Class of 2020: Caroline Dixon

By: Dr. Chris Garran, Head of School
When Caroline Dixon was applying to Cape Henry Collegiate, as a rising 7th grade student who was moving from Chattanooga, Tennessee, she remembers shadowing with Halle Speight and Rachel Moore—as if it was yesterday. Now, as seniors, Caroline, Halle, and Rachel remain the best of friends. For Caroline, the fact that she is best friends with these young women who first welcomed her exemplifies what she loves about Cape Henry: our community. Caroline remarks, “I love that everyone knows you and cares about your success.”

For Caroline, there has been plenty of success. Most recently, her success is represented by her early admission to Wake Forest University. As her first-choice college, Caroline says that she is “excited for everything at Wake. I will learn to manage my time and be more independent but I will still have structure. I am going to get involved with everything that college has to offer.” There is no doubt that Caroline will get involved with everything. After all, it has been her approach to her time at Cape Henry.

From Nexus experiences in the Galapagos, Spain, and St. Croix to her time on the CHC Tennis Team to her service as a Peer Leader, Caroline lives our core value of opportunity. She gets involved and makes the most of her time and experience. Even in her first year at Cape Henry, she ran for Student Government and won! Last year, she was selected as one of an elite group of students to participate in our Mock Supreme Court. It is one of the most demanding academic programs at our school. As an attorney, she presented her case in front of an auditorium of students and guests, along with a panel of local lawyers and others who served as the justices. Serving as one of those justices, I remember her strong grasp of the case as exhibited in her oral arguments and under questioning. Before the event, she shared with me that she was nervous. Yet, at the microphone, she was confident and at ease.

Caroline will tell you that her success has a lot to do with others. She loves her family and friends and is also quick to point out how supportive our faculty can be. For example, she credits her participation in the Mock Supreme Court to Mr. Scott McGraw and his class where she developed a passion for politics. She also credits Mrs. Leanne Self and her class for helping her to think critically and to be prepared to write her college essays.

On a personal level, as my son’s babysitter for the past several years, I have seen firsthand Caroline’s maturity, responsibility and reliability. In the less formal environment of our kitchen, she has talked about her appreciation for school, learning, and her teachers. We have also laughed about the etiquette of eating tomatoes and celebrated her selection as a Neptune Festival Princess. She has a strong set of core values including her honesty and her kindness. Over the course of several years and many conversations, my wife and I have had an opportunity to witness her maturity and her grounded approach to friendships and to life. When you understand her strength of character, it comes as no surprise that she has developed into such a strong student and leader. Wake Forest is lucky to have her joining their community… just as we have been so lucky to have her as a member of our community!
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