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Class of 2019: Gabrielle Short

By: Mrs. Janine Mobley-Burke, Upper School English
Genuine. Passionate. Determined. Resilient. Special. When asked what word comes to mind when they think of Gabrielle Short, this is how her teachers describe her. Scott McGraw, her AP Government teacher said “the one word that comes to my mind when I think of her character is trustworthy. If she says, she will be there, she will. If she says she read the book, she read it. I have never heard her say a bad word about anyone, nor have I ever heard anyone say a bad word about her. She is the kind of person who, quietly, makes her community a better place by acting as a role model for her peers.”

Gabrielle Short entered CHC as a freshman, and quickly made her mark. Despite many ups and downs during her time at CHC, she has always found a way to be of service. As Captain of the Varsity Swim Team, one would expect that she would’ve been the one posting the fastest times and dominating meets. However, in her final season as a Dolphin, Gabrielle found herself as a fish out of water, unable to compete. But, she didn’t let that stop her. Freshman swimmer, Zack Frey says “Gabrielle was a great captain. She was always at practice even when she couldn’t swim. She helped many of the newer swimmers learn how to be better.”

As she prepares to leave CHC, she is looking forward to going out in the world and figuring out the next step. Despite facing an injury this past season, she earned a spot on the Sewanee Swim Team and is excited about life after Cape Henry. One of the draws of Sewanee for Gabrielle was that she could have the freedom to figure things out on her own, while knowing someone would always be there to guide her if needed. However, she will miss the familiarity of having a routine and knowing what to expect. Though it wasn’t always easy, Gabrielle credits people like Ms. Miller and Coach Rudolph for “always being there, understanding, and helping her navigate situations.”

Despite everything she’s had to deal with during her tenure at CHC, Gabrielle has no regrets. To the younger Dolphins she leaves behind, she has this piece of advice: “Find what you love and go with that. If you love acting, or you love a sport, find a way to participate, even if you think you don’t have time. If it’s something you’re passionate about and you love, it won’t feel like work.”
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