As middle school sports in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools face elimination in the next school year, the folks at savemiddleschoolsports.com talked with Superintendent Peter Gorman about the importance of middle school sports.
Five individuals were inducted into the Order of the Patriot at Independence High School on May 17. Students include: Jasmine Neely, Jimmy Nikitin and Ebony West. Staff who were inducted: Brigette Dingle and Kelly Lewis.
The Order of the Patriot is an honor organization that honors students who have excelled in leadership, service, and character. Independence’s first principal, Mr. Samuel Haywood founded this organization in 1966. It was Mr. Haywood’s intention to honor students not only for scholastics, but more importantly to honor them for their overall excellence in other areas around school. Administration and faculty, as well as current Order of the Patriot members, select prospective Patriots for induction, which are held twice a year. Staff members are also selected as honorary members for their outstanding contribution to the school.
The organizers of the new North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial in Mint Hill held a Korean Appreciation Day at the Park on Fairview Sunday. More than 300 tuned out for the event which was an appreciation for the Korean communities in Charlotte and the South for helping to finance the new memorial. Don Putnam, president of the Korean War veterans association chapter which spearheaded the effort to build the memorial, received at check for $56,244 from the Consul General of The Republic of Korean based in Atlanta, GA on behalf of the Republic of Korea government.
The crowd heard speeches from Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, North Carolina Representative Bill Brawley, Putnam and Bill Reid of the NCKWVA. Speeches were also made by several prominent Koreans from the Southeast including Hae Jin Chun, Consul General of The Republic of Korea; Sang Kun Park, President of Korean Associations, Southeast; and Jin Chul Yu of The Federation of Korean Associations, U.S.
“I am Korean by birth,” Yu told the audience, “but I am also a flag waving American.”
Attendees enjoyed a Korean traditional dancing, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Korean cuisine, and hot dogs. Korean American women, dressed in traditional clothes, laid a wreath at the memorial.
Remember the house on Sudbury Road in 2008 that was completely remodeled by the crew on Extreme Makeover: Home? The King family had their average home turned into a dream home, and it was all filmed for TV.
Here’s amateur video of the project:
Now the producers of Extreme Makeover want to come back to the Charlotte area. They are looking for a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home.
Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to North Carolina.
“We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” says Supervising Casting Director Adam Drucker.
What does it take to be picked for an Extreme Makeover?
“We’re looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up,” Drucker said. “Whether it’s keeping their chin up in really tough circumstances or going out of their way to help others. We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people’s lives. There are a lot of people who are heroes to those around them because of the way they inspire others and quietly serve their communities on a daily basis.” Continue reading