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Ridgefield's Way Of The Sword Takes Trophies At State Tournament

Way of the Sword competitors at the Connecticut High School Novice Fencing Tournament. See story for identifications and schools.
Way of the Sword competitors at the Connecticut High School Novice Fencing Tournament. See story for identifications and schools. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- It was a proud day for the Way of the Sword Fencing Academy of Ridgefield at the 2016 Connecticut High School Novice Fencing Tournament, hosted by the Guilford High School Fencing Team.

Nearly 200 teens from all over Connecticut participated in the 10-hour tournament on Feb. 6.

At the end, Catherine Massa, 15, of Redding, representing the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford, earned the gold trophy for first place in women’s Foil.

Adam Barnett, 14, of Redding, representing Joel Barlow High School, and Ian Koh, 14, of Ridgefield, representing Ridgefield High School tied for third place in men’s Sabre. Jon Goodman, 14, of Ridgefield, representing the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford, placed seventh in men’s Foil.

Way of the Sword is a USFA-sanctioned club dedicated to promoting both recreational and Olympic fencing.

Its offerings include personal fencing instruction for children and adults while teaching skills for honorable living in a fast-paced and often challenging culture.

The curriculum is designed to bring pupils to a deep understanding of fencing both as a sport and art form as well as of themselves as responsible, reflective, and well-meaning citizens.

Way of the Sword uses traditional training methods, creative facilitation practices, and character education to develop strong athletes and individuals.

For more information, email info@wayofthesword.org or visit www.wayofthesword.org .

Photo identifications: from left, Lindsey Brown of Ridgefield High School; Maya Wiener of Ridgefield High School; Adam Barnett of Redding and Joel Barlow Hight School; Catherine Massa of Redding and the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford; Jonathan Goodman of Ridgefield and the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford; Eustache Kuhn of Ridgefield High School; William Hall of Wilton High School. Missing from photo: Ian Koh of Ridgefield High School; Matthew Bafundo of Ridgefield and St. Padre Pio Academy; and Jennifer Schneider of Danbury High School.

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