Summer Alumni Ice Cream Social
June 13, 2018
Sonic Drive-In (5453 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach)
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From the desk of Doug:
As alumni, your participation, attendance and continued support helps us out tremendously! While CBA grows each year, and our students cross the threshold to the next chapter of their lives, we continue to build connections with our alumni. CBA's goal is to keep a relationship with each and every one of our students who have walked through the doors since 1989. We work to continuously feature all of your great accomplishments and keep you informed of all the upcoming events and gatherings. I am excited to hear how everyone is doing and should the opportunity arise, stop by for a visit!
In their own words - what our Alumni are saying...
My enduring memories of CBA are with the old building and how the faculty pulled out all the stops to make due with what they had - including Mrs. Scollan teaching typing from old, disconnected computer keyboards and learning the capitals with large pieces of poster board on the floor of the makeshift gymnasium/lunch hall. Despite not necessarily having all the proper tools, the faculty always had that spark and drive, to make a difference in each and every student's life and educational experience. On a personal level, I continue to be inspired by that everyday, and I try to deliver that same sort of personal touch for the patients I treat in the hospital.
Cliff Cutchins, transitioned in 1999
I was that kid, that one who hated anything and everything that had to do with change. The idea of even thinking about leaving (my public school), and having to start over at a new school was completely repulsive to me at; little did I know, this new school would change my life forever. CBA taught me alot about myself, and the 3 years I spent there are filled with some of the greatest memories I have. For anyone who remembers, they'll remember that, I had an "I hate the world" attitude, and didn't want anything to do with anyone. I was painfully shy, I didn't know how to talk new people, nor did I want to; all of that changed once I was put into the drama class, where all of that shyness quickly went away. I'm a big believer in the saying "Everything happens for a reason", without CBA, I wouldn't be who and where I am today. CBA has given me so many opurtunities, I had the honor of headlining homecoming and prom with my band my junior and senior years, which was absolutely amazing; there would be no way in the world, I would be able to do something like that, had I stayed in public school. Without this school I wouldn't have my job, CBA's school to work program allowed me to intern at 94.9 The Point, 101.3 2WD, Z104.5 and 95.7 R/B. That internship quickly turned into the biggest blessing ever: a job. If it wasn't for CBA, I wouldn't have met my favorite band and musical heroes: Poison, and many other musicians. In the past 5 years CBA has always been there for me, and has always welcomed me back with open arms. So CBA, I want to say "Thank you for always believing in me, and never giving up on me. Here's to 25 years and to 25 more!
Emily Wilt (a.k.a. radio personality Emileeigh Raine) Class of 2012
What I remember about CBA is the friendships with the students and the teachers, the classes were broken down into 10 students per class and the sports I got to play were great. I got to go on a fieldtrip to the Spirit of Norfolk a few times. While attending CBA, I had met my best friend Jack Stephens.
Dylan Franklin, transitioned in 2005
My memories here made my 10 year journey a successful one, the magical year here was my 10th and final year which was my senior year. It was special because I knew it was the moment of truth of when to say thank you for making my success story come true and thank you again for its 25th year.
Ben Bass, Class of 2010
I attended CBA from the 8th grade to the 10th grade I think. I had to change to public school because my family was adopting. My most favorite time at CBA was playing on the Dolphins soccer team.
Kara Conaty, transitioned in 2003
I am proud to say that I attended Chesapeake Bay Academy at the start of sixth grade in 2001 until senior year in 2008. As for my most cherished memory, I believe it is more like memories because once you've attended CBA, there is never just one that defines a person's tremendous experience at such a high caliber school. However, the one memory that I hold dear to my heart is my senior year while on the softball team. During that year's Softball season, I was shortstop for most of the season. Although on the very last game of the tournament, I asked to switch to left outfield. It was during that game that I remember in the bottom of the ninth inning, the softball was hit towards me, thus allowing me to be the game winning throw to home plate to win the game. As each year passes, I am thankful to this day that I have had the privilege of attending such a phenomenal school.
Christopher Childress, class of 2008
My memory of CBA is that CBA let me find myself with computers. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for CBA letting me read up on the old computers they had at the time and letting me get some of their old computers going again.
I have a lot of great memories from the early days of CBA! All of the teachers were so committed to the students and their families. I loved how small the classes were. Things can be overwhelming when we're young and CBA's structure and environment was a perfect place to be able to focus and grow. If I absolutely had to pick a moment that stood out, it would be Mr. Rashkind and I tossing an egg to each other during a field day. He totally got me! It was such a fun day!
I have two great memories: 1. Mr. Williamson took us on field trips to the woods for science class and we truly used our imaginations. Now that, was magical! 2. I remember all of the carnivals and Robert McCoy gave me flowers and took me on the Ferris wheel!
Lara Parker (Lara Dickenson) transitioned in 2001