by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

There are certain people you meet when they are young who you want to know as an adult – because you know they are going places. They can talk with authority about a lot of subjects, have a wide range of hobbies, and are not easily influenced by their peers and social pressure. This describes Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) sophomore, Ryan Hund.

“Ryan has a maturity about him that goes beyond his age. I have always been impressed by his whole hearted effort and ability to follow his passions and interests,” said family friend, Julie Union. Ryan understands that earning grades is just one part of an education. He appreciates that at TPHS, activities that will help him succeed in life, like speech and debate, are emphasized. Gail Hund, Ryan’s mother, says he can often be heard debating Congressional bills with other members of the TPHS nationally ranked Speech and Debate team, who sometimes call Ryan ‘Senator Hund’. “I enjoy debating about foreign policy, especially those in Asia and the Middle East,” explained Ryan. “As the captain of parliamentary debate, my main role is to teach the novices on the team and coordinate with the rest of the team for tournaments.”

In music too, Ryan doesn’t focus on just himself. After playing the violin for seven years, taking private lessons, and playing in school and summer youth orchestras, Ryan is now a member of the TPHS Advanced Orchestra. He recently played solo for a benefit concert in Poway and helps others learn to play. “I volunteer some Saturday mornings to START (Students for the Arts) where a bunch of us teach younger kids how to play,” said Ryan.

Ryan has a maturity about him that goes beyond his age.  I have always been impressed by his whole hearted effort and ability to follow his passions and interests.”
– Julie Union,
family friend

Ryan says he is inspired by Bill Gates, not just his technological genius, but also his “devotion to philanthropy and belief in making the world a better place.” As Vice President of the TPHS game Design Club, Ryan teaches others how to use the Source SDK by Valve to create custom levels. “I would like to have a career in game design or designing new technology for various media productions. I have taken a few summer programming courses at UCSD and I am trying to build up a solid portfolio of mods and custom maps, which will help when applying for an internship or a job,” added Ryan. With all of his experience and skills, Ryan can be a real game changer.