District 128 approves district Fencing Club.
Tuesday, February 26
On guard! A new Fencing Club was approved for District 128, which includes Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School, at Monday's school board meeting. Check out this video posted on the school's Facebook page of students demonstrating the art of fencing at the board meeting.
Students are learning essential fencing moves from Coach Gordon Gandy, who also has a fencing club at the Libertyville Tennis Club.
Austin Chun and Dylan Boyle stood facing each other, wearing protective fencing gear—and balloons atop their fencing masks. "On guard!" yelled Coach Gordon Gandy. And the sparring began. Chun and Boyle advanced and retreated several times, each attempting to pop the balloon atop the other's mask with a sabre. "Oh my gosh! This is scary!" Chun, a seventh-grader at Hawthorn Middle School North, yelled from behind his mask. When the match was over, neither claimed victory since Gandy ultimately popped the slowly-deflating balloon atop Chun's mask. "Dylan, you're scary," Chun said to his opponent, also a seventh-grader. "It was very scary, especially against an experienced fencer." Hawthorn Middle School North is home to a new fencing club …