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Leaving the Nest 2022: Mia Wu

Mia wanted a pony as a birthday gift, but she got an opportunity to try fencing instead.  Ever since she’s been in love with fencing.  For the past 6+ years, Mia has embraced and enjoyed every bittersweet moment of this amazing sport with her hard work, dedication, commitment, and perseverance in both fencing and academics.  We would like to take a moment and thank each and every coach, teacher, fencer, and friend who has accompanied, encouraged and walked with her along the way.   Thrilled and excited that Mia has chosen UC San Diego to continue her fencing journey with NCAA and to be her new home away from home. Be brave and adventurous with the new chapter of life, and we are and will always be in your corner.  Love you so much! Your proud family.
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Leaving the Nest 2022: Jenny Duan

Jenny began fencing at age 10 after attending a fencing birthday party at NWFC. Since then, she has cultivated a passion for the sport, life lessons in courage and resilience, and a community at NWFC. Jenny’s interest in fencing has led her to many adventures over the years through tournament experiences, camps, and even the opportunity to serve on the NWFC board. She is grateful to her teammates, coaches, and the staff at NWFC, who have taught her that fencing is more than a sport- it’s a family. Jenny will be attending Stanford University majoring in Symbolic System.
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Leaving the Nest 2022: Kenji Gullo

Kenji was first introduced to fencing when he was 6 years old, at a summer camp at the French American school taught by Simon. At that age, Kenji was already obsessed with swordplay so he was instantly hooked. However, his path forward from here was less than predictable or smooth. Kenji started fencing foil left-handed, but then after a year or so decided he was right-handed; he fenced foil for several years, but then discovered epée. By the age of eleven, he had decided which hand to use and became competitive, dabbling in both weapons for the next couple of years, before finally deciding on epée. Regardless of the weapon, or the opponent in front of him; one thing remains constant: Kenji always gives 100% effort which often means sending his body crashing to the floor, whether it’s in a tournament, in practice, or just doing high kicks in warm-
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Leaving the Nest 2022: Jacob Lei

After playing various sports such as football, basketball, tennis, and swimming, Jacob began fencing at the age of 11. Quickly, he fell in love with the mental strategy of the game, and, after fencing 2 years in the Bay Area, he moved to Northwest Fencing Center to train under coach Cody Mattern. With Cody’s mentorship and NWFC’s supportive environment, he developed lifelong lessons in confidence, decision-making, and dealing with setbacks. He is truly grateful for the rich memories and collaborative training environment that Northwest Fencing Center provided. He will miss the NWFC community and will attend Rice University!