Solebury School senior Sarah Mannherz has been awarded the Platinum-level Graduating Senior Award by the Program Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating.
There are four categories of recognition based on competition and test achievements in all disciplines of figure skating, with Platinum being the highest. Eight hundred students receive the awards annually in all categories.
“We are so proud and impressed with Sarah’s accomplishment and the level of excellence this award recognizes,” said Tom Wilschutz, head of Solebury School. “To have achieved this success all the while being an outstanding student and an equally impressive member of the Solebury community speaks volumes about Sarah. Our warmest congratulations.”
Mannherz began figure skating at the age of 2. She was enrolled in a group class by her grandfather, who signed her up for private instruction after just one class.
“He thought I was good,” Mannherz said with a laugh. She has been training with the same coach ever since. “I also have had a coach for competition, moves in the field, and freestyle.”
Mannherz has been competing since she was 6. A dedicated skater, she said she “skates as much as possible,” which means up to seven days a week in training, in addition to her school work and afterschool theater tech activities. When she’s not training, Mannherz coaches toddlers on the ice and works at the rink where she skates.
This fall Mannherz will be attending University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she will be majoring in theater tech and design and minoring in fine arts and art education.
The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student-athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors.