The competition is from Oct. 18-22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 500 skaters from seven states along with 150 coaches and 40 officials will take part in the event.
Local skaters competing in the event are:
Emily Kurtz (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Grand Haven Lakeshore Middle School, and Aubrey Cohoon (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Spring Lake Middle School.
Emily Scott (age 18) of Hamilton is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Carolyn Tinkham (age 18) of Grand Rapids is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Jennifer Prillwitz (age 16) of Grand Rapids is a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, Lara Seledotis (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Northern Hills Middle School.
Nelle Lindholm (age 18) of Ada is a senior at Forest Hills Central High School; Megan Bowman (age 17) of Ada is a senior at Grand Rapids Christian High School.
Sage Malone (age 14) of Holland is a freshman at Holland Christian High School, while Mackenzie Cicero (age 10) of Hudsonville is a fifth-grader at Alward Elementary.
These skaters have programs that were professionally choreographed last February, and they have trained for the past eight months for the upcoming competition. They have competed at several competitions throughout Michigan this season, including the State Games of America, which was hosted by the Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club this past August.
The U.S. Figure Skating Association sanctions the Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club, and its members compete throughout the year in Michigan. The GGRFSC also offers Basic Skills lessons for beginning skaters. For more information about the Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club, visit www.ggrfsc.org.