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Grad Stories

In the time they've been students at The Hun School, the members of the Class of 2024 have won awards, performed on stage, used their superpowers for good, and learned about themselves and the world. Below are some of their stories.

Lana C. '24 in physics class
Rebecca Barus

Since the start of her Hun experience it was evident that Lana wanted to pursue a career in STEM. In her time here, she has taken a majority of the offered STEM courses including her favorite, AP Chemistry with Ms. Pelling. Outside of Hun, she has been a molecular biologist intern at Rutgers University Waksman Summer Institute, a biomedical scholar at Rowan University, and an oncology intern at Sutter Health Hospital. Yet, even with a career as a doctor on the horizon, Lana is equally as passionate about humanities courses. She often seeks out educational opportunities where she can connect the two. In fact, her college essay was about how Dr. Bucy’s detective fiction English class helped her envision what a career as a molecular biologist will look like. 

Yoyo X. '24 outside of Wilf Family Global Commons
Rebecca Barus

Yoyo X. ’24’s experience as a Hun student began in the midst of a global pandemic. While her soon-to-be boarding family was living here on campus, Yoyo spent her ninth grade year in Chengdu, China, taking classes virtually in the middle of each night. By the time she arrived  on campus the following year, she was ready to dive head first into any and every opportunity that presented itself. Today, she is a two-year proctor in the Boarding Program , leader of the math competition club, founder of the Rubik’s Cube club, member of the Edgertones, and a varsity tennis player. With all that she’s involved in, Yoyo will tell you that her favorite role is being a proctor. 

Kaia D. '24 doing a DNA lab
Rebecca Barus

Kaia D. ’24 has always been passionate about forensic science; her fascination began in the Hun Middle School when she wrote a research paper on the earliest principles of forensic science. Although she plans to study information technology in college, the Upper School Scholars Program has allowed her the freedom to continue to explore the world of forensics. In her final Scholars Program presentation ‘Forensic Technology’, Kaia chose to conduct a lab on the accuracy of DNA fingerprinting based on the infamous case of Kevin Green. 

Maya Z. '24 and Norah K. '24
Rebecca Barus

In the game of field hockey, communication is key. The goalkeeper sees the entire field and is responsible for communicating directly with the defensive line. Similarly, the defensive line has the important job of protecting their keeper at all costs. A strong relationship between the two positions can turn a good team into a great one. 

Michaela P. '24 posing with her original sweatshirt design
Rebecca Barus

Over the last several months, The Hun School’s Marketing and Communications department has been accepting student artwork submissions for a limited edition design drop. Not only would the winning design be featured on the School store, but then the winning student would have creative freedom to decide what type of apparel their design would be featured on. Congratulations to Michaela P. ’23 for her graffiti-inspired design! Be on the lookout for her signature crewneck at The H Store’s pop-up shop during Homecoming and Family Weekend. 

Hun students outside Chesebro Academic building
Rebecca Barus

Congratulations are in order! Four Hun students recently received national recognition from the 2023 College Board for the highest PSAT scores in their affinity based rankings: Luca P. ’24, Morgan H. ’24, Julia E. ’24, and Ana D. ’24. 

Lexi K. '24 pitching during softball game
Rebecca Barus

When Lexi K. ’24 was just seven years old, she joined her town’s baseball team; with three older brothers who all played competitive sports, she knew from a young age that she too wanted to compete. By the time she was nine, she joined a travel softball team and began training consistently. Today, she is a three year varsity softball player for The Hun School and has pitched three perfect games in her career thus far. 

Student works with teacher on tech theatre project
Rebecca Barus

Carpentry is familiar territory to Jack O’Keefe ’24; he grew up going to work with his dad, who is a general contractor. Jack recalls always being intrigued by the concept of building something to solve a problem, but admits he never thought of it as a career opportunity for himself … Until a request to fill an art credit led him to sign up for tech theater on a whim. Jack instantly fell in love with the fact he could use carpentry to create something that comes to life, that actors live on, and that an audience is awed by. 

Elina Csapo portrait
Rebecca Barus

From a young age, Elina Csapo ’24 knew that her childhood apraxia of speech made her different. She always wondered why there was no safe space for children with hidden disabilities to express themselves and connect with others like them. Thus, she created a platform called Young Able Voices, a space for kids with hidden disabilities to connect and share personal experiences. Elina hosts weekly chats to offer kids friendly and age-appropriate conversation where members can share their thoughts and work through their struggles alongside one another.