The Skating Association of Maine (SAM) held a USFSA test session Feb. 18 at The Ice Vault and the following area skaters passed tests:

Moves In The Field: Elena Laustsen and Jamie Wren, Pre-Juvenile; Savannah Judge, Junior; Juliana Haynes, Willow Grinnell and Lily McVetty, Intermediate; Ashley Pezanowski, Juvenile; Lexi Tinch, Preliminary; and Priscilla Partridge, Pre-Preliminary.

Freestyle: Olivia Hupper, Grinnell and McVetty, Juvenile; Laustsen, Pre-Juvenile; Jenna Taylor, Preliminary; and Partridge, Pre-Preliminary.

The test structure is the backbone of U.S. Figure Skating. Passing skill tests presided over by official judges advances the skater to the next level. Skaters test in moves in the field, free skating, pairs and ice dancing. As a skater advances, the tests become more difficult. The highest achievement in each discipline is passing the senior, also called "gold," test. When a skater passes a gold test, he or she earns the designation "U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist."

The Skating Association of Maine is dedicated to promoting the sport of ice skating through teaching and training youth and adults. SAM is a non-profit, volunteer organization and is self-supporting from membership dues, ice fees, private donations and fundraisers.

One can support local skaters by coming to the “Road Trip USA” show on Saturday, March 16 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. Tickets are available at the door as well as raffle tickets for the group's current fundraiser — prizes include a $100 combo skating and tennis coupon, a Nook Easy Reader, a $75 gift certificate from Danica Candleworks, and slate bookends.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the event and drawn at intermission and one does not need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased in advance from skaters or by calling 596-0360.

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