Foilist Isaac Madan, Gr. 11, fenced internationally at the Wappen von Moedling World Cup in Austria as a member of the Indian International Fencing Team in early February. His results pushed him into the top 400 under-20-years-old mens foil fencers in the world and makes him the second-ranked junior fencer on the Indian team. He also fought in the Junior Olympics fencing competition in Memphis in mid-February, where his team, California Fencing Academy, took the silver medal in mens team foil.
Madan, who began fencing in Gr. 7 in Harker’s after-school program (now called BEST), has competed in numerous national and local competitions, for both Juniors (age 19 and under) and Seniors (includes adults) over the last several years. He has won countless trophies and awards, some of which are on display at the Blackford campus. Over this past summer, Madan trained at the Indian Olympic Training Center. He fenced in the Division 1 North American Cup held in San Jose in mid-January and was recently named a First Team Academic All-American by the United States Fencing Association for his athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Madan recently qualified to attend the Cadet and Junior World Championships, the highest level of competition available to fencers under the age of 20, later this year
Along with classmate Ambrish Amaranathan, Madan has also founded a fencing club at Harker and hopes to send a team to the All-State Foil Championship held each year in San Francisco in April.