Pavilion Skating Club of Cleveland Heights brings awards home from the National Championship in Lake Placid

Pavilion Skating Club Team members traveled to the Junior Nationals in Lake Placid, New York in December 2008. Photo by Diane Moore.

Members of the Pavilion Skating Club strutted their stuff at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championship at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York.

Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber took fifth place in the Juvenile Dance competition, while Jacob Jaffe and Greta Riebe took sixth. Hannah Rosinski and Paul Shapiro placed 10th in Intermediate Dance.

Jacob Jaffe also took 18th in the final round for Intermediate Men, while Lexi Petkovic took 12th in the qualifying round for Juvenile Girls.

The competition, which was held in December, featured 300 figure skaters from across the country. The event determined the U.S champion in ladies, men's, pairs, and ice dancing in the first two levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure: juvenile and intermediate.

All contestants qualified for the competition by being a top finisher in either their regional championships (ladies and men) or sectional championships (pairs and dance).

Lexi Petkovic earned a spot to compete as a Juvenile Lady at Junior Nationals with a fourth place finish in the juvenile level at the Eastern Great Lakes Regional (EGLR) Championships in Midland, Michigan. Lexi is 13, and a seventh grade student at Laurel School.

Jacob Jaffe earned his way with a third place finish at the EGLR Championships. Jacob is in ninth grade at Hawken School.

The ice dance teams won their slots by competing at the Midwestern Sectional Championships in Sugarland, Texas. Hannah Rosinski and her partner Paul Shapiro qualified for the national event when they finished 5th place. Hannah is an eighth-grader at Gesu School in University Heights.

Holly Moore and her partner Daniel Klaber qualified for the national event by finishing fifth at the juvenile dance level in Texas. Holly is a seventh-grader at Gilmour Academy, and Daniel is in the ninth grade at Brush High School.

Greta Reibe and Jacob Jaffe became eligible for the national competition when they finished sixth in Texas.

Susan Jhirad is a lifelong Heights resident. Her nine-year-old daughter has been a member of Pavilion Skating Club for several years.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 10:09 AM, 12.09.2008