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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Principal John LeGrand transitions from Bain to Butler

By Leah Schmalz

John LeGrand, named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community this year, is in the process of transitioning from Bain Elementary to Butler High School for the next academic year.

John LeGrand, named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community this year, is in the process of transitioning from Bain Elementary to Butler High School for the next academic year.

John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.

 

LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Legion Baseball summer season gets underway

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The summer season has started up for the Mint Hill Legion Baseball teams. The season will continue through the month of June with playoffs beginning on July 1. This year Mint Hill will host the Junior Legion Area 4 semi-finals on July 5, 6 and 7 and the finals on July 11, 12, and 13 at Independence High School.

“Like I told them today, ‘Right now we’re the ingredients and we’ve got to blend you into a team,’” said Coach Kelly Moore. He said the team this year is comprised of younger players than last year’s team, which had 11 members go on to play college baseball. “That just makes our jobs as coaches more fun,” he said. “We’ve got big shoes to fill from last year.”  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Lions Club holds annual 5K, proceeds aid humanitarian projects

By Michele Dotson
Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.42.48 PMThe annual Mint Hill Lions Club 5K was held Saturday before the start of the Mint Hill Madness parade.
Long associated with Mint Hill Madness, the competitive run returned this year on a new schedule to coincide with the festival which had traditionally been held in the fall.
More than 250 runners participated. 
Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill placed first overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:31.
Jessica Alley from New Castle came in first overall in the women’s division with a time of 18:51.
Community support was visible with many area residents, teachers, local students, and public servants participating. Continue reading
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School Board votes to keep spring break intact for CMS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Feb. 25 that students will not have to make up school days missed on Feb. 13 and 14 due to the winter storm.

Dr. Heath E. Morrison, the district’s superintendent, presented a recommendation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Feb. 25 to leave spring break intact by not making up two of the three missed days.  The Feb. 12 snow day will be made up on March 31, previously designated a teacher workday.

The district calendar for the current school year has 1,080 hours of instructional time, which is more than the 1,025 hours required by the state.  The extra hours provided some flexibility in the district’s response to the unusual weather event.

“The education of our students is always our first consideration and that is why the extra hours were built into the calendar,” Dr. Morrison said. “This decision was not an easy one but the unique nature of the February snow storm warranted a unique response.  Many of our employees and families indicated that they had made plans for the break, so we are pleased to avoid shortening spring break at this time.”

However, Dr. Morrison reminded the Board and the public that it is possible that additional severe weather could occur this year. Missing more days of school, he said, will mean losing days during spring break. District leadership does not believe giving up more instructional time is in the best interests of students, he said.

Dr. Morrison’s recommendation was unanimously approved by the Board of Education.

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Indendence 39–Butler 46

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Indy 39 – Butler 46.  The Independence football season ended in the second round of the State Playoff with a loss to Butler for the second time this season.   Butler will advance to the third round of the State Playoffs friday night by traveling to and playing the number on seed West Forsyth.    Rocky River will also advance to the third round after beating Porter Ridge 37 to 29.  The Ravens  will travel to Greensboro to play Dudley High this Friday night.

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