CHC News Archives

2019

CHC News Archives

  • June

    Class of 2019: Ellen Apotheker

    Ms. Robyn Judge, Upper School English Teacher
    Graduation. It’s always bittersweet—leaving what is known and casting a line out in new water, finding a fresh way to define the future. For Ellen Apotheker, these concepts are nothing new and, in fact, offer a way of returning rather than departing.
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  • Class of 2019: Marshall Joyce

    Mr. Tyler Faubert, Assistant Athletic Director
    "The sand and the sea is all I need," Marshall Joyce.

    The ocean, where Marshall recalls his first memories. The ocean, where Marshall relishes his most cherished activities. And the ocean, where Marshall will pursue his calling. Marshall Joyce's journey began 200 steps from the warm sand in Virginia Beach, examining the various ships entering and leaving the vast Atlantic Ocean. For a brief period, his journey took him to the cold north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he described, "the most difficult time of his life." However, it was in Pittsburgh where Marshall ultimately realized his passion, wanting nothing more than to be connected to the ocean and to always find the positives in life.
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  • Class of 2019: Briggs Standing

    Mr. Dashiell Quasebarth, Middle School Faculty
    At Cape Henry, we honor our Legends with a walk through the hall where everyone in the school can see the students who had the fortitude and luck to spend the entirety of their educational careers at CHC. Having joined our community as a Junior, Briggs Standing will never get the chance to earn that honor, and that is something he is completely at peace with. He attended the school west of Cape Henry through Middle School and then that’s when the great theme of Brigg’s life kicked in: Curiosity.
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  • Class of 2019: Haicheng "Tina" Zou

    Mr. Chris Souther, Upper School Science Teacher
    One of my favorite artists, Andy Warhol, once said, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

    Well, that explains why Haicheng “Tina” Zou, an International student from China, is always in the middle of things at Cape Henry. She has always been a proactive force in our community, and her zest for learning and answers comes from a view of the world that is grounded in both the local and global communities she lives in.
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  • Class of 2019: Anthony "Logan" Tucker

    Ms. Raven Baytops, College Counselor
    Anthony "Logan" Tucker, also known as LT by his friends and teammates, is a young man of few words but has demonstrated time and time again that his actions speak louder. Brian Facemire shared, "On the field, Logan led by example and was an integral piece of our back-to-back championships." In the classroom, Greg Angilly comments, "Having the opportunity to teach and learn from Logan has been one of my favorite experiences of this school year. When he speaks, you should listen as he's a man of substance and class. I will miss his kind presence on this campus quite a bit next year!". Friend George Selemaj describes Logan as "one of the most genuine people I have ever met."
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  • Class of 2019: Elaine Shan

    Ms. Ling Xie, Chief Financial Officer
    Elaine is originally from Beijing, China and joined Cape Henry Collegiate in ninth grade in the Fall of 2015. When asked about why she picked Cape Henry for her high school experience, Elaine stated that “I visited several other independent schools in the Hampton Roads area, and loved the environment and culture the most at Cape Henry during my tour. So I decided to come to the U.S. to stay with my aunt, who also lives in the area, and study at Cape Henry.”
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  • Class of 2019: Lauren Matacunas

    Mrs. Kathleen Sharp, Middle School English Teacher
    Cape Henry Collegiate's focus on the core values of scholarship, opportunity, community and integrity permeate all aspects of student life and experience. No student is more aware of and thankful for these values than Class of 2019's Lauren Matacunas. A Dolphin since 7th grade, Lauren can't help but reference and appreciate these values as she shares her thoughts about her time at CHC.
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  • Class of 2019: Ryan Mancoll

    Mrs. Lauri Desai, Lower School Faculty
    Fans of the lacrosse team at CHC will have a different experience next spring as they look out onto the field. It will be missing Ryan Mancoll as Elon University, in North Carolina, welcomes a new phoenix.
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  • Class of 2019: Ajay Desai

    Mrs. Deanna Thompson, Admissions Associate
    After being accepted to several big-name institutions like George Mason, Virginia Tech, and NC State Honors College, Ajay has decided to attend the University of Maryland. Ajay earned membership to UMD’s Scholars Program and was awarded the prestigious President’s Scholarship. Lots of reasons besides the scholarship lead Ajay to UMD. First, they have one of the top Computer Science programs in the country. Second, he knows the location well and is comfortable with the area. Third, family and friends live nearby. UMD seems like a perfect fit for this driven young man.
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  • Class of 2019: Ruidi "Serena" Hong

    Mr. Chris Souther, Upper School Science Teacher
    Four years ago, Ruidi “Serena” Hong moved to the United States to begin her life living in a Material World. This is perfect if you want to be a Fashion Designer or work in the Fashion Merchandising Industry, as is her ambition. However, she would be the first to admit that was not her goal from the start. Learning English and navigating the halls of Cape Henry Collegiate were way more important at the time, but she found her way and made it work. I first met her as her Freshman Biology teacher and Softball coach. I remember her dedication and willingness to learn, especially at a game she had never seen before. She once ran the wrong way around the bases, which made her teammates chuckle with laughter. But they also remarked that she was fastest player to run those bases regardless of the direction. She learned the game quickly and was always playing with a smile and joy in her heart.
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  • Class of 2019: Charlotte Brown

    Mrs. Becky Schnekser, Lower School Science Teacher
    Articulate. Dependable. Determined. Responsible.

    These are just some of the words that come to mind when you hear the name, Charlotte Brown. With these descriptors, it comes as no surprise that Charlotte will call the University of Michigan her home after Cape Henry Collegiate. “Michigan just feels like home,” explained Charlotte, whose grandfather is an alumnus. Between her family having spent countless family trips in the state, the school itself having an array of options and highly ranked programs, coupled with a world class education, Charlotte knew that it was where she wanted to be as a young adult.
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  • Class of 2019: Skylar Herrle

    Alexandra Land '19, "The Lighthouse" Staff Writer
    Skylar Herrle is considered a student legend here at Cape Henry, as she has walked the halls for a total of 13 years. She first stepped into a Cape Henry classroom as a student in Ms. Buchardt and Mrs.Bouch’s transition class. Ever since then, she has been respected and loved by so many within the community and has developed relationships with many people around her. Some of her fondest memories at Cape Henry are from her early days on campus with her friends. Skylar loves to reflect back on one memory in particular. “I remember getting so excited for my first field day and getting to play with the older students. It was a great time for all of us to have fun and bond. Go purple starfish!”
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  • Class of 2019: Fiona Clunan

    Mr. Willy Fluharty, Director of Nexus Global Studies Program
    Have you ever wondered what the high school career of a valedictorian heading to Stanford looks like?
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  • Class of 2019: Katie DiBona

    Mrs. Carolyn Scullion, Lower School Faculty
    Katie began her legacy status at Cape Henry as a kindergartner.

    She was a delightful first grader.

    Katie is from a family of Cape Henry students and graduates – her dad, her stepmom, her aunt, her brother, her sister and others. Katie’s grandparents came to Grandparents' Day for many years, cheered at games and were involved in many other activities.
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  • Class of 2019: Ethan Wolff

    Mr. Joe Thompson, Middle School History Teacher and Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
    Ethan Wolff stands 6’5” and is hard to miss walking around the Cape Henry hallways. His deep voice can seem intimidating, but this gentle giant has a very kind and loving heart. Funny, polite, kind hearted, altruistic; these are some of the words his classmates and teachers use to describe him. After getting to know him this past year, I would agree with all of those adjectives and as his lacrosse coach, I would merely add that he is a great teammate as well.
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  • Class of 2019: Lauren Coureas

    Mrs. Julie Scherrer, Associate Head of School
    Who is that fitness guru singing her way through Legally Blonde? No wait, isn’t she the brunette who was wowing the audience in Mamma Mia? Hold on! I think that’s the same girl who was a part of the sister duo I saw at Cabaret!
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  • Class of 2019: Nick Roland

    Mr. Erik Cofer, Upper School Science Teacher
    I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with Nick in both Life Science, during his 7th grade year, and then again in APES during his recent senior year. This perspective has allowed me to see the tremendous growth and development of maturity that Nick has undergone since I have known him. Nick and I recently sat down to chat about his time here at CHC, some of his most memorable classes and people, as well as his plans for the future.
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  • Class of 2019: Liz Bowles

    Mr. Dashiell Qasebarth, Middle School History Teacher and Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
    I asked Liz, “Do you know who you are?” “No. Well, not yet.”

    In her simple response, Liz Bowles claims she does not know a lot but let’s explore what Liz does and doesn’t know.
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  • Class of 2019: Owen Richards

    Mr. Jim Lancaster, Middle School Faculty and Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach
    The two runners continued to gobble up track, pulling away from the field. Orange, grey. It was hot, and you could see it on the faces of both runners as they labored with each stride. Orange, grey. Near the finish line, one coach of the grey runner’s mind wandered, considering if his runner had enough to overtake the leader. On the far side of the track, the grey runner’s other coach considered how if there was going to be a move, the time was now. The runners entered the penultimate lap of the mile. Orange, grey. Then a scream, a surge, a new leader. Grey, orange. Enter Owen Richards, State Mile Champion.
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  • Class of 2019: Reed Truxell

    Mr. Paul Horgan, Head of Upper School
    One of the gifts of working in a PK-12 school is the opportunity to see growth over a longer period of time than just the four years we get with kids in the Upper School. I first met Reed Truxell when I was coaching middle school lacrosse in his 6th grade year. The young man he is today is a testament to the growth that can occur in a supportive environment where kids are given opportunities to be themselves and try different things. You may be wondering... Who is he today? Today, Reed is a confident, strong, smart gentleman who is a friend to peers, a wonderful son to a loving mother, a tough as nails wrestler, a scholar, and an ethical person of character. He has developed a sense of self and independence that didn't exist when I met him as a nervous little boy on the lacrosse field.
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  • Class of 2019: Caroline Beaulieu

    Mr. Brian Facemire, Upper School History Teacher
    Caroline will attend the University of Virginia next year and I couldn’t be more proud than if she was my own kid. She plans to follow her mother into education. Caroline has a passion for working with kids and specifically plans to help kids who struggle with speech impediments.
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  • Class of 2019: Valerie Chen

    Mrs. Amy Martin, Upper School History Teacher
    Quiet confidence, focus, insight. These are words that first come to mind when first meeting Valerie Chen. She is a young lady who is thoughtful about others and is grateful for those who have made a positive impact on her. She is reserved, but you can see her enthusiasm as she shares her thoughts on her future and reflects on her time here at Cape Henry Collegiate. During her time at CHC, Valerie has taken many AP level courses and participated in Robotics and Debate Club.
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  • May

    Class of 2019: Caroline Cashion

    Mr. Greg Angilly, Director of Student Life
    I walked across the hallway the other day and asked my esteemed colleague Sherry Davis an important questions - “If I just refuse to write Caroline’s Senior Spotlight, does that mean she has to come back for another year at CHC?” Now obviously I said this in gest - but the sentiment rings true to all on this campus - We just don’t know how to say goodbye to Ms. Cashion.
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  • Class of 2019: Malia Macleod

    Mrs. Becky Schnekser, Lower School Science Teacher
    When you think of the heart, soul, and muscle of the crew team, one name comes to mind immediately, Malia Macleod. As a seasoned veteran and captain this year, Malia lead the crew team to their second place TCIS finish this season. Crew has been a home, place of comfort, and true niche for this Cape Henry Legend.
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  • Class of 2019: Genevieve Reynolds

    Mrs. Taria Conley, Lower School Guidance
    Genevieve Reynolds, “A Very Necessary Presence”

    Witty, reliable, and positive. These are just some of the words teachers use to describe Genevieve Reynolds.
    Upper School Sciences Teacher, Tracey Pinkin says, “There’s never a dull moment when Genevieve is around”. Sammie Logan, Director of Choruses, adds that “Genevieve has been one of the most dedicated and reliable students in the ensemble” and according to Dr. Corrine Perkins, Upper School Mathematics Teacher, “the ideas she has, and the questions that come to her mind are brilliant…” Although Genevieve does not command a tremendous amount of fanfare for herself, Mr. Logan shared that she has maintained “a very necessary presence” in the chorus.
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  • Class of 2019: Claire Bingham

    Mr. Jim Lancaster, Middle School History Teacher and Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach
    As the race unfolded, the first three legs had done their job. Each leg had run their best to put the anchor, Claire Bingham, in position to win the TCIS Championship. As Claire received the baton, the lead of 30 meters held by the Norfolk Academy runner looked insurmountable. With each stride, the gap diminished. Halfway through the race, the lead had evaporated and Claire pulled away. As she drove down the home straight away on the track, it was clear she had helped her team pull off what at once was considered a challenging, if not impossible task.
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  • Class of 2019: Kai Hendrix

    Mr. David Willis, World Languages Department Chair
    During his seven years as a member of the Cape Henry community, Kai Hendrix has worked to develop his exceptional artistic talents with quiet focus and determination, impressing his peers and teachers alike. Head of the Art Department Jeff Warden describes Kai as “very intelligent, mature, gifted, motivated, knowledgeable, inquisitive, and persistent.” Mr. Warden shares that having Kai in class has been “like having a skilled teaching assistant whenever needed,” adding that it has been “a privilege to watch his creative growth as a very gifted artist.”
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  • Class of 2019: Kellen Marshall

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    Kellen Marshall did not want to come to Cape Henry.

    “I have to be honest. I had been in small private schools and as I was getting close to high school. I wanted big. I thought I wanted to go somewhere that I could be less noticed and maybe not have to work too hard,” Kellen admitted with a sheepish smile.
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  • Class of 2019: Paul Sawyer

    John Ermini '19, The Lighthouse Staff Writer
    When you ask his fellow classmates about Paul Sawyer, they will tell you that he is a chill, positive, and overall likable guy. In fact, his personality earned him the “Most Laid Back” senior superlative for Cape Henry’s Class of 2019. Paul will attend Flagler College in the fall, where he plans on joining the surf team. Flagler is located in Saint Augustine, Florida and is just a couple of blocks down from the beach. This location complements Paul’s love for surfing perfectly and is a big reason for why Paul chose to go to Flagler. 
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  • Class of 2019: Lexia Hann

    Mr. Brian Facemire, Upper School History Teacher
    Lexia is one of those kids you wish you could clone. She brings a certain je ne sais quoi to any room she enters. Her presence is felt rather than simply noticed. She is admired greatly by her peers and commands respect from them. Lexia plans to attend Appalachian State University in the fall and major in nursing while simultaneously joining the ROTC as a path to becoming an Army nurse.
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  • Class of 2019: MaryGrace Fowler

    Mr. Greg Angilly, Directory of Student Life
    Certain people come into your life and leave an indelible mark. MaryGrace Fowler is one of those people. Her calm and quiet demeanor can often be mistaken for a lack of passion or motivation, but that could not be further from the truth. MaryGrace is a fierce competitor, a wonderful student and a thoughtful friend to many.
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  • Class of 2019: Mason Wolff

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    Twin problems are a real thing. There are countless internet memes and an entire website dedicated to the subject with hundreds of real issues that you must be a twin to understand. Imagine sharing nearly every single experience of your life with another human being. It’s your birthday! Guess what? It is his, too. 
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  • Class of 2019: Lily Belle Grant

    Mrs. Julie W. Scherrer, Associate Head of School
    The Urban Dictionary defines a Lily as such:
    "If you don't have a “Lily” in your life, you should probably pray you did. Lilys tend to be a little scary at times, but it's only when they are rightfully defending you. You can tell a Lily anything that's on your mind, they won't judge. A Lily will always deny compliments that are obviously true, they don’t realize their own beauty. Overall, a Lily always does things in their own special way, and they always see all the good things they know are in your personality”. (Paraphrased: Urban Dictionary, 2019).

    And, I am proud to say Cape Henry Collegiate has had a “Lily” for the past 13 years!
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  • Class of 2019: Parker Tanner-Vigil

    Mr. Greg Angilly, Director of Student Life
    Lead by example

    Parker Tanner-Vigil - you will be missed! You will be missed in the hallways, the classrooms, the lacrosse field, the wrestling room, the stands of basketball games, the senior lounge….you will be missed! I thought it best to start with the overwhelming sentiment so many of us feel when thinking about this young man and his tenure at Cape Henry Collegiate.
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  • Class of 2019: Jason Paphites

    Mr. Greg Angilly, Director of Student Life
    Jerry Garcia said it best - What a long, strange trip it’s been! Jason - We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve shared moments of happiness, mourned the loss of individuals together, traveled to far away places and you’ve even driven me to get some sushi when I was a man without a car. I truly can’t imagine being at Cape Henry Collegiate without you in the halls!
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  • Class of 2019: Kate Vittone

    Mrs. Ashleigh Cake, Middle School Science Teacher
    According to Urban Dictionary, “Passion” is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.
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  • Class of 2019: Grant Shepherd

    Mrs. Pam Zettervall, Lower School Faculty
    “You got to live and learn and make mistakes to be a man.” ~ Future

    If you have ever researched Sewanee- The University of the South, they say their students’ experiences stretch further & reach higher than their boundaries can contain. 

    This has always been the case with Grant Shephard. His boundaries are limitless and he has experienced as much life as people twice his age. I have heard him touted by his peers as one of the smartest kids they know or even better, unmotivated genius. As I mentioned this to him, in perfect Grant form, he responded humbly. Nah. 
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  • Class of 2019: Mason Wolff

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
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  • Class of 2019: Gabrielle Short

    Mrs. Janine Mobley-Burke, Upper School English
    Genuine. Passionate. Determined. Resilient. Special. When asked what word comes to mind when they think of Gabrielle Short, this is how her teachers describe her. Scott McGraw, her AP Government teacher said “the one word that comes to my mind when I think of her character is trustworthy. If she says, she will be there, she will. If she says she read the book, she read it. I have never heard her say a bad word about anyone, nor have I ever heard anyone say a bad word about her. She is the kind of person who, quietly, makes her community a better place by acting as a role model for her peers.”
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  • Class of 2019: Wouter Hekking

    Mrs. Tina Howard, Perry Library Faculty
    Wouter is known around our campus as being a friendly, kind student. He is always willing to help, even joining in to assist with the Writing Center when that was needed, although English is his second language. It seems like he has been a valued part of our community for much longer than he has! 
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  • Class of 2019: Charlotte Purkey

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.” - Al Capone

    The late Al Capone was known for many things and outside of this quote, none of them would remind you of Charlotte Purkey. However, when it comes to both kindness and strength, Charlotte possesses both of those attributes in spades.
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  • Class of 2019: Martin Salzberg

    Mr. Kevin Shain, Director of Technology and Security Systems
    In the fall, Martin Salzberg will be enrolling at the University of Virginia. Martin said that attending UVA seemed like a natural decision for him. This is due to the fact that both of his parents attended UVA and he has lived there for a few weeks at a time. UVA just seemed like the right fit for him. In addition to UVA, Martin applied to a total of 8 schools and visited 6 of those campuses. Some of the other schools he considered were Virginia Tech, George Mason, William and Mary, and Cal Poly.
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  • Class of 2019: Chloe Lee

    Mrs. Deanna Stepanovich, Upper School Spanish Teacher
    I had the pleasure of working with Chloe Lee last year in Spanish IV. I found Chloe to be intriguing and as the year progressed, I discovered more and more details about her that make her special and unique. She’s the kind of person to whom I find myself responding “No way!” I am fascinated by her life “behind the scenes” or shall we say, outside of the classroom.
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  • Class of 2019: Martin Liang

    Mrs. Vanessa Clinton, Lower School Curriculum Specialist
    When asked about his time spent here at Cape Henry, Martin genuinely stated, “I love this community. It’s really warm. I belong here.” When comparing the Cape Henry Collegiate learning community with that of a traditional high school in China, Martin feels strongly that his personality fits in more here than it would back home, citing more opportunities and choice as a couple of the qualities that drew him into Cape Henry’s community. Martin first began thinking of going to boarding school as a middle school student in China. When the opportunity presented itself with Cape Henry, he was reluctant at first, but quickly warmed up to life and learning in America after just a couple of months.
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  • Class of 2019: Gabriella Gianascoli

    Mr. Greg Angilly, Director of Student Life
    Gabriella Gianascoli will leave us in a few short weeks and head to Elon College later this summer. The community at Elon College just got a lot friendlier!
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  • Class of 2019: Alex Gianascoli

    Mr. Tyler Faubert, Assistant Athletic Director
    Entering the hallways of Cape Henry Collegiate for the first time in seventh grade, a tall, lean Alex Gianascoli wore a big smile. It is clear “Geno,” as he is affectionately referred, has cherished the past six years and the bonds he has formed throughout his time in Red, White, and Grey. While he will continue to don a Red, White, and Grey uniform in the cold mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia, he will miss the opportunities which Virginia Beach provided him. As he prepares for his final weeks in the Cape Henry Collegiate hallways, he begins his preparation as a collegiate student-athlete for the University of Lynchburg. Leaving as he arrived, with a smile.
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  • Class of 2019: Jillian Ehrenzeller

    Mrs. Deanna Thompson, Admissions Associate
    Do not underestimate Jillian Ehrenzeller. She might seem quiet and reserved on CHC’s campus, but she is a powerhouse in the classroom and is an incredible, accomplished equestrian.

    Jillian has been such a warm and welcoming presence at CHC. She began her Dolphin journey in Kindergarten and speaks fondly of Mrs. Armstrong, Jillian’s former teacher. “Mrs. Armstrong has a hug for me every time I see her.” She smiles big as she fondly recalls her Lower School days.
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  • Class of 2019: Tucker Bruner

    Mr. Greg Angilly, Director of Student Life
    Tucker Bruner will be headed home next year - to the great state of Colorado where he will be the 18th member of his family to attend Colorado State University! Born in the Rockies, Tucker is excited to be the first CHC student to attend CSU and he will leave behind a tradition of excellence when he leaves us this June.
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  • Class of 2019: George Selamaj

    Mr. Scott McGraw, Upper School History Teacher
    As a three time varsity soccer letterman, three time TCIS champion, and two-time Division 1 state champion, George Selamaj has been a huge asset to the Cape Henry soccer program for the last three years. But when asked to describe George as a player, Cape Henry coach Dave Brun did not describe him as the best athlete on the field. Instead he said this: “Too often in sports, we get fixated on the biggest, fastest, strongest, when the truth is, some people are just better at playing the game than everyone else is. George is one of those people.”
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  • Class of 2019: Jackson Kassir

    Mrs. Deanna Thompson, Admissions Associate
    Jackson Kassir is well-known around the halls of Cape Henry Collegiate. He is positive, always smiling, saying “hi”, and surrounded by friends. He is one of those guys that has “Dolphin” written all over him.
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  • Class of 2019: Destinie Lovegren

    Mrs. Tina Howard, Perry Library Faculty
    Destinie . . . what a great name to have as you look toward your future university experience! And where will that be? After campus visits to James Madison University and William & Mary, Elon University won! “This was the last college I visited, and I liked the environment. It has a lot of opportunities and is very big on global studies; I like to travel, so that attracted me. It’s also a nice campus, of medium size.” Although Destinie will miss being with family, she is looking forward to “meeting new people and starting a new chapter in life.”
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  • Class of 2019: Nicole Rychagov

    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D., Head of School
    At the high school level, Nicole Rychagov is a student who questions inside and outside of class what matters to her and how she will contribute to our society. Nicole’s passion for education, commitment to excellence and dedication to research and science were the reasons why she chose to attend Harvard University.
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  • April

    Class of 2019: Jack Praver

    Mr. Chris Souther, Upper School Science Teacher
    In the game of Lacrosse, there are many times when frantic play is intermingled with clarity, calm and strategic passing. Success is often measured by those who can manage these wild swings in tempo and play. This is a good analogy of how Jack Praver has spent his 4 last years at Cape Henry Collegiate.
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  • Class of 2019: Jamie Friedman

    Mrs. Amanda Hayes, Head of Middle School
    Know, Value, and Challenge...not only are these words the first line of the CHC Mission Statement, but they have also been the core of Jamie Friedman’s experience as a Dolphin. If you know Jamie, you know that she leads with enthusiasm, spirit, and a genuine curiosity for the world around her. However, as she plans to leave the nest in just a few short months, Jamie said that her biggest fear is leaving the friends, faculty, and family who know her so well, value who she is, and challenge her to be her best self. She is most nervous about developing new relationships and knows she will have to be patient as she learns to function in a new environment that is different from Cape Henry, where both she and her twin sister, Hallie, have attended since Grade 1.
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  • Class of 2019: Caleb Choe

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    In the game of golf, they say the next shot is the most important. For Caleb Choe, he approaches every shot, test, assignment, and challenge as if it is the most important. According to Varsity Golf Coach, Jon Corliss, “Caleb is the consummate leader. He speaks up when necessary, but leads by example every single day. “
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  • Class of 2019: Dajour Rucker

    Ms. Jeanne Short, Director of Athletics
    “.......and, your Captain…. the Big Man….#32....Dajour Rucker!!” 

    Hearing this young man’s name announced pre-game always gave Dolphin fans a feeling of excitement, assurance, and pride. His presence on the hard court has been nothing short of phenomenal. An All-State, All-Tidewater, and Conference Player of Year Recipient for multiple seasons gave the Varsity Boys Basketball Team the foundation to have success year after year. Two Team Conference Championships, a State Semi-Finalist appearance, and the tradition and reputation of a quality basketball program leaves Dajour Rucker’s mark on the Dolphin Basketball Team as one of our all-time best. As his game progressed to both an inside and outside presence, most opponents found him as one of the most challenging players in the state to defend. As his game progressed, as did his leadership skills. His teammates and Coaches have an unspeakable respect for all he brings to a team. The absolute ability to take over a game, and have the result decided by his undeniable will. Aside from the individual accolades and team accomplishments, his BIG personality, in the athletic arena, and through our hallways will simply be irreplaceable.
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  • Benefits of Exploration Through Summer Programs

    Mr. Tyler Faubert, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Oddly enough, Summer Programs share quite a few similarities to lunch and dinner buffets across the world. However, Summer Camp’s most important parallels include ample opportunity to explore new activities without a long-term commitment while providing a twist of fun and excitement to the daily routine.
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  • Class of 2019: John Ermini

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    John Ermini is ______________________. Ask his friends and they will tell you, hardworking, a role model, and a leader. Ask his teachers and they would add, intelligent, insightful, and diligent. His long time soccer coach Mr. Dave Brun says, “He has a massive heart; it beats for his friends, his teammates, and all things Cape Henry. He is fiercely loyal, and shows up everyday.”
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  • February

    Class of 2019: Aedan Somers

    Mrs. Kathleen Sharp, Middle School English Teacher
    Three words shared as advice to students who follow in his footsteps here at Cape Henry Collegiate. But what do these words even mean? How can someone find and be his or her true self in the halls of Cape Henry Collegiate? A closer look at Class of 2019 superstar Aedan Somers gives each of us just a bit of insight into how to be that "true, authentic self."
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  • Class of 2019: Konrad Keenan

    Mrs. Kristen Dodzik, Middle School World Languages Teacher
    Remember the movie, High School Musical? You know, the vibrant and jazzy “tweenage” Disney coming-of-age musical that cast heartthrob Zac Efron as the lead character?! If not, the story revolves around a talented and academically gifted student athlete whose defiance of social expectations encourages his fellow classmates to embrace their talents and live their most authentic lives. Why is this relevant, you may be wondering? Well, Cape Henry Collegiate happens to have its own “Troy Bolton” of sorts, and his name is KONRAD KEENAN! It’s true. Konrad is our resident “Troy” and since I happen to know that Konrad is a fan of movies, I am hoping that he will forgive me for making the parallel analogy. There is no shame in being compared to a protagonist whose heroism comes from uplifting and supporting the people around him. Both Konrad and Troy lead by confident but humble example. Ask anyone about Konrad, and you’ll see the parallel as well. 
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  • Class of 2019: Taisho Miller

    Mr. Dashiell Quasebarth, Middle School History Teacher and Varsity Cross Country, Track/Field Coach
    The starter’s pistol went off, and Taisho Miller started his final race as a member of a team at Cape Henry Collegiate. With a smile on his face, he used his first lap of the mile to think back on the memories of his time at Cape Henry and how his time here has prepared him to head to Hampden-Sydney in the fall.
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  • Class of 2019: Libby Kennedy

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    Fear or revere. Two words younger siblings might often use to describe those who preceded them in the family birth order rankings. For senior Libby Kennedy, she answers without hesitation.

    “My big brother, Matt ‘12, paved the way for me. He came to Cape Henry and his experiences gave me confidence that I could really thrive and achieve my goals here,” shared Libby.

    When listening to Libby describe her older brother with a sense of adoration and appreciation, it is easy to see that his impact on her led her to find ways to support and inspire others.
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  • Class of 2019: Hallie Friedman

    “The first step to receiving an answer is being brave enough to ask the question.” - Unknown

    For Cape Henry Legend, Hallie Friedman, bravery is at the core of her character. Never one to shy away from asking a question, Hallie has challenged her teachers and friends to consider things that we might otherwise accept without evaluating, probing, and dissecting. 

    “Some people might find Hallie’s questions overwhelming, but I was happy to see someone with so much inquisitiveness and drive, especially in science. Hallie has always been that way and her continued success at college will be based on a yearning for clarity and purpose,” shared Mr. Chris Souther.
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  • January

    Class of 2019: Alexandra Land

    Mrs. Jeanne Short, Athletic Director
    Senior Field Hockey Captain, Alexandra “Zan” Land, recently closed the chapter as arguably one of Cape Henry Collegiate’s finest athletes, male or female, in any and all sports. A two-time State Champion, two-time TCIS Champion, D II State Player of the Year in 2017 & 2018, a 3-year Captain, an All-Tidewater Selection, and CHC’s all-time leading Field Hockey Scorer. All of this is nothing short of remarkable, and there’s just not enough incredible adjectives to explain just how special her career has been in a Dolphin Uniform, #2. She is respected among her teammates, opponents, Coaches across the State, and the nation in the Field Hockey Club Circuit. Her presence on the field is humble, unassuming, but driven and competitive. As she surpassed the scoring of CHC Legends, Erin Scherrer ‘15 (Duke), and Madison Land ‘15 (Louisville), ironically, Alexandra’s older sister; it was even more apparent of the complete admiration and respect of those who played before her. She does not boast about these accomplishments, but respects the program she has whole-heartedly bought into from the onset.
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  • How to Talk to your Children About Race

    Mrs. Vanessa Clinton, Lower School Reading Specialist
    How to Talk to your Children about Race
    Have open, honest, meaningful conversations about tolerance, respect, and race

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • Class of 2019: Michael Allen

    Mrs. Tina Howard, Library/Media Specialist
    Michael Allen joined our Cape Henry Collegiate community in his sixth grade year, when I had the pleasure of meeting him through English class.  He has been a quiet, dependable force on campus ever since; but now it is almost time for him to move on. And where will he take his next steps educationally?  He is looking forward to joining the student body at Washington and Lee University, set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, where he applied early. Having only considered two colleges, why did he feel this is the best fit?
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  • Class of 2019: Caroline Estes

    Mr. Scott McGraw, Upper School History Teacher
    Caroline Estes knows what she wants.

    She knew Cape Henry was the right school for her when she sat in on Willy Fluharty’s International Relations class as an eighth grader. Even then, she knew she wanted a school that would allow her to be herself, and she realized Cape Henry was the one when she participated in the wide-ranging discussion of current events that took place in Mr. Fluharty’s classroom that day. The class reminded her of her experience at The Williams School because it was small and informal and because the conversation was dominated by the students, not the teacher. As she put it, “[i]nstead of the school making me fit into its program, Cape Henry was willing to let the program fit me.”
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  • Class of 2019: Eva Dickie

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    Eva Dickie has a spirit for adventure. As many of her classmates are narrowing down their college decisions to destinations that will keep them closer”ish” to home, she has taken a slightly different path.

    “I’m nervous but excited, too. I can remember being in Middle School and telling my teachers that I was going to move to Florida. I guess I sort of just knew,” expressed Eva.

    Eva’s sense of adventure and “going with your gut” instinct is one that she saw modeled by her parents. Eva began her preschool education at Saint Patrick Catholic School in its inaugural year of operation. When her parents signed on to send their first born off to school, Saint Patrick’s was more of a concept rather than a reality. Fast forward 10 years and as Eva was making the decision about where to attend high school, she took a similar leap of faith.
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  • Class of 2019: Aiden Kuhle

    Mrs. Brooke Hummel, Assistant Head of School
    Aiden Kuhle stands at nearly 6’5” and is 230 lbs. He can hurl a 85+ mph fastball and blast a baseball well over 300 feet. Those stats alone make for an intimidating presence. However, if you were to ask faculty, classmates, and teammates for words to describe Aiden you would hear kind, thoughtful, polite, and inclusive. While Aiden is positioned to stand atop the CHC mound this spring, he already stands atop a list of impressive accomplishments.
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