John Ermini is ______________________. Ask his friends and they will tell you, hardworking, a role model, and a leader. Ask his teachers and they would add, intelligent, insightful, and diligent. His long time soccer coach Mr. Dave Brun says, “He has a massive heart; it beats for his friends, his teammates, and all things Cape Henry. He is fiercely loyal, and shows up everyday.”
John joined Cape Henry in his freshman year as a tall, seemingly quiet new addition to the Class of 2019. He quickly realized through the mentorship of the senior peer leaders that the smaller class sizes and close knit nature of the community were a fit for him. Over the past four years, John has stretched his talents from the comfort of the soccer field to the spotlight of the musicals.
“I took a theater tech class in 9th grade to get my arts credit. I never really anticipated it as something that I would stick with,” shared John.
That early arts experience and the encouragement of soccer teammate Nathaniel Thomas led John to his first stage role in “Legally Blonde.”
“It was one of the most fun and memorable experiences I have had at Cape Henry!”
Of course, John’s passion for soccer has never waned and his talent and leadership helped him to lead the Varsity Boys soccer team to back to back state championships.
“Last year was really tough, there was a questionable call in the semi-finals that resulted in me having to miss the championship. I was really excited for our team accomplishment but it drove me to get back to the finals this year,” expressed John.
Lauded as one of the top high school goalkeepers in the state of Virginia, John explored VCU over the summer when the coach reached out. He had the opportunity to stay with Dolphin alum, Peter Pearson, and felt like it was the right next step for him when he leaves Cape Henry.
John is extremely grateful for teachers like Señor Willis and Mr. Rudolph who he describes as energetic and passionate about what they do. He believes he will focus his collegiate studies in the fields of math and science with hopes to become a physical therapist.
Before John walks across the graduation stage, he will find himself center stage in the upcoming performance of “Mamma Mia” and the advice he offers comes from his direct experiences.
“Take advantage of the resources at Cape Henry. Teachers are available, grades should be taken seriously, and find ways to balance doing what you love and exploring new things!”
While the days to graduation are flying by, the Cape Henry community is appreciative of all of John’s contributions. As Coach Brun taught him, “enjoy these days, they go by….”