The following awards are presented to deserving individuals at the annual Atlanta FSC banquet.  A brief description of each award is given below followed by the list of recipients.


Adult Skater Award


The Adult Skater Award is voted on by the adult skaters for the person who has shown the most improvement over the last year.


Bruce Stultz Silver Blade Award 


This award is given to the skater who demonstrates a willingness to help others, thus promoting goodwill and love of the sport.  This award is voted on by the skaters and from 1995 forward will have two names each year representing skaters from different facilities.


Golden Boot Award


The Golden Boot award is one of the oldest awards presented by the Atlanta Figure Skating Club.  The boot itself on this lovely trophy was an outgrown skate owned by one of the sons of Dr. Whitmore, a former president of the AFSC.  Although first awarded in 1961 as a “tongue in cheek” presentation, over the years it has come instead to represent a standard of hard work and volunteerism on the Club’s behalf.  Past recipients include club presidents, judges, parents, and the person after whom the Silver Blade Award is named, Bruce Stultz, and his wife Mary, the founders of Parkaire.  The Golden Boot Award represents the many hours of time donated by dedicated people to the Atlanta Figure Skating Club and U.S. Figure Skating.


The Joann Oehlert Spirit Award


Joann Oehlert began group classes in 1974 with two of her friends at the Igloo rink in Atlanta.  Joann was a sincere and down to earth person with a wonderful dry sense of humor.  Though Joann and her husband Ben had no children of their own, they were always a big part of making the annual Club shows a success.


In 1980 when the AFSC hosted Nationals, Joann took the entire week off from work to help with the event.  Nearly every skater at the rink had a pair of mittens hand-made by Joann.  Some even believed they were good luck charms.  There is no doubt, though, that ice skating was her favorite pastime.


Joann had many accomplishments on the ice, but she was most challenged when attempting to learn the Axel.  She probably landed a few; however, with grim determination she never stopped trying.


In 1983, Joann was diagnosed with cancer.  This did not stop her, however; her spirits were always up with an unbelievably positive attitude.  It is very appropriate that the Joann Oehlert Spirit Award is named in her honor.  Throughout all life’s battles she never lost her will, determination, or her spirit.


The Lewis Elkin Dance Award


Before coming to Atlanta, Mr. Elkin taught in Baltimore and Buffalo, later becoming Director of Figure Skating at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Even though he was well versed in all disciplines of skating, he chose to focus on dance and figures.  While in Rochester he taught many influential people in the skating world, including Ritter Shumway, a past president of U.S. Figure Skating and an institution in the skating community.


Mr. Elkin didn’t arise at 5:00 am to make money, but rather to give back something to a sport that he loved so much.  He only wanted to help people, skaters, and fellow coaches alike.  He had a wonderful sense of humility, never realizing that he had forgotten more than most people will ever learn, a rare and fine quality in today’s world.  Cancer was the only obstacle Mr. Elkin couldn’t overcome, and in 1989, at age 84, Mr. Elkin passed away.  He is missed and remembered by many.


The recipient of the Lewis Elkin Dance Award is the skater who has demonstrated a high level of achievement in dance over the past year.


The Pinky Ager Award


Also known as coach of the year award.


The Judy Williams Award


This award is named in honor of Judy Williams who served an amazing 12 years as Test Chair. The award goes to the skater who has passed the most tests.


The Lucille Morgan Judges Award


Also known as the judge of the year award.


The Rutherford Ellis President's Award

This award encompasses the person that the President feels knows the club's past, where we are now and where we hope to be in the future. This would be the person who assists the President to honor Rud's memory and keep a steady course and hold true to the mission and purpose of the Atlanta Figure Skating Club.

The Outstanding Skater Award


The Outstanding Skater Awards honor the Atlanta Figure Skating Club members whose achievements both on and off the ice have surpassed those of all others during one skating year.


The Outstanding Skater Awards were created at the suggestion of Susan Johnson.  They were donated for several years since their inception in 1971 by a small group of concerned adult Club members including Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Rud Ellis, Mrs. Patsy Morris, and Mrs. Lee Schaffer, with Mrs. Lucille Morgan joining the group in the late 1980s.  Until the deaths of Mrs. Morris in 1987 and Mrs. Morgan in 1999, this group selected the recipients, basing its choices upon observation and upon information the group has compiled from test and competition records and reports of service to the Atlanta skating community. The award recipients are now selected by the Board of Directors and awarded in three categories.



Senior:  Senior, Junior, Novice free skate test passed




Junior:  Intermediate and Juvenile free skate test passed




Freshman:  Pre-Preliminary – Pre-Juvenile free skate test passed


Four guidelines govern the selection of winners:


1) The skater must be a Club member in good standing.


2) The skater must fall into one of the established achievement categories, based on his or her test level at the beginning of the skating year.


3) The skater must not have been a winner at the same level in a previous year.


4) The skater must exhibit unusual achievement, which truly stands out from all others at that level.










Award Recipients




Adult Skater Award




92/93    John Richardson


94/95    Peggy Rydberg


95/96    Becky Funderburke


96/97    Sharon Hyre


97/98    Judy Williams


98/99    Kristen Rausch


99/00    Robert Weaver


00/01    Davin Grindstaff


01/02    Sara Panzer


02/03    Judith Flair


03/04    Jeannette Doney


      04/05    Beth Bilka


      05/06    Kristen Rausch


      06/07    Jeannette Doney


      07/08    Nancy Ellis Riggs


      08/09    Andrea Hubert-Phillips


      09/10    Nancy Ellis Riggs


      10/11    Tea Junnila


      11/12    Tea Junnila


      12/13    Dr. Leah Weinberg


      13/14    Heather Phillips

      14/15    Suleiman Villa

      15/16    PJ Whalen


      16/17    Jamie Traylor and Nancy Ellis Riggs

      17/18    Gaia Shamis







Bruce Stultz Silver Blade Award




92/93    Brittany McConn


93/94    Michelle Gustavson


94/95    Nicole Nelson


95/96    Po Hayes and Terri Steiner


96/97    Brad Griffies and Megan McAndrews


97/98    Pasha Ghanei


98/99    Jennifer Harman/Melanie Janas


99/00    Heidi Narramore


00/01    Alex Tregre


01/02    Brittany Marshall


02/03    Tiffany Blanton/Stefanie DiLegge


03/04    Brittany Marshall/Taylor Corley


04/05    Alexandra McCarthey/Timothy Dolensky


05/06    Jamie Kim/Stephanie Klar


06/07    Miho Yoshioka


07/08    Martine Szanto


08/09    Ariel Collins


09/10    Martine Szanto


10/11    Timothy Dolensky


11/12    Madeleine Brown and Alice Qiao


12/13    Alice Qiao


            13/14    Madeliene Brown

            14/15     Alice Qiao

            15/16     Helena Fisher and Tori Williams

            16/17     Alice Qiao

            17/18     Lily Xie


Golden Boot Award




93/94    Steve Kidd


94/95    Bob Kernan


95/96    Rene Nelson


96/97    Laurie Dickenson/Lynn Kidd


97/98    Susan Johnson


98/99    Tami Mickle


99/00    Ed Weir


00/01    Dana Graham/Tim Phillips


01/02    Linda Atkinson


02/03    Susan Jennings


            03/04    Marilyn Cain/Bryan  Steh


            04/05    Linda DiLegge


            05/06    Lynda Wier/Dorothy Burns


            06/07    Elizabeth Wright-Johnson


            07/08    Peggy McCarthey


            08/09    Jane Jud


            09/10    Dale Haar


            10/11    Christi Fisher


            11/12    Robert and Haley Osenbaugh


            12/13    Erika Ono


            13/14     Dawn Kisella/Cynthia Kornetzke

            14/15     George Emmert

            15/16     Kim Rutter

            16/17     Eva Campanya

            17/18     Pam Palmer/Andrea Rafanelli 




Joann Oehlert Spirit Award




91/92    Nicole Nelson


92/93    Paul McGriff


93/94    Rud Ellis


94/95    Barbara and Mary Nell Askew


95/96    Janet Payne and Tom Sisk


99/00    Linda DiLegge and Judy Tregre


00/01    John Richardson


01/02    Terry Herron


02/03    Tiana Barton


03/04    Sara Panzer


04/05    Kristi Cummings


05/06    Robyn Marshall


06/07    Jaricia Daniell


07/08    Stacey Broome


08/09    John Richardson


09/10    Peggy McCarthey


10/11    Karen Hiller


11/12    Jane Jud


12/13    Tea Junnila


13/14    Barry Johnson/Tony Maness

14/15    Fran Gregory

15/16    Janet Payne

16/17     Lori Malthaner

17/18     Laurie Sanii






Lewis Elkin Dance Award




92/93    Heather Hyatt


93/94    Jennifer Haverland


94/95    Georgia Kidd and Joey Dickerson


95/96    Robert Weaver


96/97    Natalie Minik


97/98    Renee Lipscomb


98/99    Michelle Wise


99/00    Melanie Janas and Laura Cain


00/01    Stefanie DiLegge


01/02    Danielle Logano


            02/03    Barbara Lass


            03/04    Davin Grindstaff


            04/05    Danielle Logano


            05/06    Brittany Marshall


            06/07    Kathy Shehee


            07/08    Parastoo Mashinchi


            08/09   Brittany Marshal


            09/10    Leigh Healey


           10/11    Tatiana Kozmava


           11/12    Helena Fisher


           12/13    Wendi Hiller


           13/14    Helena Fisher

           14/15    Stephanie Brimeyer

           15/16    Soucci Taylor

           16/17    Madeline Freeman

           17/18    Breelie Taylor



Pinky Ager Coach Award




91/92    Julia Janas


92/93    Tami Mickle


99/00    Chuck Miller


00/01    Dawn Goldys


01/02    Graham Payne


            02/03    Peggy Rydberg


            03/04    Bobby Davis


            04/05    Debbie Prachar


            05/06    Anna Martynenko


            06/07    Brittney Bottoms


            07/08    Barbara Wagner


            08/09    Tami Mickle


             09/10    Debbie Prachar


            10/11    Graham Payne


            11/12    Debbie Prachar

            12/13    Graham Payne


            13/14    Barbara Landon

            14/15    Brittney Bottoms

            15/16    Debbie Prachar

            16/17    Pam Levitt

            17/18    Anya Martynenko


Lucille Morgan Judge’s Award




            99/00    Cindy Ronveaux


            00/01    Lynn Thompson


            01/02    Terri Steiner


            02/03    Susan Johnson


            03/04    Susan Johnson


            04/05    Betty McCord


            05/06    Marie Pearce


            06/07    Susan Johnson  


            07/08    John Millier


            08/09    Lee Schaffer


            09/10    Jeannette Doney


            10/11    Dana Graham


            11/12    Lee Schaffer


            12/13    Sharon Hyre and Gloria Lewis


            13/14    John Millier

            14/15    Nancy Hoblack

            15/16    Dana Graham

            16/17    Gloria Lewis

            17/18    Lori Malthaner

The Rutherford Ellis President's Award

            15/16    Jane Jud

            16/17    Sharon Hyre

            17/18    Tea Junnila





Outstanding Skater Award 




00/01    Alexandra Tregre and Justin Childers


01/02    Todd Hansen


            02/03    Kaysi Kitsell and Allen Davis


            03/04    Danielle Logano


            04/05    Jamie Kim/Timothy Dolensky/Mindy Shoppe


            05/06    Alexander Aiken


            06/07    Alexander Aiken


            08/09    Alexander Aiken


            09/10    Tim Dolensky


            10/11    Alexander Aiken


            11/12    Freshman: Grace Rathbun

                        Junior: Alice Qiao

                        Senior: Tim Dolensky


            12/13    Freshman: Emily Zhang

                        Junior: Helena Fisher

                        Senior: Wendi Hiller


            13/14    Freshman: Madeline Freeman

                        Junior: Madeleine Brown

                        Senior: Tim Dolensky

            14/15    Freshman: Kaitlyn McGarigle and Elvira Junnila

                        Junior: Maria Son

                        Senior: Helena Fisher

            15/16    Freshman: Grace Wolf

                        Junior: Jabe Roberts

                        Senior: Tim Dolensky

            16/17    Freshman: Katia Kochengina

                        Junior: Jeslyn Choi

                        Senior: Soucci Taylor

            17/18    Freshman: Elisa Bode

                        Junior: Madeline Freeman

                        Senior: Alice Qiao



Judy Williams Test Award




           09/10   Emily Haar


          10/11    Wendi Hiller


          11/12    Christina Cole


             12/13      Alexa Davila, Tiffany Hatzikoutelis and Heather Phillips


             13/14      Katie Sanyal

             14/15      Amanda Bao

             15/16      Jabe Roberts

             16/17     Jeslyn Choi and Sarah Cairo

             17/18      Lily Xie