Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Middle School Students Challenge Gordon Fencing Class to Tournament

Talk about a unique final exam! Last Friday, May 7, at 4:30, 20 middle school students from the Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) in Marlboro arrived at Gordon's Bennett Center to compete in a FENCING tournament against 14 Gordon students. The Gordon students had been taking a class with adjunct instructor Jack Mullarkey, who is a former Olympian and the physical education teacher at the AMSA. This was the second annual fencing tournament; last year Gordon won by a close two touches. This year, according to Mullarkey, the "little kids were out for revenge."  And they won!       

The Gordon fencing class, which is a physical education quad elective, always fills up and has a waiting list, according to Dr. Val Gin, the chair of the recreation and leisure studies department. With this kind of unique preparation and fun-filled competition, it's not hard to see why. 

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