Laura Cardona - Colorado Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination and Photography by Ross Bothwell (Roka Studios) Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Laura Cardona is a competitive ice skater, plays piano, and most importantly put her education first in high school. She has taken lots of AP classes, has academic scholarship offers. She puts in so much time and passion into everything and succeeds at everything she puts her mind to.
How is the search for academic scholarships going for you?
I am applying to several private colleges and universities. I will hear from most of them in March or April. I have already been given the following Merit Scholarships: College of Saint Benedict. Trustees’ Scholarship of $106K Arcadia University $100K Butler University $80K
What else do you do besides study?
I have earned over 200 medals and several trophies in ice skating. In addition to this, I am a Regional Champion and a USFSA double gold medalist.
Ice skating came into my life by accident. When I was 5 years old, I was at the water fountain playing across the street from the ice rink. This was the first time I went to this water fountain. While I was playing, I saw a big sign on a building that said, ”ICE”. I asked my mom if we could go inside the building. We watched the skaters jump and spin, and I knew right away that I wanted to be a figure skater. I asked my mom if I could skate and she signed me up for the Learn to Skate program. On my first day of lessons, I couldn't stand up on the ice. I needed to use a bucket in order to stay on my feet. I passed the basic 1 level, but I never passed the basic 2 test. After failing my basic 2 test twice, my mom decided to get a private coach and start private lessons. As the years passed, my passion for ice skating increased more and more. I love to compete and perform in front of an audience and the judges.
I have also been playing piano for 14 years, and I compete at local, regional, and state competitions. I have been invited to perform in honors recitals, and I have also received Top Performer and Honorable Mention awards at piano competitions.
How do you maintain good grades with all your activities?
I have great time management skills and I get my work done as soon as I can. I never pile my homework. Also, I always use my planner at school so that I can manage my tasks.
What do you plan on doing after high school?
I want to be a lawyer. I am primarily interested in international law and corporate law. I want to major in International Political Economy.
Laura was featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!