Not unlike the city for which she is named, Paris Beale is a poem of adjectives, a list of superlatives, a being filled with light and excitement and spectacular promise. Paris embodies all that is grand and good about being an exceptional person and a proud graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate.
Paris came to CHC when she was in Middle School, and she immediately embraced the community as they embraced her. She recalls fondly her advisor, Ms. Ashleigh Cake, and meeting new friends right away. “On my first day in 6th grade, I remember decorating my locker with huge pink letters that spelled out my name, and waving down the hallways to all the older students who were friends with my sister, Kennedy (alumna 2017). Everyone was so nice, welcoming me and showing me where everything was,” said Paris. In fact, Paris credits both of her sisters, Taylor and Kennedy, as well as her parents for making her the goal-oriented person she is today. “My family's dedication is what makes me want to work harder everyday to achieve success. I love my family and I know they will always have my back no matter what,” said Paris.
An avid participant in sports and CHC community organizations, Paris played Varsity basketball and Varsity volleyball. “I love to keep active, and the competition excites me,” said Paris. “I especially enjoyed showing the younger girls on the team how to improve their game. And the hype in the locker room!” Additionally, Paris was a member of the Multicultural Alliance which she says provided her an amazing opportunity to travel to Atlanta and Alabama where she learned more about her ancestors.
Paris will attend James Madison University in the fall. After applying to VCU, JMU, VT, GMU, Longwood, and ECU, she made her decision based upon the accessible atmosphere and the professors she met while touring the campus. “JMU is so welcoming, clean and not too big and not too small. When I was talking to the professors there, they indicated to me that they offer help at any time, and that really stuck out to me as important to my education,” said Paris. She will major in business and minor in English with an eye toward running her own business or becoming an executive producer. Paris’ dream career is to one day write screenplays, so be on the lookout for a Paris Beale movie one day in the future!
Paris recognizes CHC and many of her teachers for encouraging her work ethic. “CHC has prepared me for college and life beyond my college years by teaching me how to persevere through any hard situation that I think I can’t accomplish. CHC has shown me that there is always room to improve myself and to work for what I want in the future,” said Paris. Some of the teachers she names as instrumental in her education are Ms. Sharp, Mr. Marlow, Ms. Frasher, Ms. Judge, and Dr. Perkins. Paris credits her success in mathematics to Mr. Marlow, Ms. Frasher, and Dr. Perkins,, and her love for English to Ms. Sharp and Ms. Judge. “Dr. Perkins is literally the best! I wrote about her in my college essay! Dr. Perkins continually worked with me in the mornings with math and never gave up on me,” said Paris. Dr. Perkins also recalls Paris fondly: “Paris has one of the most positive attitudes of any student I have ever taught. When faced with a tough concept, Paris faces it head on and puts in the hard work to overcome it. I truly believe she can accomplish anything she wants to. One of the most precious items I have is a collage of pictures Paris put together. Each picture was taken during study hall each day over a period of months. It’s coming to Rochester with me!”
Of her many memories and accomplishments at CHC, Paris is most proud of the connections she made with faculty, staff, and other students. “I’m most proud of being known for having a bright smile on my face and saying “Hi” to literally everyone. I always want everyone to feel comfortable, so just saying “Hi” to someone walking alone makes the environment a little bit lighter! I’m proud of the amazing friends and connections I’ve made. I’m proud of being able to say I graduated from Cape Henry Collegiate and now am going on to a great university,” said Paris.
One last shining piece of advice Paris can offer to all students at CHC is contained in her own personal mantra: “Failure does not define who you are; continue to work toward your goals and outcomes will follow.” For all who know and love Paris, we look forward to watching for your rising star.