Remember the movie, High School Musical? You know, the vibrant and jazzy “tweenage” Disney coming-of-age musical that cast heartthrob Zac Efron as the lead character?! If not, the story revolves around a talented and academically gifted student athlete whose defiance of social expectations encourages his fellow classmates to embrace their talents and live their most authentic lives. Why is this relevant, you may be wondering? Well, Cape Henry Collegiate happens to have its own “Troy Bolton” of sorts, and his name is KONRAD KEENAN! It’s true. Konrad is our resident “Troy” and since I happen to know that Konrad is a fan of movies, I am hoping that he will forgive me for making the parallel analogy. There is no shame in being compared to a protagonist whose heroism comes from uplifting and supporting the people around him. Both Konrad and Troy lead by confident but humble example. Ask anyone about Konrad, and you’ll see the parallel as well.
I asked fellow classmate and best buddy, Ethan Jones for a few words about Konrad and without hesitation, he shared his feelings. “Konrad is abnormally good at everything he does, like ping pong and surfing and I love that he inserts movie quotes into every conversation, especially those from Step Brothers.” Similarly, Mrs. Johnson recalled Konrad’s humor and affinity for movies during a class conversation when she remarked, “I cannot deny that animals from the ocean have been dropped from water spouts onto land.” to which Konrad replied, “So you’re saying that Sharknato could actually happen!?” She, like so many of us, “finds his wit and charm refreshing and appropriate in front of all levels.” Classmate Lexia Hann expressed, “Our community is going to miss Konrad's humor and ability to make anyone laugh at anytime no matter what type of mood they are in, but William and Mary is lucky to have him attending their school because of all that he brings to the table.”
And bring A LOT he does. You don’t get accepted into the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, William and Mary, without “bringing A LOT to the table.” As mentioned in their mission statement, “William & Mary is proud of its role as the Alma Mater of generations of American patriots, leaders and public servants.” Now, in its fourth century, it continues its standard of excellence by accepting undergrads with attributes the likes of Konrad Keenan. Konrad credits CHC for giving him so many opportunities to excel and because of his own leadership, humor and genuine likeability, he encouraged others to follow his example. From actually being cast as Troy Bolton in the Middle School Play (No, really! Mrs. Fluharty knew there could be only ONE Troy!) to heading up the Cape’s first Surf Club, Konrad pursued his interests while maintaining a serious academic focus in all of his classes. He earned recognition as a National Honor Society and Outdoor Leadership member, Peer Leader, and outstanding student across the board.
Konrad also gained the respect of his Varsity Lacrosse and Soccer teammates and coaches for his dedication and character. In the words of Coach Brun, “Konrad is an excellent teammate, willing to support others while waiting for his chance. He displays patience. He remains tuned in always, even when it’s not all about him. He’s been well raised by his parents, ready to head off on his own, think for himself and make his own critical decisions.” Hats off to Tricia and Kevin Keenan for rearing such a well respected, polite and focused young man that we all admire so much.
I would be remiss if I didn’t add just one last reflection of Troy’s high school experience as it mirrors that of Konrad’s. “East High is a place where teachers encouraged us to break the status quo and define ourselves as we choose. Where a jock can cook up a mean creme brulee, and a brainiac can break it down on the dance floor. It's a place where one person, if it's the right person, changes us all. East High is having friends we'll keep for the rest of our lives, and that means we really are 'all in this together'. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!”
Just like your cinematic life, Konrad, your legacy will live on. Once a Dolphin, always a Dolphin.