Mint Hill Magic compete at USSSA World Series

By Leah Schmalz

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.29.27 PMMint Hill Magic Fast- pitch, a local softball league, attended the USSSA ESPN Road to Orlando World Series in Florida last week. The team of 10 players emerged from the tour- nament with five wins and two losses. They tied with several teams for 13th, but their ranking placed them 10th overall out of roughly 30 teams.

This is the first time the team has attended this particular tournament. With teams from across the country in attendance, the tournament provided the girls an opportunity to enhance their skills. “It was a good experience alone regardless of wins and losses,” said Coach Julius Grant. “You don’t

know what you’re facing until you throw out that first pitch.”

ESPN even provided live webcasts of the games so people who couldn’t at- tend were still able to tune in. “It was amazing how many people were watching via the live feed,” said Grant.

 

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Aktion members display talents at Friday show

By Leah Schmalz

Join Aktion Club members this Friday evening at as they display talents for singing, dancing, musical instruments and much more as part of the fourth annual Aktion Club talent show. The event will be in the Kerr Recreation Center at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. A dinner of hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad and chips begins at 5:30 pm, with the talent show beginning at 7 pm. The night also features a silent auction and raffle.

Aktion Club is designed to serve adults with disabilities throughout the community. The organization focuses on encouraging community involve- ment, supporting character develop- ment and fostering leadership skills. Participants in the talent show come from five Aktion Clubs in Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus counties.

Any funds raised go towards scholar-Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.43.44 PM
ships for the Aktion Club Convention
in September in Denton, North Caro-
lina. The event began as a fundraiser
for the convention, but also serves an-
other purpose. “It is a way for the Ak-
tion Club participants to show off what
they can do and not have to compete with anybody else, but just enjoy themselves,” said Becky Oke, event coordinator. The event is sponsored by six local Kiwanis clubs and the Arc of Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus counties.

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Mint Hill Chamber expands benefits with NC Chamber membership

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce has joined the North Carolina Chamber Federation, an organization with 35,000 members that advocates on behalf of businesses at the state legislature. According to Mint Hill Chamber President Boyd Davis, joining the organization provides another benefit to chamber members. “The Chamber is always looking for opportunities to help businesses,” said Boyd. “It does not cost chamber members additional money as far as membership, but it adds an additional benefit to joining the Mint Hill Chamber.” Continue reading

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June Tunes July 3

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 4.23.44 PMThe Queen City Brass Band will perform as a part of the June Tunes series Thursday, July3 at 7:30pm.This is a free patriotic concert held on the front lawn of the Town Hall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music.

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Butler High senior stays connected to heritage

By Leah Schmalz

Conor Quinlivan, left, hugs his mother at the Trish Quinlivan at the World Irish Dance Championship qualifying event.

Conor Quinlivan, left, hugs his mother at the Trish Quinlivan at the World Irish Dance Championship qualifying event.

Conor Quinlivan, a senior at Butler High School, is a successful Irish dancer and novice hockey player. While the two activities may seem quite different, they’re both reflections of his family and heritage.

Quinlivan began learning Irish dance at the age of four. His mother, who was born in Ireland, got him involved. Throughout his 13 years of dancing, Quinlivan has taken part in state and international competitions. While he was overseas to compete in the World Irish Dance Championships, he was able to stay with aunt and explore Ireland, including the town where his mother was born. “I got to see all of my family,” he said. “We went to different towns and ventured all around.”

December was a busy month for Quinlivan. In addition to placing eighth in the qualifying event for the World Irish Dance Championship, he also started playing ice hockey. While Quinlivan’s father is also Irish, he was born in New York. As a result, both of them are fans of the New York Rangers NHL team. Quinlivan’s love for hockey prompted him to learn the sport, and he enjoys playing.

In the fall, Quinlivan plans to attend Central Piedmont Community College. While he will continue dancing and playing hockey, he wants to major in special education. He’s worked at Camp SOAR at the Levine Jewish Community Center and enjoys it. “My sister has been involved with special needs. She brought me to one of the special needs camps and I was hooked,” he said.

Quinlivan had the chance to attend a different high school, but looking back he wouldn’t change a thing. “I’m glad I ended up staying at Butler because the faculty and staff were amazing to me,” he said. “I had a great time.”

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IHS valedictorian recognizes responsibility of adulthood

By Leah Schmalz

Even though Hannah Williams is 17, she demonstrates a maturity and understanding many would consider ahead of her years. As valedictorian of Independence High School, her speech at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony focused on the balance of freedom and responsibility that comes with leaving high school.

“Our graduation is marking…entering a more adult side of the world,” she said. “It’s the beginning of our freedom as people and the beginning of our responsibility as human beings to do something with our lives.”  Continue reading

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