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2 Bishop Canevin athletes compete in other activities, too

| Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:24 p.m.

Linda Ashby and Janneselle-Nicole Umalin will be juniors this fall at Bishop Canevin High School.

Both honors students, they each additionally participate in school-sponsored activities such as Circle of Friends, Junior Achievement, St. Ignatius Scholars and the International Club. They are members of the girls varsity soccer team. Umalin also is a member of the varsity cheerleading and competitive cheer squad. However, in their hours away from school, they pursue and compete in two different organizational programs.

Umalin became involved with the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Dance Troupe when her family moved to Carnegie in 2013 when she was in fifth grade. She practices four hours every Sunday afternoon with the troupe at the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Center in West Mifflin.

She has appeared in the Parangal annual cultural recitals which showcases all of their styles of dances. The troupe also performs in cultural, educational and charitable events such as the Pittsburgh Marathon, West Virginia’s Festival of Nations, Pittsburgh’s Annual Folk Festival, Asian Day at Kennywood, and at the Annual Open House of the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. In addition, she has performed at the Chicago Field Museum and in the New York City Philippine Independence Day Parade.

“It is an honor to promote the diversity of my culture through dance. I have learned so many things about my heritage,” Umalin said. “It is fun to learn different folk dances and its history. I am very proud to represent my country.”

A self-taught ukulele musician, she intends to continue being involved after high school by volunteering to become one of the dance instructors and teach a new generation of dancers. She is thinking of perhaps the medical field after college.

Ashby, a resident of Thornburg, started figure skating competitively in middle school, although she had been skating since she was around 4. A member of the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club, she usually skates four days a week, mostly after school but, on occasion, has practices in the morning before school begins. Summer training is daily at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

She took fourth place at the 18th Annual Shamrock Skate Compete USA (LTSkate USA) Competition this past March and will be competing in the 2018 Skate Pittsburgh at the RMU Island Sports Center on Aug. 18-19.

She would like to skate on the collegiate level once she gets to college and to continue to skate after graduation. Like Umalin, she also is thinking of a possible career in the medical field.

Charlotte Smith is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. You can contact Charlotte at 724-693-9441 or .

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