Cape Henry Collegiate has legends. Students who have spent their entire academic careers as Dolphins. Aleezah Adams is not a legend. However, since arriving at CHC at the start of her Junior year, Aleezah has been able to embed herself in the fabric of this community so effortlessly, you’d think she’s been here her whole life.
Aleezah and I first connected over our shared status as members of the Bey-Hive (if you know, you know). However, it wasn’t until we hiked the Camino de Santiago together, on a NEXUS trip to Spain, that we really bonded. On a particularly brutal day, when I assured Aleezah I could not go on and she should save herself, she steadfastly refused. I learned then that’s who Aleezah is--a leader, a teammate, and a friend, who won’t leave you when you’re down but instead, will work to help lift you up again.
But, if you know Aleezah, it makes sense. In just two short years, she has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments: President of the Black Student Alliance (BSA), Captain of the Field Hockey Team (2X State and TCIS Champions), 2X First Team All-State Athlete, and Global Scholar. In addition, Aleezah was a three-sport athlete, also playing Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse, a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), and was an employee of Cape Henry’s Compass Rose Coffee Company.
Despite a robust set of extracurricular activities, Aleezah remained committed to her academics and credits her teachers for “working so tirelessly to provide the resources to help [her] grow as a learner.” She cites Mr. Fluharty’s International Relations course as “a game changer for [her]!” in that it “sparked [her] passion for international relations.” As a result, her “interests [in] traveling and exploring the world grew.”
It was this desire that led her to Elon University, as they are one of the top schools in the country for study abroad programs. Though she also considered Temple University and Spelman College, she plans to study International and Global Studies, so it makes sense that Elon won out. As a Spelman alumna, I can’t say my feelings aren’t hurt, but I have no doubt that Aleezah will forge her own path at Elon.
As she prepares to leave Cape Henry, Aleezah has no regrets about her time as a Dolphin and wants to encourage her fellow students to “lead with compassion and empathy.” She appreciates everyone in the Cape Henry community and even gave me a special shout-out for “writing this and [for my] continuous support throughout the school year.” Truly, the pleasure has been mine, because without Aleezah, I’d probably still be sitting on a random road in Spain.
Aleezah, in the words of King Bey, you may be young, but you’re ready. We can’t wait to see what you do!