Five inducted into Order of the Patriot at Independence High School

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Photo by Carol Huss

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.



Korean Appreciation Day in Mint Hill draws more than 300

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.



Mint Hill and Charlotte: Extreme Makeover wants you!

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


Mint Hill family will have a “Minute to Win it” on national game show this weekend

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The Canters on the set of “Minute to Win it.” From the left: Brooke, Tori, Bailey, show host Guy Fieri, Taylor, Barry and Danielle.

A Mint Hill family will appear on the TV game show “Minute to Win It,” Sunday May 15 at 8 pm. The Canter family, mom, dad and three daughters, were flown to Los Angeles earlier this year to participate in the show. Confidentiality agreements won’t allow them to say how they did in the game show, so to find out, you’ll have to tune in Sunday.

Winning the money wasn’t the primary goal for the family, however. Barry Canter, who along with wife Danielle and daughters Tori, Taylor, Brooke and Bailey, said the trip to California alone was worth it.
“I told everyone it didn’t matter if we made any money,” Barry said. “It was a family experience of a lifetime and we just kept saying that.”
The NBC game show is hosted by Guy Fieri, who also hosts “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network. It asks families to complete several tasks using objects that one would have around the house. For example, contestants may be asked to stack five empty cans on a plastic plate floating in a large bowl of water. Or with one hand holding an upside down pizza tray, contestant rolls an egg onto it to collect four small upside-down stickers. After each successful round, the stakes get higher and so does the difficulty level. If the contestant completes all of the challenges, they could win $1 million.
It sounds simple, but in front of 500 people in the audience, lights and cameras, it can be nerve-racking.
Barry said part of his family’s strategy was to have his daughters look at him whenever they felt nervous.
“My wife and I have a great rapport with our daughters,” he said. “We are their rocks.”

Hundreds of thousands of people apply to be on “Minute to Win it.” However, the Canter family took an unusual route to getting on the game show. Several years ago, they applied to be on the game show “The Great American Road Trip,” where families take an RV across the country while at the same time completing challenges. The Canters were chosen to be on the show, but at the last minute decided to decline the offer. Six weeks of travel meant pulling the daughters out of school. Danielle was also in nursing school at the time.
Their audition video didn’t collect dust on a shelf, however. A producer from the now defunct show passed it on to a producer of “Minute to Win it.” He loved it and gave the Canters a call.
Barry was on his way to the coast for work when he got the call.
“I was like, ‘Yeah right. Who is this?’” he said. “I thought it was one of my buddies.”
The producers then called Danielle and asked if they could be in LA by the weekend.
That was on a Wednesday. By that Friday, the entire family was flying to Los Angeles to compete on the game show.
After a limo ride to the famous Redbury Hotel on Hollywood and Vine, the family took part in a “boot camp” where they were allowed to practice 25-30 games, 10 of which would be used on the broadcast. Aside from boot camp, they also took a private tour of LA area, and had a generous per diem for all their meals.
The hotel happens to be next to one of the hottest new clubs in Los Angeles, and after a night of loud music until 6 am, the Canters told the producers they couldn’t sleep and were immediately moved to the historic Roosevelt Hotel.
“They made us feel very welcome,” Barry said of the producers.

And the winner is…

Mint Hill will be featured on the show on May 15. Crews came out to Mint Hill to film around town hall, Penny’s Place Restaurant and the fire department. Combined with the experience of the family, it’s a win-win situation for the community.
However, there’s still the business of winning the money. Barry said they have been tight lipped about the results—per the contract—but was proud of the way his family performed. His daughters are active in cheerleading and gymnastics, so they have an advantage of already having good hand-eye coordination.
The Canter’s will appear on the show on a Sunday instead of the normal Wednesday slot. The change in date could mean the Canters will appear on the grand finale for the season. And recent contestants have won $125,000 and $50,000, so it’s not impossible to win big money. Barry said they are forbidden to discuss the games they played or how far they got. All he will say is he thinks people will be excited to watch.
On May 15, the Canters will have a small viewing party. Only then will we find out if the family was able to win it in one minute.