Class of 2020: Rachel Moore

By: Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
Kindness counts. Turn on the television or scroll through social media feeds and you are likely to feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty and negativity that seems to be coming from every direction. In a time when we are all seeking a little positivity, there is no need to look further than Rachel Moore.

Rachel’s academic resume would be an easy reference to show she has exemplified the Cape Henry value of “scholarship.” She has tackled nearly every AP course offered in the Sciences and English earning her a GPA amongst the top of her class. She is a decorated member of the Cum Laude and National Honor Societies and has earned recognition from the Cape Henry faculty for many accomplishments. Among those who were most influential to Rachel was Mr. Steve Palmer who she had for both AP US History and AP European History.

Mr. Palmer shared, “What always impressed me about Rachel was her work ethic. She was willing to put in the time and effort to improve on a constant basis. The extra effort paid off
In addition, her sunny and bubbly personality always brought a smile to my face. Just a pleasure to have in class.“

Aside from Rachel’s positive impact in the classroom, she has seized every opportunity. A co-captain of the varsity girls tennis and softball teams, Rachel answered the call when the basketball team was looking for players to round out the roster. She made magic happen behind the scenes of nearly every play, musical, and dance recital on campus over the past three years as an integral part of the tech team. Rachel has been a Writing Center coach and a peer leader. She never ran from the opportunity to lead and help, rather she sought them out. Her volunteer record for leading projects has included feeding local students in need, serving members of the cleaning and foodservice teams at Cape Henry, and serving as ½ of “The Rachels” to deliver holiday mugs of thanks to all members of the faculty at the holidays. Rachel has exemplified using opportunities to spread a smile.

“Rachel Moore is the epitome of teammate. She leads by example in her commitment to not only improve, but support everyone around her in their efforts to contribute. Competitive in the most positive of ways, and the Team Captain everyone can look to for guidance on and off of the athletic arena. Her smile is infectious, and creates a warm, friendly team environment; and, teams who will be close long after the close of the season. True Dolphin!!” expressed Mrs. Jeanne Short, Director of Athletics.

The third core value at Cape Henry Collegiate is one quietly modeled by Rachel in both her scholastic and personal endeavors. Integrity is often described as doing the right thing even when no one is looking. This is exactly what Rachel does. A dedicated scholar whose grades are as much a reflection of aptitude as they are of hard work. She models integrity in her interactions with classmates, faculty, and the littlest members of the Dolphin community. Rachel can be found greeting campers (behind a mask) with twinkling eyes that can’t mask the genuine smile she greets everyone with. Respected by her classmates as a loyal friend and inclusive community member, Rachel was crowned Mrs. Cape Henry after debuting a biographical video short that included both Rachel’s humility and humor.

With all of this said, it is “community” that Rachel seems to thread through every aspect of her life on and off of Cape Henry’s campus. Whether collecting can goods for households in need during the stay at home guidance or gathering video messages of support for a friend undergoing medical care, Rachel’s investment in her community will be missed at CHC when she heads to Charlottesville in a few short weeks.

“Even as a young middle school student, Rachel had the natural ability to lead her peers and a genuine desire to show kindness to every individual that crossed her path. As she began to navigate upper school, her drive for demonstrating kindness and building unity through relationships began to take root. As a result, Rachel developed and lead the Mentor Club as a way of connecting older students with those who were trying to find their way during the middle school years. Rachel successfully created “lunch talks”, planned activities for a variety of middle school events and became a recognizable role model that the younger students are now striving to become. She has left a significant impact on all of those that she interacted with daily and a path that I hope many more will follow!”, shared Mrs. Krissy Lyle her Middle School Advisor and faculty sponsor of the mentor program.

After considering a number of options, Rachel decided that her next step would be unto the grounds of the University of Virginia. She plans to pursue a career in medicine after earning her undergraduate at a place rooted in family connections.

It is without a doubt that whatever Rachel does in college and beyond, she will do so with kindness and the values she demonstrated through her days at Cape Henry present in her words and actions. We will miss you, Rachel. We are so proud of all that you have done.
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