Danika Kahatapitiya '16

“To be a Bulldog, you have to be willing to put yourself in uncomfortable situations so you can grow as a person.”
United States Naval Academy

Varsity Tennis (Captain), Norfolk Academy Medical Scholars Program, Piano and Guitar Lessons

Most Meaningful Activity
Homecoming Pep Rallies
One of my favorite activities in my years as an Upper School student has been the homecoming pep rallies. It is truly amazing having the entire school in one area, all cheering and expressing their bulldog pride.

Reflections on Learning
The Credo helped me really establish who I am as a person and where my values come from, which was a pivotal moment in my life.

Inspirational Teacher Coach
Dr. Manion is not only great at teaching physics but he is also hilarious and the most optimistic person I know. He really sparked my interest in physics.

Looking Ahead
The rigorous academic program here is key. I have challenged myself in all subject areas and am confident in my teachers’ abilities to expose me to the strain of a college-level course while ensuring I have a thorough understanding of the material.

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is… the balance I have created in my life. I think the fact that I am able to maintain this balance of integrity, athletics, and clubs without being too specialized is a key aspect of what it takes to be a proud member of this community.