Call it happenstance, kismet, or just a coincidence, but Charles Vollmer, M.D. ’85, Cimarron Sharon, M.D. ’09, and Joseph Savino, M.D. are all colleagues at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, but they also have something else in common: The Hun School.
Ajay Vasisht '16 uses music to connect with others. Now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the a capella group, Penn Masala, Mr. Vasisht and his fellow performers are also using their voices to speak up about mental illness. “There is huge pressure in the South Asian community to achieve. Many of us are first-generation and we are expected to perform. When we’re struggling, we think it’s better to hide it than open up to our friends and families.
John Gutierrez ’10 is a multidisciplinary artist, creator, educator, and performer. If that sounds dizzying, it is, but Mr. Gutierrez wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s not easy being an artist but you’ve got to do what you find joy in.” Finding joy and following his curiosity have propelled him from his family’s home in Washington Heights to Hun’s campus and eventually to stages around the world.
Getting out of one’s comfort zone, though difficult, is almost always a recipe for success. It’s certainly true for Betsy Halsey ’04, who wasn’t even sure she wanted to attend The Hun School as a boarding student. “At first, I was hesitant to be away from home at fourteen, but my parents were supportive, especially my dad,” she says. Betsy’s father, Ed Halsey ’62, was particularly persuasive, sharing fond memories of his time at the School with his daughter. “He'd had a great experience at Hun and was still close to his classmate, then headmaster, Dr. Byer. It was actually Dr. Byer who suggested I attend.”
The Hun School’s own Noah Savage ’04 recently went national with his college hoops expertise, landing a gig with ESPN to provide color commentary for men’s basketball. After playing for Hun, Princeton native Savage attended Princeton University, where he was a four-year starter. After playing professionally overseas, he returned to the United States and began doing color commentary for Princeton basketball, while pursuing a sideline as a standup comic. Savage has been able to parlay his various talents into a trip to the “big show” on ESPN.
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.