2019 Rye FSC Annual Awards
and Member Recognition Party
Westchester Skating Academy
We had a record number of skaters and family members attend the 2019 Rye FSC Annual Awards and Recognition Party, which celebrated home club members who passed tests from May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019! The Rye FSC Board of Directors presented gifts of USFSA pins for every test passed! Members also received test certificates, letters of recognition, and community service awards for volunteer work.
If you could not attend the festivities, but passed a skating test this season, please contact Marianne O'Brien in order to arrange to pick up your special gift! Email MarianneSkate4@gmail.com
"How Skating Can Help Your College Application"
Westchester Skating Academy
Thank you to Tira Harpaz of CollegeBound Advice for leading our free seminar, "How Skating Can Help Your College Application." This Rye FSC Home Club Members exclusive event featured great advice from Harpaz on how to make the most of your skating experience and what steps to take to enhance your college application. To find out more about CollegeBound Advice, you can email Tira Harpaz at CBAdviceNY@gmail.com or visit her website at
Rye FSC Competition Simulation
with Judges' Critique
Rye FSC Home Club and Associate Members were invited to perform their competition programs on private ice in a setting similar to a competition. Technical Specialist & Technical Controller Dana Hordyszynski and Gold Level Judge Jill Mueller were critiquing. The simulation was capped at 12 programs.
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Rye FSC 2019 National Skating Month
Free Skating Exhibition, Jan 19, 2019 at WSA
Rye FSC hosted our 2019 National Skating Month Exhibition on Saturday, January 19th in partnership with Westchester Skating Academy. This half-hour event was an opportunity to showcase the many different disciplines of skating in which Rye FSC home club members specialize. Performers included Sarah DeCillis (Intermediate Freestyle), Jenna Feldman (Novice Excel Freestyle), Sam Hodman (Novice Solo Dance), Emma Lovett (Preliminary Freestyle), Kayla Molina (PreJuvenile Showcase), Skyliners Beginner Synchronized Skating Team and Team Image Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success. And congratulations to the winner of our NSM Raffle Basket - Tiffany Goldey!
Rye FSC was excited to once again host the free seminar, "Skating Into College," on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at Westchester Skating Academy. Rye FSC Collegiate Members Kelsey Bialo, Lucy Briody and Stephanie Achoa led an engaging and highly-informative discussion on balancing academics, social life and skating on campus. The panel explained the different forms of campus skating including Intercollegiate, Collegiate and Synchronized skating, along with coaching.
Rye FSC Regionals Send-Off Party!
Rye FSC is proud to have six home club members who competed in the 2019 North Atlantic Regional Championships, October 17-21, 2018 in Lake Placid, NY: Caitriona Curry (Intermediate), Paula Dantzig (Juvenile), Sarah DeCillis (Juvenile), Keira Lash (Juvenile), Alexandra McGuire (Juvenile), and Kaitlin O'Brien (Intermediate). Our send-off party on Sunday, October 14th at Playland Ice Casino featured performances by each skater, free ice time for members to skate with the competitors afterwards, plus refreshments and dessert! Big congrats to our competitors!!
Rye FSC Collegiate Liaisons
Rye FSC is pleased to announce our new Collegiate Liaisons, Kelsey Bialo and Lucy Briody. Kelsey (Columbia University) and Lucy (Colgate University) are long-time Rye FSC members and are now available as a resource for all Rye FSC Home Club members who are entering or in college and graduate school. If you are a parent or a skater in high school with collegiate skating questions, you can contact our liaisons through Rye FSC Collegiate Programs Co-Chairs at NBergerPhD@aol.com or email@example.com.
Strong Mind/Strong Skate Clinic
Presented by nationally renowned Sports Psychologist Dr. Caroline Silby and Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion skater, Paul Wylie, STRONG MIND/STRONG SKATE was a four-hour on and off ice clinic offered by Rye FSC on Saturday, April 28 at WSA. The off-ice portion of the clinic led by Dr. Silby was a comprehensive workshop providing skaters with the opportunity to develop mental agility to support and enhance their physical capabilities. On-ice, Paul Wylie worked with skaters to improve their body positions, transitions and deep edges, as well as musical interpretation, presentation and performance training. Thirty-eight skaters participated.
Congratulations to our Rye FSC
Graduating Senior Awards Recipients
Congratulations to our Rye FSC graduating seniors who were honored with the USFS Graduating Seniors Award! Caitlyn Chapey (Platinum Level), Ariel Goldman (Platinum Level), Kristen Lewis (Platinum Level) and Alysa Wells (Gold Level) received awards for the 2017-18 season, including a certificate, congratulatory letter from USFS and lapel pin. The Graduating Seniors Program recognizes the achievements of those individuals graduating from high school who continue their training in figure skating while pursuing their academic studies. Skaters must apply for the award and different certificate levels are achieved based on program criteria. Click here for more information.
Rye FSC Member is a Dreamer
Congratulations to longtime Rye FSC member Kelsey Bialo on being chosen for U.S. Figure Skating’s U.S. DREAM program for Team USA synchronized skaters. The program supports skaters whose goal is to spread their passion and leadership skills to influence the lives of developing athletes around the nation. Kelsey is entering her 10th year skating with Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team, and has been a member of Team USA for three years! We are so proud of her and wish her all the best as a member of the DREAM program, at Barnard College and as a Skyliners Senior!!
Read more about Kelsey HERE.
First Shirley W. Bourquin
Memorial Scholarships Awarded
The first Shirley W. Bourquin Memorial Scholarships were awarded at the Rye FSC 80th Anniversary Celebration on Ice to two home club members: Karin Nagaya and Kayla Pereira. This biennial Scholarship was established to honor long-time Rye FSC president Bourquin's passion for encouraging the mastery of skating skills. The award recognizes Rye FSC home club members who demonstrate a similar passion for figure skating, and is to be used to defray skating-related or academic expenses. Karin is recognized for her determination to master several disciplines of skating, having passed her Senior Moves and Senior freestyle tests, as well as competing on a National level in Solo Dance. Kayla is recognized for her enthusiasm for skating in both freestyle and synchronized skating, as well as her steadfast volunteerism with Rye Figure Skating Club. Colette Nygren, Bourquin's daughter, presented the awards to Karin and Kayla. Donations to the scholarship fund may be sent to the Rye FSC Founders Fund, attn: Susan Keogh, 7 Reef Club, Hilton Head, SC 29926-1223.
Gold Medalists: 2018-2019
Congratulations to the NEWEST Rye FSC Gold Medalists
Nicky Bernstein-Erlich - Gold Dance Test*
Alison DeLaet - Senior Moves in the Field
Jessica Hamburg - Senior Moves in the Field
Athena Hartigan - Senior Moves in the Field
Meredith Klepper - Senior Moves in the Field
Eshita Kumar - Senior Moves in the Field
Gracie Ossorio - Gold Dance Test *
Gold Medalists: 2017-2018
Kelsey Bialo* - Gold Dance Test
Sharon Bikvan - Senior Moves in the Field
Rachel Cortese - Senior Moves in the Field
Caitríona Curry- Senior Moves in the Field
Sonya Danchak - Senior Moves in the Field
Katherine Elmlinger* - Gold Dance Test
Nikki Metzger* - Gold Dance Test
Amanda Park* - Senior Free Skate
Amanda Park* - Senior Moves in the Field
Kayla Pereira - Senior Moves in the Field
Erika Sipos - Senior Moves in the Field
Serena Wang - Senior Moves in the Field
Lily Young - Senior Moves in the Field
Gold Medalists: 2016-2017
Stephanie Achoa * - Gold Dance Test
Lisa Asriev - Senior Moves in the Field
Kathleen Bishop - Senior Moves in the Field
Caitlin Chan - Senior Moves in the Field
Judey DaRos - Senior Moves in the Field
Rhianna Gold - Senior Moves in the Field
Ariel Goldman - Senior Moves in the Field
Rosa Hahn - Senior Moves in the Field
Johanna Jan * - Gold Dance Test
Johanna Jan - Senior Solo Free Dance
Yuka Nagaya - Senior Moves in the Field
Lauren Sallay - Senior Moves in the Field
Gold Medalists: 2015-2016
Nicole Bernstein - Senior Moves in the Field
Isabella Dinelli - Senior Moves in the Field
Stephanie Ge - Senior Moves in the Field
Sydney Grant - Senior Moves In The Field
Catherine Kapika - Senior Moves in the Field
Sophia Lamb - Senior Moves in the Field
Kristen Lewis - Senior Moves in the Field
Caroline Liu - Senior Moves in the Field
Ariana Sirabian * - Gold Dance Test
Chloe Tsoi - Senior Moves in the Field
Alysa Wells - Senior Moves in the Field
Christina Zengin-Karaian - Senior Moves in the Field
* Double Gold Medalists
**Triple Gold Medalists
An Ice Show at the Historic Ice Casino at Playland in Rye, NY