Class of 2021: Austin Ascher

By: Mrs. Deanna Thompson, Admissions Associate
One word I would use to describe Austin Ascher is determination. This young man’s transformation over the last four years has been remarkable and has paid off with an acceptance to Longwood University!

Longwood was Austin’s number one choice. It has been for quite some time. Of course, he did the due diligence necessary to make an informed college decision. But ultimately, he wanted to matriculate to Longwood and worked hard to make that happen.

What drew him to Longwood? “They have one of the top Kinesiology programs in the State of Virginia and this is absolutely what I want to study”, says Austin. He has an interesting story about what drew him to the Kinesiology field. “A few years ago, several classmates gently encouraged me to find a sport and to engage in more physical activity. So, I decided to take their advice and give it a try.” Austin joined the Varsity Crew team and began working out on his own. As Austin became more lean and fit, he discovered that he had a great passion for health, nutrition, and fitness. However, it was Ms. Pinkin’s Introduction to Health Sciences class that truly confirmed his passion. Austin is grateful to Ms. Pinkin for her outstanding class instruction. 

Austin names three additional teachers who made an impact on him during his time at Cape Henry. “Mr. Facemire, Ms. Johnson, and Mr. Rudolph are great teachers,” he says. He adds about these three that “they are best at putting themselves in all students’ shoes”, a nod to their creative and flexible approach to teaching. He credits and thanks them for his success in Upper School.
At Longwood, Austin is looking forward to working on himself, meeting new friends, and trying restaurants in the Farmville area! He has become quite the connoisseur of fine foods and will enjoy good, healthy food in his new town. Speaking of food, Austin tells me that he will surely miss being a part of the ever-popular International Snack Club here at Cape Henry. 

A member of the Cape Henry community for 12 years, Austin is a Legend. Thus, he ends our interview by sharing some advice with the younger Dolphins. “Start thinking about college in 9th and 10th grades, focus on getting good grades early. It has more of an impact than you think!”

When asked if he has any regrets, he says “NONE!”. In fact, he says he never has regrets in general. Austin is living his best life and it is only going to get better. I have enjoyed watching Austin grow into an exceptional and focused young man. He is truly a LEGEND! 

Good luck, Austin. We will miss you.
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