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Student and Faculty Highlights

Student and Faculty Highlights

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This summer, fourth grader Lauren Coureas took a once-in-a-lifetime cruise on the Elizabeth River, Chesapeake Bay, and York River on the USS Mason from Yorktown to the Norfolk Naval Station.


Three fifth graders were featured in The Virginian-Pilot Bookworms review this fall. Congratulations to Max Joynes, Evan Roesen, and Griffin Clark.


Fifth graders B. Gray Randolph and Brock Short set swimming records at the Virginia Beach Swim League’s Summer District Championships in July. These two Cape Henry students, along with Dan Bannon and Woody Parsons, were part of a four-person relay team representing the Princess Anne Country Club. Together, they swam the 100 freestyle relay in 1:01:12.



In October, CHCS students Carter O’Brien, Roy Standing, Hollis Jennings, Sarah Elliott, Lauren Robbins, Brenna Becker, Lindsay Tompkins, Leif Hauge, Daniel Fagan, Jared Konikoff, Jacob Konikoff, Matt Reichhoff, Tommy DiBona, Carli Roesen, Blake Gershon, Joe Fluharty, Garrison McCray, and Kyle Tompkins competed in the “Rush for Smiles” Dodgeball Tournament hosted by the new Virginia Beach Field House. This event raised funds for Operation Smile.


Eighth graders Caroline Albert and Korey McCammon have been invited to perform at the 2011 American Choral Directors Convention in Chicago. These students will be among the 300 middle school students from around the Nation who will perform for the association in March.


Eighteen Middle School students will represent Cape Henry at the All-District Chorus Event in February. The following Middle School students were selected: Caroline Albert, Madison Albritton, Ike Brehm, Lily Burroughs, Alexis Caravas, Thomas Crow, Sarah Elliott, Rachel Keenan, Mariel Kondas, Emily Hilovsky, Korey McCammon, Emma Mobley, Lizzi Riordon, Wayne Simon, Fletcher Travelstead, Johnny Watkins, and Meaghan Woodward. Pyar Seth is an alternate.



Fifteen Upper School Students will represent Cape Henry at the All-District Chorus event in February. The following Upper School students were selected: D’Nita Albritton, Rachel Becka, Kalan Brehm, Jennifer DeSteph, Hayley Greason, Meghan Hare, Wesley Gregory, Kristin Hopkins, Jake Kantor, Leigh Anne Kline, Jenna Knight, Nikki Mandell, Elizabeth McNamara, Scotty Morris, and Kristen Vretakis.


Congratulations to five Cape Henry students who participated in the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra this December: senior Wesley Gregory (piano); junior Josh Lim (trumpet); junior Sean Poppen (percussion); junior Russell Sanders (saxophone); and eighth grader Madeleine Kibbey (viola). Madeline Kibbey has also been selected to be assistant principal violist in the Junior District Orchestra Festival in January.


Ninth grader KJ Grubiak was selected to participate in the National Jazz Workshop held this past July at Shenandoah University.


Freshman Melanie Lee (violin) and junior Kyle McCammon (bass) were chosen to be members of the Senior Regional Orchestra. Hundreds of students from five cities in the Tidewater area auditioned.


In October, Upper School Chorus and Women’s Chorus were invited participants in the 8th Annual James Handy Concert Series sponsored by the Hampton Roads Choir Directors’/Organists’ Guild.

Junior Rachel Knuth was selected for the Rockette Summer Intensive. Rachel, one of the youngest in the program, was in New York City in June learning routines with the Rockettes and performed at Madison Square Garden. Rachel’s experience was also featured in an article in The Virginian-Pilot, entitled, “Beach Dancer Has Rockettes on Her Mind.”


On September 12, senior Kate Easton finished first at the 2010 Malibu (Calif.) Surfing Association Classic. Kate won the girls junior division (ages 15-18) and also finished fifth in the open women’s shortboard division. She was also the focus of a feature article in The Virginian-Pilot entitled, “Malibu’s Just Another Notch in Her Board.”


Congratulations to Demetrius Pollard for committing to play basketball at Northeastern University.


Junior Brittany Pilkington was feature in a September article in The Virginian-Pilot entitled, “In the Game with Cape Henry’s Brittany Pilkington.”


Senior Will Merritt earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouts, this September. Will constructed a new dumpster enclosure and concrete pad at Mount Trashmore for his Eagle Scout project.


Senior Emily Pettigrew was one of 48 seniors from across the Commonwealth selected to take part in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Academy this summer. Emily programmed and tested robots, toured NASA labs and facilities, talked with NASA researchers, scientists, and astronaut Dr. Roger Crouch, as well as gained solid workforce experience and college credit.


Senior Nikki Mandell is Cape Henry’s nominee for the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholarship. Nikki will compete with thousands of other exceptional students from around the Nation for one of the 25 highly prestigious scholarships to attend the University of Virginia.


Senior Chad Becker was nominated for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Chad will compete with thousands of other exceptional students for one of the highly prestigious scholarships to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.


Senior Emily Pettigrew was selected by The National Merit Scholarship Program as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.


Seniors Jamison Burke, Lauren Devendorf, and Sean Gallagher have been named Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Program.


Congratulations to 26 CHCS students who have earned AP Scholar Awards and were recognized by The College Board on the basis of their outstanding performance on AP Exams:

  • AP Scholar With Distinction: Jamison Burke, Robert Humphreys, Horace McNeal, and Eric Smith.
  • AP Scholar With Honor: David Blanchard, Lauren Devendorf, and Brianna Dyckman
  • AP Scholar: Cody Anderson, Chad Becker, Elizabeth Bland, Kristin Capria, Kaleigh Cohen, Paul Coppola, Sean Gallagher, Wesley Gregory, Elizabeth Harker, Amie Johnson, Robert Knuth, Elisabeth Mirenda, McCutcheon Morecock, Heather Mytelka, Ronak Patel, Emily Pettigrew, Katherine Pleasants, Nicholas Stone, and Clarke Templeton

In November 2010, Cape Henry was visited by students from our French partner school, Stanislas Institute of Nice, France. This year, 15 French students, along with two chaperones, were hosted by Cape Henry families for ten days. Last spring, Mrs. Hinck escorted 12 Cape Henry students to France to visit Stanislas and hopes to return next year in the ongoing exchange program.


A write-up about Cape Henry students and their French Exchange counterparts appeared in a newspaper in Nice, France--Dans le cadre d’un échange culturel avec la Cape Henry Collegiate School de Virginia Beach (USA), seize lycéens des classes de seconde, encadrés par Mme Leduc et M. Modet, de l’lnstitution Stanislas, ont reçu les eleves américains en février /mars à Nice. lis sont partis aux Etats-Unis du 18 au 27 mai et ant ainsi pu visiter Wilshington, D.C. à leur arrivée puis participer aux cours dans Ie splendide et vaste éétablissement et effectuer des visites culture lies a Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Yorktown et Williamsburg. Reçus « comme des princes» dans les familles americaines, its ant été enchantes par ce sejour.


Cape Henry students won Top Honors at the 11th Annual Christopher Newport University Regional Math Competition this fall. Team Results: Jamie Burke, Emily Pettigrew, Sean Poppen, and Douglas Ruetzel had the highest score of all independent schools. Individual Results: Jay Baek was the highest scoring freshman. Emily Pettigrew was the highest scoring senior, and she also had the highest overall score for all students in the competition.

Senior Meghan Clark was nominated for the Adam Thoroughgood Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s (DAR) Good Citizenship Award. Meghan will compete against other Virginia Beach high school nominees for a scholarship.


Senior Alex Saal was nominated for the Charles Barker Automotive Community Service Scholarship. Alex is eligible to be one of a select group of Virginia Beach seniors to win a scholarship from the Charles Barker Automotive Group.


The Optimist Club annually recognizes top students from the Virginia Beach schools and honors them at an awards breakfast. Seniors Cody Anderson and Zach Volkman have been chosen as the Cape Henry Collegiate School representatives for the 2010-2011 school year.


Congratulations to Graham Bergen, Josh Cooper, Betsy Nash, and George Radford, first place winners of the Hampton Roads High School Stock Market Challenge Student Competition held in Norfolk. Nearly 50 teams from 18 area high schools participated in this 6th annual event sponsored by Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads. Faculty advisor, Mr. Willy Fluharty, History Department Chair and Economics teacher at Cape Henry worked with the students in preparation for the competition. Congressman Rigell will sponsor the CHCS team in a national competition, the 2011 SIFMA Foundation Capital Hill Challenge, from February 7 to May 13.


Juniors Kristen Parnigoni and Sean Poppen have been nominated for the Princeton Book Award. Kristen and Sean will compete against hundreds of other students in the Tidewater area for the approximately ten highly prestigious Princeton Book Club awards from Hampton Roads.



Fifth Grade teacher, Mrs. Diane Fields, received a school lamp for her twenty years of service at Cape Henry.


Congratulations to CHCS Orchestra Director, Ms. Charlotte Dettwiler, on being named conductor of the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra. Charlotte was also invited by the Virginia American Strings Association board to be secretary for a two-year term.


Congratulations to Coach Kristen Wheeler on her 100th career field hockey win this fall.