2013 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) Award Winners Announced
(5/16/13) - U.S. Figure Skating announced the 2013 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) award recipients. The 3A award is a scholarship program that recognizes skaters who have achieved figure skating excellence while actively volunteering.
To earn a 3A award, skaters must have competed at the novice or junior level at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Candidates were asked to submit an application detailing their volunteer work. The Athletes Advisory Committee (AAC) selects one overall winner and five winners from each discipline (ladies, men's pairs, ice dancing and synchronized). The overall winner receives $1,000, while the remaining five honorees receive $500 which can be used at the skaters' discretion.
More information about the criteria used to determine the recipients of the 3A award can be found here.
The 2013 award winners are:
Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC (overall) - Last year, Moeller raised $6,600 for Children's Oncology Services, Inc., by planning and organizing the fundraiser "One Skate At A Time." He is currently organizing a second benefit, set for May 25, 2013 at Southeast Ice Arena. Moeller's volunteer work includes working with St. Paul Church and Youth Group, the CitySkate outreach program, Sunday Snacks, a group that provides food for homeless individuals, and planting trees in his community. Moeller also volunteers at club competitions, performs in several benefits and is a member of the Aviation Club, St. Paul Contemporary Band and National Honor Society. Moeller most recently competed in the junior men's event at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Championships, where he placed fifth.
Amy Lin, Peninsula SC (ladies) - Lin, the reigning U.S. novice silver medalist, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was awarded High Honor Roll from California Capistrano Connections Academy for the 2012-13 year. She volunteers with Hoop Shots, a weekly program for children with special needs, plants trees through the Nature Interpretive Center, has participated in the Annual Ice Dance Weekend exhibition for Bay Area ice dancers since 2008 and performed in both the 2012 Broadway benefit show for the Riverside Icetown Rink and 2013 California Gold SkateFest fundraising exhibition.
Brian Krentz, Skokie Valley SC (men's) - Krentz was named to U.S. Figure Skating's 2013 Scholastic Honors Team and, through New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Ill., actively raises money for Habitat for Humanity. He participates in walks for both Autism and Multiple Sclerosis awareness and has raised money for children with cancer for the last two years. Krentz placed eighth in the junior men's event at the 2013 U.S. Championships.
Noah Chinault, Southwest Florida FSC (pairs) - Chinault, who placed sixth in the novice pairs event at the 2013 U.S. Championships with partner Grace Knoop, has racked up 475 community service while maintaining a 3.9 GPA at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla. He volunteers for the Southwest Florida FSC throughout the year, playing music and announcing for competitions and performing in skating shows. He is a member of his school's Key Club, participated in a business club and volunteers for service projects with Calvary Lutheran Church, including two National Lutheran Youth Gatherings.
MacKenzie Reid, Wisconsin FSC (ice dancing) - Reid is a tutor, a Basic Skills instructor and a member of the National Honor Society. She participates in day camps for disabled children every month in addition to organizing and performing in "Skate for the Heart," an exhibition to benefit children with heart disease, every spring. Reid most recently placed 10th in the junior ice dancing event at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships with partner Christian Erwin.
Eliana Roth, SC of Southern New Jersey (synchronized) - Roth, a member and co-captain of the Skyliners junior synchronized skating team, has been a member of the honor roll, National Honor Society and National Latin Honor Society. She was a National Honor Society student tutor and fundraiser volunteer and is the secretary of the junior board for the SC of Southern New Jersey. Roth was a student-volunteer at the 2012 Multiple Sclerosis Walk-a-Thon and volunteers as a skating coach for the Special Olympics.