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AAFSC 2016 Awards and Recognitions


The AAFSC is pleased to announce and congratulate the following skaters and members recognized at this year's Annual Awards Celebration held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016




Bobbie R. Stoermer Test Award "Most Tests Passed"


FIRST PLACE               Anna Nicklas                           13  

SECOND PLACE                   Kira McCreadie                       8

THIRD PLACE              Cyndi Edelman                       7

FOURTH PLACE                   4 WAY TIE

Andria Annala                       6

Eleanor Coyle                        6

Bianca Karibian                     6

Salome Mouliere                     6


Adult Achievement Award


            Satoko Wilgus

Axel Achievement Award


Cyndi Edelman

Charlotte Batra

Karissa Kao

Lily Spiess

Sophia Wright

Bella Renteria  

Eliot Ziolek

Ariana Gould-Tasoojy


Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award

Ariana Gould-Tasoojy

Karissa Kao


Melanie Faulkner Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award

            Irene Schimmel

Gordon C. Brown Award

            Buckeridge Family



Competitor of the Year Award


4th Runner up: Evelyn Lemm = 61

3rd Runner up: Nicholas Gajarski = 77

2nd Runner up: Mark Sworm = 95

1st Runner up: Connie Achtenberg = 100


Winner of COY: Salome Mouliere = 108 Salome competed in 6 solo dance competitions, competing in over 20 dance events, 10 or more 1st place finishes including the 2015 Solo Dance Nationals where she was the Pre-Bronze Pattern Dance Champion and Juvenile Shadow Dance Champion with Evie Lemm. 


2016 Recognitions:


2016 Graduating Seniors

          Eleanor Babaev            

Karissa Kao

Ariana Gould-Tasoojy

Irene Schimmel

Scott Wenner

Mabel Redondo

Annika Tharp

Tiffany He


Gold Test Medalists

Achtenberg, Connie                         Solo Senior Free Dance

Babaev, Eleanor                                Senior Field Moves

Babaev, Eleanor                                Gold Dance    

Gould-Tasoojy, Ariana                              Senior Field Moves

Krile, Emily                                      Senior Field Moves

Park, Hannah                                            Senior Field Moves  

Park, Hannah                                    Senior Freestyle

Roan, Kallan                                     Senior Field Moves

Sperling, Holly                                  Senior Field Moves

Wenner, Scott                                   Senior Field Moves

Wenner, Scott                                   Gold Dance

Eleanor Coyle                                   Adult Gold Moves


Special Olympics Recognition

Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games:

Grace Cregar                     1st in compulsory                1st in FS


Meylin Kmiecik                1st in compulsory                2nd in FS

Mara McKeone                1st in compulsory                1st in FS

Alexander Meints             1st in compulsory                1st in FS

Teodora Spremo               2nd in compulsory               2nd in FS

Jacob Stephenson             1st in compulsory                1st in FS

Miranda Underwood                  2nd in compulsory               1st in FS

Patricia Quelhas                3rd in compulsory                3rd in FS


Special Olympics World Pre-Games in Graz, Austria

Alexander Meints 1st place

Grace Cregar        4th place

Roberta Gatti       1st place


2015 Michigan Basic Skills Series medalists

Abigail Moberg              Basic 3 Free Skate Champion

Celeste Knapp               Basic 6 Free Style  Silver Medal

                                      Basic 6 Elements/Compulsory Moves Champion

Victoria Wilkinson        Basic 4 Elements/Compulsory Moves Champion

                                      Basic 4  Free Style Silver Medal

 Katarina Munson           Basic 6 Elements/Compulsory Moves  Champion

                                      Basic 5  Free Style  Bronze Medal



High School Team Results

The Pioneer Varsity Skating Team results:

B team was 6th in district

C team was 3rd in district   


The Huron Varsity Skating Team results:

The B team placed 3rd overall for districts.

Mabel Redondo placed 2nd in the Silver Tango at States


The Skyline Varsity Skating Team results:

A team: first place in district and 4th at states.

B team: 4th place in district and 5th at states

Hannah Park - gold for "Dutch Waltz"

Eleanor Babaev - silver for "Argentine Tango"


High School final competition in Strongsville, OH

Skyline Level A won 4th overall,

Level B got 5th

Level C got 4th place

Lynn Kim - gold in Junior Test Track Free Skate

Hannah Park - silver in Senior Moves

Eleanor Babaev - gold in Viennese Waltz


Adult Competitors

2016 US Adult Figure Skating Championships


Jennifer Weizer                        1st place - Bronze Ladies II

Eleanor Coyle                         2nd Silver Ladies I

Marie Sherry                           3rd place - Pre Silver Solo Dance,

Competitor - Gold Ladies III

Connie Achtenberg                  4th place - Gold Solo Dance,

Competitor - Masters Jr/Senior Ladies I                                              

Karla Stoermer-Grossman      4th place - Masters Int/Novice

Helena Schotland                              Competitor - Bronze Dramatic Skate III



Hockettes Synchronized Team Recognitions

Open Adult - Bronze at Midwest Sectionals

Junior - Gold at Fraser Mid-America, Silver at Midwest Sectionals, 6th in U.S.

Juvenile - Bronze at Midwest Sectionals, Gold at Tri-State Championships, 5th in U.S.

B2 - Gold at Tri-States 


Apprentice Program 2015-2016

Samy Delva

Anna Nicklas

Hannah Park

Irene Schimmel

Celia Schroeder



Regional/Sectional/National /International recognition in singles, dance, and solo dance   


2015 USFSA National Solo Dance Championships


Salome Mouliere                               Pre-Bronze Pattern Dance Champion

Salome Mouliere/Evelyn Lemm         Juvenile Shadow Dance Champion

Bianca Karibian                                Pre-Bronze Pattern Dance Silver Medal


Not club members, but trained at the club at that time with AAFSC coaches.

Maeve is coaching here now.

Maeve Pascoe                                   Senior Combined Silver Medal

Micah Jaffe                                        Senior Combined Bronze Medal


Evan Bates and Madison Chock -- DANCE. National Silver medalists. World bronze.

AAFSC 2015 Awards and Recognitions

The AAFSC is pleased to announce and congratulate the following skaters and members recognized at this years Annual Awards Celebration held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.




Bobbie R. Stoermer Test Award "Most Tests Passed"


          Eleanor Coyle and Emma Spiess – 8 tests passed     

          7 Tests: Andria Annala, Erin Buckeridge, Bianca Karibian, Lily Spies, Jennifer Weizer

          6 Tests passed: Eleanor Babaev,Ariana Gould-Tasoojy, Scott Wenner (2nd club member)

          5 Tests passed: Caitlin Kaleta, Anna Kuljian


Adult Achievement Award

            Jennifer Weizer 


Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award

             Hannah Park


Melanie Faulkner Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award

            Mira Kaufman  


Gordon C. Brown Award

            Brian Edelman  


Competitor of the Year Award

             4th runner up – Evelyn Lemm 28 points

3rd runner up – Catherine Sukpraphrute 29 points

2nd runner up – Rebecka Hakansson 32 points   

1st runner up – Salome Mouliere 38 points

Winner - Liza Pritchard 66 points


Axel Achievement Award

Selena Lin

Rebecka Hakansson

Veronika Poliakova

Grace Lee

Kallan Roan

Emily Krile



2015 Recognitions:

Please let us know if your accomplishment has not been recognized.


Gold Test Medalists

          Katharine Green - 12/15/14 - Senior Free Style

          Wolfgang Ebersole - 12/18/14 - Senior Field Moves

          Mira Kaufman - 12/15/14 - Senior Field Moves

          Rose Beck - 2/19/15 - Senior Field Moves

          Anna Kuljan - 5/30/15 - Solo Gold Dance


2015 Graduating Seniors

          Nicole Blaha

          Sanne Anthony

          Andi Gottfried

          Paige Bremmer

          Rebecca Gu

          Candice Kaars-Mulholland

          Lindsey Maynard

          Madison Shipman

          Sydney Cebalt

          Sofia Capito

          Tamra Snelson

          Miruna Hanzu


High School Honor Roll

          Gabriella Renteria Bishop, Skyline High School

          Celia Delenn Schroeder, Pioneer High School

Eleanor Babaev, Skyline High School

Rose Beck, Pioneer High School

Scott Wenner, Anthony Wayne High School


Special Olympics Athletes

          Alexander Meints

          Lucia Sanchez

          Patricia Quelhas

          Grace Cregar

Miranda Underwood

Hamzah Soofi

Jacob Stephenson

Teodora Spremo

Roberta Gatti

Emma Pellegrini

Meylin Kmiecik

Rohit Chowdhury

Charlie Hazzi

Mara McKeone



2014 Michigan Basic Skills Series Medalists

         Alexander Meints, 3rd place Basic 5 compulsory elements

         Lily Speiss, 3rd place High Beginner freestyle

            AAFSC 2nd place overall


High School Team Results

          AAFSC members competed on Huron and Pioneer High School Figure SkatingTeams in

          both individual and team events. 


Adult Competitors

          Eleanor Coyle, 11th PreJuv Ladies at Collegiate Nationals


Hockettes Synchronized Team Recognitions (not complete)



              Kalamazoo Short - 2nd,  Long - 5th

          Dr. Porter - 4th

          Sweden International - 4th

          Midwestern Sectionals - 5th

          World Selection Competition - 4th

          U.S. Nationals - 3rd



          2nd at the Mid-America Synchronized Skating Championships

          1st at the Tri-State Championships


          Open - Juvenile

          1st at Kalamazoo Kick-Off

          2nd at Dr. Porter

          2nd at Mid-America

          6th out of 32 at Midwestern Sectionals

          2nd at Tri-States



          4th at Kalamazoo

          1st at Dr. Porter

          2nd at Mid-America

          5th out of 23 at Midwestern Sectional Championships

          4th at Tri-States


          Beginning Teams

          Medaled at all competitions.


Apprentice Coach Program 2014-2015    

          Eleanor Babaev

          Emily Buckeridge

          Ariana Gould -Tasoojy

          Rebecca Gu

          Mira Kaufman

          Emily Krile

          Grace Lee

          Liza Pritchard

          Mabel Redondo

          Rosalyn Schaefer

          Holly Sperling


New to AAFSC Coaching Staff

          Daniel Eaton

          Anna Kuljian


Coach recognition for PSA rating test passed in last year

          Melanie Bolhuis - Master Rating in Field Moves



Regional/Sectional/National /International recognition in singles, dance, and solo dance  


2014 National Solo Dance Championships

          Evie Lemm - Preliminary Pattern Dance Group A - 7th

          Salome Mouliere - Preliminary Pattern Dance Group B - 1st  Preliminary Final - 7th

          Irene Schimmel - PreBronze Pattern Dance Group B- 7th

          Liza Pritchard - Bronze Pattern Dance Group B - 2nd

                                    Bronze Pattern Dance Final - 8th

     Juvenile Combined Group A - 6th

Wolfgang Ebersole  - Gold Pattern Dance Group A - 2nd

                                   Gold Pattern Dance Final - 4th

    Senior Combined Group A Short Dance - 2nd

                                   Senior Combined Group A Free Dance - 3rd

                                   Senior Combined  Final 8th



2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Qualifying competition 



 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Non-Qual competition 

          Connie Achtenberg – 4th Junior Test Track FS

          Annika Tharp – 1st Open Juvenile FS

          Catherine Sukpraphrute - 2nd Pre-Juvenile FS QR FS

          Katie Grossman – 5th Pre-Juvenile Test Track FS

          Anna Nicklas - 10th Preliminary FS QR

          Andria Annala – 6th Pre-Preliminary Limited FS

          Eliot Ziolek - 4th Pre Preliminary Limited FS

          Rebecka Hakansson – 6th Pre-Preliminary Limited FS

          Hanaka Nagano - 7th Pre Preliminary Limited FS


2015 Midwestern Sectionals Championships

  Novice Dance:

Eleanor Babaev and Scott Wenner - Midwestern Champions

Ciara Myers and Wolfgang Ebersole - 5th


2015 Pacific Coast Sectionals Championships

  Junior Dance:

           Maeve Pascoe and Micah Jaffe - 4th

  Senior Dance:

           Pauline Bynum and Jason Deveikis - 4th


2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships  

   Championship (Senior) Dance:

          Madison Chock and Evan Bates - US Champions (Evan is AAFSC member)

          Pauline Bynum and Jason Deveikis - 17th

   Junior Dance:

          Maeve Pascoe and Micah Jaffe - 12th
   Novice Dance:

          Eleanor Babaev and Scott Wenner - 6th



AAFSC Award Descriptions


Bobbie R. Stoermer Test Award "Most Tests Passed"

The Bobbie R. Stoermer Trophy is awarded to the AAFSC skater with the highest number of tests passed from April to March on AAFSC test sessions.


Adult Achievement Award

Awarded to an adult member who is an active skater and a full participant in the life of the AAFSC.


Axel Achievement Award

Certificates are awarded to skaters who have landed their first completed single or double axel as witnessed by several coaches.


Julia Segall-Derfler Sportsmanship Award

Not many club members today will remember who Julia Segall-Derfler was but for those of us that had the opportunity to know her, we lost a special friend when she tragically died of a sudden illness at the age of 24 on November 19, 2007.   Just saying her name now brings a smile to our faces.  She was a tenacious freestyle competitor in her younger days earning medals and eager to work hard for each test passed and new jump landed.  She had a zest for life and 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.  It is not a coincidence that Julia went on to achieve even more with her ‘sportsmanlike' behavior; her senior year at Huron HS she received the school's Award for Understanding and Sharing Diversity.  She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Georgetown University College of Linguistics and with her generous spirit and passion for supporting diversity; Julia worked in the U.S. State Department as an Arabic translator.  She was married to Yotom Derfler in Israel in August 2007 and is remembered by all with admiration and awe.  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...she is sorely missed but we are thrilled to keep her memory alive with this award.  Skaters choose the recipient.


Melanie Faulkner Bolhuis Apprentice of the Year Award

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


Gordon C. Brown Award

Dr. Brown, as he was known around the club, was a wonderful man, a 3-time President of AAFSC, a national and international judge, a national dance referee and 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, this award has been presented annually since 1975 to a member of the AAFSC who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained leadership, dedication and/or volunteer services to the AAFSC and its principles.  The AAFSC Board of Directors chooses the recipient.


Competitor of the Year Award

The COY, presented annually to AAFSC skater(s) that have represented the AAFSC in competitions during the past year (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014) is based on a point system that assign points for each competition for each event entered, level, placement, and competition ranking in a skating discipline. For example, more points are given to qualifying (Regional, Sectional, National) than for non-qualifying (everything else) competitions, more for Senior level than Juvenile. The AAFSC skater(s) with the most points is the recipient of the Competitor of the Year trophy. May not be "won" more than once by same skater(s). The next 4 place finishers are also announced at the banquet.