Class of 2018: Grayson Pearce

By: Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
Grayson Pearce has opinions. Not uncommon among college bound seniors, but Grayson’s are often of the political variety and it doesn’t take long to conclude when talking with him that they are researched far beyond any Twitter feed or single news source.

The oldest of three brothers, Grayson has spent the past four years focused on his studies and deepening his experience in the political spectrum. The founder of the “High School Republicans” club at CHC, he says one of his most memorable high school experiences was afforded to him on Junior Job Shadowing day.

“I got to spend 8 hours at the General Assembly with Senator Bill DeSteph. I watched and loved every second of it!” admits Grayson.

That passion for politics ultimately led to his decision to attend Washington & Lee University. A private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of under 25%, Grayson was drawn to the fact that he could actually major in Politics rather than political science. He also applied to and was accepted to UVA and Richmond but felt that he would be pushed more in the smaller setting of W&L. He hopes to become a legislative aid so that he can draft, edit and gather support for bills or other pieces of legislation. He believes this opportunity to work under an elected official will help him determine if a run for office is in his own future. 

Grayson anticipates his road will eventually lead to law school. He admits to enjoying debate and appreciates his own experiences debating policy and issues with Director of Student Life, Mr. A.

“Mr. A has been a good sounding board for me. We have had the best conversations and both come away from situations where we disagree with respect for one another and the position that we each held.”

The mature outlook on differing opinions is one that Grayson feels he has cultivated over his time at Cape Henry. He is also appreciative of the support and guidance that teachers like Mr. Palmer, Mr. Rodgers, and Mrs. Murphy provided.

On the college process and life itself - Grayson’s advice - “Don’t stress yourself out, school can’t be your sole priority. Find time for friends, family, and the other things you enjoy.”
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