CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High's best-ever fencing season in 2019 continued to gain national recognition with the recent announcement by USA Fencing that CHS ranked as the third-best in the nation for academic standards.

"The fencing team at nearly every high school, college, and university in America is known for having some of the best grades in the school." Chatham head fencing coach Jerry Duffey said.  "This is the second top-three national school award the Chatham High School fencing team has earned this season."

Chatham placed seven of its fencers on USA Fencing's All-Academic team with Cougars Marshall Hong, Sonia Julius, Samantha Serban, Darren Yen and Preston Yen earning first-team honors.

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Chatham's Kailing Sathyanath made the second team and Henry Epstein was an honorable mention.

"Fencing is a lot of fun, but it also physically and mentally demanding," Duffey said. "The fencing sword is one of the fastest moving objects in sports, especially of anything handheld. The ability to read your opponent, make a split-second decision, and act on that decision while pushing your legs and hands for maximum speed and precision has an influence on how you approach your schoolwork or your job.

"Fencers get used to rapid choices and living with the results as well as the hard work that goes into being ready for those choices." 

The Chatham High School Fencing team had their best season ever in 2018-2019 with the boys' and girls' teams both winning their first state championship medals at the State Squads event and their first NJAC Conference Team Championships among many other awards.

The Chatham High School Fencing Team and the Junior Cougars Fencing Team for middle schoolers, grades 5 to 8, are looking for new members for the upcoming season. No previous experience or equipment required. The CHS team is also looking for a weapons armorer and a videographer or photographer both with eligibility for a varsity letter. Go to: or, respectively, for more information.