2010 Scholarship Recipients
Tampa , Fla.
Kerianne Fernandez says that her heart belongs to skating — for the joy it brings her, the life lessons and skills it has taught her and the ways it has helped her give back to her community. At Ice Sports Forum and Clearwater Ice Arena, Kerianne has mentored younger skaters and has volunteered as a coach and a competition assistant. She is the first and, so far, only skater at both rinks to have passed the ISI Freestyle 8 test.
“I have met hundreds of skaters and coached scores of students, but Kerianne stands out in a truly unique way,” says her coach, Tommy Brannen. “She is a kind person whose energy, integrity and values radiate to others around her. She is always eager to volunteer as a skating coach to the younger skaters, who adore her, and she is a leader and role model to her peers.”
Brannen compares Kerianne to the Energizer Bunny, and it’s no wonder. She’s a National Merit Finalist and National Hispanic Scholar who graduated from H.B. Plant High School in the top 4 percent of her class of 530. Her high school activities included the calculus math club, eight honor societies, cross country track, lacrosse and chorus. She also sang in her church’s youth band, served as a leader on its youth service team, took a mission trip to Nicaragua and volunteered with Tampa ’s Metropolitan Ministries.
In her nine years of ice skating, Kerianne has participated in dozens of ISI-endorsed local shows and competitions as well as the 2008 ISI Winter Classic and the ISI 50th Anniversary Championships. She serves as vice president of her figure skating club.
This fall Kerianne begins her freshman year at Duke University , where she plans to major in biomedical engineering and minor in Spanish. She also is interested in Engineers Without Borders, studying abroad and taking dance to keep up with her skating, among other activities.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of the ice skating club near Duke,” says Kerianne, “and making skating more prominent for kids in the Durham , N.C. community.”
In addition to the ISIA Education Foundation scholarship, Kerianne was awarded the Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship and another from the National Merit Corp.
Victoria , Minn.
Just two years ago at age 16, Delanie (Lanie) Honda became one of fewer than 30 ISI skaters to pass the demanding Freestyle 10 test. This year, she has earned a spot on the list of only about 75 other skaters who have received ISIA Education Foundation scholarships.
Lanie started ISI learn-to-skate classes just shy of her sixth birthday in St. Louis and later completed her Freestyle testing at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis .
“ISI learn-to-skate lessons introduced me to the fun skating environment,” Lanie notes. “When I began competing, I met new people from countries as far away as the Philippines . I looked forward to every ISI Worlds competition because I knew I would meet amazing skaters and increase my trading pin collection.”
She has participated in four ISI Worlds competitions and two ISIA Benefit on Ice shows. Over the years, she has performed and competed in many local and regional events, and has also skated on a synchronized team.
She has worked as a rink attendant at the Chaska Community Center and a learn-to-skate instructor at Minnehaha Ice Arena.
In addition to her ISIA Education Foundation scholarship, Lanie also received a Chaska High School merit scholarship and a four-year Balfour merit scholarship from Wheaton College in Norton , Mass. She graduated from high school with a 3.96 GPA on a 4.0 scale, plus many academic and extra-curricular accomplishments as well as service projects. She recently became a certified Braille transcriber through the U.S. Library of Congress.
Now entering her freshman year at Wheaton , Lanie says the college does not have an ice rink but that she is looking forward to rowing and snowboarding. Her major is undecided, but she plans to pursue a writing career.
“Skating has given me so much and has been a contributing factor to who I am today,” Lanie says. “It has taught me humility, responsibility, dedication and time management. Knowing that if I give the same passion, time and commitment as I have for my skating, anything I do in the future will yield results just as sweet as passing my ISI tests.”