At Pingry, there’s always space for you. Regardless of where you come from, and regardless of where you are going. There is always space for you.”
Meet Alex Wong '25
If someone shouts your name in the hallway, chances are, it’s Alex Wong ’25. Having joined the Pingry community in Kindergarten, Alex is the friendliest face on campus, a one-man welcoming committee, the de facto Mayor around town. With his uncanny ability to remember anyone’s name, Alex is always hollering hello to the delight of surprised acquaintances and amused friends. “I just like saying hi to people in the hallways,” he admits.
Ask him to tell you about his interests and he’ll rattle off a list so varied it will make your head spin. He is the leader of the Taiko drumming club; is concertmaster in the orchestra (having played violin since kindergarten and piano since he was three years old). He leads the school’s current affairs magazine, Vital Signs; is a member of the Athletics Media Club, where he conducts sideline interviews; participates in Math Club (“It’s challenging but it’s also great fun.”); and is part of the school’s Independent Research Team (IRT) that studied accelerated molecular dynamics. Oh—and he’s played on the Varsity Water Polo team since he was a freshman. Alex knows a lot about a lot, something he attributes to the many opportunities Pingry offers for the curious. Of Pingry’s classes, clubs, and sports, Alex is thoughtful. “High school is where you find who you are—what you believe in, and what you stand for,” he says. “You are not only understanding more about a subject here, but you are understanding more about yourself. You are crafting your identity.”
It doesn’t matter if you are new to Pingry or a ‘lifer’ like Alex, there is something for everyone here. Comparing the Pingry community to Goldilocks (“We’re not too small that we get bored of the people we see, and we’re not too big that there are some people you will never meet.”), Alex enjoys the way there is always something new to explore, allowing students to find their niche. “It’s big enough that there’s always someone new to meet and something new to try,” he enthuses. “But still small enough that you can really hone in and find your inner circle.” And the particular brand of Pingry excellence is encountered in every part of campus—clubs, athletics, and, of course, inside the classroom. “I have never seen a Pingry student back down from a challenge,” he says. “Ever.”
Whether it’s your first day or just another day, Alex Wong is here to call out your name with a welcoming hello. As Alex says, “At Pingry, there’s always space for you. Regardless of where you come from, and regardless of where you are going. There is always space for you.”