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South Pasadena Middle School Student Medals at U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Posted by: Sylvia Carroll Published: 1/27/15

Youth Places 4th in Boys’ Juvenile Free Skate to win Pewter Medal at Event in North Carolina

Published: January 27, 2015 04:38:29 PM

Henry Privett-Mendoza, a 6th Grader at South Pasadena Middle School, won the Boys’ Juvenile Pewter Medal placing 4th at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, NC.


It marked Privett-Mendoza’s first trip to the national championships. Henry, who represents the Pasadena Figure Skating Club, was the gold medalist at the 2014 Southwest Pacific Regional Championship in October and the silver medalist at the 2014 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships.
Other winners included: Bronze medal – Joseph Kang of Univ. of Delaware FSC; Silver – Chase Finster of Louisville Skate Academy; and Gold – Daniel Turchin of Skokie Valley FSC.


Privett-Mendoza skated to a season and personal best score to reach the podium. His free skate program was to a two cellos arrangement of Coldplay’s song, “Clocks.”


He is coached by Natasha Adler-DeGuzman from Pasadena Ice Skating Center and Robert Taylor from Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. His choreographer is former men’s national champion and U.S. Figure Skating Hall-of-Famer Rudy Galindo from San Jose.


In addition to his skating, Henry is also a dancer and a student at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at the Colburn School of Performing Arts where he trains in modern, tap, and jazz.


Between his on-ice and off-ice training and his dancing, Privett-Mendoza trains seven days a week.


“My goal was to just skate my best program and get a personal best score,” he said. “I didn’t have a double axel like some of the other boys, but if I really skated well, I thought I had a chance to get on the podium.”


Privett-Mendoza’ mom, Helen: “Getting to Nationals represents many early, early mornings, and a lot of hard work. He’s received great support all the way through. From the time he was at Arroyo Vista Elementary and now at the middle school, his teachers and school administration have been great.”
Henry is skating an exhibition at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on January 19 as part of Pasadena FSC’s National Skating Month activities.