Relay for Life

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The Mint Hill Park on Fairview hosted the Matthews-Mint Hill American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 18-19.  Teams raised money for the walk and set up booths, selling treats and passing out literature.  Throughout the night at least one team member was required to be on the track, representing the sleeplessness of cancer and the fight against it.  Cancer survivors wore purple and led the walk with a Survivor’s Lap.  Tina Ross (below), Mint Hill Commissioner and Hodgkin’s Disease survivor, opened the festivities saying “We walk tonight because we can make a difference and give those we know, as well as those we don’t know, more birthdays.”

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Independence students nominated for award

Independence High School’s musical performance of Grease earned them nominations for the Blumey Award, sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts and Wells Fargo.  Musicals participating in the competition were evaluated by a panel of three judges from members of the theatre community in Charlotte.  Independence was nominated for Best Featured Performer, Marissa Plondke as Patty, and Best Choreography Execution.

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Local family celebrates new Naval cadet

Reid Grayson (middle) with his father Brent (left) and grandfather Alton. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAYSON FAMILY

Lifetime Mint Hill residents Alton and Kathy Grayson are proud grandparents of a newly accepted Naval cadet.  Reid Grayson, son of Brent and Rebecca Grayson, will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland this fall on a soccer scholarship.
Reid graduates this spring from Nations Ford High School.  His soccer skills took him to national playoffs for numerous seasons, and college scouts had their eyes on him.
After visiting several university campuses, Reid decided to join the Navy and attend the Naval Academy, where applicants rely on nominations from members of Congress.  Reid interviewed with and was nominated by South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney. Continue reading

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AFMAC honors ex-POWs with movie

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at three venues. On Saturday, May 26, at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcraft Schoolhouse, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, showings are at 9:30 am and 10:30 am (space is limited). Other showings are Saturday, May 26, at 3 pm at the Morrison Regional Library and Wednesday, May  30, at 7 pm at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. All showings are free and open to the public.
The video, entitled Honoring Our World War II Heroes—The American POW Experience, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
AFMAC, a museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.

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Second graders to honor American heroes

Bain Elementary School will hold its annual patriotic  performance May 25 at 9 am in the school’s parking lot.  Second graders, directed by music teacher Noreen Hofmann and dressed in red, white and blue, will sing eight songs to express gratitude toward the United States and those who serve it.
The patriotic program ties in to the second grade reading curriculum, which focuses on America.  Every grade has a musical performance each year, but according to Hoffman the second grade show is especially moving.
Butler’s JROTC color guard will present the flag, and the second grade student body will lead everyone in the National Anthem.  Other songs will include “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land.”   Continue reading

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Independence Senior Meredith Avant wins Broad Prize

Independence senior Meredith Avant (right) was awarded Broad Prize at a CMS Block Party.

Independence High School Senior Meredith Avant was one of 28 CMS seniors who have been named 2012 Broad Prize Scholarship winners.
The students received the news they won a $20,000 scholarship from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation during a surprise announcement at a block party held for CMS employees.
In 2011, CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest such award in the country.  The district was recognized for overall academic improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among minority students.
Broad Prize scholars receive two- or four-year scholarships depending on the type of college they choose.  Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year institutions receive $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Students who enroll in two-year institutions receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). The scholarship selection and disbursement process is managed by Scholarship America.
Butler High School’s  Jess West and Rocky River’s Katherine Roberts also won the scholarship.

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