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Spotlight On: Noah Matricciani, CCES Class of 2018

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Marketing & PR
Noah Matricciani is an incredible young man with an incredible journey— from London, where he was born, to Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., then CCES as a 9th grader— to one of the world's leading research universities.  He will be attending Stanford University in the fall, and will be majoring in Management Science and Engineering.
       
While there are many things that are distinct about Noah, one of the most fascinating and notable is that he is a member of Great Britain’s U20 team for Men’s Sabre.  Last year on the U17 circuit, he finished the season ranked 12th in the world, and was one of three athletes selected to be a part of Great Britain’s European and World Championships teams.  At European Championships, his team came in fourth, missing the final match by one point— the best finish in that event for a Great Britain team in history.  I asked him how he came to play such a unique and somewhat obscure sport. Noah was exposed to a fencing demonstration while attending school in D.C. in the third grade, and from that point on he took classes every week, just one example of Noah’s determination and grit.  After all, fencing isn’t something you’ll find yourself mastering overnight!

Noah always knew he wanted to attend a top academic institution that also offered Division I Fencing.  After meeting with fencing coaches at multiple schools including Stanford, Columbia University, Harvard University, and The University of Pennsylvania, Noah says he felt the most welcomed at Stanford.  Stanford’s acceptance rate is under 5%, making it the most selective college in the US, but Noah was confident he had what it takes. He applied to Stanford through the Pink Letter application, which is done in the summer, so there was no need to apply to any other schools.
 
One might think that being a world-class athlete doesn’t leave much time for success in other pursuits, but not in Noah’s case. He has been involved in a number of clubs such as Academic Team, Spanish Club, and Honor Council and the recipient of countless awards and accolades including; The University of Virginia Jefferson Book Award and The Cavalier Spirit Award.  He was inducted into Cum Laude Society in 11th grade, was a National Merit Scholar Finalist, and won Best Salsa Dancer at the Spanish Club’s salsa competition in 10th grade, a reflection of his outgoing and fun personality.
 
Noah describes his experience at CCES as being “impactful”.   “One of the many benefits of being at a school community as small and cohesive as CCES is that individuals are constantly called upon to be leaders and to set examples for the rest of the school to follow,” he says.  “CCES has given me a multitude of opportunities to lead and become more mature because of it.”

His College Counselor, Lindsey Waters remarks, “Open-minded, intelligent, optimistic and driven, Noah is a student I will always remember. Stanford will love having him as a member of their university community, each and every day.”
 
JUST FOR FUN!
 
If you could talk to anyone throughout history, who would it be and what would you talk about?  I would talk to Winston Churchill.  I would ask him how he was able to stay focused and lead, despite defeat by the Nazis seeming imminent, and I would also ask him how he was able to persevere and move on after not being reelected despite his many achievements.
Favorite part-time job you’ve ever had?  When I lived in DC I taught children with learning disabilities Hebrew for a year. Truly was a moving experience getting to know and teach these kids and the intellectual vitality they brought every day ready to learn.
Favorite CCES Memory?  directing and performing a skit in front of the school for Homegoing Court.
Three things you can’t go to college without?  Coffee, fencing gear, and Fortnite.
What are you looking forward to in the remainder of your senior year?  Finishing the IB curriculum, as well as Prom.
 
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    • Noah Matricciani, Class of 2018

    • Noah on the Stanford University campus

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