Recreational Ice Skating Winter 2012 : Page 4

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Sam Tullis Wins Holiday Card Contest

This year’s ISI Holiday Card Creativity Contest drew dozens of entries (see pages 16-17), presenting a big challenge for the selection committee. It was Sam Tullis’s skating snowmen in pencil that won the most votes and will become the official ISI office holiday card for 2012. Sam, 14, has entered the holiday card contest in the past, a reminder that it pays to be persistent, both on and off the ice! She says she was inspired for her card design by her own family and the backyard ice rink they create at their home each winter. “That gave me the idea because I’m usually pulling my family out onto the ice,” says the Freestyle 4 skater from Stoughton, Mass.

In addition to drawing and doodling, Sam enjoys photography, soccer and softball, and plans to play ice hockey for her high school this winter. A ninth grader at Stoughton High School, she says her favorite academic subjects are math and digital photography.

Sam has been an ISI member for five years and skates at rinks in Milton, Randolph and Pembroke, takes lessons with coach Aimee Driscoll and also teaches learn-to-skate classes. She has participated in many ISI events, including the Bay State Games, and is looking forward to competing in the State Games of America next summer.

Congratulations, Sam! Keep drawing, skating, studying and playing!

Skating Through Town With Talbot

Every season the Talbot Figure Skating Team from Talbot County Community Center in Easton, Md. Enters their ice skate float in the local Olde Tyme Holiday Parade for a little fun and team bonding prior to their first winter exhibition and competition schedule. Team parents built the giant skate float and members helped paint and decorate it. It’s a great way to create community excitement and promote the Talbot Figure Skating Team and its events and achievements.

Jôsi Pretto Simmons: Ambassador Of Hope

Jôsi Pretto Simmons is an inspiring 8-year-old who is working to make a difference in the world through figure skating.

At the tender age of 6, Jôsi was deeply moved by the horrific earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, which killed more than 300,000 people, injured 300,000 more and left 1.5 million homeless. She and her then 4-year-old brother, Jeremie, participated in a skate-a-thon later that January at Bowie Ice Arena to support relief efforts in Haiti.

In January 2011, to mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, Jôsi performed a skating solo tribute at the University of Delaware’s Synchronized Skating Send- Off Exhibition to again raise money and awareness for Haiti. On Jan. 14, 2012, Jôsi continued her humanitarian efforts by hosting her third annual skating tribute at Tucker Road Ice Rink in Fort Washington, Md. She used her love of skating to raise money for a local mission to Haiti that helped feed orphaned children and rebuild damaged schools, homes and churches. Jôsi’s fourth annual skating tribute to help Haiti is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2013. As always, her tribute/fundraiser will be dedicated to her late Haitian grandparents, Joseline and Marc Pretto.

Last summer, Jôsi went on her first mission trip to Haiti. There she helped build an earth oven and assisted with music education and English literacy programs. She also collected more than 250 books to start a children’s library in the village of Lebrun, Haiti (check out her video journal on YouTube; search for “Alo Ayiti!”). A follow-up mission trip to Haiti is scheduled for next spring, for which she hopes to collect at least 1,000 more books to donate to a children’s library.

Recently, Jôsi was honored as the only youth skater/cast member invited to participate in the show “Change,” a touring ice skating production featuring former Olympian Surya Bonaly and professional figure skater Rory Flack (colorofice.net). Jôsi will portray a young Mabel Fairbanks, who was the first African American inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Jôsi will also be featured in a documentary called “Resilience,” which documents the inspirational stories of the women of Haiti and resurrects the call for change in a country marred by continuous challenges and struggle.

Jôsi spends 20+ hours on the ice each week and also volunteers to help beginner skaters in the “Kids on Ice” program, which offers free lessons to Washington, D.C. area children. She is the youngest member of her synchronized skating team and loves to perform gymnastics on ice. A Freestyle 6 skater, she has participated in several ISI national events, including 2010 Worlds and 2012 Conference Championships.

Although Jôsi has achieved a lot in the three short years she has been skating, the accomplishment she is most proud of is her ability to use her passion for skating to help others. She is truly an ambassador of hope!

To read more about Jôsi and her charitable efforts and performances, go to iskating.org.

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