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USA Fencing Honors All-Academic Team in Salt Lake City

07/11/2017, 4:15pm CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Brooke Stanicki was presented a $4,000 scholarship by Absolute Fencing Gear President Gary Lu.

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – Six student athletes received $14,000 in scholarship awards on Wednesday during the USA Fencing All-Academic Ceremony in Salt Lake City.

The awards were presented in conjunction with a ceremony that recognized 467 high school fencers for their academic achievements.

Brooke Stanicki (Green Brook, N.J.), who graduated from Watchung Hills High School and will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall, was presented with one of two $4,000 scholarships from Absolute Fencing Gear® President Gary Lu (Bridgewater, N.J.)

Stanicki, and all of the scholarship applicants, responded to the following essay prompt: “What is something that your coach doesn’t know about you? Do you wish they knew? And how would your fencing or training be different if they knew?”

“The prompt was asking something that your coach does not know about you, and my coach knows almost everything about me. He knows when I make mistakes before I make them, so I had to really look for something that he didn’t know,” said Stanicki, a foil fencer at Medeo Fencing Club who trains with Andrzej Zamlynny (Basking Ridge, N.J.) “He didn’t know that I was really, really a very serious dancer right before I started fencing, and I was terrible. I joked that he would make fun of me, that I’d be called twinkle toes or something. I think transitioning from one sport to another I really found my home in fencing that I didn’t find in dance and I credit that to my coach and all my club mates and really my parents and everyone.”

The other $4,000 scholarship was awarded to Dylan Faulcon (Valley Village, Calif.), an incoming senior at Harvard Westlake School who fences foil at United Fencing Academy. Faulcon did not compete at Summer Nationals and was unable to attend the ceremony.

Aaron Kogan (New Haven, Conn.) and Rosie Parker (Portland, Ore.) each earned $1,000 scholarships from Absolute.

Kogan is a graduate of Hopkins School who fences foil at the Fencing Academy of Westchester and will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.

Parker competes in both foil and epee at the Northwest Fencing Center and is an incoming senior at Valley Catholic High School.

Trish Porter (Albuquerque, N.M.) presented two student athletes with the Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship – a pair of $2,000 awards made to one male and one female fencer each year in memory of her son, Connor Porter, who passed away in a plane crash just weeks after winning bronze in Division III men’s foil at the 2013 Summer Nationals.

The essay prompt for the Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship was as follows: Describe a time during a competition when you did something for someone other than yourself. Write about the situation, what you did, and the effect of your action on you or others.

In a first for the scholarship competition, both winners came from the same high school – Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Ga.

Julia Gianneschi (Atlanta, Ga.), an incoming freshman at Duke, fences foil at Athletic Club Northeast.

“I feel honored because I know that, through my essay, I’m helping Connor’s mother carry out his legacy. I feel a great responsibility to help other people remember him and what he stood for,” said Gianneschi who wrote about a time when she helped a competitor who was injured in her pool bouts during an international tournament in Paris.

Max Greenbaum (Atlanta, Ga.) is a saber fencer at Nellya Fencers who just completed his freshman year at Woodward.

“It’s a huge honor. Just getting to be here alone is an honor for the All-Academic, but this is just taking it to the top notch. I’m honestly almost at a loss for words,” said Greenbaum who wrote about coaching a friend in pools at last year’s Summer Nationals and the positive effect those actions had on his teammate.

In addition to the scholarship announcements, the All-Academic Ceremony included the recognition of 466 athletes who received achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher:

  • First Team: 3.85 or higher
    • 399 Athletes
  • Second Team: 3.7 – 3.84
    • 48 Athletes
  • Honorable Mention: 3.5 – 3.69
    • 20 Athletes

Golden Gate Fencing Center led the list as the USA Fencing Club with the most All-Academic Team members. The San Francisco Club contributed towards a California total of 115 All-Academic Team members. California led the state count, beating out New Jersey and New York who had 46 and 44 team members, respectively.

Foil fencers were the most represented among the honorees who listed a primary weapon with 167, followed by epee with 159 and saber with 119.

Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles and Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix, N.Y. each placed five students on the team.

The honorees also included five athletes who have fenced on Cadet and Junior World or Paralympic Teams, including:

  • Lauryn DeLuca (Parma, Ohio / Parma Senior High), 2016 Paralympian
  • Kara Linder (Chandler, Ariz. / Chandler Online Academy & Hamilton High School), 2016 Junior World team bronze medalist and 2016 Cadet World Team Champion
  • Adrien Thein-Sandler (Topanga, Calif. / Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences), 2016 Cadet World medalist
  • Chloe Fox-Gitomer (Portland, Ore. / Oregon Episcopal School), 2017 Junior and 2016 Cadet World Team member
  • Charlie Horowitz (Los Angeles, Calif. / Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences), two-time Cadet World Team member

The following is a complete list of all athletes who were named to the 2016-2017 USA Fencing All-Academic Team:

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