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Hun School Celebrates Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

On Friday, May 1st, The Hun School of Princeton recognized the achievements and contributions of seven noteworthy alumni during the Alumni Recognition Ceremony. Two extraordinary alumni were awarded Distinguished Alumni honors; and five accomplished alumni were inducted to the School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Distinguished Alumni

Yung Wong ’57
Yung Wong ’57 was the first international boarding student to attend The Hun School of Princeton. A Faculty Prize recipient during Commencement 1957, a two-sport athlete, member of the chess club, and one of the first proctors, Yung Wong contributed in every aspect of School life. After graduating in 1957, Mr. Wong went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Princeton University, a Master of Business degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from New York University. Mr. Wong worked as computer technologist before becoming a venture capitalist, a career he has enjoyed for the last forty years. Mr. Wong was general partner at Abacus Ventures, managing general partner at Menlo Ventures, and investment manager of the Time, Inc. Venture Fund. In his work, he has helped to fund more than 100 start-up companies and entrepreneurs and has been a director of over 30 companies. Mr. Wong has also taught quantitative modeling as an adjunct professor at the graduate business schools of New York University and Pace University.

"Dr. Chesebro looked after me with special care, checking in on me frequently. I firmly believe Dr. Chesebro’s personal relationship and advocacy is what led to my acceptance at my first choice college down the road," explained Mr. Wong

In 2013 Mr. Wong and his wife Nancy established the Wong Family Scholarship at The Hun School of Princeton, which provides a partial scholarship to a student who qualifies for financial need and demonstrates strength in the study of math and science.

Leopoldo Lopez ’89
In an interview for The Hun School student newspaper The Mall in 1989, he said, “Being away from home created an awakening of the responsibility I have towards the people of my country. I belong to one percent of the privileged people, and achieving a good education will hopefully enable me to do something to help my country.”

While at The Hun School, Leopoldo Lopez ’89 exhibited early signs of leadership. He was elected vice president of the student council, served as captain of the swimming and crew teams, and honed his debate skills while competing on the Forensics team. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Kenyon College in 1993, he went on to Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Lopez served two terms as mayor of an eastern Caracas municipality (2000-2008), and was a Presidential Candidate in October, 2012. Today, he works as the National Coordinator of the Venezuelan political party Voluntad Popular (Popular Will), which he founded in 2009. Mr. Lopez has received multiple awards for his honesty, efficiency, and transparency, and for his support of democracy.On February 18, 2014, Mr. Lopez was arrested following anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela. He has been detained since, in horrendous conditions, in an attempt by the Venezuelan government to silence dissent and free speech. The United Nations has designated Mr. Lopez as a Prisoner of Conscience.

On Friday evening at The Hun School, Mr. and Mrs. Leopoldo Lopez ’63 Sr. accepted the Distinguished Alumnus award on behalf of their son.

Athletic Hall of Fame

Matthew Shaine ’95
Mr. Shaine, a four-year varsity tennis letterman, earned a 56-12 record and won two New Jersey Prep A State Championships, while playing for the Raiders. Mr. Shaine went on to play number two singles and number one doubles for the University of Montana, where he captained the team during his junior and senior years. Following his playing career, Mr. Shaine became a renowned tennis coach. Coaching engagements took him to the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, California, the University of Oregon, Brown University, and Boise State University. While at Brown University, Mr. Shaine helped guide the team to the Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament as an assistant coach in 2005. Three players who Mr. Shaine coached subsequently achieved ATP doubles rankings among the top 100 players in the world, one of whom reached the quarterfinals at the Wimbledon Championships in two successive years. Mr. Shaine’s was twice named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Christopher Monfiletto ’00

Mr. Monfiletto, a talented two sport athlete at The Hun School, excelled on both the football field and baseball diamond, where he was captain of both teams during his senior year. He also received the Athletic Department’s Bobo Holmes award for his durability and fortitude. Mr. Monfiletto went on to play collegiate football at Davidson College where he captained the team during his senior year. Upon graduating from Davidson College, Mr. Monfiletto coached football at The Hun School, Davidson College, Western Reserve Academy, Lycoming College, and Kenyon College. Additionally, Mr. Monfiletto received his Master of Arts degree in athletic administration from Ohio University’s College of Business.

Jillian Fonseca ’05
Three-sport varsity athlete Jillian Fonesca earned twelve varsity letters in her four years at The Hun School. She contributed in soccer, basketball, and softball; and was elected captain five times. During 2005 Commencement exercises, Ms. Fonesca was awarded the John R. Scott Memorial Prize for her proven excellence in athletics, sportsmanship, leadership, and school spirit. Mr. Fonesca earned a scholarship to play Division I soccer at Colgate University. There, she earned MVP and Coaches’ awards and was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll. During Colgate University’s Commencement, Ms. Fonseca was received the Joseph Huther Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

Stevenson Garrison
'05Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers immediately following his graduation from The Hun School of Princeton, Mr. Garrison has played professional baseball since 2005. As a left-handed pitcher for the Raiders, Mr. Garrison received Most Valuable Player honors all four years that he wore a Raider jersey. Following seasons with the Brewers and San Diego Padres, the New York Yankees claimed Mr. Garrison in September of 2010. He made his Major League debut at Yankee Stadium on July 25, 2011, when he recorded the final two outs of a game against the Seattle Mariners. In November of 2011, Mr. Garrison signed a minor league contract with the Mariners. He is currently pitching for the Long Island Ducks, in Central Islip, New York. Mr. Garrison coaches Middle School basketball and Upper School baseball at The Hun School.

Myron Rolle ’06
In his senior year at The Hun School, Mr. Rolle was the most highly recruited high school football player in the United States. He earned 83 scholarship offers from Division I institutions. He ultimately chose to attend Florida State University where he continued to excel on the field as a safety and three-year starter with All-American credentials in his final season. He maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout middle and high school and accumulated twenty-one advanced placement credits prior to his enrollment at Florida State. He graduated from FSU Magna Cum Laude in 2.5 years as a pre-med student. In 2009, Mr. Rolle was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and from 2009-2010, he attended Oxford University. He continued to train, and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 6th round of the 2010 National Football League Draft. Mr. Rolle is the third Rhodes Scholar to play in the NFL. Today, he leads two foundations for at risk youth, while attending medical school at FSU.
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