2012 News


Great job by the PSC skaters who participated in the Central Pacific Regional Championships in Murray, Utah. Congrats to the following skaters who are moving on to Sectionals: Senior Ladies- Sara Billman, 4th place; Junior Ladies- Polina Edmunds, 1st place, Karen Chen, 2nd place, Gwendolyn Prescott, 3rd place; Novice Ladies- Amy Lin, 1st place, Sarah Feng, 2nd place; Intermediate Men- Christopher Yamamoto, 2nd place; Juvenile Girls- Natalie Feng, 3rd place. Get the details on all the qualifying results on Ice Network. Check out all the Competition Results from 2012.


Competition Results

Congrats to Sara Billman for winning the Jean Robinson Memorial Trophy at Skate St Moritz for winning Senior Ladies. Also PSC was well represented at the US Challenge Skate in Utah, September 12th-16th: Sarah Feng, Jessica Reili Santiago, Polina Edmunds, Gwendolyn Prescott, Cali Fujimoto, Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming. Amy Lin was chosen to participate in the Parade of Champions (8th place) at the National Showcase Competition. Also we are proud to report that Sarah Feng won the Edith Shoemaker Memorial Trophy and Karen Chen won the

College Accomplishments

Congrats to our members who are attending or recently graduated from the following schools!
Jenessa Adams, Drury University, Springfield, Missouri
Susan Algarne, California State University, San Francisco
Maddison Bullock, University of California, Los Angeles
Cassie Corbin, California State University, San Jose
Janine Kosinski, University of California, Santa Cruz
Liz Martin, Columbia University, New York, New York
Alyssa Rhodes, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
Megan Richardson, University of San Diego
Nicholas R Taylor, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Janice Wang, University of Southern California
Haley Wilshusen, Mira Costa College
Alvina Yau, University of California, Davis
College students, if we missed you on the list please let the webmaster know.

National and International Officials

Congrats to the following PSC officials who recently received National or International appointments:
Alison Hershberger-Filo National Singles & Pairs Competition Judge
Joyce Burden National Theatre on Ice Judge
Joan Burns National Theatre on Ice Judge
Ellen Izuka National Accountant
Rick Perez ISU Synchro Judge

2012-2013 Board of Directors

Congratulations to our board of directors elected at the annual meeting:
President- Rick Perez
Vice President- Beshara Elmufdi
Secretary-Diane Honda
Treasurer-Joyce Burden
Members at Large: Ellen Izuka, Angela Kuhlman, Rosanna Ochoa, Nandini Shankar, Kanae Tagawa

Team USA

Congratulations to Karen Chen, Vincent Zhou, and Lorraine McNamara, who were all named to USA Team C by US Figure Skating.

Adult Nationals

PSC was well represented at Adult Nationals!
Bronze Dance- Laura & Beshara Elmufdi, 3rd place
Gold Solo Dance- Megan Brown , 4th place, Robert Olson, 13th place
Masters Ladies Dramatic Skate I- Megan Brown, 9th place
Masters Ladies Dramatic Skate 3- Elizabeth McGlauflin, 5th place
Masters Intermediate Ladies III, IV- Elizabeth McGlauflin, 2nd place
Adult Gold Dance- Megan Brown & Robert Olson, 3rd place
Championship Master Int/Novice Ladies- Elizabeth McGlauflin, 10th place

Adult Sectionals

PSC was represented in Championship Masters Intermediate/Novice Ladies by Elizabeth McGlauflin, 4th place (qualifies for Adult Nationals) and
Rachel Duran, 7th place. Elizabeth also placed 3rd in the Masters Ladies Dramatic Showcase.

Competition Results

Congrats to Sarah Chen and Cindy Zihan Yang for their accomplishments at the recent Silver Spin Competition. They are the winners respectively of the Belmont Memorial Trophy (best overall Pre-Preliminary 3 skater) and the Silver Spin Trophy (most proficient spinner among the Novice to Senior level competitors). Great job! Check out all our PSC skaters' Competition Results so far this year.

Junior World Team

Congratulations to PSC skater Lauri Bonacorsi who along with her partner Travis Mager placed seventh in Junior Dance at the World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Attention High School Seniors!

Several years ago, U.S. Figure Skating launched its Graduating Seniors Program to recognize the achievements of those individuals graduating from high school who continued their training in figure skating while pursuing their academic studies. The purpose of this program is to honor and credit those qualified graduates for their achievements during high school through the presentation of a certificate to the skater during a school function or recognition opportunity. Recognition is proudly awarded on behalf of the U.S. Figure Skating Program Development Committee to those high school graduates who meet the necessary application criteria. The application and more information are available on the USFS website.

Sad News

We are very saddened to announce the death of Howard Taylor, 93, who passed away suddenly at his home in Walnut Creek on Feb 5, 2012.

Howard was involved with skating for much of his life. He was a Singles, Pairs & Dance Judge and National Referee. He previously served on several committees for U.S. Figure Skating and was also recognized as an honorary member of U.S. Figure Skating's Executive Committee.

A St. Moritz ISC member for more than 50 years, Howard was a dedicated volunteer who served on the club's Board of Directors, including as its President. Over his many decades in support of the sport of figure skating, he helped organize local skating competitions and shows, as well as National and International events held in the Bay Area. Howard was also one of the original organizers of the Central California Interclub Association. His motto was "keep 'em skating!" and he remained supportive of skaters and skating activities for all levels. Howard will be missed by his skating family.

Howard Taylor was the beloved husband of Georgia, father of Donna, Georgia, Diana and Debra and brother of Don. Private funeral services will be held.

PSC Volunteers Recognized

PSC President Rick Perez recently received a letter from US Figure Skating President Pat St. Peter noting all the efforts of our club volunteers who helped make Nationals a success!


Two Novice Champions!

Congrats to Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou who each earned the Novice Singles Championship at the US National Championship in San Jose. PSC is very proud to have you as members of our club!


Great job to all our PSC skaters who are competed at Nationals:
Junior Pairs: Cali Fujimoto, 11th place
Junior Dance:Lauri Bonacorsi, 2nd place, Lorraine McNamara, 3rd place, Eliana Pogrebinksy, 8th place, Damian Dodge, 11th place,
Junior Ladies: Polina Edmunds, 6th place, Gwendolyn Prescott,7th place
Novice Pairs: Nancy Xu & Robert Przepioski, 9th place
Novice Ladies: Karen Chen, 1st place
Novice Men: Vincent Zhou, 1st place
Get all the details on results at ice network.com.


A big thank you to Joyce Burden for 45 years of judging service, to Rosalie Hauer for 35 years, Pat Forbes for 30 years and to Rick Perez and Helen Wong for their 25 years. Our club and sport wouldn't be the same without you and all the time you have dedicated!

Sad News

Joan Lucas passed away in December. Joan was involved with skating for much of her life as a competitor and an official. She was a member of St. Moritz for more than 50 years and served on the Board, including as President of the club. Joan was a competition and test Judge for singles, pairs and dance as well as a National Referee. We are currently not aware of any living relatives that Joan might have had, but are looking into it with the help of some of her friends. If anyone has any information you can share, please contact the webmaster. Until some issues can be sorted through, we are not sure of any plans for a memorial service or gathering, but we will keep you informed if and when any new information is available.

Joan was very dedicated to the sport of figure skating and she will be missed by her skating family.

Junior Nationals

Congratulations to all our skaters who participated at Junior Nationals, Dec 10th-14th in East Lansing, MI:
Intermediate Dance: Sarah Feng, 5th place; Caroline Patton, 10th place
Intermediate Ladies (Final Round): Sarah Feng, 8th place; Jessica Reili Santiago, 18th place
Intermediate Men (Qualifying Round A): Christopher Yamamoto, 11th place
Intermediate Pairs: Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming, 10th place
Juvenile Dance: Alain Sandraz, 16th place
Juvenile Boys (Qualifying Round A): Alain Sandraz, 21st place

Get all the details on Jr National results at ice network


Chen in the News

U.S. Figure Skating announced that Karen Chen has been awarded a grant from the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund. The fund provides support to intermediate, novice and junior athletes who demonstrate financial need. Karen will receive a $5,000 grant to assist her with skating expenses for the 2012 calendar year. Congratulations Karen! In addition, Karen was recently featured in the newspaper..

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