Kelly Flippin Chapel Talk


Trying new things can be daunting, especially for those who are quiet and reserved, said Kelly Flippin in her Chapel Talk, delivered on May 1. Admittedly a shy person, Kelly nevertheless persevered and took advantage of opportunities.

Kelly asserted that being quiet can have advantages. For instance, she said that “quiet people are natural learners; their curiosity drives them to learn.” At the same time, Kelly admitted that sometimes quiet people, including herself, can be “chronic over-thinkers.” For Kelly, getting past her fear of trying new things meant that she had to take a leap of faith.

“Trying new things can sometimes be scary . . . [and] out of your comfort zone,” she said.  Without a guarantee of success, it can be easier not to try. Kelly described three times in her life when she “overcame my fear and shyness.”

The first instance was playing volleyball, a sport she has come to love. In Middle School, the thought of playing made her extremely nervous. “I knew nothing about the sport . . . but that’s part of what trying new things is all about, not worrying about failing and just going for it.” That’s exactly what Kelly did and, with the help of coaches and other players, she learned the game. “My confidence increased,” she said, “and I continued to play each year.”

While most of her fellow teens look forward to driving, Kelly dreaded the experience. “Most kids can’t wait to get their license,” she said, “but, honestly, I could not have cared less.” With her parents’ encouragement, she was able to overcome her fear. Last year, she spent the required hours driving with Mont Linkenauger, a member of the Academy faculty certified for behind-the-wheel instruction. “I was worried,” Kelly said. “While driving with Mr. Link, I almost hit a tree.” Despite this experience, Kelly said that he helped her “become a better, more confident driver.” 

Some new things in life come more easily, and such was the case for Kelly when she began baking. What would eventually become her chosen career began with the offer to help with Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. “I wanted to help Mom with Thanksgiving dinner; she told me to make pumpkin pie.” She did and found that she loved baking. “Unlike playing volleyball or driving, I didn’t need much practice with [baking]; it just came naturally,” Kelly said.

Despite her innate reserve and quiet temperament, Kelly has accomplished many things as a student at Amelia Academy. She has participated in the Association of Virginia Academies (AVA) forensics competition for the past three years. In addition, she has been a member of the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams as well as the varsity softball team.   

Attending her Chapel Talk were her mother Virginia Flippin and her grandparents, Shirley and Tommy Flippin.