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Devon Pasieka
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

Confident, yet approachable, Devon wants underclassmen to do one thing: “dive headfirst into everything.” She took that very advice when she came to Hun as a freshman. “Hun offers so many great things and it’s not the easiest thing to do (jumping in and trying new things), but don’t worry because you’ll find you’re really good at something.” 

Read More about Faculty Prize Winner: Devon Pasieka 
Pedro Poli
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

As a wide-eyed fifteen year old, Pedro left Brazil to come to the United States, eager to explore everything that the states had to offer.  After just one year, Pedro found himself traveling to Princeton, New Jersey to attend The Hun School. He notes that as soon as he stepped foot onto Hun’s campus, he knew that his love for learning would be matched by people who love to teach. 

Read More about Pedro Poli '21 Reflects On His Life Lessons and Learning Experiences at The Hun School 
Richard Chen at the podium
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

Junle (Richard) Chen is spending the last few weeks of his senior year collaborating on an electricity optimization app. The app, his Senior Capstone, is designed around an animated character, who either suffers or thrives based on your electricity usage. “We’re evoking empathy to get people to be more eco-sensitive,” Richard explains. 

Read More about Salutatorian Junle (Richard) Chen 
Xindi Wang
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

Each year, students take their pick of which NextTerm class they want to take and after taking a few world studies and cultural anthropology courses, Xindi Wang ’21 decided that she wanted to take the course “Life Today Among Native Americans”. For ten days, Xindi and her classmates lived amongst a Navajo tribe on a US Indian Reservation in Arizona. After returning home from her travels, Xindi’s life was forever changed. 

Read More about The Trip That Changed Her Life: Xindi Wang ’21 Reflects on NextTerm Trip to Navajo Nation 
Mandy Jenkins
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

Not only did Amanda earn admission to Columbia University and a four year scholarship for tuition, she is also a recipient of the Gates Foundation Scholarship. The Gates Scholarship is awarded to 300 students each year and covers textbooks, supplies, transportation, or any other out of pocket expenses that she may have at Columbia University over the course of her four years. 

Read More about Amanda Jenkins ’21: Two Scholarships, One Top Choice 
Reinaldo Gonzalez
  • Retirements

Reinaldo Gonzalez loves words, whether they are in English or Spanish, the subject he has taught for forty years, thirty of them spent at The Hun School. The self-described “grammarian” has spent countless days helping students hone the finer points of conjugating verbs, but it is words as building blocks for meaningful conversations that truly inspire him.

Read More about Gracias, Señor Gonzalez! Thirty Years of Teaching Spanish at The Hun School 
Aneesh Patnaik
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

It always leads back to Legos. The plastic building blocks have launched many careers in architecture, engineering, and computer science, but for Aneesh Patnaik, they were a constant in his childhood. “I loved Legos as a kid,” he says. Legos paved the way to his interest in robotics, something Aneesh got involved with in elementary school and continued when he enrolled at Hun in eighth grade. Joining the robotics team was one of the first things he did when moving to the Upper School.

Read More about Linguistics and AI Speak to Aneesh Patnaik '21
Karin Guns
  • Retirements

Some children follow in the footsteps of their parents, but for Karin Guns, she happily followed in her older son’s. The longtime teacher—she spent twenty-five years in Pemberton Township public schools—knew she wanted to be a part of the Hun community when he enrolled as a student. She joined as a faculty member in the science department in 2011.

Read More about Karin Guns: A Decade of Teaching Science at The Hun School
Tijmen Suijker
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

After traveling over 3,684 miles from the Netherlands to Princeton, New Jersey, Tijmen quickly found himself a home in the Resident Life community. Tijmen notes that having the boarding community as his support system while he adjusted to being away from home during the pandemic made his adjustment into the states as smooth as could be. 

Read More about Tijmen Suijker '21: 3,682 Miles From Home, 365 Days In The United States
Junle Chen
  • Upper School
  • Video

"Congratulations to the class of 2021. In the future, you might feel helpless and without purpose for a while. You might feel isolated and lonely when embarking on unique adventures that no one has set foot on. But be like the cicadas, shout your aspirations to the world, celebrate your passions, allow yourself to be vulnerable despite what others may think, and you will surely find a fulfilling path."

Read More about Video: Junle (Richard) Chen's Salutatory Address
Kathy Wang
  • Upper School
  • Video

"Saying goodbye is not letting go of each other. It is a tribute to our experience, our memories, and our time together. Hun has given us friendships, mentorships, and growth that will live on with us, way beyond just the years of high school. And for that, I am extremely grateful for every wonderful soul I’ve met at Hun. Thank you, and congratulations, class of 2021! We are all going to do amazing things."

Read More about Video: Siqi (Kathy) Wang's Valedictory Address
Commencement
  • Upper School

A cap, a gown, and a beaming smile. The first two are synonymous with graduation, but the third was certainly the most meaningful accessory of the day, as 132 members of the Class of 2021 graduated from The Hun School of Princeton. 

Read More about The Hun School of Princeton Graduates 132 Students in 107th Commencement; Ceremony is Marked by Smiles and $100 Bills  
Anna Marie
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

From her childhood bedroom in Ohio, Anna Marie spends her days counseling student government advisory representatives on writing bill proposals, supervising the creative process behind student run events and initiatives, supporting the fencing team from afar as they practice, all while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities. 

Read More about Remote Raider: Vice President Anna Marie H. ’21 Leads Student Government From Her Home in Canton, Ohio
Izzy Lalo

Much has been said about the many ways Covid-19 impacted our daily lives, but for the Class of 2021, the pandemic threw one rite of passage completely off course: the college admissions process. For the Class of 2021, the typical process—taking SATs, visiting college campuses, and meeting admissions officers in person—was completely disrupted.

Read More about Hun School College Counseling: Where Counseling is the Raison d’être
Gabby and Laila with their bee hives
  • Student Profiles
  • Upper School

Over the course of the last year, Laila Palmer ’21 and Gabby Issa ’18 have navigated starting and running a small business during a time that was particularly difficult for small business owners. Bark + Bee Honey, established in 2020, is an online business that sells fresh honey with 100% of the proceeds benefiting dog shelters in New Jersey. 

Read More about Laila Palmer ’21 and Gabby Issa ’18 Establish Local Small Business Bark + Bee Honey