USFA announced the 2019-2020 High School All-Academic Team and All-American Team selection.
22 high school fencers from the Central Florida Division (CFD) were named All-Academic Team and 8 fencers were named All-American Team. Local High School Fencers representing 7 clubs and 12 high schools were recognized as members of All-Academic Team and Fencers representing 4 clubs and 6 high schools were recognized as members of All-American Team.
Orlando Fencing Academy which won 2019 All-Academic Team Recognition with 19 All-Academic Team Selections, displayed another strong presence in national stage by producing 14 All-Academic Team members. This places Orlando Fencing Academy as number 3 in the nation. Also Orlando Science High School and Trinity High School placed 6 of their fencers in All-Academic Team.
Orlando Fencing Academy also leads the counts on All-American Selection with 4. Logan Gatza won All-American Award in two different weapons (Foil, Epee).
“As a member of CFD, coach and father of fencer, I’m so happy to see this kind of nationally recognized awards won by our young fencers. On behalf of all the members of CFD, we are extremely proud of our high school fencers’ accomplishment.”, said Sung Yim, Chairman of CFD. “The athletic and academic growth of our young fencers will definitely strengthening our division’s presence in the national stage.” Yim continued.
To recognize these fencers’ accomplishments, an official email from the division was sent to the principals of each high school.
Congratulations to all the fencers, coaches and parents who won this prestigious awards!
2020 ~ 2021 Board of Directors Election Results
On 6/20/2020, The Central Florida Division conducted its annual Board of Directors election in Tampa and Orlando. Due to the current situation, the CFD championship (were election usually takes) place was cancelled. However, division members were able to cast their votes as absentee votes or in person by coming to Tampa Fencing Academy (Tampa) and Sword Masters Fencing Club (Orlando) locations on that same date. The booths were opened between 10:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM.
Carlos Kuri (Sword Masters Club) won, defeating Dr. Ray Blair (Naples Fencing AcademyThe ).
Blair: 37 votes (28%) Kuri: 98 votes (72%)
Riley Roca (Timber Creek High School Fencing Club) won, defeating incumbent, Annie Kwong.
Kwong: 20 votes (16%) Roca: 107 votes (84%)
Daniel Bucur (Genesis Fencing Club) won, defeating incumbent, Dr. Thomas Cheng (Penta Olympic Fencing Club).
Bucur: 107 votes (82%) Cheng: 24 votes (18%)
Carrollwood Day School senior using quarantine downtime to work on fencing skills
Edward James (aka EJ), epee fencer from Tampa Fencing Academy was featured on local TV news. Please click on the link to read his story and interview. EJ has been recruited by Drew University and will start college in this fall semester.