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Commencement is triple success
Myers Park High grad earns 3 degrees at Drexel
 
Published Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:06 am
by Kierra Nichols, For The Charlotte Post

David Hunt will have triple the celebration at Drexel University’s Commencement.

COURTESY DAVID HUNT
David Hunt of Charlotte will leave Drexel University's Commencement with three degrees. The Myers Park High School graduate has already launched an entrepreneurial career to bring clean energy to underdeveloped countries via a self-regenerating battery charger for USB devices.


Hunt, a Charlotte native, graduates Saturday with honors and bachelor’s degrees in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship from the Philadelphia, Pa., school. The Myers Park High School graduate has earned numerous awards at Drexel, including winning $30,000 for his proposed course innovations in the Classroom ArchiTECH contest and a first place presentation at the 2013 Baiada Incubator competition.


“I was a Southern boy being in a northern world and school was a faster pace. Starting out, I wanted to get my work done so I could transfer to Duke” Hunt said. “Then I realized I had a good thing going up here with internships and entrepreneurship.”


To get to Commencement, Hunt had to overcome serious illness as a teen. He missed two years of high school to leukemia, which left him too weak to attend classes after chemotherapy. Tiffany DiMatteo, a Myers Park English teacher, provided inspiration and pushed him to overcome adversity.


In an essay competition at Drexel, Hunt wrote of DiMatteo: “The worst thing for me at that time would have been to be coddled. It would have been (OK) for someone to let me give up, to let me fall behind, to let me simply wallow. Mrs. DiMatteo didn’t.  I admit she expressed compassion as she had an understanding of my history, yet she pushed me to forge ahead. She was what I needed and more importantly what all of us needed.”


The essay won first place and will be read at Commencement. DiMatteo will be flown to Pittsburgh for a surprise reunion with Hunt.


Hunt is focused on entrepreneurship after graduation. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 to bring clean energy to people in developed and developing nations. The product is Spor, a self-regenerating battery charger for USB devices that can be charged by an outlet or sunlight.

The campaign has already yielded $39,000 with 658 backers.


Hunt credits his parents, both business owners, as the inspiration for his pursuit of entrepreneurship. They taught him at a young age the value of hard work and dedication.


“David was taught since he was 4 years old on how to build relationships with teachers,” his mother Laurissa Hunt said. “David was also taught to give with a willing spirit and always give from the heart. He was taught not to be afraid to speak up for what he believes as long as he does it in an eloquent manner. 


David’s father, Anthony Hunt, believes there is a driving force behind David’s ambition.


“He knows how to tap into God’s powers within himself. He knows that there is a spiritual power at work always that he has access to,” the elder Hunt said. “His parents always encouraged him to get involved as he was growing up.”


The junior Hunt, who loves to dance and hang out with friends in his free time, says the keys to his success are meditation, perspective and hustle.  


“Go at it, “ he said. “Go after life and don’t stop.”  


Hunt advises other students who are striving to succeed to expose themselves to new experiences.

“Exposure is one of the key differentiators in people,” he said. “So often, we’re so stuck in our own head that we don’t step outside the box and it’s good to step outside and embrace different cultures and understand different people, different languages, and different races. Expose yourself to different (experiences), so you can look at your situation differently.”


For more information on Hunt’s Kickstarter campaign, visit http://kck.st/1rgxNF6







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