Home to part of the Amazonian rainforest, the Andes mountains and ancient citadel, Machu Picchu, Peru will be hosting the 2015 Pan Am Youth & Veteran Fencing Championships. This year, Peru will also play host to York student, Ethan Kushnerik, a seventh grader and competitive fencer. Having traveled all around the world for fencing competitions over the years, you could say Ethan is something of a pro but his participation in this particular competition is nothing less than an amazing achievement.
On August 3, Ethan will begin this nearly week-long competition representing the United States along with approximately 40 other American competitors in varying age groups and genders. Ethan was hand-picked by USA Fencing, the national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States (a member of the United States Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee), meaning he is one of the very best young fencers this country has to offer.
In fact, Ethan’s selection for the team has been deemed quite the accomplishment by none other than the mayor of New York City himself. In a congratulatory letter, Mayor Bill de Blasio wished Ethan a terrific time in Lima, Peru, saying:
“Ranked number two in the country and selected out of a pool of phenomenal fencers from North, Central and South America at 12 years old are no small feats! While the big tournament still lies ahead, I hope you are able to find a moment to reflect on your incredible accomplishments thus far. New York is full of exceptionally disciplined and talented people, and you are now a permanent part of that rich legacy. Congratulations again, Ethan. You have made your family, city (and Mayor) very proud!”
In complete agreement with the mayor, everyone at York wishes Ethan the very best of luck and hope he has a chance to enjoy some arepas and ceviche while taking the fencing world by storm in Peru. All of Ethan’s classmates and teachers will surely be proud of him when they hear all about it at the start of school this fall!