A skating program is a multi-layered message. First of all, there is music that tells you about the composer’s intention. Second, there is the character of the program itself. And then, finally, there is the skater’s own personality, something that is inevitably manifested through every step. The stronger the individual, the more unique is her skating. As I watched Jenna Teplitzky’s artistic program, I couldn’t shake off the thought that the girl was distinctive in her own charming way. Jenna is serious, yet funny; studious yet mischievous. In addition to the standard set of jumps, spins and steps, her program included a handstand – an unusual and quite dangerous element. Unfortunately, I couldn’t catch it on camera, so Jenna did it off ice at my request.
After the end of the event, where Jenna placed second, I had a chance to talk her. It wasn’t the first time we met; I remembered her from other competitions. Once you meet Jenna, you will never forget her. Her huge brown eyes stare at the world with the inquisitiveness of a researcher. Her mind appears to be active all the time, probing, learning.
Jenna often carries a book with her. In Laurel, I asked her what she was currently reading.
“The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins,” followed the answer. With its story set in a post- apocalyptic world, the trilogy is not an easy choice for an eleven-year-old. Yet I wasn’t surprised knowing that two years ago, Jenna had been avaricious for Shakespeare’s plays.
“The Twelfth Night was my favorite,” she said nonchalantly.
I was also impressed that Jenna had read The Dairy of a Wimpy Kid in Hebrew. Hebrew is the language I teach, so the fact that a little girl knew it so well impressed me greatly. Jenna learned the language at a Jewish Day School. After her Bat Mitzvah, she is going to visit Israel. I am sure she will enjoy the trip. Being able to talk to the people in the language of the land will surely add to the overall excitement.
Currently in sixth grade, Jenna goes to school full time; and she is a very good student. She is particularly fond of history, and her dream is to become either an author or a defense lawyer. She is also very serious about her skating, practicing four times a week. Now she is working on getting more consistency on her double lutz.
This summer, Jenna is going to a Jewish camp. Afterwards, she will “skate like crazy.” I am sure she will do her best in everything she will ever try. So all the best to you, Jenna! I wish you many wonderful achievements.