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2001 Scholarship Recipients

>Tracy Rushing >Elizabeth Sawtelle >Megan Rand >Audrey Holloway


>Tracy Rushing (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

>Tracy Rushing graduated from Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA with a 3.97 GPA based on a 4.0 scale. She plans to attend the University of Virginia to major in International Relations.

>Tracy started skating in the ISI program when she was 10 years old and now teaches Learn-to-Skate classes and private lessons. "The ISI environment nurtured my developing sense of teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and determination," says Tracy. "The ISI enabled me to fully develop myself as a skater, and, paralleling the organization's sense of community, I presently attempt to reciprocate this gift given to me through involvement with younger skaters and programs. My instruction of Learn-to-Skate classes continues to be the most significant and memorable time I spend on the ice…. Helping a child develop confidence in herself and in her skills, and then watching her smile as she is handed her first ISI patch is undoubtedly more gratifying than winning any competition."

>Tracy's unselfishness shines through her volunteer activities. She has performed 283 hours of ice arena volunteer service and 263 hours as an instructor.

Elizabeth Sawtelle (Providence, Rhode Island)

Elizabeth (Liz) Sawtelle graduated from Classical High School in Providence, RI with a 3.69 GPA based on a 4.0 scale. She plans to attend Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Liz is interested in studying Psychology and has volunteered in the Psychology Department at the Veterans Hospital in Providence.

Liz has served as captain of the Franklin Blades Synchronized Skating Team and her varsity tennis team. Liz says she strives to achieve balance - to be a scholar-athlete who joins her interest in sports with a love of skating. She also performed 358 hours of volunteer service as a helper and teacher in the Learn-to-Skate program at Rhode Island Sports Center.

From her skating, Liz says, "I have learned about discipline, teaching and teamwork. Without skating, I would not have met some of my best friends and made some of my greatest memories." Liz credits ISI with having "helped shape me into the kind of skater and person I am proud to be."

Megan Rand (Seymour, Tennessee)

Megan Rand, valedictorian of Seymour High School in Seymour, TN, earned a 4.0 high school GPA based on a 4.0 system while involved in a wide array of extracurricular activities and taking college classes at Walters State Community College. She won two National Merit Awards and served in leadership capacities in numerous and varied organizations.

Megan utilized her maturity, organizational skills, intelligence and self-discipline to balance school, sports (skating, varsity soccer and varsity tennis), volunteer work and extracurricular activities. She contributed 244 hours of unpaid volunteer service at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville and 228.5 hours as a part-time employee. She served a three-year apprenticeship before becoming an instructor of group lessons, Girl Scout groups and private lessons. Megan aspires to be a coach like coaches who have earned her admiration.

Megan has been a skating instructor for three years and is an ISI Silver judge. She hopes to continue her coaching while attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Audrey Holloway (Metamora, Illinois)

Audrey Holloway graduated from Metamora Township High School in Metamora, Illinois with a 3.899 GPA based on a 4.0 system. She plans to attend Miami University in Oxford, OH and to major in Business Administration.

Audrey's busy high school career encompassed a vast array of extracurricular activities, leadership positions and volunteer service. She contributed 253 hours of volunteer service at the Owens Center in Peoria, IL before becoming a part-time employee and adding 119 hours of paid service. She's a basic skills instructor who wants to become a skating coach and judge.

Audrey has competed individually in figures, ice dancing, couples, spotlight, solo, compulsories, footwork and interpretive. She has team experience in synchronized, synchronized dance and team compulsories. One of her goals is to pass FS 9.

"Figure skating helped to teach me self-discipline, organization and focus," says Audrey. "It helped me to have a good attitude … even in defeat, but also to be humble in times of victory."