Technology takes toll on mind, body

Charlotte-Mecklenburg students must complete a graduation project where the student investigates a topic and presents their findings and a project to a panel. Independence High School senior and Mint Hill resident Erin Evans researched the negative effects of technology. Her report is below and has been edited for brevity. The full version is on our website www.minthilltimes.com.

Erin is the daughter of Evan and Whitney Evans of Mint Hill. 

by Erin Evans

(edited for brevity)

A child sits quietly, hardly blinking, occasionally jerking, constantly staring, oblivious to his surroundings. Some might wonder if he is schizophrenic, autistic, or suffering from another mental illness.

This child is simply addicted to the technology that holds his undivided attention and isolates him from the real world.

Technology, which has so greatly impacted life today in positive ways, has now begun to raise concerns about its negative influences, especially upon the young.  Continue reading

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Independence renovations nearing completion

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.10 PM The new gymnasium being constructed at Independence High School from 2007 bond money is nearing completion. The renovations to the original gym are also nearing completion. Even with the recent bout of bad weather, the projected date of completion is sometime in April.

Independence High School will have a new façade when the construction is completed.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.03 PM The area shown here will be the new front entrance to the school. Originally the area between the main building and the gym was a covered walk way. The building has been enclosed and connected to the gym. The new building will contain the front office as well as some administrative offices.

 

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MHMS boy’s basketball nearly sweeps season

By Leah Schmalz

With a 10-1 record and only one game left in the season, any sports team could get too psyched out to do well. That doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Mint Hill Middle School boy’s basketball team. As the wins keep stacking up, their focus doesn’t waver.

“You’ve got to go 1-0 every day,” said Coach Erik Dove. Up until Monday’s game against Piedmont, the team had done just that. Despite the loss, they put up stiff competition that only gave way in the last play of the game for a final score of 50-48.    For player DJ Little, the team’s impressive season wasn’t a surprise. “That’s always my expectation,” he said. To stay focused, player DJ Little takes some shots before the game and listens to music. Team member Justice Wallace ˆmaintains his focus by viewing each game as a fresh slate. Continue reading

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Local students study global issues – Raise money for school in South Sudan

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 8.12.40 AMStudents from both Independence and Rocky River High Schools have designed t-shirts with global messages aimed at making a difference in the world.

The Any1Can Project is an arts-based global service learning initiative that allows students to learn about seven complex global issues and create an original work of art on a white t-shirt.

The winning t-shirt designs in each of the seven categories will be mass produced to sell in retail establishments across Charlotte. Continue reading

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Bain recipient of field to fork garden

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Fuel Pizza Garden

Students at Rama Road worked with their teacher to grow vegetables and herbs used to make a healthy pizza last spring. Bain Elementary School has been awarded a Field to Fork pizza garden for the spring of 2014. Basil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are some of the vegetables that will be grown at the school located on Bain School Road.

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. Continue reading

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Independence and Myers Park

On Friday night the Independence Patriots got double digit point totals from three 

different players in earning another Southwestern 4A Conference win by defeating the
 Myers Park Mustangs 75-51.  The victory keeps the Patriots at the top of the
Southwestern 4A Conference with a 9-1 record with two games remaining.
Workpeh Kofa led the Patriots with 19 points shooting 9-of-13 from the floor including a
 three-pointer.  Senior guard Tayon Gleaves added 16 points knocking down 7-of-12
 shots from the floor.  Deion Lane posted his 14th double-double with 13 points, 10
 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and one blocked shot. Continue reading
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