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A Successful 2019 Alumni Weekend Draws Hundreds to Campus

Hun Alumni Weekend 2019 brought nearly 600 alumni and guests to campus on April 26th and 27th to reflect on their time as students, catch up, and hear about the School’s latest accomplishments and plans for the future. Alumni shared a great many humorous and endearing memories about their time here, from camaraderie felt among teammates to the caring attention their teachers and coaches gave them.
 
“Life changes, and life stays the same,” said Headmaster Jonathan Brougham at a State of the School address. “We’re still very much the Hun you know.”
 
Friday night brought an abundance of good feeling under the tent behind Russell Hall as four alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, and two beloved Hun institutions became honorary alumnae. The annual Run for Kate, Golden H Brunch, State of the School address, art show, and a panel discussion on cultural competency took place Saturday morning. Tailgating and community continued behind the Grant M. Shipley ’42 Pavilion throughout the day.
 
Saturday night was one of friendship, feasting, and fun, as alumni enjoyed dinner and dancing in the tent behind Russell Hall. A crowd of more than 350 alumni and guests, spanning seventy years of graduating classes, reunited and reveled.
 
The years do add up, but they seem a lot shorter when you reconnect on campus with old friends, all would agree. Save the Date: Alumni Weekend 2020 will be held April 17 - 18th. See you then!

Alumni Recognition Ceremony

Bonnie Beach H ’14 and Kathryn Quirk H ’14 Named Honorary Alumnae; Four Former Student-Athletes Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
 
On April 26th, former colleagues, coaches, and teachers, and beloved family members, from infants to grandparents, turned out to celebrate two Hun employees and four Hun athletes. Honorees were lauded for their contributions to the School and accomplishments here and beyond.
 
Bonnie Beach, who spearheaded the creation of the Academic Learning Center that now bears her name, and long-time coach, teacher, and administrator Kathryn Quirk, were named Hun Honorary Alumnae, a distinction given to just ten people in the 105-year history of the School.
 
AHOF Inductees included:
  • Polo Wagner Mueller ’94 (three-time NCAA women’s fencing champion)
  • Erin Cahill-Wetzel ’99 (cross country, basketball, and softball letter winner, 1,000-point scorer)
  • Craig J. McGovern ’04 (baseball, basketball, football and lacrosse, Rutgers and Michigan State University football)
  • Nick Williams ’09 (football, basketball, and track; NFL player)

Xavier Goss ’99 Inspires Students and Fellow Alumni

Xavier Goss ’99 returned to campus on Saturday, April 27th as part of Alumni Weekend celebrations. Mr. Goss was invited by Cultural Competency and Global Diversity to speak to students, alumni, and faculty. During his four years at The Hun School, Mr. Goss ran track and was the captain of the football team. He attended Harvard University, where he studied economics and continued his athletic career. Upon graduation, he joined BlackRock where he now serves as a managing director. 
 
Mr. Goss, who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica at the age of five, exemplified the many ways Hun shaped him, from the international diversity to the time management skills that helped him navigate his time at Harvard. “Before I came to Hun, I didn’t know anyone from Dubai–I didn’t even know there was a Dubai.” Mr. Goss also credited his former coach, Mr. Bill Long for encouraging him to test his limits. “He always said, ‘Run faster, X. Work harder, X.’” 
 
While his session was peppered with anecdotes and advice for students, one point he drove home was the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone. “If you’re the kid who stays in your room and studies, change that. Go out and meet people. Experience the world.” As other alumni in the room reflected on how they too believed in the power of getting to know as many people as possible, Mr. Goss ended with a few words of wisdom. “Listen more than you talk. Give more than you receive.” 

Saturday Morning Campus Activities

State of the School 
Board Chair Steve Wills and Headmaster Jonathan Brougham reported on the school’s current strengths, which are moving Hun forward on many fronts. From a record-setting admission season, to surging Hun Fund support (particularly from Reunion classes), to the board's vision for a comprehensive upgrade to ou​r theater and science facilities.

During his address, Headmaster Brougham recognized Kathy Quirk for her 46 years of service to the Hun School. Kathy will retire in June.

The Hun School Celebrates Kathy Quirk

21st Annual Run for Kate Raises $17,730
Runners and walkers of all ages, and cheering onlookers, turned out for the 21th Annual 5K Run for Kate on April 27th, a favorite Alumni Weekend event. This year's race featured more than 100 participants.

We would like to extend a special thanks to all of the sponsors whose leadership and support help to grow The Katherine Wright Gorrie ’98 Memorial Scholarship.
 
2019 Winners were: Thomas Pallotti '09 (21:54) and Robin Bunevich '04 (23:45).
 
Contact Janine Russo Vanisko '83 if you would like to make a gift to the Katherine Wright Gorrie ’98 Memorial Scholarship.

Reunion Awards

The record-setting Class of 1969
Chesebro-Cup-Winning Class of 1969 Raises a Record-Breaking $154,875
 
The Reunion Giving Program has reached an unprecedented $300,000 so far, including a record-setting gift from the Class of 1969, who contributed $154, 875.

Through the dedication and generosity of reunion classes, the students of today and tomorrow benefit greatly from reunion giving programs that have a far-reaching impact. Reunion giving provides an excellent opportunity to support the school in a way that is personally meaningful to you. 
 
An anonymous member of the Class of 1969 made a $50,000 gift to the Hun Fund and put forth a matching challenge of $50,000. As intended, his gift inspired classmates to fulfill the match and raised a total of $154,875.  

The effort earned the class the Paul R. Chesebro H’14 Cup, awarded to the class with the largest Annual Fund gift. 
 
Those who have not yet given will have another chance as the May 8th Raider Giving Day, approaches. Please make a donation, and onward to June 30th, our fiscal year-end. And, thank you to all who have already given, especially the record-setting Class of 1969!
It’s not too late to join your class and make a reunion gift to the Hun Fund. Click here to make your gift today!
Four new members of the John Gale Hun Society received their pins on April 27th. Membership in the group, which has ninety-four members, is an honor bestowed on those who make provisions for Hun in their estate. 

For more information, please contact Lisa A. Marin '83 at (609) 921-7600, Ext. 2130 or visit our website.
The Paul R. Chesebro H'14 Cup 
Awarded to the class with the largest Annual Fund gift 
1st place - Class of 1969 - $154,875
2nd place - Class of 1974 - $36,615
3rd place - Class of 1999 - $17,715
 
The G. Gerald Donaldson H'14 Cup
Awarded to the class with the highest percentage of participation in the Annual Fund (class size 20 or more)
1st place - Class of 1964 - 33.33%
2nd place - Class of 1969 - 32.65%
3rd place - Class of 2009 - 22.88%
 
The James M. Byer '62 Award 
Awarded to the class with the highest percentage of classmates attending their Reunion 
1st place - Class of 2014 - 34.31%
2nd place - Class of 1969 - 26.53%
3rd place - Class of 1989 - 22.64%

Alumni Celebrations

Alumni from classes ending in 4 and 9, faculty, and guests gathered under the tent on Russell Lawn Saturday night to celebrate great friendships and memories. Celebrants dined, laughed, and danced to the tunes of the Meg Hanson Group.
 
Thank you to the many volunteers, class leaders, and staff who made Alumni Weekend 2019 such a success. See you next year!
Alumni Weekend 2019 - Saturday Night Reunions
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