Bullis consistently puts a large emphasis on living a balanced life. This institution tries to push students to not solely play a sport, or only be involved in the arts, but to try and embrace multiple programs Bullis has to offer.
The life of a student who is connected to more than one facet of the Bullis community is extremely challenging. Numerous athletes can boast that they start on a varsity sports team, but few can say that they have a key role in additional extracurricular activity, such as concert band. Ryan Hyman (‘19) is one of these students who embraces the many programs Bullis has to offer.
As a Sophomore, Ryan started on Bullis’ varsity baseball team for much of the season; he maintained solid grades and played saxophone for one of the county’s most elite bands, all while commuting almost an hour to get to school every day.
Ryan plays a pivotal role in both baseball and band. In baseball, Ryan’s two main positions are the two most important positions on the field, pitcher and catcher. He mainly catches, a position where there is always pressure. Behind every great pitcher, is a hardworking catcher who labors to help his pitcher be successful. In both the band and the baseball team, Ryan has had to unexpectedly step in and take on a big role in his respected situation. At the beginning of the baseball season, he expected to make occasional catching appearances on varsity, but not be the everyday starter. Nonetheless, Ryan had to step in after injuries and other setbacks to become the starting catcher.
In concert band, Ryan had to fill in and play a clarinet part. This was a difficult task he explained, “Because we only have two clarinets, I play the clarinet part on the saxophone.” He went on to say, “You have to sound like a clarinet while playing the saxophone”. Those who truly know Ryan are aware of the work he puts in outside of school. , “One individual mistake can ruin everything. If I do what I’m supposed to and practice at home, it will make everyone better” he believes.
Ryan is not the first in his family to follow this path, his older brother Dylan (‘15) played the saxophone as well as varsity baseball; however, Ryan plans to be different and take a unique path. While Dylan chose a capstone where he created his own music, Ryan is going down a different route. “I’m going to be doing the STEM capstone”. He went on to add, “It would be unique to incorporate STEM into band.”
Ryan has demonstrated the core value of collaboration and has sustained a balanced lifestyle throughout his time at Bullis. Next year, he will be hoping to take on a leadership role as a junior.