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Kennedy drayna of Clear Lake recently earned the distinction of US Figure Skating Gold Medalist. (Submitted photo by Nichole Spangler Photography.)
The Northernettes in performance. The Northernettes organization exists to offer high level and competitive synchronized skating based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. (Submitted photo.)

Becker HS athlete becomes figure skating gold medalist

Figure Skater Kennedy Drayna of Clear Lake, daughter of Todd and Dawn Drayna, and freshman at Becker High School, recently passed her Gold Skating Skills in “Moves.” This is the highest honor a figure skater can attain, and earns the skater the title of US Figure Skating Gold Medalist. About three percent of figure skaters in the country earn this distinction.

There are eight different levels in several categories for figure skaters. “Moves” is one of the categories. After earning her gold distinction, Drayna aims to conquer the other seven categories as well. 

Lifetime Figure Skater

Drayna has been skating since the was in kindergarten. Drayna says she loves being a part of a team and working hard to improve her abilities. 

“Working hard doesn’t feel like hard work,” she said, saying how rewarding it felt to pass different levels in her pursuit of gold. 

Drayna skates as an individual with St. Cloud Figure Skating Club, as well as on a team from the Twin Cities, the Northernettes. The Northernettes is a synchronized skating team. Drayna’s first year on the team, the Northernettes made it to the national competition at Colorado Springs, and the team hopes to make it to nationals again this year, in Las Vegas.

Drayna hopes to pursue a career in figure skating. She says she hopes to be a coach some day, as she enjoys helping other students improve in their skills. 

There’s no doubt this talented athlete will be achieving more great accomplishments over the next few years.