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Character First: Devon Cowan '19

Justin Feil
It’s not uncommon for Devon Cowan ’19 to show up to House events in jeans, a flannel shirt, and boots. 

“If you had to ask my class who’s a country boy, I think 95 percent would say me,” said Devon. “I’m kind of known for it.”

Devon enjoys a country playlist during his hour-long commute to and from his Mount Laurel home, and he loves to visit his family’s idyllic farmhouse in Leonardville, Kansas – population 449.
“When it’s nice out, we do a lot of bass, crappie, and walleye fishing,” said Devon. “We ride quads. In the fall and winter, we do a little hunting. It’s really a place to get away from life really. It’s quiet. You can’t see your neighbors.”

Life moves quicker at Hun, but Devon isn’t falling behind. He stands out for his hard work and leadership in the classroom and on the lacrosse field, though it takes some prodding to discover all of his accomplishments.

Devon won the Michael Daniel DeMauro Memorial Award as a freshman, the Citizenship Award as a sophomore, and the Boys’ Lacrosse Coaches’ Award as a junior. He is head of Gale House this year. This year is also his second as captain of the boys’ lacrosse team, and while he’d still rather lead by example, being a captain helped him come out of his shell.

“Devon has a mature and thoughtful quality about him as well,” said Hun boys’ lacrosse coach MV Whitlow. “He’s wise beyond his years.”

His 100th career lacrosse goal (one week after his sister, Ally ’20, had scored her 100th career goal for the girls’ lacrosse team,) was modestly celebrated. His mother made a poster, there was an article online, etc. But for Devon, the team’s accomplishment is a more meaningful milestone– when Raider Lacrosse won back-to-back Prep A titles.

“Devon has a natural scoring ability and a driven desire to create victory,” said Mr. Whitlow. “His leadership as a captain of our team was exceptional and constantly on display during the season, during the offseason, and during our championship run at the end of the year.”

Devon had a lacrosse stick in his hand at a young age and was involved in league-play by the third grade. By eighth grade, he set his sights on playing in college. Sure enough, he was contacted by eighteen schools on the first day of permitted contact and has since committed to Marquette University.
“I think in part, I was drawn to the Midwest aspect,” said Devon. “[At Marquette,] it felt like I was surrounded by people that were blue collar, work hard, and appreciate good manners.”

Devon values the bonds he has formed with Hun teammates and friends over his four years. They added to an experience that included diverse and challenging courses and helped him find his interest. For his Senior Capstone project, he spent time learning and comparing the Kansas and New Jersey real estate markets. In college, he plans to major in business with a focus on real estate.

“He will definitely be missed,” said Mr. Whitlow. “He will go on to do great things, and he will do so with his naturally graceful character.”
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

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