Hunter McKown '15 attended ACDS from the four-year-old program through 7th grade but left early to pursue high-level ice hockey. His greatest accomplishment to-date was earning a spot on the US National Development Team, a two-year program in the United States Hockey League. Their team won the gold medal at the 5-Nations tournament in Sweden in 2019. Hunter's goal is to play professional hockey someday.
After finishing high school in the Midwest in just three years, Hunter earned a full-ride scholarship to play Division 1 hockey at Colorado College. In December, he is headed to Omaha, Nebraska, for 21 days for National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. Academically, Hunter is enjoying Colorado College's unique 13-week block system, where he takes one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks.
Hunter says that his years in ACDS' supportive environment has a lot to do with who he is today. He appreciates how his teachers really cared about their students and made learning practical and fun. At ACDS, he's made incredible friends and learned a lot about friendships and getting along with others. These lessons have been invaluable in getting along with his coaches and teammates.
Hunter has so many favorite ACDS traditions, such as sharing a meal at Thanksgiving Feast, running around the blacktop with friends as the parents carved Halloween pumpkins, trying to eat as many Sno-cones as possible at the year-end carnival, and snorkeling in Catalina Island.
He also has several favorite teachers: Mrs. Ray's sense of humor made him feel special, Mrs. Galante was upbeat and fun, and Mrs. Egli made reading fun. PE was a blast with Coach Wardner, but Speech and Debate class taught Hunter to enjoy public speaking. Hunter is incredibly grateful that Coach Wardner took a real interest in him by attending his games and continuing to support his hockey journey.
Hunter's advice to young alumni and current students is "to enjoy every moment of your time at ACDS. Be thankful for your teachers. Be willing to work at the things you love."
For prospective families, Hunter says, "you will not get an education like this anywhere else. The teachers are amazing and so supportive. There are so many wonderful traditions. You'll make incredible friends. You'll also get to try everything from being on stage to playing sports to going on incredible field trips."