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Milford High School fencing team captain Andrew Hiza was recently named 2015 United States Fencing Association’s First Team USA.

The annual award at the USFA National Championships in San Jose (Calif.) recognizes the highest levels of academic achievement among the student-athletes, who participate in this fast-growing high school sport as young men and women who excel in both the classroom and on the fencing strip.

After starting the Fencing Club five years ago, Hiza has been instrumental in bringing competitive fencing to Milford’s high schools.

The team starts its third season on Dec. 1, and interested Jonathan Law, Foran High and Platt Tech students are encouraged to join by contacting the club manager at milfordfencing@yahoo.com.