“The first step to receiving an answer is being brave enough to ask the question.” - Unknown
For Cape Henry Legend, Hallie Friedman, bravery is at the core of her character. Never one to shy away from asking a question, Hallie has challenged her teachers and friends to consider things that we might otherwise accept without evaluating, probing, and dissecting.
“Some people might find Hallie’s questions overwhelming, but I was happy to see someone with so much inquisitiveness and drive, especially in science. Hallie has always been that way and her continued success at college will be based on a yearning for clarity and purpose,” shared Mr. Chris Souther.
Hallie joined Cape Henry in the first grade as part of a twosome. Alongside her twin, Jamie, Hallie has taken advantage of a variety of offerings from the arts to athletics and Nexus. As a lower school student, she helped to establish “The Green Team” which brought noteable campus changes from the elimination of styrofoam in the cafe to the construction of the sustainability garden. Hallie’s care for the environment was further developed through Mr. Cofer’s Global Environmental Issues course. While her college plans don’t currently involve a focus in the environmental science sphere, she is seeking opportunities to continue to better the world. Her interest in improving the world around her has given her a sense of direction to work with teenagers and adults. She plans to major in social work and concentrate on “Talk Therapy”, a method effective for treating depression and bipolar disorder.
“I remember Hallie leading my advisory in 6th grade. She was always so mindful and conscious of including everyone and building a tight knit community. That is what I will always think of when it comes to Hallie. Her care for looking out for all of those in the community,” shared Ms. Ashleigh Cake.
“I will be attending Hobart William Smith College next year. Even though my dad is an alum, I didn’t know much about it. When I heard a representative was coming from the school, I decided to go check it out. I ended up talking to the representative for a long time and really felt like I liked the school. I went home and told my parents I wanted to go see the school and within minutes of getting to the campus I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” expressed Hallie.
Before Hallie moves on, she recognizes that family, friends, and faculty will make it difficult to leave. “Mr. Koeze was never my teacher but he was my coach for crew starting in 8th grade through 11th grade. He showed me something I came to love that I never would have, and he taught me everything he knew about crew and showed me how when you put a certain amount of practice into something, it really pays off. He also was just someone that was easy to talk to about anything in life”.
The recognition that Hallie is so quick to give others for what they have taught her is reciprocated by friends who recognize the many amazing qualities that make Hallie one of a kind.
“Hallie’s free spirit never fails to make those around her laugh. She always has the best interest of her friends in mind and is quick to stand up for them when needed,” shared life long friend and classmate Gabriella Gianascoli.
Hallie’s advice for those schoolmates she is leaving behind says a lot about the girl who is never afraid to ask a question “If you’re having a hard time in a specific class, go to that teacher and figure out a plan that best fits you.” Good luck Hallie and don’t forget to return with some awesome answers!