Jonah Shainberg, 15, won a gold medal at the United States Fencing National Championships held in Reno, Nev., earlier this month. The Rye High School sophomore came in first out of 150 competitors his age and under in the Youth-14 Men’s sabre event.
Shainberg also competed in the North American Cup (NAC), another national competition held in Reno the same week. He placed 10th out of 190 Junior male sabre fencers (under 20) and 10th out of 160 Cadet male sabre fencers (under 17). His strong results in the NAC earned him a national Cadet ranking in the top 10, making him eligible to compete internationally at World Cup events in Poland, Russia, Hungary, and England, in addition to national-level events around the U.S. beginning this fall.
The fencing phenom also received an Academic All-American Recognition Award, presented annually at the Summer National Championships. This USA Fencing program acknowledges high school-age competitive fencers who posted a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 for the academic year. He competes for the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne, and has been coached by Archil Lortkipanidze since he was 9.