Industrial and Labor Relations majors

Matthew Laks's picture

Matthew Laks lettered three times at Commack High School. During his sophomore year, he won the Brentwood Underclassman Challenge. During his Junior Year, he amassed nearly 30 wins and was selected as Second-team all-county. He also finished 2nd place in the Huntington Team Relay and 6th in the county championships. During his Senior year, Laks captained the Commack Men’s Fencing Team to a 11-3 record and finished with a personal record of 32-5. He was named First-Team All-County and First-Team All-Long Island with the highest winning percentage on Long Island for Saber. He was also named captain of the Suffolk County Senior All-Star Team, in which he went 3-0 to lead Suffolk County to a 26-1 victory over Nassau. Recently, Laks won the Bronze medal at the USFA North American Cup in Detroit, Michigan, earning his C11. Matthew was also selected to the First Team USA Fencing All-Academic Team his Junior and Senior year of High School. Matthew Laks is a member of Island Fencing Academy and is coached by Boris Khurgin. Matthew enjoys baseball, music and watching football when not fencing. He also greatly enjoys chillaxin’ and laxbroin’, staples of his everyday life. He is the son of Virginia and Marc Laks and has one sister, Melissa. Matthew is extremely excited to fence for Cornell and is confident the Saber squad will have a phenomenal year.
Matthew capped off an impressive 22-victory freshman campaign with a first place finish at Club Champs in Hartford, CT. He is the first Cornell sabreist to hold the title. 


Matthew Joe's picture

Joe has been fencing for 8 years and has competed actively in numerous USFA tournaments and North American Cups. He has trained under Sergey Isayenko and Yury Gelman at Manhattan Fencing Center and Fencer’s Club. Earning 5 varsity letters in fencing at Manhasset High School, he served as team captain during his sophomore, junior, and senior year. At the close of the 2010 season, he was ranked #1 in Nassau County after an undefeated season of 25 – 0.  
Matt is currently enrolled in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).  He enjoys long runs and may often be seen rolling by on his tricked out razor scooter.


Adam Kirsch's picture

Before coming to Cornell, Adam fenced for four years on the varsity squad at Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, NJ. He was epee squad captain during his sophomore and junior seasons. As a senior, Adam captained the entire team, leading the squad to an 8-2 finish, the best in team history. As a result, Bergen Tech was named the 2010-2011 North Jersey Team of the Year. While in high school, Adam was twice named All-League and fenced in the district finals and state tournament.

As a lover of reading, Adam is enrolled in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition to fencing, he enjoys writing and witty repartee.


Angel Vasquez's picture

Prior to Cornell: Angel began fencing in high school. He quickly rose to the top, becoming the epee captain and then overall captain of his team. With his leadership, his team won the GPA award three years in a row.
At Cornell: Angel was the captain of the epee squad during the 2008-2009 season.  At a MACFA meet at Haverford in 2009, he clinched the 14th bout against William and Mary in what otherwise could have been a 13-14 loss.  Leading the epee squad last season with a highly respectable .600 record, Angel went 30-20.  Studying abroad in Fall 2009, he returned in the spring of his junior year and went 14-4 at our third scheduled MACFA meet, for a season record of .778.
Personal: Angel is in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is Vice President of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) and is a brother of ΛΥΛ.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Angel is fluent in Spanish.  



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