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Councilmember Valerie Ervin Recognizes Young Skaters Who Earned Top Honors at U.S. Junior National Championships
  • Advisory ID: 09-033
  • Advisory Date: 3/17/2009
  • Contact: Sonya Healy  240-777-7970
  • From: Office of Valerie Ervin

Councilmember Valerie Ervin Recognizes Young Skaters Who Earned Top Honors at U.S. Junior National Championships

On Wednesday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., Ervin Honors Members of the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 17, 2009—Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, will join representatives of the Wheaton Ice Skating Academy and several young ice skaters to celebrate their success at the 2009 U.S. Junior National Championships.

The ceremonies will be held where the skaters train at the Wheaton Ice Arena, which is located at 11717 Orebaugh Ave. in Wheaton. The rink is operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

The Wheaton Ice Skating Academy has put Montgomery County on the map for competitive ice dancing. The academy trains skaters as young as 7 to compete regionally and nationally. The Academy was founded in 2003 by world-class competitors Alexei Kiliakov and Elena Novak. Dmytri Ilin joined the coaching staff in 2005. All three coaches are from Russia and the Ukraine, but now make Montgomery County their home.

Wheaton Ice Skating Academy students glided to the top of the medal ceremonies at the 2009 Junior Nationals Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y. Three of Wheaton’s dance teams won medals, including the juvenile ice dancing team of Rachel Parsons and Kyle MacMillan which took home the U.S. national championship. The pair of Katherine Gourianova and Andrew Hickey finished 15th in juvenile ice dancing.

In the intermediate level (the next level up in U.S. Figure Skating Association competitions), the team of Danvi Pham and Vu Pham finished second and the pair of Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter took fourth. The team of Kristina Rexford and Michael Parsons was fifth.

At both levels, the Montgomery County skaters competed against the top ice dancing teams in the U.S.

“I am so happy to have the opportunity to recognize these talented young skaters and their dedicated coaches,” said Councilmember Ervin, who chairs the County Council’s Education Committee and represents Kensington, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton. “The Wheaton Ice Dance Academy and its students are a local success story and their accomplishments should be celebrated.”

For more information about the skating program, contact Wheaton Ice Arena at 301-649-3640 or get information from its Web site at



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