2012 Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Grants Awarded
|Michaela Keils (photo courtesy Keils Family)|
Michaela Keils (Arctic Figure Skating Club) and Karen Chen (Peninsula Skating Club) will each receive a $5,000 grant to assist them with skating expenses for the 2012 calendar year.
Keils (11), from Farmington Hills, Mich., skates at the intermediate level. Coached by Theresa McKendry, she placed fourth at the DuPage Open in August before competing at the 2012 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships last month. The seventh grader at Dunckel Middle School is involved in Girl Scouts and cheerleading. She also assists with the Arctic Edge Learn to Skate program. To strengthen her skating skills, Keils enjoys taking ballet and hip hop classes.
Chen (12), a native of Fremont, Calif., is the reigning U.S. intermediate titlist and recently won the 2012 Central Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships at the novice level. She is coached by Sherri Krahne-Thomas and Gilley Nicholson. Chen is a straight-A student who attends K-12 Virtual Academy.
|Karen Chen (photo courtesy Chen Family)|