2014 Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals
Good luck to all of the club's adult members competing this weekend at the 2014 Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals
in Ontario, CA. You can find the results here.
Marcella May Willis Walker
The SMISC extends its sympathy to the Walker and Willis family on the passing of Marcella May Willis Walker.
A memorial service celebrating Marcella's life will be held on Saturday, March 29 at 2pm at Our Saviors
Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to USFS Memorial Fund, Our Saviors Lutheran Church or Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.
Don Willis provided the following information about his mother:
Dear Friends of Marcella
The Walker and Willis family wishes to share the passing of Marcella May Willis Walker. She passed
away peacefully in the early morning Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 92. Scott Walker and Larry Willis are'
discussing arrangements and additional information will follow shortly.
She loved ice skating and was the first ice dancer skater from the West Coast to earn a National
medal. She skated for the SF Skate and Ski Club later SCSF. Her career as a Ice Skating Judge
was as a member of the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club.
Mom is in a better place now.
Some of Marcella's many accomplishments are listed below:
Two time National Dance Champion (First from West Coast) 1943, 1944
'43 Gold Medal in Dance, [Coach Harry Doose] Bronze in Pairs [Coach Meribel Vinson Owens]
'44 Gold Medal in Dance [Coach Harry Doose], Bronze in Pairs [Coach Meribel Vinson Owens]
'45 Silver Medal in Dance [Coach Harry Doose and Gene Turner]
'47 Bronze Dance Medal (with Frank) [Coach Harry Doose and Gene Turner]
She competed in Senior Ladies and was Ranked there too, but not at the Nationals
Her US National Titles qualified her for the '44 (WWII) and '48 Olympics
Her dedication and skills as a Judge got her to her first Olympics, 1972 in Sapporo, Japan, the US Ice Skating Judge and
World (10 yrs Ret.)
International (Olympic), and National Judge
Novice Ladies Competitor
St. Moritz Past President ('57), Past VP ('66), Past Secretary ('65) Board of Director ('52-'56, '64)
Show Choreographer that included music played by the San Francisco Symphony live at Berkeley Iceland
Excerpt: St. Moritz Oral History Vol. One: Nov. 24th, 1991, Blaco Printers, George Yonekura
September 25, 1991 Interview by Cathy Strahan
In 1955 Marcella wrote an article that was published in Skating Magazine regarding all of the
different volunteering opportunities available for those interested in supporting skating.
You can read the article here.
2014 Rising Stars Competition
The SMISC is once again hosting a Rising Stars Competition for students in the Learn to Skate
program at the Oakland Ice Center and for club members who have not passed any test through pre-juvenile.
You can find a flyer here
and the appropriate forms below. The competition will be held on April 5
from 10:30 - 1:00 pm at the Oakland Ice Center. Applications are due March 15.
Learn to skate announcement
No test - pre-juvenille announcement
The winter St. Moritz sponsored class series has started but you are always welcome to
join a class at any time. Classes offered include:
Flexibility/Stretching with Shawn Shubert
8-week series that started February 3 with no class on
Monday, February 17 (due to President’s Day holiday and mid-winter break).
This series will offer a new 1/2 hour class option, from 6:15pm-6:45pm, in order to accommodate those skating the low level freestyle
session on Mondays.
5:45-6:45pm (1 hour class)
Series: $88 Members/$104 Non-members
Drop-in $15 (Members)/Drop-in $17 (Non-members)
6:15-6:45pm (1/2 hour class)
Series: $44 Members /$52 Non-members
Drop-in $7.50 (Members)/Drop-in $8.50 (Non-members)
Off-Ice Jump Class with Lynn Smith
8-week series that started February 7, Friday 5:45 - 6:15 pm.
Series: $72 Members/$88 Non-members
Drop-in: $12 (Members)/Drop-in $14 (Non-members)
All classes are held in ballet room at OIC.
You can download a registration form by clicking here here.
Below you will find some information about upcoming competitions
that you might want to consider. Also the updated CCIA calendar
can be found here.
Goldrush Showcase on Ice, hosted by the Capital Figure Skating Club,
Roseville, CA, March 22 - 23. Announcement here.
Skate La Grande, hosted by the San Diego Figure Skating Club,
San Diego, CA, April 4 - 6. Flyer here.
2014 US Figure Skating Championships
Congratulations to the following skaters who competed recently at the
US Figure Skating Championships in Boston. We are very proud of you and hope you had a wonderful time.
Rachael Flatt, 18th, Championship Ladies
Xylina Rusit, 12th, Junior Ladies
Kevin Shum, 6th, Junior Men
AnnaMarie Pearce, 3rd, Junior Pairs with her partner Jason Pacini
Alice Yang, 9th, Intermediate Ladies. An article about Alice was recently published
in the Contra Costa Times. You can read it here.
The official home page is here.
Complete results can be found here.
2014 Pacific Coast Sectionals
Thank you to all of the skaters, officials, and volunteers for making this year's
Pacific Coast Sectionals a success. We could not have pulled it off without everyone's
help. Full results can be found here.
Congratulations to the following St Moritz skaters:
Nozomi Hallberg, 9th Juvenile Girls, 7th Juvenile Pairs
Alice Yang, 4th Intermediate Ladies
Nina Ouellette, 6th Intermediate Ladies
Mark Sadusky, 8th Intermediate Men
Nathan Grundhofer, 9th Novice Pairs
Xylina Rusit, 4th Junior Ladies
Chelsea Yim, 7th Junior Ladies
Kevin Shum, 3rd Junior Men
AnnaMarie Pearce, 1st Junior Pairs
Rachael Flatt, 2nd Senior Ladies
Laney Diggs, 5th Senior Ladies
2014 Central Pacific Regional Skating Championships
Congratulations to the following skaters who competed recently in
the qualifying events at the Central
Pacific Regional Skating Championships.
Qualifying to go onto Pacific Coast Sectionals (being hosted by SMISC) are:
Nozomi Hallberg, 3rd Juvenile Girls
Nina Ouellette, 1st Intermediate Ladies
Alice Yang, 2nd Intermediate Ladies
Mark Sadusky, 3rd Intermediate Men
Xylina Rusit, 3rd Junior Ladies
Chelsea Yim, 4th Junior Ladies
Rachael Flatt, 1st Senior Ladies
Laney Diggs, 2nd, Senior Ladies
Other finishers include:
Sara Zimmerman, 10th Juvenile Girls
Stephanie Yu, 11th Juvenile Girls
Micol Zhai, 8th Juvenile Girls, Group A
Mimi Yu-Ching Chuang, 8th Juvenile Girls, Group B
Nicole Stokowski, 9th Juvenile Girls, Group B
Kyungbin Oh, 13th Juvenile Girls, Group B
Sierra Venetta, 8th, Intermediate Ladies, Group A
Madi Hales, 9th, Intermediate Ladies, Group A
Misaki Kobayashi, 14th, Intermediate Ladies, Group A
Tiffany Yim, 8th Intermediate Ladies, Group B
Kiara Danovaro, 9th Intermediate Ladies, Group B
Kaysie Yu, 6th Novice Ladies
Molly Zeme, 11th Novice Ladies
Ashley Chan, 14th Novice Ladies
Emily Zeme, 6th Junior Ladies
Lizzie Goetz, 5th Senior Ladies
Deanna Jade Lim, 7th Senior Ladies
Angela Luo, 8th Senior Ladies
Kaylin Yu, 10th Senior Ladies
Julia Feng, 11th Senior Ladies
Sami Lew, 12th Senior Ladies
Complete results can be found
National Solo Dance Championships
Congratulations to Teressa Vellrath, Kristy Dang, and Tiffany Yim for their performances
at the 2013 National Solo Dance Championships held recently in Colorado Springs. Teressa provided
a summary of the competition below.
In the Senior Combined event Teressa tied for 4th/11 on the Yankee Polka and got 6/11 in the
Samba and so was 6th/11 in the qualifying round. This moved her to the final round
(freedance) where she placed 8th/12 and so ended overall in 8th/22.
In the Jr. Combined Kristy placed 6th/8 on the Quickstep and 2nd/8 on the Blues, putting her
in 3rd/8 in the qualifying round. She also moved on to the final round where she
came in 3rd/12 in the freedance. Overall she placed 3rd/15.
Kristy also competed in the Gold Pattern Dance event. In the qualifying round she came
in 1st/10 on the Westminster Waltz and 2nd/10 on the Argentine Tango. She qualified for the
final round where she placed 7th/12 on the Quickstep, putting her in 7th/20 overall.
Tiffany Yim competed in the Juvenile Combined Event. In the qualifying round she placed
11th/13 on her 14 Step and 12th/13 on her Ten Fox.
Tiffany also competed in the Bronze Pattern Dance event. In the qualifying round she
came in 10th/13 on her Ten Fox and 10th/13 on her Hickory Hoedown.
The complete results are available here.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It
The October issue of the SMISC newsletter is now available. Open the issue
here and find out what's going on
within your club. If you had a birthday in September or October you can even find out who
else within the club shares your birthday month!
Moves, Freestyle and Pairs Test Dates and Application
Moves, Freestyle and Pairs tests dates for 2014 have been announced. Also there is a new test application form that must be used
for all future tests. You can find the test dates and the application form on the Test Information
page or by clicking here.
If you have not renewed yet, your membership (unless you have a Collegiate one) has expired. If you want to
compete or test then you need to renew your membership. Coach members should have completed Club membership,
and PSA and US Figure Skating requirements by July 1. Click
here to go to the online membership site. Paper
forms are also available here.
Feature on Synchronized Skating
Congratulations to all of the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club skaters competing at the
2013 Synchronized National Championships in Michigan! In honor of Synchro Nationals
our featured skater article is written by Devin Wang. Devin started skating with the
Silver Stars in Dublin and is now competing with the Haydenettes at the Senior level
nationally and internationally. Check out her article by clicking here.
Thank you for your story Devin!
Here are the synchronized skating opportunities you can become a part of:
Silver Stars' Open Juvenile team just earned the Silver Medal at the Pacific
Coast Synchronized Skating Sectionals on January 25th 2013! Silver Stars is for
skaters 7-17 years old who have passed the Freestyle 4 or higher group classes
at Dublin. They just started Spring Training, so now is the perfect time for
skaters to come see if synchro is for them! Practices are on Thursday evenings,
and they should contact
for more information.
Cold Fusion- Adult Master Team
Cold Fusion earned the pewter medal at the 2013 Pacific Coast Synchronized
Skating Sectional Championships! USFSA criteria is a minimum age of 25 to compete.
Skaters should be tested on moves in the field through Adult Bronze. Individuals can
join, work on their skills and take their test while practicing for competition.
Coaches are Alyn Libman and Laurie Mellema-Haun and practices are Saturday mornings,
starting at 6:30am at the Oakland Ice Center. Contact
Please click here to see pictures of our teams.
Due to a some malicious hacking activity, the CCIA website (www.cciaskates.org) is requiring some
repair. In the meantime, there have been requests for a copy of the CCIA calendar. The calendar is
available here as a .pdf download.
Donate to St Moritz
Did you know that St Moritz is now a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization? This means that any donations you
make to the club are tax deductible to you. We have updated our donation page to explain the various giving opportunities
that are available. We also now accept donations via Google checkout so you can give using your credit card. Thanks
for helping your club and your fellow members.
2012 - 2013 Honor Roll
The Honor Roll for the 2012 - 2013 membership season has been updated and is now
available here. We have included our graduating high school seniors, Class of 2013. If
you are not on the list it is because we could not confirm your information in time.
Please contact Lisa Erle if you need to be added to our list.