A strong, confident young woman walks across the stage at Graduation to accept honor and praise for her work and accomplishments. But while many may be focusing on that single moment in time and applauding a job well done, senior Morgan Jones, and those closest to her, reflect on the how one single decision back in 2015 would change her life for years to come.
Back in 2015, Morgan was friends with Bayla Deel, CHC Class of 2018, and enjoyed spending time hanging out as great friends do. One of these activities included attending basketball games at Cape Henry. After seeing the facilities and atmosphere on campus, Morgan knew she wanted to be a CHC Dolphin.
After pleading with her mother to let her go to Cape Henry, Morgan joined CHC family beginning in her Ninth Grade year, after transferring from Ocean Lakes High School. A new student at a new school was intimidating at first to Morgan, but soon Morgan transformed from a quiet, somewhat shy girl to the fun-loving, spirited student that we now see in the halls of Cape Henry.
“If someone had told me years ago that I would leave my school [OLHS] and come to Cape Henry and be crowned Miss Cape Henry during my senior year, I would have told them they were crazy,” said Morgan.
But she did. And she was named Miss Cape Henry at the 2019 Mr. and Miss Cape Henry Competition. A title she proudly assumed this past February.
While Morgan loves being the “Queen” of everything CHC, anyone who knows Morgan knows her true love is “reigning” over another court, the volleyball court. As co-captain of the 2019 Varsity Girls Volleyball team, Morgan always showed passion and drive for the sport.
For getting her through her high school career, Morgan could not help but highlight a few faculty members that had a strong impact on her. Morgan was quick to thank Mrs. Deanna Stepanovich, her Spanish IV teacher, and Dr. Corinne Perkins, her Algebra I and Algebra ii teacher, for always being available for additional assistance with her work. Morgan also wanted to thank Mr. Greg Dragas, Upper School Religion and Philosophy teacher. “Mr. Dragas was always so nice and very warm to me, while also being very entertaining,” said Morgan.
Now that Morgan has reached the pinnacle of her time in Upper School, Graduation Day, what lies ahead for this new graduate? She is headed about two-and-a-half hours down the road to become the newest member of the Class of 2023 at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Morgan was drawn to East Carolina for a myriad of reasons. Wanting to be an elementary school teacher, Morgan was impressed by its education program. While academic are important, Morgan also pointed out how she loves that ECU has a “big, country feel” and cannot wait to attend Pirates football games with many of her friends that are already enrolled at ECU.
What will Morgan miss most about Cape Henry? “I know I will miss the small community that Cape Henry is,” said Morgan. “It’s just a place where everyone knows and cares for everyone. People are always friendly and say hi to each other in the hallways. I love that.”
After her final reflections on Upper School at Cape Henry, what advice would Morgan give to her fellow underclassmen? “Always care about your grades. Play all the sports you can, even if it is just for fun. Just get involved and be nice to everyone!”
We will you miss you Morgan. From your contagious laugh to your strong opinions and care for your fellow students, we know that while we may be losing you as a student, ECU is gaining a young woman ready to tackle any challenge that lies ahead of her.