Christopher Newport University’s mission statement reads in part, “ We are committed to providing a liberal arts education that stimulates intellectual inquiry and fosters social and civic values. Christopher Newport students acquire the qualities of mind and spirit that prepare them to lead lives with meaning and purpose.”
It is no mystery for those who know Olivia Jones that a school founded on fostering social and civic values that helps students commit to leading purposeful lives would attract her. Olivia joined Cape Henry Collegiate as a 5th grader as she and her parents were seeking “a better learning environment” and she has exemplified the core values for the past eight years.
That learning environment has proven to be a home away from home for Olivia. She has thrived at Cape Henry academically, athletically and socially. Olivia dove into a variety of offerings including playing golf, basketball, and volleyball for school while also continuing to play club volleyball as well. Olivia’s dedicated nature on the court was easily transferred to the classroom.
Dr. Perkins who taught Olivia for two years in Upper School said, “Olivia is a strong leader in the class. She pushed herself to ask questions, she sought help after school when she needed some extra practice and she always took on the challenge with the warmest smile imaginable!”
That warm smile and can-do-it attitude carried over into Olivia’s greatest passion pursuit. After Olivia’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, she committed her free time to Adipsy, a local cancer support group. Olivia has volunteered her time supporting the children of cancer patients. She recognized that cancer not only takes a toll on the patient but the loved ones of the patient.Olivia founded the “Adipsy Club” at Cape Henry in an effort to get more of her classmates to volunteer as well and provide support to local families who are going through cancer treatment.
Olivia will leave Cape Henry a more compassionate and supportive place and her commitment to fostering the needs of others will be well suited at CNU. We wish Olivia the very best and know that is exactly what she will give in return!