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Putting The “Fun” In Fung

In the hallways. On the lawn. Speeding by to his next destination. Scooping up awards. Ian Fung (’25). We’ve all seen him. But even his close friends agree — there is a mystery about him. “I probably know Ian the most well out of everyone I know here because I met him in fourth grade […]

In the hallways. On the lawn. Speeding by to his next destination. Scooping up awards.

Ian Fung (’25). We’ve all seen him. But even his close friends agree — there is a mystery about him.

“I probably know Ian the most well out of everyone I know here because I met him in fourth grade at Merryhill,” says Dylan Soltani (‘25). “My first observation was man, this guy is very, very organized and focused on his studies.”

“I don’t know how he does it. He has an iron will…he’s always been like this”. 

Still, it was unclear exactly how Ian achieves “this”. To get more insight into just how Ian Fung balances it all, I had to interview the icon himself. With Ian’s full schedule, as well as with the struggle of the ever-shifting set order, meeting with him proved to be a little difficult. Still, I managed to catch him at an all-school lunch. 

As Ian walked towards me for our interview, I thought about all of his accomplishments. Last year, Ian was awarded the Social Studies and Life Science awards at the school Academic Awards Convocation, and this year, the Engineering and Mathematics awards. Most notably, however, Ian also won the overall Academic Excellence award in both years — an outstanding recognition to receive even once.

Sitting down, we got straight into the basics of Ian’s day to day. “I take AP Computer Science Principles, Honors Spanish III, AP Physics C, AP U.S. History, AP English Language [& Composition], AP Calculus AB, and Christian Morality and Social Justice,” Ian says. That’s quite the schedule — five honors and AP classes is a lot to juggle. 

And his favorite classes aren’t the easiest, either. Ian lists Physics as his favorite class, but also one of the hardest. “It’s a lot of work and new concepts. A lot of math, and applying the math to situations.” Ian also noted the difficulty of AP Lang with Ms. Chrys Cassetta.

Curriculum is only where Ian’s days really begin. Ian is also involved with a number of clubs, as well as the Scholars program. Ian had little to say about Scholars, supposing, “it does look good on your college transcripts and you do get to go with your friends on the Scholars trips.”

When asked about his favorite clubs, Ian is quick to answer with “Chess Club and Science Olympiad.” Chess club, which he is co-vice president of, “[has] a meeting every Wednesday in Mr. Eckel’s room, for about thirty minutes — we just play chess and hang out.” 

But how does Ian manage all of these commitments at the same time? His answer was straightforward. “To organize all my work, I always write a to-do list every day, and every homework assignment, or test, I assign a certain amount of time every day for it.”

“I kind of estimate how long it’ll take me for each assignment, and write it on the to-do list. Keeping a planner is really important.”

Organization is something that anyone could try for themselves and the key point, it seems, to Ian’s incredible academic success. 

But amid all the grinding, the rest of life is equally as important. “Every week, probably at least three hours of break time, leisure time,” says the star student. “I play chess, I craft, I design stuff out of cardboard.”

Ian has had an interest in building things for a long time. “He really likes building things like Legos and wooden things,” Dylan recalls. “He made this Iron Man type gauntlet thing, or like a Thanos gauntlet — it was really cool.”

Ian Fung is…inevitable.

Ian says he spends breaks at school “usually just with [his] friends, talking.”

“I play Brawl Stars with him all the time,” Dylan shares. “He’s really good at it.”

But Ian’s most important quality is his personality.

“Really, really kind, and helpful- very very very very helpful, and will always help someone if you ask,” Dylan shares. “And very disciplined, I don’t know how he does it — he’s locked in. 

“I feel like that just comes from him… if I had that power, it would be too much to handle. I’m not built like him.”

Still, Ian’s own wise words, anyone can achieve what he has if they put their mind to it. All you need is determination.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re smart, it only matters if you work hard,” Ian says.

And a planner. 

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