2020

  • August

    Newark Academy’s 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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  • July

    NA BASEBALL NAMED TO 2019-20 AMERICAN BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TEAM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

    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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  • June

    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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  • Seniors Olivia Mudrick and Jackson Powers Are Named The 2020 Essex County Athletic Directors Association (ECADA) and Karen Fucello Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients

    Newark Academy seniors Olivia Mudrick and Jackson Powers were selected as the 2020 Essex County Athletic Directors Association (ECADA) and Karen Fucello Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. This award is given to one male and one female student-athlete from each school in the Essex County Athletic Directors Association (ECADA). Although the 2020 ECADA banquet has been canceled, both students will receive a plaque to honor their accomplishments over the past four years at the Academy.
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  • Sophomores Michael Pyo and Konrad Czyzewski Named USA Fencing All-Americans

    Sophomores Michael Pyo and Konrad Czyzewski have been named USA Fencing All-Americans. Michael was named to the First Team in Foil, while  Konrad was named to the Second Team for Saber.
     
    "Michael and Konrad's commitment to the independent development of their skills is only overshadowed by the leadership and spirit they provide to their teammates,” coach Dan Bailey-Yavonditte. “These two exemplify what it means to be part of the NA fencing program and the NA community at large."

    Konrad finished the fencing season with a record of 23-2, and Michael finished the season 19-3. Both players scored 3-0, helping NA 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. Both had been previously named to All-State Teams.
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  • April

    Jocelyn Willougby '16 Picked No. 10 in WNBA Draft

    Newark Academy’s Jocelyn Willoughby ‘16 was drafted No. 10 by the Phoenix Mercury before being traded to the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Jocelyn is regarded as one of the best - if not the best - girls' basketball players in school history, scoring 1,707 points as an All-American that was named the New Jersey Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Jocelyn was also a 1,000-point scorer and All-ACC and All-American player on the court at the University of Virginia. A four-time All-ACC Academic Team member, Jocelyn is currently pursuing her Masters after graduating from UVa in three years.
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  • March

    Newark Academy Fencers Konrad Czyzewski ’22, Michael Pyo ’22 Named to All-State Teams

    After leading Newark Academy to the Boys Fencing New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association (NJIFA) Team Tournament Title for the first time, sophomores Konrad Czyzewski and Michael Pyo have been named to the NJIFA All-State Team. Konrad was named to the Second Team for Sabre, while Michael was named to the Third Team for Foil. Konrad was also named to NJ.com’s All-State Boys Fencing Third Team for Sabre.
     
    Konrad finished the fencing season with a record of 23-2, and Michael finished the season 19-3. Both players scored 3-0, helping NA to clinch the State Title.
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  • Boys’ Fencing Wins First NJIFA Team Tournament State Championship

    Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing won the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association (NJIFA) Team Tournament Title for the first time. The Minutemen defeated powerhouse Ridge, 15-12. Read the complete game story on NJ.com here.
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  • February

    Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing Wins Prep B Title

    Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing put forth a complete team effort to win the Prep B State Title. It is the team's fifth Prep B State Title since 2009, and first title since winning three in a row from 2012-2014.
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  • January

    Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing Wins District 3 Championship

    Newark Academy Boys’ Fencing won the District 3 Championship on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The Minutemen had a score of 81, eking out Columbia and Chatham by one point.
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  • Newark Academy’s Chase Clarke ’20 Named Conference Player of the Week

    Newark Academy sophomore Chase Clarke has been named the Super Essex Conference player of the week by NJ.com. Chase had 26 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks in a 72-54 win over Cristo Rey, followed by 31 points, 17 rebounds and a block in a 63-55 win over rival Montclair Kimberly the week of January 13-18. Chase is averaging a double-double on the season with 25.6 points and 14 rebounds per game.
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  • NA Finishes Second in Santelli/Cetrulo Fencing Tournament

    Newark Academy boys' fencing placed in second at the Santelli/Cetrulo Fencing Tournament on Saturday - the school’s best finish since winning the tournament in 1960. Newark Academy finished 10 points behind powerhouse Ridge overall, as well as Newark Academy came second in sabre and fourth in foil.
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