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Chen Earns USA Fencing Scholarship, All-American Honors

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San Marino High School junior Lucas Chen, a saber fencer, is currently ranked third in the region.

Lucas Chen, a junior at San Marino High School, recently received the 2019-20 USA Fencing and Absolute Fencing all-academic scholarship, and was also named to the USA Fencing all-American and all-academic teams.
The honor, which includes a $4,000 scholarship, is awarded annually to one male and one female fencer representing the United States.
A saber fencer, Chen is currently ranked third in the region, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. He trains with coaches Gherman Stone and Nikolay Kovalev, an Olympic bronze medalist, at West Coast Fencing Academy in Monrovia.
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chen kept busy this past summer. He served on the San Marino Unified School District schools reopening task force. He is also a member of SMHS’ speech and debate team, for which he is vice president of logistics/competitions and captain of limited preparation speaking.
He has also served on the SMHS wellness committee, is president of the Huntington Club and a Link Crew leader, sits on the board of the California Scholarship Federation and looks forward to completing his Eagle Scout project once it is safe to congregate again.
The son of Yvonne and Raymond Chen, Lucas has a brother, Baxton, who graduated from SMHS in 2019 and is a sophomore at Harvard University.
The USA Fencing scholarship is typically presented at the national championships, which were to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer, but were canceled due to the pandemic. Instead, Lucas received a surprise phone call from Bob Bodor, a director of USA Fencing, who informed him of his accomplishment.


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