Conversation Across the Decade(s)
Alice C. and Adam W., both members of the Class of 2018, reached out by email to Alexander Massialas ’08, a fellow Firedragon who blazed a path a decade prior, to learn about his accomplishments and life after CAIS. At Graduation Dinner, the three were able to meet in person and also were joined by CAIS founder Carol Ruth Silver. Massialas shared his Olympic medals which drew an awed crowd of students.
Alice and Adam: Your father was also an Olympic fencer, is this how you got involved in the sport?
Alice and Adam: From what we have heard, the amount of homework that you get at high school is even more than CAIS, how did you manage to fit in your fencing?
Alice and Adam: How old were you when you competed in last Olympics and what was your experience like?
Alexander: I was 22 years old in Rio 2016 and it was an amazing experience. Though I competed in my first Olympics as an 18-year old in London 2012, this experience was a lot different. Having gone to a previous Olympics, I already had gone through the processing, opening ceremonies, meeting new athletes, and the general awe that the Olympics inspire so I knew what to expect. The biggest difference was that in Rio, the main thing I wanted to do was get on the strip, compete, and show the world what I could do whereas in London I was also maybe too excited to go through the opening ceremonies, meeting celebrity athletes, and exploring the athlete’s village. Also, walking away with a Silver and Bronze medal from Rio was an experience I will never forget, a dream come true.
Alice and Adam: Fencing has been a great asset for you, and its allowed you to compete in the olympics which not many people are able to do. What else has fencing done for you other than allow you to compete at the highest caliber?
Alice and Adam ask: Will you be competing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo? What do you think your chances of getting a medal are?
Alice and Adam: What advice do you have for students about to graduate from CAIS?
Alice and Adam: What moment stands out most vividly from your time at CAIS?
Alice and Adam: What role do Mandarin, Chinese culture, and/or CAIS still play in your life today?
Alice and Adam: What is something you wish more people knew about CAIS?