2016 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) Award Winners Announced

(6/17/16) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the 2016 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 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the 2016 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, pairs, ice dance and synchronized). The overall winner receives $2,000, while the remaining five honorees receive $500 which can be used at the skaters’ discretions.

More information about the criteria used to determine the recipients of the 3A award is available here.

The 2016 3A award recipients are:

Stephen Murray, The Bourne SC (overall) – Murray, a member of the 2016 U.S. junior synchronized bronze medalist Lexettes, works with Team Maureen, a Massachusetts-based non-profit dedicated to fighting cervical cancer. Murray has
partnered with his home rink, the New England Sports Center, to host a public skate to raise awareness and collect donations for the organization in addition to participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, where he and the Lexettes raised and donated more than $1,500. Murray also works as a math and physics tutor at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Starr Andrews, Los Angeles FSC (ladies) – Andrews, the 2016 novice ladies Pacific Coast Sectional silver medalist, volunteers with the Los Angeles FSC, assisting with hospitality and results delivery at local competitions. She also works in her community with WomanHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. She teaches a weekly spin class to inner city youth at The H Gym in Inglewood, California, and performs in various community events with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy School.

Ryan Dunk, Baltimore FSC (men) – In addition to coaching in Baltimore City’s Learn to Skate program at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, Dunk has volunteered at several local events, including the Chesapeake FSC’s Annual Basic Skills Competition, the Baltimore FSC’s Chesapeake Open, the #umeganstrong benefit show and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Lace Up for a Cure. Dunk is a member of the Hereford High School Chamber Orchestra and the Future Physicians of America Hereford High School Club. He placed fifth in the novice men’s event at the 2016 U.S. Championships.

Jonah Barrett, Southwest Florida FSC (pairs) – Barrett actively volunteers at events with the Southwest Florida FSC, at community events including the Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, Florida, and with his local ballet. With partner Elli Kopmar, Barrett won back-to-back U.S. pairs titles in 2015-16, topping the podium at both the intermediate and novice levels.

J.T. Michel, Louisville Skating Academy (ice dance) – Michel serves the homeless in his community by volunteering with several organizations, including Burrito Riders, The Forgotten Louisville and RAK Louisville. He also volunteers with the Louisville Skating Academy, assisting with their therapeutic skating program, Learn to Skate classes and club-sponsored competitions and performances. With his partner Gianna Buckley, Michel is the 2016 U.S. novice ice dance pewter medalist.

Katie Melsky, Hayden Recreation Centre FSC (synchronized) – Melsky also skates with the 2016 U.S. junior synchronized bronze medalist Lexettes. Aside from her training, Melsky volunteers as a tutor at the Lexington High School Learning Center in Lexington, Massachusetts, as a Hayden Helper for Basic Skills classes at the Hayden Recreation Centre, and assists with the Hayden Recreation Centre FSC’s Basic Skills Competition. She also lends a hand at the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School’s Estafest, National Honor Society activities and at various events with St. Brigid Church.