Alexandria Malcolm ‘17 – Passion is any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate, as described by dictionary.com. Finding your passion in life can be a tricky thing to do, yet a few are lucky enough to find it at a young age and have their whole life to pursue it. That is how Samantha Bartolotta ‘17 felt the first time she put on an ice skate.

“The first time I went ice skating I was three years old and my grandma took me,” Bartolotta said. “And I fell in love with it ever since.”

Skating was something that her grandmother wanted her to learn from a young age, and because of that she learned that she not only had a passion for the sport, but a knack for it. Although the hard work and long hours of practice can be brutal, it is something that Bartolotta wouldn’t give up for the world.

Her dedication to the sport has taken her far and paid off. Just this year she placed second in the state for Romeo High School’s ice skating team, and in the past has placed in the top four at nationals.

“Placing at Nationals and States was a big accomplishment and I felt proud knowing that all the hard work and practice paid off,” Bartolotta said.

After high school, Bartolotta plans to pursue skating through college. Her dream is to join and travel with Disney on Ice; something that will take a lot of work and time, but is a sacrifice that she is willing to make.

“When I was younger I always looked up to all the older figure skaters and wanted to be just like them,” Bartolotta said. “Now that that is a possibility it is quite exciting.”
Bartolotta believes that it is her hard work and dedication that will help her soar after high school, and into the future. She is glad and thankful for the chance she was given when she was younger, and the future it formed.

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