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2008 grad’s book ties to her passion

2008 grad’s book ties to her passion


2008 grad’s book ties to her passion

Allye (Brown) Ritt, a 2008 Lakeland graduate, authored her first book, “Taking the Ice: Khalli's Big Test,” this past spring.

The book tells the inspiring story of Khalli Davies, a young figure skater who has been training at Berger Lake Ice Center for just a few months and fallen in love with the sport. Khalli trains with one of the best and toughest coaches in the area, Coach Marie, who has high expectations for Khalli.

Khalli is aiming to take her first national level test, and finding balance between her new passion, her friends, her family and her grades is not easy. Goals are just dreams with deadlines, and Khalli plans to achieve this dream so she can set her sights even higher.

Ritt’s book chronicles the story of Khalli as she learns skating tips, experiences trials and triumphs and gains the mindset of a dedicated young athlete.

Ritt began figure skating at age 10, a hobby that would turn into a lifelong career. She is now a seven-time U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist, an International Dance Medalist and has also achieved the Skate Canada Gold Dance test.

She has skated professionally around the world on three different continents and currently coaches full-time as a career. She is a rated coach through the Professional Skaters Association and also serves as the director for an area figure skating program.

Ritt is married to 2005 Lakeland graduate Jeff Ritt, Jr. She previously worked as a middle and high school teacher for German and history.

Her book, which is published by Covenant Books of Murrells Inlet, S.C., is available online.