Class of 2020: Marco Benedetto

By: Mrs. Deanna Thompson, Admissions Associate
Marco Benedetto is well known around the halls of Cape Henry Collegiate. He is constantly surrounded by friends, some of whom you might see laughing because Marco just told a joke! His upbeat and friendly personality makes people want to be near him.

Marco joined the Dolphin squad in 9th grade, hailing from the Williams School in Norfolk. His older sister Allie also attended CHC, so there was a familiar comfort in joining us. During his tenure, Marco challenged himself in many ways. Academically, he chose classes that are unique to Cape Henry, such as Marine Biology, The Psychology of Happiness, and Global Environmental Issues. When asked what teachers were most impactful on his growth, he doesn’t hesitate. “Mrs. Cabreros. She is the perfect combination of funny and productivity,” Marco says. He states that she helped him grow in his writing skills and other areas. Marco goes on, “Señora Barry made Spanish in 9th grade fun and interesting.” Finally, he remembers Mrs. Bartels, his math teacher in 9th and 10th grades, and how she assisted him in learning how to handle tough assignments and resolve conflict.

Three people at Cape Henry have been especially influential to Marco. Mr. Peake, a member of our Tech Department, is someone with whom Marco had daily conversations and laughter. Marco says he will greatly miss Mr. Peake’s daily words of advice. He also mentions Mrs. Howard, our Perry Library lead faculty member. Marco will miss their conversations and her kind personality. Marco also wants to give a special shoutout to Mrs. Finley, his advisor. He says Mrs. Finley helped him stay on top of his academics and is grateful for her guidance.

Athletically, Marco expanded his skills in several sports over the years, including JV and Varsity Soccer, JV Lacrosse and Indoor Track. During his junior year, Marco suffered a concussion that removed him from sports for the second semester. He remembers that time being a very tough period in his life, but he learned a great deal from it.

The College of Charleston is Marco’s next destination. He chose this school for many reasons. He says it felt like a good fit. He likes the fact that none of his classmates are attending with him. He is looking forward to the unknown. Regarding major, he is considering Psychology, primarily influenced by the professionals he interacted with during his concussion recovery. He learned a great deal from the intensive therapy he endured, which has made him very curious about the human mind.

Advice for the younger Dolphins just starting their journey in Upper School? He says, “Try to put a smile on someone’s face each day. Personal connections are a big deal!”

Marco, we wish you the best of luck! You are unique and we will miss you.
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