Kind, polite, hardworking, empathetic, mature, chivalrous, determined, respectful, positive and genuine. Did I mention kind, polite and hard working? Because his teachers certainly did, again and again! JMU is extremely fortunate to be welcoming the fine young gentleman that is Jared Gordon to their campus this upcoming Fall.
While Jared’s family familiarity with JMU played a big part in his final college decision, he will also have several familiar faces on campus as he is joined by 8 other graduates from CHC’s class of 2019. Every ‘Duke’ he has met tells him how much they love JMU and he’s especially looking forward to enjoying the freedom of setting his own schedule. He hopes to pursue a major in the Sciences (likely Biology) with a view to a career in the Medical field. During his college search, Jared also considered Virginia Tech and VCU.
Jared came to CHC in the 8th Grade and has played tennis every season since. Athletic Director, Jeanne Short, recognizes him as ‘a strong contributor, as a starter on Singles Court #5 & #6, and an overall great team player…a great representation of our CHC Boys Tennis Team’. He hopes to continue playing club tennis while in college. Jared also fondly remembers several seasons on the JV Soccer team under the guidance of Coach Williams.
Jared will miss the small class sizes at Cape Henry and the regular opportunities for one-on-one connections with his teachers. He recognizes that the relationships he has with many of them are genuine and that they truly care about his success. He credits Mr. Rodgers’ Physics and Mr. McGraw’s AP Comparative Government as some of the most impactful courses he’s taken. Mr. Rodgers appreciated Jared’s participation in robotics and found him ‘a mature and positive influence’. While Mr. McGraw recognizes him for being ‘a very enthusiastic and curious learner’ who always had ‘a smile on his face and was ready to learn’. Mrs. Kerbin taught Jared that ‘what you put in is what you get out’, something that has stuck with him since. And looking back now, he wishes he had tried harder in 9th and 10th Grade and would like remind those rising Freshman and Sophomore Dolphins that ‘your grades do count’! He also hopes we remember not to miss out on the important/one-off moments in life and that we make time to enjoy the little things.
As his time at Cape Henry as a student has come to a close, Jared would like to thank his parents for the opportunities he’s been given and their unwavering support, and Mr. Angilly, for being available to give advice on pretty much anything. Mr. Angilly appreciates Jared as someone who is ‘always looking to help his classmates and ensure they are having a good experience -- a man for others’.
We wish Jared every success for the future and will miss this thoughtful, generous and kind young man in our halls.