Kaleigh Mentzer '18
2. Current Location
Palo Alto, CA
3. What have you been up to after graduation?
I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford. My current research focuses on market design and allocation mechanisms. I also got the chance to fence for the Stanford NCAA Varsity Fencing program for a year after Dartmouth. As far as I've been told, I'm the only fencer to go from competing at a club program to qualifying for NCAA National Championships, so it's been an incredible ride on top of the wonderful time I had with Dartmouth Fencing.
6. Favorite Dartmouth Fencing memories:
My favorite Dartmouth Fencing memory was at USACFC Club Nationals my senior year. I was watching the Men's Epee squad fencing in the gold medal match. The match was as tight as it could get, 4-4 in the 9th bout. When Frank Sapienza '21 scored the winning touch, everyone exploded out of their seats and just started screaming. It was undeniably overwhelming. I was so happy that both my co-captain, Raphael Hviding '18, and I got to take home the squad gold medal, and that squad win was crucial to us clinching the overall team title. These victories felt like incredible validation of all the work we put in to the team that year, and it was a perfect way to cap off a Dartmouth Fencing career.