Our juniors are not only top rated fencers but successful students.
Olympia Fencing Center is proud to announce that four of our fencers have been selected for the First Team USA All-Academic Team!
Becca Barnes, Connor Ghazaleh, Michelle Liu and Penelope Schnier, all attending our Junior program and advanced fencers with impressive results, will be among those to be recognized as top high school students in the nation.
USA Fencing Scholarship and All-Academic Team Reception will be held June 28th at the San Jose Convention Center at 7:30 PM.
Here is more information about the program, as shown on the USFA website:
Recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in junior fencers is paramount to the success of USA Fencing.
The Junior Program is designed to provide a training ground for the development of young athletes. While physical development is obviously important, the program must also stress development of values, morals and social skills, which will remain with these future citizens all their lives.
Encouraging a high level of academic achievement in our young athletes is as important as encouraging their athletic achievement. Motivation for this achievement, while intrinsically driven, can be enhanced through recognition by USA Fencing.
USA Fencing has therefore established the following All-Academic Recognition Award Program to be presented annually at the Summer Nationals Championship.
There are three program levels open to all students enrolled in an accredited high school program. Home schooled athletes are also eligible. Athletes do not have to qualify to Junior Olympics or Summer Nationals to be eligible.
1. First Team USA Fencing All-Academic Team – students with a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher shall be named “First Team USA Fencing All-Academic”.
2. Second Team USA Fencing All-Academic Team – students who demonstrate the scholastic ability to post a cumulative GPA of 3.7 to 3.84 shall be named “Second Team USA Fencing All-Academic”.
3. Honorable Mention USA Fencing All-Academic Team – students who demonstrate the scholastic ability to post a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.69 shall be named “Honorable Mention USA Fencing All-Academic”.
The USA Fencing All-Academic Team Program is sponsored by Absolute Fencing. Absolute Fencing offers $10,000 in scholarships to individuals through the All-Academic Team Program.