It’s nearly impossible to write this without smiling - because that’s what you do when you spend time with Andrew Jaycox - you smile.
Andrew started at Cape Henry in his 8th grade year - a new face in the class and admittedly it took him some time to acclimate to Cape Henry Collegiate and figure out his passion. Andrew identified as an athlete with a love for soccer and lacrosse and quickly made friends at Cape Henry on the athletic fields, in the hallways and in the classrooms. As Andrew matriculated through CHC, he continued to mature and grow into a fantastic young man who proudly represented his school and community in every endeavor. Whether traveling to Panama or Zimbabwe, competing on the athletic field or serving as the DJ for a CHC dance, Andrew puts all of himself into everything he does. The results speak to who he is - a fantastic leader and a supportive community member who truly cares about his peers.
There are several “moments” that accurately capture who Andrew Jaycox truly is:
1 - Andrew is a committed athlete. He was a starter and a leader on the lacrosse field and also a member of our varsity soccer team. In his junior year, Andrew watched a younger member of the team, John Ermini, assume the role of starting goalie for the Boys Soccer program. John, a year younger than Andrew, is a standout club player and a likely college soccer goalie. Many athletes would see the writing on the wall - losing “their” position to a younger player - and chose to quit. Andrew did not. Instead - for 2 years, he accepted his role as backup goalie and worked hard on a daily basis pushing John to be his best. Andrew didn’t have many stand out moments in those 2 years - as is typical for a backup soccer goalie. As our 2017 - 2018 soccer team advanced through the State Tournament, Andrew was their number 1 supporter - pushing his teammates to be great and cheering them on during pivotal matches. John was unable to play in the State Final - meaning Andrew would be the starting goalie for the first time in 2 years in arguably the most important boys soccer game the school has played. I spoke to Andrew several times before the State Final and what struck me each time was his desire to be great for his teammates. His sole focus was doing his job so his teammates could achieve their collective goal. What transpired in the 80 minutes of the state final was nothing short of spectacular. Cape Henry prevailed 2-1 in a fantastic match and Andrew made save after save to help preserve the CHC victory. Andrew - who for 2 years pushed his teammates - delivered for that very group of young men.
2 - In 2018, our SCA officers, in an effort to promote community, decided to have our first ever All School Dance for all CHC Upper School students. While we’ve had successful dances for years, we’ve never had our 9th - 12th grade participate in one dance. This was something our senior class felt was very important and they pushed to have this event. Andrew offered to be the DJ for the dance - giving up the opportunity to enjoy the evening with his friends and instead focusing on making sure the entire community had a night to enjoy and remember. He did just that and the dance was a wonderful success due in large part to Andrew.
These 2 moments depict who this young man developed into while at CHC. A thoughtful, kind, engaging, hysterically funny young man who cares about his peers and his entire community.
Andrew recalls his junior year as his favorite at CHC - “It’s when I truly found out who I was as a person and a student.” His first friend - Ben Jackson- remains a close friend and describes Andrew as genuine and I couldn’t agree more. Andrew fostered a great relationship with his faculty and coaches, but credits Mr. Kerbin, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Moore for pushing and inspiring him to find his true academic passion.
Andrew hopes to study BioChemistry in the Fall at his new home - James Madison University. I’m quite certain he will have a huge impact on his new community and equally certain we will miss him dearly at CHC.