For 10 years, Kendal Buckalew has been participating in elite figure skating competitions and finishing with top scores. In 2016 she even qualified for the Eastern Sectional Championships and placed 7th.
This June, the U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Program will recognize Kendal at the 2017 Carolinas Figure Skating Club Banquet for her hard work on the ice rink and maintaining her academics at K12 International Academy (iCademy). Along with 700 other student-athletes, the 12th grader will receive the Gold Level Graduating Seniors Award.
“It is such an honor to be recognized for this award,” Kendal said. “Not only was it an honor to receive an award at all, but to receive one of the highest there is feels like such a blessing.”
Kendal enrolled at iCademy as a junior in high school due to her rigid training schedule.
She explained that a regular school schedule was impossible to keep up with. The life of a figure skater demands dedication, perseverance, and time management. Luckily, these are all skills that she was also able to practice while completing online assignments.
“iCademy has supported my figure skating by allowing me to train the amount of hours I need and finish my schooling at a perfect pace,” Kendal said.
She currently trains 6 days a week, 6-7 hours a day. This includes on-ice time, workouts, dance, and stretching.
“It requires a lot of discipline, therefore, it has taught me to put forth my best in everything,” Kendal said. “As long as I keep this in mind when I am doing my schoolwork, it is easier to balance the two activities.”
After graduation, Kendal will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this Fall. She will continue to compete in figure skating at the senior level and hopes to qualify for the 2018 Figure Skating Championships this season.