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Aug 02, 2020

Middletown Senior Receives US Figure Skating’s Graduating Senior Award

By Emily Chang

Paige Ruggeri

Early morning training sessions, stressful days at school and hours of homework are just a few of the many mental and physical burdens that student-athletes must face. US Figure Skating recognizes these challenges and seeks to celebrate high school seniors and their myriad of accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Through the Graduating Senior Program, students are applauded for their commitment to the sport of figure skating while also balancing a heavy workload and thriving academically. However, the program is highly selective, and skaters must meet all requirements to receive recognition of this honor.

Paige Ruggeri, 18, of Middletown, received the Graduating Senior Award at the Platinum Level, the highest honor a skater can achieve. Throughout high school, Ruggeri competed in both Freestyle and Pairs, making her mark in regional, sectional and national competitions. She also passed the highest level of testing in Freestyle and Moves in the Field, contributing to her qualification for this prestigious accomplishment. All this was accomplished while balancing a heavy high school workload through her years at Middletown High School South.

“Skating has been a huge part of my life for the past 13 years and has helped shape the person I am today,” she said.

Ruggeri will be attending Penn State University in the fall where she plans to join the skating team and compete at intercollegiate competitions.