-Founded in 1994 by Dr. Martin Wohl, who coached it for the first decade.
-Coached by Robert Ferullo for eleven years until he became UMass head coach in 2016.
-Currently Coached by Camilla Sise and Nicole Mann
-Several former fencers have gone off to colleges such as Vassar, Johns Hopkins, and Princeton.
-Competes in the MIAA High School Fencing League
-Practice space at PVFA is donated and PVFA coaches volunteer to coach the NHS Fencing Team.
-Each fencer pays $250 (can be paid in two installments of $125) in annual dues which go toward equipment and competition entry fees. Fencing equipment is provided for each fencer.
To earn a school varsity letter a fencer must actively participate in practices and competitions, display good sportsmanship, and either:
1) Win 50% or more of their bouts in official high school league competitions.
2) Be a senior with two or more years of active participation in practices and competitions. Note that Seniors receiving Letter Jackets may be awarded them mid-season (December).
Fulfilling the requirements a second, third, or fourth time will earn the fencer a Varsity Pin.
In addition to the Varsity Letters, the following award certificates are given at the end of season banquet:
Officers receive an award certificate.
The MVP award for the season goes to the fencer who has earned the highest win percentage in official high school league competitions, in addition to showing good sportsmanship and actively participating in practices and all competitions. If the team is large enough to have both a full Men's Team and Women's Team, then an MVP award will be given to the top fencer for each.
The Robert Ferullo Award (formerly the Rookie of the Year) is similarly awarded to the fencer or fencers with the highest win percentage(s) from among those members in their first year on the team. This award honors the team's second coach, Robert "RJ" Ferullo who coached the team for eleven years.
The Martin Wohl Award (formerly the Coaches Award) is awarded to a fencer or fencers who go above and beyond all expectations and make an exceptional contribution to the team as a whole. This prestigious award, unlike the previous two, is not guaranteed to be given each year, but rather will only be given when the coaches unanimously believe that a fencer or fencers are clearly deserving. This award honors the team's founder and first coach, Dr. Martin Wohl, who coached the team for ten years.
Lack of participation, poor attendance, and/or lack of good sportsmanship will automatically disqualify fencers from receiving any and all awards.
Attendance Requirements for the 2022-23 season:
Fencers must attend all scheduled practices and competitions unless prior notice with an acceptable excuse such as doctor confirmed illness is given. In the same way that a baseball team cannot play a game if the catcher is absent, a fencing competition must be attended by all team members. High School Fencing is a team sport, and absent fencers result in automatic losses for the team.
Notice of expected absences for practices and competitions must be given by the parent for fencers under the age of 18. Excused absences (due to unavoidable academic conflicts, etc.) for competitions must be received from the parent of fencers under the age of 18 no later than two weeks prior to the competition. A late notice will be considered an absence except in the case of a doctor verified illness or injury.
Examples of acceptable excuses for an absence:
Dr. verified illness or injury
previously scheduled and unavoidable academic requirement, such as a class field trip
Note- Homework and studying do not count as acceptable excuses for missing practice or competitions. Student-athletes are expected to develop the time management skills necessary to fulfill all of their academic and athletic requirements as part of their preparation for college and adult life.
Repeated unexcused absences from practices will result in ineligibility for year-end awards.
Failure to attend one competition will result in ineligibility for year-end awards and multiple absences from competitions will result in removal from the team without a refund of the membership fee.
Fencers need to apply for the jobs by sending the coaches an email with a small paragraph saying why they would be good for the job. One person may have more than one job. Officer positions are chosen by the coaches.
-Secretary (keeps track of attendance, delivers paperwork to the office, etc)
-Social Media Outreach (collates pictures, keeps an active Instagram, helps with the site and FB, coordinates with school newspaper, yearbook, and newsletters)
-Recruitment Officer (coordinates events, posters, and coordinates team's recruitment efforts)
-Fund Raising and Merchandise Officer (designs, orders and helps with fund-raising)
-Armorer - a two year position, repairs and maintains equipment like body cords, etc. and trains the Assistant Armorer
-Assistant Armorer - A two year position, open to freshman only, learns from and assists the Armorer
Links for more information about fencing: