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Class of 2020: Katie Bouch

By: Mrs. Carolyn Scullion, Lower School Faculty
Katie Bouch has always been a kind, thoughtful person. She has been at Cape Henry for 16 years. In those 16 years, she grew from a sweet three-year-old to a gracious young woman.

I was fortunate to be Katie’s first grade teacher. I could count on her to be respectful to the other students and to her teachers. There was a child in the class who struggled with self-discipline, and Katie was able to be a friend to him.

Katie will attend Christopher Newport University in the fall. Although she toured other campuses, she narrowed her decision to CNU and Randolph-Macon College. Katie and her family recently took the opportunity to visit both campuses one last time to help aid in her final college choice. After thoughtful deliberation her decision became clear. While both schools offered wonderful opportunities, Katie was drawn to Christopher Newport’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Katie is looking forward to the teacher preparation CNU has to offer as it is among the top five in the nation. The beauty of the campus, small class sizes, caring faculty and staff and a community of welcoming students contributed to her decision.

When Katie reflects on her Cape Henry athletic involvement, she will always treasure her four years as a varsity cheerleader and seven years as a softball player. Katie was proud to support the basketball players at every game and the opportunity to “hype” the fans as they cheered along. Katie feels cheering has helped her grow as a person. During the earlier years she felt nervous, but as the years went by Katie was very comfortable in front of the crowd! She is proud that she was named Captain this year and takes pride that her squad took home the Choreography Award during this year's TCIS cheer competition. It is a moment she will never forget! Although this softball season was cut short Katie has loved being part of the team. Katie was honored to be nominated Captain by her teammates this year and was looking forward to playing first base. Katie will miss the time she spent with her friends and coaches whether on the field or on the sidelines cheering!

Katie is proud of many accomplishments during her time at CHC, especially having her artwork selected to be part of the annual Elie Wiesel student art show at the Simon Family JCC in 2018. Katie was proud that her visual printmaking was awarded Judges Choice. She has also enjoyed being part of the “Animal Outreach Club”, which is led by Mrs. Zimmerman. She has been one of Katie’s favorite teachers and enjoyed the activities Mrs. Zimmerman coordinated with the SPCA. Katie wanted to also add how much she enjoyed her Honors Journalism class and the impact it had on her. Each time she had to write an article she would have to interview someone, therefore, she got to know people better!

The course that was the most impactful in her life was more than a course. Katie signed up for the STRI course at CHC which offered her the opportunity to travel to Panama with her entire class. It was an experience that changed how she felt about many things. Hiking through the hot Rainforest on a mule is something she will never forget! “It made me appreciate where I live and the country where I live. I was so happy when I got home. It really made me appreciate my parents more and all they do.”

Katie would like to give a shout-out to Ms. Johnson, who is her senior advisor for Peer Leaders. Katie appreciated that anytime she needed to talk, “Ms. Johnson would be there to listen.” Katie enjoyed her role as a Peer Leader and her group of friends who were all nice. She felt honored to be part of this advisory class as it was a selective process for which she applied. She would also like to give Mr. Vander Werff a shout-out! “He always took the time to acknowledge me and ask how I was doing when he saw me in the hall.” Although it’s been a long time since forth grade, Mr. V’s class was always fun and a favorite of Katie’s! As the year comes to an end, she will miss having her friend Madeline Ripa by her side. She especially enjoyed the time they spent cheering and playing softball together.

Katie represented Cape Henry Collegiate very well during her 16 years of attendance! As she leaves our campus as a “legend” we will all be looking forward to the great things she will do in the future! We are all very proud of you! Good luck, Katie! Go Captains!
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