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 Academic All-American 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.
- 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".
- 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".
- 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".