Tommie Pope…not THOMAS…just TOMMIE, and he makes sure that people know his name. It’s impossible NOT to know his name even though he has only been at Cape Henry for two years.
Tommie transferred to Cape Henry because of a desire for a better academic foundation. While his focus has been on academics, he has also taken advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom. As a Dolphin, Tommie was a member of the National Honor Society, a Peer Leader, Co-President of the Black Student Alliance, captain of the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team for two years and a member of the backstage crew for numerous theatrical productions. For all that people know about Tommie, some will be surprised to learn that he is a self-taught pianist and is interested in photography. He also loves to bake cakes and cookies!
His parents have been a driving force behind everything that he has done. In fact, his mother pushed him to apply to some colleges that he might not have considered. In the end, Tommie was accepted to the University of Richmond, Morehouse College, Old Dominion University and Wake Forest University. While these are all good schools, they did not offer what his choice, West Virginia Wesleyan, offered: an opportunity to place the sport he loves…basketball. In the spring, Tommie signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at West Virginia Wesleyan. He is excited about being a Bobcat and extending his basketball career.
While Tommie is looking forward to meeting new people in a new environment, he admits that he’s going to miss the beach and the close-knit CHC community. His Cape Henry experience has changed him. Physics made him change his major. He now plans to major in business. Mrs. Self taught him to be a free thinker. Coach Hall has been a great influence and role model who strengthened his work ethic and taught him resilience.
To his younger Cape Henry peers, Tommie leaves the following advice: be involved; take chances; and don’t be afraid of failure. Wise words from a young man who has taken his own advice!
We’ll be rooting for you Tommie…you and the WVW Bobcats!