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Class of 2021: Chris Jaycox

By: Mrs. Robyn Judge, Upper School English
Chris Jaycox is a young man of many talents and interests, a person for whom the world is extraordinarily interesting, a place wide open to discovery and adventure. These very talents and interests make up the person who is not only a scholar, an athlete, and a world traveler, but a devoted friend and family member.
 
Chris came to Cape Henry Collegiate in Middle School, where he immediately began making friends and pursuing his passions. He played JV Soccer and Varsity Lacrosse for three years. Chris was instrumental in scoring game-winning goals that helped lead the Dolphins to the TCIS tournament finals this year. As a devoted Dolphin, he recalls those memories fondly and is proud of his accomplishments and the camaraderie he built with his teammates. Additionally, Chris participated in CHC’s Peer Leadership program, where he helped mentor young Dolphins, teaching them how to remain focused and take pride in their community.

Perhaps one of the most memorable experiences Chris recalls is widely traveling with the Nexus Global Studies program. He traveled to Dominica, Belize, and Panama, where he developed a genuine desire to broaden his horizons. “My favorite memories from those trips include scuba diving and snorkeling in Belize and traveling to the San Blas Islands in Panama,” said Chris. 

As a student in Ms. Kim Johnson’s STRI program, he developed his interest in ecology. Ms. Johnson encouraged Chris’s love of ecology by exhibiting her passion for the environment. “I admired her dedication to the STRI program; she inspired me as she displayed her passion on the trip to Panama,” Chris said.

After applying to Auburn, USC, Georgia, VT, and JMU, Chris decided to attend Virginia Tech, a school he admires for its beautiful campus and its proximity to Virginia Beach. “It’s close enough that I can drive home whenever I want, but also far enough away,” said Chris. He plans to major in business information technology with hopes of one day starting up his own business. “I hope to go on to earn my M.B.A. one day,” said Chris. Chris began his application process in the summer before senior year so that he would have plenty of time to devote to writing essays and processing admissions applications, a nod to his serious scholastic resolutions. “CHC prepared me for college and beyond by teaching me time management skills and making the decision to prioritize different things. I have also learned how to work well with others in group situations effectively,” said Chris.

Chris’s dreams are largely due to his academic focus while at CHC and have been nurtured by his close family ties. His brother Andrew, a 2018 alumnus of Cape Henry, and Chris’s parents have encouraged his future plans. “My brother and my family have influenced me to be the persistent and determined person that I am today. They have also motivated me to be my best and drive me to make the best decisions for my future,” said Chris. His family bonds and love of nature are especially strengthened while on family fishing trips and enjoying other local water sports.

As Chris leaves Cape Henry behind, he has some words of wisdom for younger students: “It is important to start your high school career with good grades to create a good foundation for a solid GPA. Take advantage of all the opportunities that CHC offers.” But Chris is not all business; he takes time to stop and smell the roses. He finds Will Rogers’ words inspirational: Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. “Don’t focus on the path; look beyond, and keep moving forward in life,” Chris said. There are many roads open for a person like Chris, and success lies just ahead.
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