Editorial: Cape students excel in array of settings

March 5, 2019

Key lime pie and creme brulée wings may not yet appear on menus, but they recently took top prize for most creative wings at Ocean 98’s sixth annual Best Wings on the Shore Contest at Crooked Hammock in Lewes. The victory highlights the achievements of five Cape Henlopen High School culinary students who turned skills they honed for their mid-term into a culinary creation.

Not to be outdone, Cape High’s morning announcement team produced a TV show that triumphed over teams from 14 states to earn honors as the Northeast’s top daily taped show. Cape’s student broadcast team heads to Seattle later this month to compete for national honors in the Student Television Network’s annual convention.

Cape High theater-pathway student Kylie Daisey, a sophomore, recently brought home statewide honors for performance in a Shakespeare competition and will now represent Cape and Delaware at the 36th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City.

We also must recognize two Cape High seniors, Vienna Iacona and Alexandra Chiartas, who took on applying for Horatio Alger National Scholarships.

Their efforts paid off. Of more than 80,000 applicants, Vienna was one of 106 students named a national scholar, earning a $25,000 scholarship, while Alexandra won a $10,000 state award named in honor of John W. Rollins.

“I have no financial support,” Vienna said. Without the scholarship, she said, “I don’t think I’d be able to go to college.”

To be sure, these are only a few of the many achievements of Cape High students, whose successes in sports, community service, academic achievement and many other endeavors are documented every week in the pages of the Cape Gazette.

We also recognize Cape High students who are achieving state and national recognition in an array of venues, demonstrating the wide-ranging opportunities Cape schools offer for students to pursue excellence as their interests and abilities develop.

Congratulations to these students and to everyone in the Cape community who is working hard to create an inviting and productive school environment for all students.


  • Editorials are considered and written by Cape Gazette Editorial Board members, including Publisher Chris Rausch, Editor Jen Ellingsworth, News Editor Nick Roth and reporters Ron MacArthur and Chris Flood. 

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