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Springlake fencer's hard work pays off [Cockeysville]

En garde is a familiar term to Karina Wang, of Springlake, as she earned top honors in the Capitol Clash fencing competition Jan. 17.

Karina bested almost 100 other competitors to win the youth-14 Women's Foil Fencing Championship.

For her efforts, Karina was awarded a gold medal, the Jefferson Cup and a Raptor Award, along with earning points that will go toward her national ranking.

Karina, a freshman at Dulaney High School, is ranked 13th in the nation in her division and has her sights set on rising up the ranks.

Karina has been fencing for about six years at the Baltimore Fencing Center in Timonium. Her specialty is foil fencing, which features the lightest and most flexible of the three types of fencing swords.

Points are scored by contact with the tip of the sword and must land on the torso, making foil fencing an exciting combination of strength, agility, balance and a sharp mind.

Karina puts in about seven to nine hours a week practicing her skills and has built an impressive resume which includes top 10 rankings at national events for the past several years.

She will be traveling to Cleveland for the Junior Olympics in February and Dallas for the sport's summer national championships.

Karina explained that she "enjoys fencing a lot because it's a really fun and unique sport. You get to fence with cool weapons and hit other people.

"Sometimes it can be painful, even when you have a lot of protective layers and a mask," she said. "It also feels really accomplishing when you place well in tournaments because you know your hard work has paid off."

Karina is also hoping to compete at international events in the next year. "It is a really fun experience to travel and fence at the same time," she said. Congratulations, Karina and best of luck to you in all upcoming matches!

As the song goes, "Life is a cabaret ol' chum … so come to the cabaret," and the talented students at Dulaney High School invite you to do just that as they debut their Cabaret Nights Jan. 29 and 30.

A full range of vocal performances will be featured, including the performances by GT Choir, the Honors Choir and Echo, an a cappella group.

Additionally, 30 other individual performers will be featured and spread over the two nights. More than 80 students are involved in the cabaret, along with some guest appearances by choir alumni and family members.

Another highlight will be a sneak peek at the lead actors – Sahana Raju, Henrique Carvalho, Alex Stocksdale and Onani Banda – as they perform from Dulaney's upcoming spring musical, "Beauty and the Beast." Louis Witt will serve as the master of ceremonies for the cabaret and other performers will include Michael Cheng, Brandon Clement and Daniel Longest.

Cabaret Night is a long tradition at Dulaney High School and is a fabulous opportunity to get a taste of what the very talented students have to offer.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and more information can be found at www.dulaneyhs.bcps.org.

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