The Mint Hill Chargers will be sending five players back to Orlando to participate in the AYF/Under Armour All American game on January 4, 2009. The game will be played at the Citrus Bowl right before the Under Armour All American High School game. The Chargers head coach, Mike Fairfax has also been selected to coach on the East All American team. The Chargers recently won its second consecutive national championship by defeating Monroe (CT) Lions 20-8 in Orlando Florida.. The players selected for this event are: #34 Josh Glisson – RB/LB; #4 Riley Ferguson – QB; #54 Sean Wiggins – MLB; #20 Malachi Hanes – WR/DB; #44 Spencer Kendall – OG/LB; #21 Uriah Lemay – DE/HB (first alternate).
District 21 of The Order of the Eastern Star donated 23 stuffed bears and bunnies to the Mint Hill Fire Department today. The program is a state-wide initiative where districts collect stuffed animals to donate to fire departments. The bears and bunnies are used to help console kids on emergency calls. The kids get to keep the stuffed animals if they want. In all, District 21, which includes Mint Hill, collected 222 stuffed animals from July to October. In the photo, Della Sperlbaum, DDGM and Ron Sperlbaum, DDGP of the 21st District pose for pictures in front of a Mint Hill fire truck.
Members of Mint Hill Middle’s Junior National Honor Society collected pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to help the Levine Children’s Hospital — and their efforts really paid off. The schoolwide Reindeer Raiders competition raised $2,527.78 for the hospital in just two weeks. Members visited the hospital on Dec. 13 to turn in their donation. Jen Byrum and Jim Shafer from Lite 102.9 congratulated the students for turning in one of the biggest Reindeer Raiders donations.
The Reindeer Raiders brought in the big money by organizing a contest between homerooms. Each homeroom was given a bag to fill with change. The Reindeer Raiders collected and counted the donations every day for two weeks and updated the school on each class’s progress. There were some great rivalries on each grade level and students searched high and low to find change to donate. The winning homerooms for each grade level were awarded doughnuts for their generosity. This is the fourth year Mint Hill Middle has participated in this event.
Want to find that same desk you used to rest your head on in algebra class? Now is your chance as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begins online auctions of surplus material.
Independence High School is giving Teddy bears to hospitalized children. The students and staff of Independence are buying Teddy bears to give to children in the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The Student Council is sponsoring a “Build a Heart” campaign and is collecting money to purchase stuffed Teddy bears for children in the hospital during Valentine’s Day. Each student and teacher is asked to give at least a $1. The Teddy Bears will be made at “Build-A-Bear” at Concord Mills Mall.
Money will be collected during lunches in the mall and may be given to Student Council members. The Teddy Bears will be taken to Levine’s Children Hospital on Valentine’s Day.
Independence wide receiver Michael Rhynes will play next year with Marshall University. Rhynes chose Marshall over Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee and joins former Patriot T.J. Drakeford on the team. Although he was hampered by injuries this past season, Rhynes is a steal for the Herd. At 6-foot-5 and 202 pounds, Rhynes runs a 4.6-second 40 and of his 18 catches last season, eight went for touchdowns.
In other local high school football news, former Butler star Robert Blanton was the feature of an article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday.
“Here is a guy, a freshman, really not afraid of anyone, and that’s a tough position to say that at,” coach Charlie Weis said in November.