Daniel Funderbirk ’19

Daniel Funderbirk ’19 traveled from Georgia to become part of the Peddie community. “Peddie has shown me that you can feel comfortable even in a new or unfamiliar environment,” he said. 

“It feels like home!”

Funderbirk is an avid musician. He’s been in multiple Peddie productions, both as an actor and in the pit band, and performed in numerous concerts. Two years ago he portrayed Gaston in the freshman musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” “Being on stage is fun and easy for me,” he said.

Funderbirk’s favorite Peddie experience so far was this spring’s music department trip to New Orleans. “The city was buzzing with music,” he said. “People were playing on the street, on stage, and some let me jump in on trumpet, piano and even kazoo.”

A gifted student and a valuable member of the Peddie community, Funderbirk might not be here if it weren’t for the long tradition of financial aid and merit scholarships spurred by the contributions of Ambassador Annenberg. Funderbirk is grateful to be the recipient of the Armellino Scholarship. “Giving back is such an important part of Peddie,” he said. “It encourages me to work harder to succeed, and is a reminder that I can do anything that I am committed to.”