Lilburn's Louisa Barama Places Seventh in U.S. Collegiate Skating Championships

Oglethorpe University Senior Represents School in National Ice Skating Competition

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Louisa Barama

ATLANTA, GA (07/27/2011)(readMedia)-- Oglethorpe University senior Louisa Barama took seventh place at the junior level of this year's U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships held July 21-24, 2011 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Lilburn native represented Oglethorpe in the competition, which is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and is the longest running collegiate ice skating program. Barama performed a short and long program, and finished the competition with a total score of 70.78.

Oglethorpe was the only college or university represented from the state of Georgia in both the junior and senior divisions of the championship.

Oglethorpe University is an NCAA-member institution that competes at the Division III level. Although OU does not sponsor a figure skating club, the university encourages its student-athletes to pursue their individual sports at the most competitive level possible.

Barama is a graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga. and trains with the Georgia Figure Skating Club.

"I am proud of my accomplishment," said Barama, a physics major. "This experience was amazing and I am so glad I finished well. This is a great competition and I really enjoyed every part of it."

Oglethorpe University

Oglethorpe University was founded in 1835 and enrolls 1,100 students representing 34 states and 28 countries. Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, an organization of America's most selective liberal arts institutions. For the past five years, Oglethorpe has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to and achievement in community service. In 2010, Oglethorpe was named among U.S. News & World Report's Best Liberal Arts Colleges and Forbes' America's Best Colleges. Princeton Review named Oglethorpe a Best Southeastern College, ranking it in national top-20 lists: Professors Get High Marks (#17), Classroom Discussion Encouraged (#14), Lots of Race/Class Interaction (#11), and Best College Theatre (#18). Georgia Shakespeare is the professional theater-in-residence at Oglethorpe. OU competes in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Visit