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.
“Libby is always someone who encourages her teammates and always brings a positive attitude to the team. She is a good person, leader, and friend on and off the field and definitely someone you can count on,” expressed freshman teammate Gini Kainer.
Libby made the move to Cape Henry in ninth grade after attending Princess Anne Middle School. She attended Dolphin for a Day with two close friends and immediately found that she could connect with teachers and through the smaller class sizes would get more personalized attention.
“I was worried at first that the classes were more challenging but I realized that the teachers were so supportive and I found what I was learning to be more valuable,” shared Libby.
One of those teachers she recognizes as really helping her early on was Mr. Facemire who served as both her advisor and her freshman history teacher. “He was just understanding and encouraging, it made a big difference for me.”
Aside from the academic adjustment, Libby remembers her freshman year of lacrosse where she had to “earn her time.” She appreciated the mentorship and family nature of the lacrosse team and the team motto of “leave it all at the gate.”
“Sometimes you would come to practice worried about other things and my coaches and teammates encouraged us to just leave that stuff behind when you set foot on the field. It was really helpful and it made lacrosse so much fun!”
That love of lacrosse has driven Libby’s college search process. She initially thought that a division I school was her desired destination but after campus visits and evaluating her long term goals, Libby began to focus her search on division III programs. She looked at Christopher Newport and Randolph Macon before visiting University of Lynchburg.
“I immediately “felt it”. The campus, the team, the coaches. It all felt right.”
That “right” feeling led Libby to commit to becoming a Hornet. She is excited to explore majoring in Occupational Therapy with a pediatric specialization.
“I have babysat for years, worked youth lacrosse camps, and been a part of our team community service project to deliver Easter baskets to patients at CHKD. I really enjoy helping others and working with children,” shared Libby.
While Libby is looking forward to all that Univ. of Lynchburg will offer her, she is also already thinking about all the things that she is going to miss.
“I’m trading the beach for the mountains but my close friends are like a sisterhood so that will be hard. I’m also going to miss my dog!”
There is no doubt that all of us will miss Libby but her words of advice will be heeded by those who revere her.
“Don’t give up on goals or dreams. Stick to the plan you set. It will take patience but with time, you can achieve them.”
Good words to live by. Good luck, Libby!