Cape Fear High School
Meet Rachel Buffaloe
“Fighting through Adversity, On and Off the Field”
For Rachel Buffaloe, playing sports at Cape Fear High School is part of her identity.
Rachel’s mom, dad and siblings attended Cape Fear and all participated in sports. She has many aunts, uncles and cousins who are alumni as well. Growing up, she knew she wanted to be a Colt and as a freshman, she got that chance on the soccer field.
The Cape Fear community has always been important to her and her family but never more so than in the summer and fall of 2020.
In the middle of an unprecedented year of virtual learning, Rachel also navigated through some serious health challenges. Thankfully, with the support of her medical team, family and school community, she was able to bounce back.
“If you saw her on the field this year, you would never know the adversity that she went through,” said Brian Edkins, principal of Cape Fear High School. “She is a starter and one of the toughest players on the field. She is also an amazing teammate.”
Rachel is a tough student as well. Ranked in the top five of her class, she has a 4.6774 weighted GPA and has accrued 425 volunteer hours. In addition to soccer, Rachel is also involved in Beta Club, the Freshman Mentor Program and her church youth group, although soccer holds a special place in her heart.
“My favorite activity is soccer because I love the thrill of the game and spending time with my teammates,” Rachel said.
Through the adversity Rachel experienced this year, she is thankful for the community her family has been a part of for generations.
“Teachers, staff, and administration took the time to check on me and make my transition back to school as smooth as possible,” said Rachel. “To highlight a few, Mrs. Hancock, Mrs. Danks, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Boyle and Mr. Edkins went above and beyond to reach out, keep up to date with my situation, and show their support through phone calls, texts, emails, and prayer. These staff members and teachers made me realize small acts of kindness go a long way in encouraging someone in difficult times.”
Next year, Rachel will attend N.C. State University. She plans to major in Biological Sciences and is working toward a career in the medical field. As she works toward her goals, she will always cherish her time at Cape Fear and Cumberland County Schools.
“Cumberland County Schools has prepared me well for my future,” said Rachel. “The teachers I have had at Cape Fear have been incredible and taught me the foundations needed to further my education. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend Cape Fear.”