Minutemen News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Newark Academy‚Äôs Dan Bailey-Yavonditte Named National Fencing Coach of the Year

    Newark Academy’s Dan Bailey-Yavonditte was already regarded as a top high school fencing coach in the state of New Jersey. Now he’s been recognized as the best in the country -- the USA Fencing 2020 National High School Coach of the Year. 

    Dan's achievement comes after helping Newark Academy to clinch the Boys Fencing New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association (NJIFA) Team Tournament Title for the first time, after winning the District 3 and Prep B Championships. The second-year coach was nominated by four Minutemen fencers.

    “It’s just an honor to be nominated. New Jersey has so many committed and talented high school coaches. To be selected out of the country’s coaches is pretty amazing,” Dan told USA Fencing. “I really enjoy working with high school students as a coach. That they thought well enough of their experience to nominate me is amazing. It’s their effort that makes the team what it is. It’s their hard work, their willingness to put the work into their individual fencing and supporting their teammates that make our team great … Being nominated by them is pretty cool because they’re a great bunch of kids.”
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    Newark Academy’s baseball team has been named to the 2019-20 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award. NA is amongst 434-member college and high school programs from across the country that have been awarded the 2019-20 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Newark Academy was recognized with the award for the second year in a row, which goes to programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire academic year. Of the 146 high school teams along with 288 programs from the NCAA Div. I, II, III, NAIA, and junior college levels, Newark Academy was one of three schools from New Jersey to garner the award.
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  • Senior Warren Sunada-Wong Is The 2020 NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete Award Recipient

    Warren Sunada-Wong, a Newark Academy senior, is the recipient of the 2020 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Scholar-Athlete Award. He is recognized for excelling in and outside of the classroom and will receive a certificate in his honor. 
    “Given the very challenging year we’ve all faced, it’s particularly important to recognize the academic achievements of New Jersey’s student-athletes,” said Colleen Maguire, who this month took over as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

    “I’m certain each certificate recipient worked hard not only in the classroom and in competition, but also in overcoming the hurdles presented by the closing of all school buildings,” Maguire said. “Despite the difficulties, they all continued to pursue their goals and dreams.”

    In 1994, the 75th Anniversary Year for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, it inaugurated the AnnualScholar-Athlete Luncheon. The NJSIAA invites each member school to select one 12th grader as its scholar-athlete of the year. This year marks the NJSIAA’s 27th year in which scholar-athletes are being honored. Newark Academy's recent recipients include Samantha Keller, Cynthia Huang, and Anthony Giachin.
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