend Basic Skills competitions around the state as well as Hockettes, ice dance and qualifying competitions around the nation, serving as both a volunteer at competitions and a supportive club representative. He also makes himself available to help during AAFSC host events like the Springtime Invitational, Adult Nationals, Eastern Great Lakes Regionals, Porter Classic, or Club exhibitions, no matter what day of the week or time of the event. Craig has also served AAFSC as a delegate to the USFS Governing Council for the last eleven years. In all, of these numerous hours Craig gives to the Club, he does so above and beyond his office manager compensation. Moreover, his insight and thoughtfulness during the COVID-19 crisis has been essential. He has assisted the Board in navigating this unprecedented time with an incredible sense of compassion for skaters, coaches, parents, and office staff along with scrupulous attention to the financial solvency of the Club. Craig's selfless efforts are always aimed at what is best for the skaters (both individually and collectively) and the Club.

Congratulations Craig on your receipt of the "Gordon C. Brown" award. We greatly appreciate having someone of your caliber managing the club office as well as the amount of your devotion for giving to the club. Thank you!
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | aafsc@annarborfsc.org | www.annarborfsc.org


Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 6

Congratulations to all our award winners
Congratulations to Bonnie Shay
Recipient of the 2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC
Distinguished Service Award
Learn more about the recipient of our Distinguished Service Award
Last month, Bonnie Shay received our Distinguished Service Award from the AAFSC Board of Directors. This award includes lifetime honorary membership with the Ann Arbor FSC. It was to be awarded to her at MOI in March but that did not happen, as we all know. Instead it was delivered to her at home along with flowers. Social distancing was maintained!! Which ever way it comes, it is well deserved!

Bonnie has been an integral part of the club for nearly 25 years — as long as the club has been at the Cube, as long as her daughter Becca first decided she wanted to be a skater and a member of the Hockettes. As a committed parent volunteer, Bonnie served as team manager for whatever level team Becca was skating on; she became ‘Costume Mom' for the Hockettes, an unofficial position she holds to this day for her design abilities with needle and thread and beads. She is a master of repair and alterations.

Bonnie is now completing approximately 18 years of work on the Board of Directors. Members can only serve two 3-year consecutive terms (6 years total) and Bonnie has done that three times. She also served as AAFSC President in 2002-03. She continues to serve tirelessly (for over 15 years) as the Club Human Resources chair, managing all the coaches' contracts, interviewing new candidates, and consulting when there are personnel issues.

Then there are those ‘special occasion' jobs. During years of Melody on Ice, you would find Bonnie acting as a chaperone. At Springtime Competition, Bonnie would take care of the volunteer room, often making the food at home and bringing it in, keeping us within our budget. Eventually she ‘moved upstairs' where she can still be found during Springtime, Regionals, or Adult Nationals in the Officials' Hospitality room making sure all our competition officials are well fed and happy. At the Porter Classic, you will find Bonnie at the Registration Desk, where she has been for over 15 years. Bonnie has also been chosen as one of our delegates to USFS Governing Council at least half a dozen times

As for daughter Becca...she graduated from Pioneer High School back in 2006 as a 2006 National Champion Junior Hockettes team member. She continued her synchronized skating while at University of Michigan on the Open Adult Hockettes team. She is now a medical doctor in the Denver, Colorado area.

Bonnie is still here, volunteering her time and efforts with the AAFSC. Her knowledge of the inner workings and history of the club, her dedication to the sport and to the well-being of the club, make her an invaluable asset. Congratulations Bonnie on your "Years of Dedicated Service" award. It's the least we could do. Thank you!
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Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 5

Stay tuned for more award announcements
Congratulations to Ema Zagajac
Winner of the 2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC
Bobbie R. Stoermer Test Award - Most Tests Passed
2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC Bobbie Stoermer Test Award Winner- Ema Zagajac
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Ema Zagajac
"This would have not been possible without the support of my coaches, Erin Donovan and Daniel Eaton. I am so grateful to be a part of such an embracing and uplifting skating club and community. The lessons I have learned throughout my testing journey at the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club will stick with me and guide my actions in my future endeavors."
Learn more about the Ann Arbor FSC Bobbie Stoermer Test Award
Long time AAFSC member, Bobbie Stoermer, has served the club as president, MOI producer, costume maker for MOI and Hockettes teams. She is a locally renowned USFS judge and is the current AAFSC test chair. In 2004, AAFSC established this trophy in her name.The Bobbie R. Stoermer Trophy is awarded to the AAFSC skater with the highest number of tests passed from March to February on AAFSC test sessions. We're very proud of all our athletes who represent the Ann Arbor FSC through U.S. Figure Skating testing, but would greatly like to show appreciation to our Bobbie Stoermer Test Award Winner, Ema Zagajac!!
Stay tuned for more 2019 - 2020 Awards!
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | aafsc@annarborfsc.org | www.annarborfsc.org


Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 4

Stay tuned for more award announcements
Congratulations to Selina Lin
Winner of the 2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC
Competitor of the Year Award
2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC Competitor of the Year Award Winner- Selina Lin
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Selina Lin
Ice dance, freestyle, and synchro skating are each thrilling in their own way. Being able to compete in all three has really diversified my experience as a skater. In all the years I've been skating, the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club has given me experiences and opportunities that I can't get anywhere else. 
Learn more about the Ann Arbor FSC Competitor of the Year Award
The Competitor of the Year Award is presented annually to Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club (AAFSC) skater or skaters that have represented the AAFSC in competitions during the past year (March, 2019 – February, 2020). The winner of the award is calculated on a point system that assigns points for each competition, event entered, level, placement, and competition ranking in a skating discipline. For example, more points are given to qualifying competitions (Regional, Sectional, National) than for non-qualifying competitions, more points for Senior level than Juvenile, etc. The AAFSC skater(s) with the most points is the recipient of the Competitor of the Year Award. It may not be "won" more than once by same skater(s). We're very proud of all our athletes who represent the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club in competition, but would greatly like to show appreciation to our Competitor of the Year Winner, Selina Lin!!
Stay tuned for more 2019 - 2020 Awards!
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | aafsc@annarborfsc.org | www.annarborfsc.org


Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 3

Stay tuned for more award announcements
Congratulations to WINNERS of the
2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC First Axel Award
2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC First Double Axel Award Winner- Amelia Brogley
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Amelia Brogley
Double Axel Award Winner
"I love skating because it allows you to always keep pushing yourself. The double axel is a very difficult jump to learn and it took a lot of falls, mistakes, and help from my amazing coaches before I was able to land it. It is now one of my favorite jumps and proudest accomplishments."
Alyssa McKay
First Axel Award Winner
"I love the feeling of jumping and spinning on a super thin piece of metal. Even though I felt like my axel took a long time to get,  I don't think I would have gotten it if it weren't from the support I got from my friends and coaches at skating."
2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC Axel Award Winner- Alyssa McKay
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2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC First Axel Award Winner- Caroline Fox
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Caroline Fox
First Axel Award Winner
"I like skating because it makes me feel special and like I can do anything.  My favorite part about skating is jumping. I like axels because when you finally land it, it doesn't feel hard anymore."
Christina Zhang
First Axel Award Winner
"I love skating because it feels like flying! Every axel feels like a lifetime, and every axel feels like flying in the sky.  I love all of the coaches, students and everything at the Ann Arbor FSC."
2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC- First Axel Award Winner- Christina Zhang
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2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC First Axel Award Winner- Garima Sawhney
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Garima Sawhney
First Axel Award Winner
"I love figure skating because it makes me push myself harder everyday to get stronger. Landing new jumps is one of the most exciting feelings and it makes me feel so proud and accomplished. I'm so thankful for my amazing coaches and friends."

Yaeji Cha
First Axel Award Winner
Learn more about the Ann Arbor FSC First Axel Award
Each year, the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club honors its members who achieved their first axel jump. The axel jump is considered the hardest single jump and is a huge milestone for figure skaters! We are very proud of these athletes who have committed themselves to the sport and have trained countless hours to achieve their first axel jump! Congratulations!
Stay tuned for more 2019 - 2020 Awards!
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | aafsc@annarborfsc.org | www.annarborfsc.org


Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 2

Stay tuned for more award announcements
Congratulations to Marie Sherry
Winner of the 2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC
Adult Achievement Award
Ann Arbor FSC's 2019-2020 Adult Achievement Award Winner- Marie Sherry
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Marie Sherry
What do I love about adult skating? First and foremost, the supportive, crazy, wonderful people that I have met over the years. I love that my skating has grown as I age – from freestyle and pairs to dance and synchro, I've had the chance to do them all. I love being part of this club, with its rich history and incredible support for adult skaters.
Learn more about the Ann Arbor FSC Adult Achievement Award
Every year the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club (AAFSC) awards special recognition to an adult member who is an active skater, has represented the AAFSC in competitions, and is a full participant in the life of the Ann Arbor FSC. Our adult program has grown tremendously and, in addition to offering an Annual Adults Skate Too Exhibition, this year the club successfully hosted its first Adult Open Competition. We're proud to offer so many opportunities to our adult skaters, but would greatly like to show appreciation to our Adult Achievement Award recipient, Marie Sherry!!
Stay tuned for more 2019 - 2020 Awards!
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | aafsc@annarborfsc.org | www.annarborfsc.org


Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club
2019 - 2020 Awards | Edition 1

Stay tuned for more award announcements
Congratulations to Sarah Tuzinowski
Winner of the 2019-2020 Ann Arbor FSC
Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award
AAFSC's 2019-2020 Julia Segall-Defler Sportsmanship Award Winner- Sarah Tuzinowski
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Sarah Tuzinowski
"Good sportsmanship to me means teamwork, including others, hard work, and perseverance. I try to incorporate sportsmanship in my skating by being positive and encouraging to everyone. On my synchro team, I try to work hard and include everyone so we can be at our best potential. I work hard to respect my coaches, teammates and our competitors."
Learn more about the Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award
At the age of 24 on November 19, 2007, we lost a special friend and Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club (AAFSC) member when Julia Segall-Derfler tragically died of a sudden illness. She was a tenacious, eager freestyle competitor in her younger days. She had a zest for life, a sparkle in her eye that made you know she knew what she wanted, and the determination to go out and get it!  She rightfully earned one of the first sportsmanship awards given at our annual AAFSC Banquet and because of that, we honor her memory by putting her name with this prestigious award. She inspired the hearts of many as she embraced people as they were and celebrated their differences.  A vibrant young woman, Julia truly knew the meaning of sportsmanship, but more importantly she lived it every day... we are thrilled to keep her memory alive with this award.
Stay tuned for more 2019 - 2020 Awards!
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | aafsc@annarborfsc.org | www.annarborfsc.org


Congratulations to our
2018-2019 Award Recipients
Melanie Faulkner-Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award
Eliot Ziolek
Bobbie R. Stoermer Test Award "Most Tests Passed"
Claire Moran

Competitor of the Year
Winner of COY
Connie Achtenberg

1st Runner Up
Evie Lemm

Adult Achievement Award
Kimberly Davis

Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award
Annie Wang

Gordon C. Brown Award
Marina Babaev

Axel Achievement Awards
Avery Hoeft
Hannah Kang
Vicky Lee
Kate Munson
Annie Wang
2018 Michigan Basic Skills Series Medalists
Nora Bruce
Caroline Fox
Phoebe Wallace
Janet Yang
Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club | 734-213-6768 | www.annarborfsc.org


2017-2018 AAFSC Awards

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Congratulations 2017-2018 AAFSC Award Recipients!
2017 Michigan Basic Skills Series Medalists
Margarita Filonova
Mariel Gupta
Karen Zhang
Caroline Fox
Janet Yang
Avery Hoeft
Elise Meints
Hannah Kang
Jessica Burns
Alexander Meints
Grace Cregar
 
Michigan Special Olympics Awards
Tess Gompper- Unified Partner
Miranda Underwood
Alexander Meints
Gwenyth Guidinger
Teodora Spremo
Patricia Quelhas
Jacob Stephenson

Competitor of the Year
3rd Runner Up
Elizabeth Casey

2nd Runner Up
Evelyn Lemm

1st Runner Up
Connie Achtenberg

Winner of COY
Julia Kaltwasser

2018 Graduating Seniors
Alicia Bertsch
Samy Delva
Madison Lacy
Claire Miller
Hannah Park
Liza Pritchard
Holly Sperling

Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award
Tess Gompper

Adult Achievement Award
Lillian Min

Gold Test Medalists
Connie Achtenberg- Gold Pattern Dance
Cyndi Edelman- Senior Field Moves
Sarah Hollister- Senior Freestyle
Bianca Karabian-Senior Field Moves
Madison Lacy- Senior Field Moves
Sarah Tuzinowski- Senior Field Moves
 
Bobbie R. Stoermer Test Award "Most Tests Passed"
First Place
Rebecka Hakansson
Ian Moyer
Monique Uzelac
 
Runner-Up
Cyndi Edelman
Bianca Karibian
Julia Kaltwasser
Salome Mouliere

Melanie Faulkner-Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award
Alicia Bertsch
 
Gordon C. Brown Award
Cynthia York

Axel Achievement Awards
Olivia Tao
Abigail Moberg
Felicia Lin
Elizabeth Min
Claire Moran
Violet Weizer
Elsa Oonk
Marcella Bredeweg
Charlotte Lawrence
Salome Mouliere
Carly Wholihan 


2016-2017 AAFSC Awards

AAFSC 2016- 2017
Awards & Recognitions
The AAFSC is pleased to announce and congratulate the following skaters and members recognized at this year's Annual Awards Celebration.
Bobbie  R. Stoermer Test Award- 
"Most Tests Passed"

First place (4 way tie)- 8 tests
Grace Chen
Rachel Eglinton
Anna Nicklas
Carly Wholihan

Second place- 7 tests
Sarah Hollister 

Third place- 6 tests
Morgan Gryniewicz  

Fourth place (2 way tie)- 4 tests
Sami Delva
Mahala Nguyen

Adult Achievement Award

Helena Schotland

Axel Achievement Awards

Leela Aiyagari
Andria Annala
Rachel Eglinton
Madison Lacy
Emma Pellegrini
Sarah Tuzinowski
Audrey Weizer
Cindy Xue

Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award

Kallan Roan

Melanie Faulkner Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award

Bianca Karibian

Gordon C. Brown Award

Melanie F. Bolhuis

Competitor of the Year Award

2nd Runner Up:                                    Evelyn Lemm     
1st Runner Up:                                     Connie Achtenberg
Winner of Competitor of the Year:              Anna Nicklas & Max Ryan

2017 Graduating Seniors

Rose Beck
Megan Gupta
Alva Helber
Emily Krile
Gabriella Renteria-Bishop
Kallan Roan
Svea Wagner
Emma Wourenheimo

2nd Club Members
Kara Burns
Caitlin Churchill
Shannon McLaughlin
Allison Phillips

Gold Test Medalists

Senior Field Moves
Samantha Delva
Alyson Everett
Emily Gitlin
Caitlin Kaleta
Karissa Kao
Liza Pritchard


Senior Free Dance
Eleanor Babaev
Wolfgang Ebersole
Scott Wenner

Adult Gold Moves
Jennifer Weizer

Michigan Basic Skills Series Special Olympics Awards

Grace Cregar- Gold- Basic 10 Elements
Seanha Kim- Bronze- Basic 1 Elements
Younha Kim- Silver- Basic 2 Elements
Rohan Manjeshwar- Silver- Basic 1 Elements
Woojeong Park- Gold- Basic 2 Elements
Patricia Quelhas- Gold- Basic 3 Elements
Teodora Spremo- Gold- Basic 4 Elements
Gloria Sukpraphrute- Silver- Basic 3 Elements
Danielle White- Gold- Basic 1 Elements

2016 Michigan Basic Skills Series Medalists

Jessica Burns- Gold- Basic 8 CM & FS
Janiyah Detzler- Bronze- Basic 5 CM
Claire Moran- Silver- No Test CM & FS
Josephine Oonk- Silver- Basic 8 FS
Luke Wilkinson- Gold- Basic 2 CM
Luke Wilkinson- Silver- Snow plow Sam FS

High School Team Results

The Pioneer Varsity Skating Team results:
A team was 5th in district
C team was 5th in district

Adult Competition Results

Eleanor Coyle- Ann Arbor- 2nd place in Adult Gold & several Pre-Juv Collegiate events
Kathryn Dudzinski- Adult Sectionals- 6th place in Championship Junior/Senior
Robin Rivas- Springtime Invitational- 1st place in Adult Bronze
Kristin Seefeldt- Springtime Invitational- 1st place & Ann Arbor Basic Skills- 2nd place in Adult Pre-Bronze
Jennifer Weizer- Wyandotte- 5th place, Garden City- 1st place, & Midwest Adult Sectionals- 14th place in Adult Silver
Satoko Willgus- Wyandotte- 1st place & Springtime Invitational- 2nd place in Adult Bronze

Synchronized Team Results

Juvenile Team- 5th at Midwestern Sectional Championship in Grand Forks, ND- qualified for nationals
Novice Team- 4th at Midwestern Sectional Championship in Grand Forks, ND- qualified for nationals
Junior Team- 5th in Sweden defeating the Swedish National Champions

Apprentice Coaches

Elizabeth Casey
Karissa Kao
Bianca Karibian
Bella Renteria-Bishop
Celia Schroeder
Annie Wang

Regional/ Sectional/ National/ International Results

2016 National Solo Dance Finals- Medalists
Evelyn Lemm & Salome Mouliere- 1st place in Juvenile Shadow 
Julia Kaltwasser & Katie Kennard- 3rd place in Preliminary Shadow 
Evan Bates & Madison Chock- 2nd place in 2017 US Championship 

2016 Eastern Great Lakes Regionals
Audrey Weizer- 4th place First Round & 8th place Final Round in Preliminary Test Track
Violet Weizer- 2nd place First Round & 7th place Final Round in Pre-Preliminary Test Track


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