Class of 2019: James Tyler

By: Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
“James Tyler has a big brain!”

This is possibly the earliest recorded quote regarding the one and only, Mr. James Tyler. Noted by fellow classmate Colin Sharp when they were just two years old in the same day care classroom, James has demonstrated he has the capacity to solve problems beyond what many of us might imagine possible. 

“It is not just that he’s good at solving problems. It is that he exudes such joy when he is faced with a good problem, the harder the better. We need people who relish problem-solving, think of all the problems we need solved,” shared retired math mentor Mr. Jim Kerbin.

James Tyler graduates CHC as one of the most decorated scholars of the Class of 2019. He has been named a National Merit Scholar finalist and distinguished himself as an outstanding mathematician. While James excelled at math, he is a well-rounded student that boasted an impressive 4.60 GPA with a challenging course load that has included 11 AP courses and 9 Honors classes. James was also an active member of the Cape Henry community. He played trumpet in the jazz band, served as Captain of the Varsity golf team, and the math team. James is also a member of the National Honor Society, Cum Laude Society and graduated with the distinction of a Global Scholar. James has also made a commitment to serving others in the Hampton Roads community by working with Food Rescue US to deliver meals to the hungry. He concluded his global experiences at Cape Henry with cultural studies this month in Morocco.

Reflecting on his time at Cape Henry, James expressed appreciation for the flexibility he found in the curriculum.  

“As I explored Cape Henry and compared it to other schools, I began to appreciate the unique and rewarding experiences I could have here. I wanted to attend a high school that would be flexible with advancing as far as I possibly could in math and unlike other schools, which sought to fit me in to prescribed courses, Cape Henry met me where I was allowing me to come in as a freshman and take classes with juniors,” shared James.

James extends the appreciation he found in the classroom to all areas of the school. He noted the administration works constantly to create a community where you can “be yourself, learn, and have fun.”

James’ fun included great success on the golf course, global travel experiences to Norway, Morocco, and participation in the “Outdoor Leadership Series.” All of these opportunities led James to his next greatest one.

This fall, James will take his problem solving talents and humble nature to the campus of Yale University. James will likely focus his studies in a math related field and is certain that he won’t head into politics or medicine. As he prepares to leave a community that he has come to call a family, he leaves sage advice for those who come next.

“Enjoy it. Have fun. Try your best in every class. Develop good relationships with faculty.”

Yes, I would agree. James Tyler has a big brain and he puts it to good use.
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