SSM Figure Skating Alum Receives University President’s Distinguished Service Award

April 12, 2021

Sarah Moss ’17, a graduate of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Figure Skating Center of Excellence, recently received the President’s Distinguished Service Award from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

The award, which has been given annually since 1985, honors a select group of seniors at the university whose community service “demonstrates the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality,” in all aspects of their lives on campus and in the surrounding community. When nominated for this award, Sarah was described as, “fiercely motivated to adapt, alter, and do whatever means necessary to provide a light for our community of youth skaters.”

Since graduating from SSM, Sarah has pursued a degree in Political Science while continuing her figure skating career. At the beginning of this year, she joined the Miami Skating Academy and Learn to Skate programs as an assistant coach for two competitive youth synchronized skating teams. As the year continued, she faced numerous challenges as a coach, from cancelled competitions due to COVID-19 to skaters no longer being able to skate connected to each other, a staple of synchronized skating choreography.

Eventually, Sarah also took on the responsibility of head coach after her predecessor stepped down. She redesigned her teams’ practice models and networked with other coaches to create virtual experiences and other performance possibilities for skaters. Additionally, she “invested in each skater as an individual, creating skating goals, working towards these goals, and celebrating successes.”

When she isn’t coaching young skaters and shaping them for success, Sarah is a member of Miami University’s synchronized skating team, a TEAM USA synchronized skater, and a U.S. Figure Skating DREAM Program team captain.

While she attended SSM, she competed in synchronized and individual competitions. As a member of Team Sabres, she helped bring home a silver medal from the 2017 US Figure Skating Midwestern Sectional Championship to confirm a spot at Nationals that year.

Please join us in celebrating Sarah’s success in the wider figure skating community! For more reasons to celebrate, read about SSM figure skater Michael Chapa’s recent selection to the 2021 US Figure Skating National Development Camp. Additionally, stay tuned for the SSM Figure Skating COE’s performance of Into the Woods On Ice, to be performed later this spring!