Students earn praise at Junior Theater Festival Atlanta
MINT HILL – Students from Spotlight Players earned recognition at the 2019 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta on Jan. 18 to 20 in Atlanta.
The Spotlight Players presented selections from “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.”
Bill Newberry, a music director, teacher and vocal coach, described the performance as captivating with solid singing.
“These were such subtle and clean actors,” said Michael Bobbitt, artistic director of the Adventure Theatre MTC. “They had a lot of gravitas and maturity as actors.”
Spotlight Players’ Naomi Levinson and Johnathon Stribling were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of outstanding performers. They performed a song during the closing ceremony.
The Junior Theater Festival Atlanta united more than 6,600 students and educators from 133 educational musical theater groups representing 28 states, Australia, China, New Zealand and the U.K. It is produced by the Junior Theater Group in partnership with iTheatrics.
Providence NJROTC excels in regional event
CHARLOTTE – The Providence NJROTC recently finished third in a Drill, Academic, Physical Fitness Competition at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The competition consists of multiple areas of evaluation, including armed and unarmed drill (exhibition and formalized scripts), physical fitness tests (sit-ups, push-ups and running) and academic testing.
The finish qualified the team for the Area Six Championships in Chapin, S.C. The top three teams from that event advance to the Navy National Championships in April in Pensacola, Florida.
Chick-fil-A to hatch a location near town hall
MINT HILL – Chick-fil-A is coming to Mint Hill.
Commissioner Dale Dalton said developers have presented the town with preliminary plans to open a Chick-fil-A across the street from Mint Hill Town Hall.
The new restaurant is expected to open sometime in mid-2020 and will be located next to McEwen Funeral Home, which is at 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Developers have already conducted a traffic study in the area, and plans call for dual drive-thru lanes.
A 2017 report in QSR Magazine said the average Chick-fil-A will do more than $4 million in sales per year.
NJROTC cadet earns Legion of Valor award
CHARLOTTE – Cadet Lieutenant Commander Maya Spencer, commander of cadets and senior at Providence High School, has been awarded the Legion of Valor for 2018-19.
More than 4,000 students apply for the award, but only 40 win it worldwide. Prospective awardees must be in the top 10 percent of their class, serve in a leadership position within a unit and maintain academic excellence in their classes.
Spencer ranks in the top 5 percent of her class and holds a 4.3 grade point average.
She’s a member of the National Honor Society, semi-finalist for a National Merit Scholarship and silver medalist for the last two years in the National Spanish Exam.
Ross Dress For Less to help Boys & Girls Clubs
CHARLOTTE – Ross Stores is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a four-week donation program, “Help Local Kids Learn.”
Beginning Feb. 2, customers can make monetary contributions during checkout at Ross Dress for Less to be donated to the local Boys & Girls Club this February. There are stores in Matthews (9609 E. Independence Blvd.), Monroe (2961 W. U.S. 74), Pineville (9547 South Blvd.) and Charlotte (3201 Eastway Drive and 5335 South Blvd.).
Nearly 1,700 kids have a safe place after school at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.
Mint Hill Arts to showcase student work
MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts will hold its 11th annual Student Art Show next month.
Students from public, private or home schools can enter art.
High school art will be judged. Prizes include $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for four honorable mentions.
Enter artwork into the show by completing the paperwork and bringing art to the gallery (11205 Lawyers Road) between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 or 26.
The opening reception will be held 7 to 9 p.m. March 1 in the gallery. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturday through March 28. Pick up art from 4 to 6 p.m. March 29 or 10 a.m. to noon. March 30.
Call the gallery at 980-226-5532 or email Mary Beth Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independence re-signs leading scorer Jorge Herrera
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence has re-signed franchise leading goal scorer Jorge Herrera, who recorded a career-high and team-high 13 goals last season.
The 38-year-old Herrera is two goals back of Indy Eleven forward Dane Kelly (67) for the all-time lead in USL Championship regular season goals.
“He’s been a permanent fixture since the start of the franchise and he’s a player with a great engine,” coach Jim McGuinness said. The Independence opens the USL season March 15 against Indy Eleven at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Visit www.charlotteindependence.com or call 704-206-1515 for tickets.