East Rockaway Senior Heads to Notre Dame

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Surrounded by his family, teachers and administrators, East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School senior Andrew Machovec signed on Nov. 8 a National Letter of Intent to study and fence at the University of Notre Dame next fall.

“We’re very proud of all of Andrew’s accomplishments,” Assistant Principal James DeTommaso said. “Not only is he a humble leader in this school and a student-athlete, he is also someone who has excelled in all areas in his school life. He’s been Student of the Month numerous times, he’s received a Charactergram for exemplary behavior and acts of kindness and has maintained a 90-plus average.” 

Andrew first became interested in fencing when he was 10 years old. He discovered the sport in a recreational fencing class at the Freeport Recreation Center. After attending two sessions, he decided to become a competitive fencer and joined 5T Fencers Club. It was there he met his coach and mentor Gidon Retzkin. Under Mr. Retzkin’s direction, Andrew trained at the club six days a week, taking private lessons, group classes and conditioning classes. He began fencing in local competitions, eventually moving onto national and international competitions.

Last year, he achieved a number one ranking in Cadet Mens Foil both here in the United States and in Europe. Having won three World Cup Gold medals and the Junior Olympic Championships, Andrew earned a spot on the U.S. National Team and represented the U.S. at the World Championships in Bulgaria. This year, he continues to travel both nationally and internationally, now competing at the junior and senior levels. 

“I just want to thank everyone,” Andrew said. “It’s been an amazing experience at high school, and everything has been made possible with the support of all of you that are here today. I just want to thank my parents for putting up with me traveling back and forth, the time differences and just supporting me all the way.”