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Scholastic Honors Team application available

U.S. Figure Skating will accept applicants for Honors Team through Sept. 18

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(05/11/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The application for the U.S. Figure Skating 2010 Scholastic Honors Team is now available. The Scholastic Honors Team program is designed to recognize high school-age U.S. Figure Skating members who have distinguished themselves in both figure skating and high school academics.

The Scholastic Honors Team comprises 10 of U.S. Figure Skating's brightest and most talented athletes who shine both on the ice and in the classroom. The program, which started in 1996, was created by U.S. Figure Skating to recognize high school athletes who excel in their academic pursuits, in their community involvement and in the sport of figure skating. More than 1,100 skaters have applied for the scholarship since its inception, with 148 team members selected and 30 honorable mentions named.

Past members of the Scholastic Honors Team include 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes, two-time U.S. silver medalist Rachael Flatt and 2009 U.S. ice dancing silver medalist Emily Samuelson.

To be considered for the 2010 Scholastic Honors Team, the application and all supporting materials must be completed and postmarked by Sept. 18, 2009. The award is available to U.S. Figure Skating members of all disciplines who are juniors or seniors at an accredited high school. They must be full-time students with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher and have competed at the novice, junior or senior level during the past two years. Candidates submit an application and an essay, which are reviewed by a panel that selects the team.

U.S. Figure Skating

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 763 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 179,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States, including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.