by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Spark Photography

A Tendency Toward Talent

student_barton1Back in 2011, a young(er) Lili Barton tried ice skating for the first time at the Hotel Del Coronado. She loved it so much, her mom signed her up for classes at San Diego Ice Arena the very next week. “I’ve only been skating for three and a half years,” Lili shared, “and I’m presently skating at Freestyle 5 level.” Though she never intended to compete in ice skating, she received encouragement from her coach Heather and began training.

The results have been spectacular. Last summer she teamed up with a friend for a couples’ competition. “Coach Chea taught us a great program,” Lili smiled. “We were Greek Chefs!” Their first competition was the ISI (Ice Skating Institute) Skate by the Sea at UTC Ice Sports Center. “This gave me the confidence to pursue solo competition,” she said. Her first solo attempt garnered her a first place trophy in the Kroc Center Ice Competition. Lili has since competed in four ISI competitions, winning six trophies and five medals in solo, couples, and production team competitions. She’s also performed in the SDIA Christmas Show for the past three years.


MEET LILI

Name: Lili Corrine Barton (13)
School: Meadowbrook Middle School
Grade: 8
Parents: Steve and Francine Barton
Siblings: Bobby (16) and Thomas (15)
Favorite Places in 92128: Tutti Frutti, In-N-Out


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Lili feels there are many rewarding and challenging aspects to her sport. Learning and landing jumps like the axel – which is one and a half turns in the air – means she spends hours practicing in the ice arena. Her days working on her own and with Ms. Heather begin at 5:30 a.m. before school and continue with practice after school. “This year I will be competing at a much higher ISI level Silver and the competitions are going to be very challenging!” she explained. “I also volunteer and help with the Special Skaters Program at the San Diego Ice Arena, which is very rewarding.”

“This year I will be competing at a much higher ISI level Silver and the competitions are going to be very challenging!”

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Going into eighth grade at Meadowbrook Middle School, Lili loves her school and her life in Carmel Mountain Ranch. She cites community and school spirit, great teachers, and great neighbors as the reasons. Watching her brothers play baseball, along with skiing, camping, and playing with her dog Bandit rank as her favorite activities. She is most inspired by her mom’s love and dedication to her entire family.

11With future hopes to be an ice skating instructor, Lili wants to go to SDSU, major in engineering, minor in geology, and be a part of the SDSU Ice Skating Team. Her dedication makes Lili Barton an inspirational 92128 Student Star.

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