Vol. 17 No. 2
January 13, 2017 www.thecharlotteweekly.com
Buyers gobble up property December homes sales include 12 that moved for more than $1 million. Page x
Helping others after loss Hawthorne's Pizza owners organize blood drive in honor of their late daughter. Page 10
Puppy Bowl II Charity event connects shelter dogs with families
Wilcox ready to lead CMS Clayton Wilcox signs contract at school board meeting. Page 6
Page 10 The Carolina Panthers wonâ€™t be returning to the Super Bowl this year, but that hasnâ€™t deterred A Plus Garage Doors from organizing its second annual mock football game to find homes for shelter dogs. Photo by Chuck Eaton Photography
News Briefs 2 | Opinion 5 | Education 6 | Faith 10 | Calendar 12 | Sports 13 | Classifieds 15
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Boutique, Starbucks joining Waverly Staff Report
CHARLOTTE – Mainstream Boutique, Source1Phones and Starbucks have signed leases at Waverly. They join more than 30 other retailers and restaurants that have signed at the 90-acre site being developed by Crosland Southeast and Childress Klein. “These signings add to the diverse mix of national, regional and local retailers at Waverly and bring us another step closer to our vision for a walkable, mixed-use destination in south Charlotte,” said Chris Thomas, partner at Childress Klein. Here’s a roundup of what each store has to offer:
Mainstream Boutique Dawn Talley plans to open a Mainstream Boutique store next to District 5 Interiors this spring. The store sells unique clothing, accessories and giftware to women of all ages and sizes. It launched an exclusive clothing line, Mac and Me, in 2014. The company has franchise locations in 22 states, including stores in Mooresville and Winston-Salem. The 1,392-square-foot store at Waverly will be its first in Charlotte.
Source1Phones Source1Phones will open a 944-square-foot space next to Carolina Ale House this summer.
News Briefs Henderson Properties, Harpe Realty announce merger CHARLOTTE – Henderson Properties has merged with Harpe Realty, allowing its rental division to absorb another 75 single-family and 27 multi-family units into its management portfolio. Neal Harpe has owned and managed Harpe Realty with his wife, Vicki, for 22 years. He is serving Henderson Properties in an advisory role through early January. “Henderson Properties is a well-regarded firm with deep community ties that will continue to provide our property owners and tenants with the very best service,” Harpe said. Henderson’s rental division manages approximately 800 units in the Charlotte region, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartment communities. The company introduced an online portal last year that allows investors to view real-time information about rental payments and work orders. “With the overlapping footprint of our rental portfolios and the systems and technology platform we have at Henderson, this merger made perfect sense,” said Phil Henderson, president of Henderson Properties. “We look forward to serving these new customers and creating value for the investors who have entrusted us to manage their properties.”
Southminster partners with UNCC on Meck50+ study CHARLOTTE – Southminster is financing a study to give Charlotte and Mecklenburg County leaders a better understanding of the needs of
A productive first 100 days by Robert Pittenger Guest Columnist
An aerial shot of Waverly, a 90-acre, mixed-used development near Providence and Ardrey Kell roads, not far from the Union County line. Photo courtesy of Yellow Duck Marketing The Charlotte-based company repairs phones, tablets, MacBooks and other products. With its first location in Fort Mill, S.C., Source1Phones has signed leases for three additional locations in the Charlotte market.
Starbucks Starbucks is building a freestanding, 2,300square-foot store at the southeastern corner of Providence Road and Golf Links Drive, a newly signalized intersection. Starbucks has more than 25,000 stores around the globe. Its Waverly store is expected
older adults. Southminster’s donation of $195,000, along with $25,000 from UNCC, is funding salaries and benefits, including two graduate assistants to run the study, as well as supplies. “Learning the needs of our community ties directly to our mission and expanding our philanthropic reach,” said Southminster Director of Philanthropy Tracy McGinnis. “We are eager to support UNC Charlotte’s study team in assessing the needs of older adults so local governments, community-based organizations, and private companies can better understand the growing challenges of age-related illness and dementia and accurately identify needs in the first place.” The Meck50+ study will continue until April 2018.
Driggs to address district growth at town hall
to open in late spring.
Upcoming openings A 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods, Waverly’s retail anchor, will open in spring 2017. Novant Health, the project’s medical anchor, opened a 22,000-square-foot office last fall. Retailers, including Chuy’s and ULTA Beauty, recently opened. Mattress Firm plans to open this month. Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread will follow in February. Visit www.waverlyclt.com for details.
treatment. Registration for the 5K and a kids’ fun run, beginning at 8:45 a.m., is open. Registration for the 5K is $30 from now until Feb. 11, $35 from Feb. 12 until race day and $40 on March 11. New to the race this year is a VIP experience that, in addition to race entry and shirt, includes food and drinks before the race, access to a heated tent, start line recognition, commemorative RunJenRun silipint, special VIP race bib, VIP parking, bag check and access to a massage therapist postrace. The family-friendly festival after the race includes an expanded kids’ zone with bouncy houses, obstacle courses, games, face painting and mascots. Adults also can enjoy beer from Sugar Creek Brewing Co. Register for the race at www.runjenrun. racesonline.com.
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte City Councilmember Ed Driggs will host a town hall meeting examining growth in his district, which includes Ballantyne. Some of the topics include development and ordinance updates; growth, housing and school impacts on traffic; what affordable housing means for the district; school capacity constraints; and collaboration between the city and school district. The event takes place 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Ballantyne Hotel and Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
RunJenRun 5K set for fifth year CHARLOTTE – The fifth annual RunJenRun 5K and Family Festival will be held March 11 at 8 a.m. at Symphony Park in SouthPark. The event is a fundraiser for the GoJenGo Foundation, an organization that provides support to people battling breast cancer who are affected by the financial burden that comes with
Kandi Deitemeyer walks around Central Piedmont Community College’s Central Campus on Thursday, Jan. 12, to welcome students on the first day of the spring semester. Deitemeyer began her tenure as president of the college Jan. 2. Grant Baldwin/SCW photo
The 115th Congress officially gaveled into session. With President-elect Trump soon to be inaugurated, my House Republican colleagues and I have been laying the groundwork for a historically productive first 100 days. Among our top priorities are defeating radical Islamic terrorism, repealing and replacing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and making the tax code simpler and fairer for all Americans. America has never before faced such varied threats, the most concerning of which is radical Islamic terrorism. Eight years of President Obama's feckless foreign policy yielded few tangible victories over ISIS and continually minimized America's standing in the world. This year, I will continue my work to defeat ISIS and other terrorists as chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and working with Presidentelect Trump on strategies to put America back in a position of prudent leadership on the world stage. Repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-focused and market-driven solutions is another top priority. Every day I hear from constituents facing higher premiums, higher deductibles and fewer choices. Our House Republican plan will provide patients with freedom of choice and lower costs while maintaining protections for those with preexisting conditions. In addition to my efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, I have worked tirelessly to ensure Planned Parenthood no longer receives taxpayer funding. We are also working to enact the PainCapable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end the horrific practice of late-term dismemberment abortions, when innocent babies suffer excruciating pain as they are literally pulled apart piece by piece. My House Republican colleagues and I are also working on a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code. Needless to say, it's time for an update. Our plan centers on three principles: simplicity and fairness, jobs and economic growth, and a "service-first" IRS. As always, my number one priority is to provide you with exceptional constituent service. As your Congressman, my team and I are available to assist you with issues involving Social Security, Medicare, IRS, passports, Veterans benefits, FEMA and disaster recovery, agriculture, and other federal agencies. My regional office recently moved to 5970 Fairview Road, suite 430, between Park South Drive and Piedmont Row. My phone number remains 704-362-1060. In November, the American people spoke loud and clear in favor of a new direction for our country. House Republicans are ready to deliver on a pro-growth, America First agenda in the first 100 days. U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger lives in south Charlotte. South Charlotte Weekly will publish weekly updates from Pittenger on its website, www. thecharlotteweekly.com.
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Home Sales Date sold
28209 Ashbrook 1134 Bevis Drive
Collins Park 4425 Collingwood Drive Dec. 30
Average Sales Price Date sold
Avignon at South Park 4914 Lazare Lane Dec. 7
Belingrath 6611 Colston Court
Halstead Park 4629 Halstead Drive Dec. 8
Madison Park 4423 Garris Road Dec. 29 4326 Waterbury Drive Dec. 19 1432 Montford Drive Dec. 8
Brandon 6033 Kingstree Drive
$280,000 $405,000 $284,000
Myers Park 1305 Lilac Road 3233 Pinehurst Place 3908 Selwyn Ave. 207 Dellwood Ave. 3148 Fairfax Drive 2726 Picardy Place 1127 Reece Road 1604 Sterling Road 3146 Fairfax Drive 1948 Maryland Ave. 2821 Manor Road 2817 Hillsdale Ave.
Brandon Forest 2416 Emstead Court Dec. 28 9105 Essen Lane Dec. 28 9001 Landsburg Lane Dec. 22
$767,000 $365,000 $300,000 $865,000 $970,000 $910,000 $599,000 $1,835,000 $1,010,587 $1,625,000 $930,000 $493,000
Cameron Wood 3113 Old Chapel Lane Dec. 19 9639 Sweet Cedar Lane Dec. 15 9231 Four Acre Court Dec. 7
Dec. 15 Dec. 8 Dec. 1
$405,000 $212,500 $420,000
Selwyn Farms 3317 Selwyn Farms Ln. Dec. 16
Selwyn Park 4630 Connecting Road Dec. 22 1424 Cortland Road Dec. 22 634 Manhasset Road Dec. 12 4601 General Pershing Dr. Dec. 8 The Arbors 1007 Urban Place
$241,000 $257,000 $335,000
Sedgefield 624 Poindexter Drive 3409 Anson St. 758 Poindexter Drive
Colonial Village 441 Scaleybark Road Dec. 22 513 Webster Place Dec. 20 3700 Conway Ave. Dec. 14
Dec. 29 Dec. 20 Dec. 19 Dec. 15 Dec. 12 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 6
$280,000 $228,500 $329,200 $302,000 $555,000
Beverly Woods 7513 Bradlow Court Dec. 28 4119 Bramwyck Drive Dec. 28 5720 Sharon Road Dec. 5 3738 Rhodes Ave. Dec. 1 Dec. 21
Cameron Woods 3434 High Hamptons Dr. Dec. 9
Address Pine Valley 1613 Longleaf Drive
$807,000 $450,000 $425,000 $370,000 $359,000 $421,000 $245,000 $229,400 $215,000 $173,124 $305,000 $446,500 $285,000 $400,000
Channing Hall 4615 Harper Court Dec. 30
Huntingtowne Farms 2400 Red Barn Lane Dec. 29
Madison Park 5609 Murrayhill Road Dec. 30 5742 Wedgewood Drive Dec. 16 609 Cooper Drive Dec. 8 5121 Baker Drive Dec. 5 5733 Murrayhill Road Dec. 5
$383,000 $427,000 $280,000 $295,000 $375,000
Montclaire 5644 Londonderry Road Dec. 29 5300 Chedworth Drive Dec. 21 5233 Chedworth Drive Dec. 19
$265,500 $317,000 $295,000
Park Crossing 9503 Tresanton Drive Dec. 16
Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and www.sales.carolinahome.com Sale Price
Foxcroft 3815 Foxcroft Road
Foxcroft Woods 2114 Foxcroft Woods Ln. Dec. 21
Grayson Park 3436 Craig Ave. Dec. 14
Medearis 501 Medearis Drive
Sharon Woods 3034 Wamath Drive Dec. 16 3235 Chaucer Drive Dec. 2
Morrocroft Estates 7537 Morrocroft Farms Ln. Dec. 30
Myers Park 2232 Providence Road Dec. 15
New Stonehaven 6234 Round Hill Road Dec. 30
Old Foxcroft 2712 Wintergreen Drive Dec. 15
Providence Park 4815 Montclair Ave. Dec. 16
Rama Woods 6001 Charing Place Dec. 14
Randolph Park 301 Burleigh St. Dec. 30
Sherwood Forest 418 Lyttleton Drive Dec. 15 5219 Robinhood Road Dec. 14 4729 Addison Drive Dec. 6
$357,500 $271,500 $413,000
Stonehaven 7025 Rocky Falls Road Dec. 15
Quail Hollow 6900 Out Of Bounds Dr. Dec. 12 8339 Greencastle Drive Dec. 6
Quail Hollow Estates 7424 Quail Hill Road Dec. 21 Quail Park 7743 Quail Park Drive
Starmount 7024 Rockledge Drive Dec. 13 7107 Woodstock Drive Dec. 12 7639 Watercrest Road Dec. 9 7129 Woodstream Drive Dec. 7 1426 Edgewater Drive Dec. 7 6900 Oakstone Place Dec. 5 Wolfe Ridge 2424 Wolfe Ridge Road Dec. 30
$262,000 $260,500 $269,000 $219,000 $218,500 $209,000
Cotswold 219 Water Oak Road Dec. 21 3808 Litchfield Road Dec. 16 427 Wonderwood Drive Dec. 13 240 Wendover Hill Court Dec. 12 827 Isabel Court Dec. 6 4526 Water Oak Road Dec. 6 1227 Wendover Road S. Dec. 5
$291,000 $180,000 $1,100,000 $695,000 $587,500 $450,000 $335,000
Deering Oaks 2718 Beverwyck Road Dec. 15 2337 Whilden Court Dec. 13
Eastfield 3722 Craig Ave.
Eastover 3864 Sedgewood Circle Dec. 16 253 Meadowbrook Road Dec. 15
Forest Heights 5613 Charing Place Dec. 2
Waverly Hall 6901 Rollingridge Drive Dec. 14
28226 Candlewyck 2025 Lawton Bluff Road Dec. 22 7315 Winnington Circle Dec. 16 6901 Candlewyck Lane Dec. 8
$242,500 $200,000 $199,000
Carmel Station 6119 Carmel Station Ave. Dec. 13
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Cedarwood 3924 Sky Drive
Chadwyck 7003 Jardiniere Court
Falcon Ridge 10933 Blue Heron Drive Dec. 19
Falconbridge 8901 Nightingale Lane Dec. 15
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$397,000 $495,000 $315,700
Mammoth Oaks 426 Mammoth Oaks Ln. Dec. 20
Olde Heritage 122 Dovershire Road Dec. 13
Princeton 138 Sardis View Lane
Knapdale 3535 Knapdale Lane
1533 Pine Tree Drive 7211 Folger Drive 6434 Morven Lane
Providence Arbours 4745 Avonwood Lane Dec. 21
Providence Commons 6521 Outer Bridge Lane Dec. 7
$309,000 $320,000 $404,000 $345,000 $390,000
Meadow Brook 8208 Inverary Place Dec. 9
Providence Plantation 2436 Tarleton Twins Terr. Dec. 19 2330 Tarleton Twins Terr. Dec. 16 3219 Nancy Creek Road Dec. 8 2626 Providence Spring Ln. Dec. 6
Meadowbrook 11608 Mirror Lake Drive Dec. 7
Providence Retreat 5135 Providence Retreat Ln. Dec. 15
Montibello 3913 Huntcliff Drive
Robinson Woods 428 Robmont Road Dec. 16
Old Farm 1330 Brockton Lane
Sardis Forest 1309 Berry Ridge Road Dec. 29
Sardis Ridge North 8027 Rittenhouse Circle Dec. 21
Olde Colony 6301 Manheim Court Dec. 16 Olde Providence 6435 Summerlin Place Dec. 29 6743 Queensberry Drive Dec. 2
Park Ridge 8120 Park Vista Circle
Sardis Woods 9324 Harps Mill Court Dec. 21 7829 Surreywood Place Dec. 19 1014 Covewood Court Dec. 15 7513 Surreywood Place Dec. 14 1107 Bent Pine Circle Dec. 12 921 Riverwood Road Dec. 5
$195,000 $148,200 $203,000 $196,500 $190,000 $199,900
Pellyn Grove 5134 Chillmark Road Dec. 16
Providence Woods 5923 Sharon View Road Dec. 2
Rea Woods 8628 Woodmere Xing Ln. Dec. 29 6119 Dunmoor Valley Ct. Dec. 7
Allyson Park 10125 Hazelview Drive Dec. 29
Ardrey 17115 Hedgerow Park Rd. Dec. 12
Ardrey Chase 10318 Paxton Run Road Dec. 9
Royden 3420 Royden Place
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Ardrey Crest 9214 Creekside Park Rd. Dec. 6
Sharonwood Acres 5053 Beckford Drive Dec. 21
Singing Springs 5521 Holyoke Lane Dec. 2
Ballanmoor 10711 Kristens Mare Dr. Dec. 15 10614 Kristens Mare Dr. Dec. 9
Songwood Estates 2232 Rock Creek Drive Dec. 12
Ballantyne Country Club 11918 James Jack Lane Dec. 21 14416 William Davie Ln. Dec. 12 14407 Brick Church Ct. Dec. 8
$815,000 $893,870 $1,230,000
Sturnbridge 5902 Chapel Creek Ct. Dec. 19
Town and Country 4300 Sharon View Road Dec. 12
Berkeley 10302 Scott Gate Court Dec. 21 10138 Waterbrook Lane Dec. 8
Walden on Carmel 133 Vista Grande Circle Dec. 22
Berwick 10807 Maryfield Lane
Walnut Creek 8306 Tannehill Court Dec. 29 11628 Shandon Circle Dec. 6
Whitegate 8910 Clavemorr Glenn Ct. Dec. 16
Winding Brook 5113 Winding Brook Rd. Dec. 12
Woodbridge 4631 Crooked Oak Lane Dec. 8 4930 Pine Ridge Road Dec. 5
28270 Arborway 210 Smithfield Drive 7232 Avoncliff Drive
Blakeney Greens 7020 Tomlin Green Lane Dec. 15
Blakeney Heath 8605 Fieldcroft Drive Dec. 22 9426 Willow Tree Lane Dec. 20 8811 Stags Leap Court Dec. 15
$316,000 $275,000 $288,000
Bridgehampton 17111 Greycroft Court Dec. 15 14112 Lissadell Circle Dec. 2
Cady Lake 10524 Nimue Court Dec. 21 4809 Armorcrest Lane Dec. 15
Carlyle 11444 Mcginns Trace Ct. Dec. 28
Dec. 14 Dec. 9
Beverly Crest 2907 Saintfield Place Dec. 15
Cobblestone 10109 Victoria Mill Court Dec. 29 10014 Willow Rock Drive Dec. 8
Canterbury Place 2415 Becket Ridge Road Dec. 16 6524 Donnegal Farm Rd. Dec. 14
Downs Grant 4406 Woods End Lane Dec. 14
4401 Greenbriar Hills Rd.
Harrison Woods 7411 Harrisonwoods Pl. Dec. 16
Estates at Oakhaven 9913CambridgeForestCt.SW Dec. 30 8810 NewburyGrove St. SW Dec. 22 9323 Beacon Valley St. SW Dec. 19 8918 Tremont Ridge Ct. N Dec. 15 9315 Beacon Valley St. SW Dec. 6 8824 NewburyGrove St. SW Dec. 2
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Hembstead 2240 Oakmeade Drive Dec. 12
Glenfinnan 15028 Glenfinnan Drive Dec. 14
Hersham Mews 9125 Twilight Hill Court Dec. 19
Kellers Glen 2305 Oberwood Drive Dec. 5
Highgrove 8526 Highgrove St.
Langston 3313 Allenwood Road Dec. 15
Lake Providence Estates 6235 Lake Providence Ln. Dec. 27 $435,000
(see Home Sales on page 11)
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Country Colony 4332 Kuykendall Road Dec. 22
Greenbriar 1931 Watlington Drive
Heritage Woods East 7304 Falkirk Place Dec. 8
Lansdowne 6800 Newhall Road
$494,235 $528,115 $521,785 $490,000 $522,225 $537,715
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CHARLOTTE – Clayton Wilcox is officially Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ new superintendent, after signing his contract at the school board’s Jan. 10 meeting. The four-year contract, which starts July 1 and ends June 30, 2021, was unanimously approved. Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Tom Tate were absent with medical issues. Wilcox will receive a base salary of $280,000, with a car allowance and an opportunity to earn up to 10 percent extra of his salary for discretionary performance compensation. The new superintendent spent the past few days in Charlotte and has already traveled back to Maryland, where he leads Washington County Schools. Wilcox plans to resign early next week, if not at the end of this week. Wilcox plans to spend more time in Charlotte, starting in mid-March, on a weekly to biweekly basis. He hopes to meet with media, community groups, chambers of commerce and rotary clubs. The new superintendent plans to connect with parents through social media and use a blog for biweekly updates that can be shared with the community. He also plans to be a member of the community and be part of area groups. The superintendent can earn a daily rate up to 1/260th of his base salary for up to 80 days prior to his official start date. He hopes to become a permanent resident by April or May, but has not decided on a neighborhood. The board will pay him $15,000 to cover relocation costs. Wilcox feels he comes from humble beginnings, connecting with the outcomes of the recessions, as well as families that aren’t well educated. His grandfather, who had no formal education, migrated from Mexico and encouraged his children and grandchildren to receive an education. Wilcox’s father received his GED after serving in the military and went on to own a business that was lost to the recession.
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“My father went job to job to job, but he never lost sight of the family. He taught in us early on a dignity and value in all work,” Wilcox said. “That’s something I hope to bring to this district. That every one of us that are privileged to work Clayton Wilcox at CMS bring value and should be appreciated. And we should all appreciate those we’re privileged to serve.” Wilcox has had experience in the classroom, serving at small and large districts in an administrative capacity as well as in the corporate field. “I think I have a wide variety of experiences that have uniquely positioned me to be the next superintendent of Charlotte,” Wilcox said. Through his experiences, Wilcox realized he needed to listen to the community and the administrative team, as well as recognize that each policy can affect neighborhoods differently. Wilcox said he read local media questioned why he would leave his lucrative job with Scholastic to then lead a small school district in Washington County, Maryland, with 22,000 students and $3-million budget. He originally went to Scholastic – the second largest publishing company in the U.S. – in New York as the vice president for business and corporate development, and after a year, became senior vice president for corporate and government relations. Within that role, he traveled across the country to promote literacy in large urban districts and within legislatures. “For me, it’s part of a long, evolving process in getting back to what’s important to me – my family,” he said. “ … I woke up one day and I realized I did 250,000 air miles in one year and (was) gone 200 nights. I really missed almost all of my daughter’s freshman year as a soccer player.”
Wilcox felt he started to miss his family time and wanted to step back. “What I bring to Charlotte perhaps beyond the background of experiences is a deep and profound respect for the dignity and value of all work,” Wilcox said, including the work of teachers, board members, administrators and other workers. “We have to be oriented to what’s good in people. I believe in an asset orientation, not a deficit in that model.” He plans to sit down with teachers and administrators to ensure they’re reaching students and boosting their potential. “I think we have to inspire our young people to be more than they can be and look at the jobs and opportunities for young people and make sure we provide some of that inspiration that puts them on the appropriate track to get where their life outcomes will ultimately lead them,” he added. Wilcox is walking into the district, as it goes through various transitions and changes. He will need to find his grounding. He plans to figure things out in the next 90 to 100 days. “I don’t know what I don’t know and I’m very cognizant of that,” Wilcox said. However, Wilcox said he wants to operate from a perspective of ensuring every home school is a “great” school and then start developing specialized programs. Wilcox said he doesn’t have experience moving students based on wealth, but he believes fundamentally that students should attend diverse schools, which he feels mimics the world. “I’m very hopeful that we can come up with a solution that allows … young people can go to school with very diverse crowd of students,” he said. Literacy, “disproportionality” to ensure all students receive a proper education and operationalize the student assignment serve as his “top three” initiatives. Wilcox plans to integrate efforts in his first days as superintendent.
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What to expect for CMS in 2017
by Courtney Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
As the community starts 2017, thereâ€™s a lot to expect when it comes to public education in the area. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is on a fast track of changes and they arenâ€™t ready to get off the change train. Find out three key happenings on its agenda.
Addressing capital needs
When AdvancED reviewed CMSâ€™s accreditation standards last year, the district recognized something they already knew. AdvancED told CMS staff that the last time they visited the district, CMS had capital and infrastructure issues and when they came back most recently, those same problems were still there and had gotten worse. That put pressure on Superintendent Ann Clark. She pushed for a bond referendum for the 2016 election. County commissioners told CMS to wait until 2017, but gave somewhat of a compromise by helping get the ball rolling for some projects through land acquisition and design work. Now, CMS is back in 2017, delivering what was promised in the form of a $798million bond. But just because they asked for it doesnâ€™t mean county commissioners will give them the whole package â€“ but they might.
School board members and county commissioners will participate in a â€œbond retreatâ€? this month to work out whatâ€™s going on the November ballot. CMS staff and board members say the newly approved student assignment plan is dependent on a successful bond.
Eventually meeting the new superintendent
CMS revealed Clayton Wilcox, who hails from Washington County Public Schools in Maryland, as the new superintendent on Dec. 13 â€“ right before the holiday break. The announcement meeting was short. Wilcox was not present, as he was informing his own school board of his departure. Fast forward to the next week and Wilcox visited Garinger High and Eastover Elementary schools, but with not much of a media circus. In fact, WBTV was exclusively given the opportunity to cover the visit, but other media outlets didnâ€™t receive news until afterward. Some board members said Wilcox wanted to â€œbe under the radar,â€? as he was visiting on his own and didnâ€™t use board funds. Some worried these controlled visits paved way for a tight-lipped, less transparent transition of leadership. The board hoped to calm those nerves over the winter break through one-minute videos on social media. Board members recorded clips about why they chose Wilcox,
and Wilcox himself discussed why he chose CMS. In one of the clips, Wilcox discusses how he wants to place an emphasis on literacy to help studentsâ€™ futures. "I have said several times in this community, and I hope it doesn't get misconstrued, that the new civil rights is literacy - being able to read well,â€? he said. â€œ"It's in no way to minimize the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement, but what it is to say in the 21st Century, all of our kids â€“ whether they are white, black, brown, or if they come from another country â€“ and they are having trouble with their language. If they are not articulate readers, speakers, thinkers, reviewers, they are going to have a hard time being successful." Community members finally met with Wilcox this week. He signed his contract Jan. 10 and met with community members and media to share his vision. Board members say heâ€™ll continue to meet with the community throughout the spring semester.
Student assignment isnâ€™t over
Just when some parents took a sigh of relief after the school board finally approved the first phase of the student assignment plan, CMS staff say the work still isnâ€™t over. Phase II could be a more dramatic phase for area parents, as this phase looks specifically at refining home school boundaries and feeder patterns.
District 6 BOE member Paul Bailey said CMS has the intention to keep not only municipalities together, but also neighborhoods. That doesnâ€™t mean some kids wonâ€™t be moved eventually, especially as some capital projects are designed as relief schools. Relief schools would pull students from overcrowded schools to the relief school. Case and point: Lansdowne Elementary School. The town of Matthews put pressure to alleviate growing enrollment at Elizabeth Lane Elementary. CMS chose renovate Lansdowne, whose boundaries run adjacent. Some Elizabeth Lane kids will go to Lansdowne. But any new buildings would require the bond and other capital funds. CMS is expected to begin work this month, but cautions the changes will not be implemented until fall 2018 at the earliest and are likely to be phased in. Staff also promises there will be community engagement sessions, in which the public will be invited to provide input on home school attendance boundaries. The timeline includes a board vote on the plan June 13. CMS already implemented new transportation zones, which are relevant for the magnet school lottery, which could help alleviate some overcrowding. However, board members said not all seats will help fulfill the boardâ€™s goals of reaching high-poverty, high-need students.
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What to know about the school options lottery by Courtney Schultz email@example.com
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to give students – particularly those in high-need areas – a choice. Staff hopes to accomplish just that with the School Options Lottery, which began Jan. 6. The school board recently approved the first phase of the student assignment plan, which will go into effect during this year’s lottery with the intention to break up high concentrations of poverty and allow students in chronically failing schools opportunities to move to other schools.
Priority changes NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS IN JANUARY FOR PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO I-485 BETWEEN I-77 AND U.S. 74 (INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD) TIP Project No. I-5507 The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold two public hearings in January regarding the proposed project to make improvements to I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard). The hearings will be held at the following dates and times: Tuesday, January 17 Pre-Hearing Open House 4 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Formal Presentation 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, January 19 Pre-Hearing Open House 4 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Formal Presentation 7:00 P.M.
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The proposed project will add one express lane in each direction on I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard). The proposed improvements will provide travel time reliability and improve traffic flows on this critical transportation corridor. This project will serve as part of a larger network of express lanes to offer drivers a new traffic choice - pay a fee and ride in the express lanes to avoid traffic delays or continue driving in the general purpose lanes for free. NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal, open house-style setting to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed projects during the open-house hours. The same information and maps will be available at all meetings. The public is urged to share their ideas, thoughts and suggestions with department staff. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided, and is encouraged. The formal presentations will include an explanation of the location and design of the project as well as information about the state-federal relationship, right of way requirements and procedures that will be part of the project. Citizens will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions. The presentation and comments will be recorded and a transcript will be prepared. Comments will be accepted through Tuesday, February 21, 2016. The public can view on-line maps displaying the project location at https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/ publicmeetings/?search=I-5507 more detailed information including history of the project can also be found on the project website at https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/I-5507.
CMS will start designating the socioeconomic status of applicants through family-reported and census data. A family can opt out of providing personal data, but staff says students will not be included in later priorities based on socioeconomic status. The lottery will prioritize socioeconomic balance within schools and give priority to students attending home schools designated by the state as low-performing for three consecutive years. Partial magnet schools will allocate seats based on the socioeconomic composition of the home school. Full magnet options will allocate equally across low, medium and high socioeconomic status without regard to the makeup of current enrollment. Sibling and continuation guarantees will remain in the lottery and be seated first. Then, up to 15 percent of remaining seats are assigned to students who qualify for the school performance and proximity priorities. All remaining seats will use the socioeconomic status designation. The Opportunity Options Lottery also comes into play after the school options cycle, which gives students from consistently low-performing schools an opportunity to select a different home school to attend that has open seats.
Check your transportation zone
Per Phase I of the student assignment plan, transportation zones have changed from four to three zones. The new zone will be based on your home high school. Myers Park, South Meck and Ardrey Kell are
in the blue zone. East Meck and Providence are in the green zone. When you enter your location in the school options application, only the schools in your zone or countywide programs will be displayed. Students have priority for school options and magnet programs in their transportation zone. Students can apply outside their zone, but CMS only provides transportation for students attending schools within their zones.
Look at your options
CMS wants to provide unique opportunities for students, including magnet programs, career academies, early and middle colleges, and other learning approaches. Find what CMS offers at goo.gl/wTGV21. Each category of school provides a grid that includes entrance and continuation requirements, as well as exhibits whether a program prohibits entry at certain grade levels. Families can change their choices any time before the application deadline. All registered choices will receive a confirmation number.
Attend an open house
Interested in a school? Attend an open house. Find the list at goo.gl/Y7rY2M. Can’t attend the open house? Contact the school directly and request a tour.
If you don’t get in
Although the new student assignment plan paved the way for 1,275 additional seats in the fall, not everyone is going to get into their first or second choice. Students will then go into a wait pool, which are accessed by schools in July. If a seat becomes available, the school will contact the next person in the wait pool and offer them a seat. Students can accept or decline placement. The school will continue to contact students until all available seats are filled. Wait pools are dissolved after the first academic quarter of school. The wait pools are in order based on the student’s randomly assigned lottery number. There are no priorities operating for the wait pool. Students lose their wait pool spot if they participate in another lottery or transfer schools.
Key Dates for Lottery
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Early January Student assignment letters arrive home.
March 1 to 29 at 10 p.m. Application period for Phase II.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Diane Wilson at email@example.com as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Jan. 24 Last day for new students to enroll in Phase I Options Lottery.
Mid-April Phase II assignments sent home.
For persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.
Jan. 6 to Feb. 14 Application period for Phase I. Jan. 6 to March 24 Request for reassignment period for Phase I. Jan. 25 to March 15 New student application period for Phase II. Early March Lottery assignment letters arrive home.
April 19 to June 6 at 10 p.m. Application period for Opportunity Options Lottery. May 12 Last day for new students to enroll in home school. Late June Opportunity Options Lottery arrives in homes.
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form by Feb. 17. Carmel Christian assesses students for success at the school through testing on campus and requires applicants to shadow their prospective grade. Families also will undergo parent interviews for the application process. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-849-9723 (option 2) for details.
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PDS teachers Maria Blackburn, left, and Dawn Osborn traveled to Italy to learn an exclusive teaching approach. Photo courtesy of Providence Day School
MATTHEWS – Covenant Day School maintains rolling admissions, but to be considered for the first round of acceptances, applications must be received by Jan. 15. Reenrollment for current students will take place from Jan. 17 to Feb. 17. Families will receive a unique link by email to reenroll your students. Covenant Day recently opened a new high school building, which could mean additional seats. Visit www.covenantday.org/admissions/ apply-to-cds for details.
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State school board seeks to raise required attendance age
Providence Day teachers learn early childhood techniques CHARLOTTE – Providence Day School kindergarten teachers Maria Blackburn and Dawn Osborn traveled to Italy and Switzerland last fall to study a method of active and collaborative early childhood education. They joined other educators in Reggio Emilia to hear about the area’s approach to learning. The approach focuses on project-based learning, problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration in preschool and elementary school students. “The fundamental value of the approach is that children are strong, capable and resilient,” Blackburn said. “They are rich with their own knowledge and wonder of the world.” The duo then traveled to Zurich, Switzerland to observe a school that practices the approach.
MATTHEWS – The application deadline is looming for Carmel Christian School for new students in first through 12th grade. The deadline for kindergarteners passed, but students in first through 12th grade must complete their “shadow day” and financial aid
RALEIGH – North Carolina law allows students to legally be allowed to drop out when they turn 16 years old – a fact long concerning educators. This month, the state board of education unanimously approved a resolution submit-
1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews ted by the superintendent’s graduation task force in support of raising the compulsory attendance age to 18 years old. Educators hope this change keeps students in school and raises state expectations. The General Assembly would need to change the compulsory attendance law.
More students take AP classes RALEIGH – Student participation and performance are up across the state in Advanced Placement courses, a goal set in motion by the NC Advanced Placement Partnership in May 2014. Since that time, 23 school districts in 201516 have participated as “targeted districts” and 21 low-performing districts have continued in 2016-17 to receive support. Over this time, both the number of AP exam takers and the performance of exam takers have increased. State lawmakers also paid more than $11 million in AP exam fees and $1.3 million in IB exam fees have been covered for students statewide. In 2016-17, 77,920 students are taking at least one AP course. High school AP and IB courses can provide students with college credits and can save students tuition costs as they work to complete a college or university degree, according to the state. Students who take these rigorous courses tend to do better in college and have a higher likelihood of college graduation.
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Martinez family honors daughter through drive by Grant Baldwin email@example.com
CHARLOTTE – Isabelle Martinez was a bright-eyed and eager 16-year-old, much loved by her classmates and soccer teammates, when she became sick last year. “Izzy,” as her friends and family called her, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia-like symptoms. Doctors began to treat her illness, but it became clear quickly there was an underlying issue. Izzy had Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a rare immune disease that causes a person’s immune system to attack the body’s organs, including bone marrow, liver and brain tissues. The disease cut a destructive path through her body quickly. Within 13 days of her first hospital visit, Izzy passed away. Her father, Carlo Martinez, co-owner of the Hawthorne’s Pizza chain, and wife Shirley, an assistant manager at the Ballantyne location, were devastated by the loss of one of their three children. As her family began the mourning process, Carlo and Shirley came up with an idea to honor Isabelle’s life. Working within Carlo’s business, they developed a plan to hold a blood drive to help others in similar need and to bring awareness to HLH.
Shirley and Carlo Martinez, parents of Izzy Martinez, at Hawthorne’s Pizza which will host the memorial blood drive. Grant Baldwin/SCW photo
“One of the reasons we are having the blood drive, is to give back,” Shirley said, noting there is no support for the disease because it is so rare. Hawthorne’s Pizza and the Martinez family invite the community to their Mint Hill restaurant Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to donate blood to save the lives of others and to honor Izzy’s life. Make
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What Puppy Bowl II lacks in sports, makes up for in cuteness CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers may not be playing in this year’s Super Bowl, but that hasn’t stopped A Plus Garage Doors from organizing its second annual Puppy Bowl. Event specialist Connor Roberson said last year’s charity event probably benefited from aligning with the Panthers 2015 run, but the bowl would have happened anyway. It was pure coincidence. The staff at the 30-year-old company really loves dogs. “It’s a cause nobody disagrees with,” Roberson said. More than 300 people attended last year’s event, which also generated nine adoptions. In this game, the pets don’t really pay much attention to yardage or end zones. They just like to sniff each other out. Would-be pet owners get to sniff dogs out, too. The event is designed to showcase how cute, playful and adoptable the pups can be as pets, Roberson said. It takes place at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at Pet Essentials, located at 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road. The event will include Rent-A-Puppy, kissing booth, K9 Unit and vendors. Proceeds from the Puppy Bowl will be divided among three shelters: Peanut’s Place Small Breed Rescue, Halfway There Rescue and The Humane Society of York County. Visit www.aplusdoors.com or call 704-4361025 for details.
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Expert: Charlotte could attract foreign buyers
NEW YORK – Louise Phillips Forbes, an expert in the New York City real estate market, predicts more foreign buyers will expand their borders beyond coastal cities for places like Charlotte. This is primarily because New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco are seeing escalating prices per square foot. “Cities like Nashville, Charlotte, Columbus, Chicago, Dallas and Austin are rapidly grabbing foreign buyers because prices are lower and they can get a better return on investment,” Forbes said. “Their primary interests are long-term growth opportunities, a luxury lifestyle and security.” Forbes has career sales close to $3 billion.
Restaurant Scores The Mecklenburg County Health Department inspected the following restaurants Dec. 30 to Thursday, Jan. 5: Lowest scores • Greystone Restaurant, 3039 South Blvd. – 90 Violations include certified person in charge wasn’t on site; stored metal pans and microwave had residue; cut lettuce over-stacked and above 45 degrees in prep unit; restaurant didn’t have small diameter probe thermometer; dish rack, pan and cutting boards needed repair; prep unit needed cleaning; and cell phone left on prep table. • Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 16131 Lancaster Hwy. – 90 Violations include person on site didn’t have accredited food certification; restaurant didn’t have employee health policy in place about to reporting symptoms or illnesses; faucets in restrooms flow for no more than five seconds; sanitizer at sink wasn’t at property concentration; gnats in coffee and handsink area; wiping bucket was soiled; restaurant needed detailed cleaning; and floors had missing tiles below walk-in door. • Chili’s Grill & Bar, 8302 Pineville-Matthews Road – 90.5 Violations include employee handled soiled equipment and clean linens without washing hands; container of raw chicken stored over beef in prep unit; clean containers and plate soiled with debris; microwave had heavy dried soil accumulation; pan had bug in it along front line; container of chicken and chicken batter held at breaking
station refrigerator above 45 degrees; large white chip storage containers had cracks and holes; and gasket of prep unit had residue. All scores 28209 • Greenstone Restaurant, 3039 South Blvd. – 90 28210 • Circle K, 10329 Park Road – 99 • Freshii, 4625 Piedmont Row Drive – 96 28211 • Caring Hearts of America Catering, 3500 Latrobe Drive – 96 • Harris Teeter deli, 112 S. Sharon Amity Road – 97.5 • Magnolia’s, 3500 Latrobe Drive – 98 • My Food Prepper, 3500 Latrobe Drive – 99.5 28226 • Chick-fil-A, 3117 Pineville-Matthews Road – 97 • Chili’s Grill & Bar, 8302 Pineville-Matthews Road – 90.5 28277 • American Burger, 5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. – 92 • The Butcher’s Market, 8410 Rea Road – 95.5 • Dean & Deluca Café, 7804 Rea Road – 95 • Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins, 16131 Lancaster Hwy. – 90 • Harris Teeter meat/seafood, 16625 Lancaster Hwy. – 99.5 • Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar, 8410 Rea Road – 97 • Hickory Tavern Raw Bar & Grill, 11504 Providence Road – 96 • Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, 9941 Rea Road – 98.5 • Synchrony Café, 10840 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. – 97.5 • Zoe’s Kitchen, 9848 Rea Road – 94
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Reptiles are unique animals that require special habitats to live in. Meet the reptile residents at Discovery Place Nature and what the museum does to make them healthy. Admission costs $8 per person, except for members and children younger than 2 years old. Call 704-3726261 ext. 300 or visit www.nature.discoveryplace. org for details. 12:30 p.m.; 1658 Sterling Road
14 Winter Wonderland
Discover Place Nature offers an Envirocaching program where GPS exploration and scavenger hunt meets. Use a GPS unit to track down and discover environmental treasures, as well as learn more about the biodiversity and natural resources of the Piedmont. Admission costs $8 per person, except for members and children younger than 2 years old. Call 704-372-6261 ext. 300 or visit www.nature.discoveryplace.org for details. 1 p.m.; 1658 Sterling Road
14 Family Fun Day
The Charlotte Museum of History offers crafts, history, drums and poetry through Family Fun Day. Register in advance by calling 704-568-1774 or visit www.charlottemuseum.org for details. 1 to 4 p.m.; 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a blood drive. Donors must weigh 120 pounds. The center supplies blood to 27 regional hospitals in 19 counties. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road
15 Chamber Music
The Providence Chamber Music Series continues with two compositions of the Late Romantic Period. Musicians perform two songs for alto, piano, and cello, op. 91 (1864 and 1884) by Johannes Brahms (Diane Thornton contralto, Tanja Bechtler cello, and Valarie Alexandra Valois piano) and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 1901 Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, op. 19 (Mira Frisch cello and
Annie Brooks piano). Visit www.providenceumc. org/music for details. 7 p.m.; Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.
16 Blood Drive
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a blood drive. Donors must weigh 120 pounds. The center supplies blood to 27 regional hospitals in 19 counties. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.cbcc.us to make an appointment. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Learning Experience at Ballantyne, 11625 Providence Road W.
16 Support Ministry
Calvary Church launches a new support ministry, featuring interactive, Christ-centered studies that provide biblical insight and support of others who face similar challenges. Winter classes include Boundaries (critical decision-making), GriefShare, DivorceCare, and Deeper Calm (finding peace during trials). Childcare is offered for ages 2 to 7 with advance registration. Visit www. calvarychurch.com/support to register. 6:30 p.m.; 5801 Pineville–Matthews Road.
17 I-485 Hearing
The N.C. Department of Transportation holds a public hearing about improvements its making to Interstate 485, between I-77 to U.S. 74. The project will add an Express Lane in each direction of I-485. Drivers pay a fee to ride in the Express Lanes. An open house about the project takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. 4 p.m.; Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews
18 Leaping Lizards
Create a mini reptile or amphibian habitat. Learn about how these animals enjoy living outdoors and what essentials they need every day. Admission costs $8 per person, except for members and children younger than 2 years old. Call 704-372-6261 ext. 300 or visit www.nature. discoveryplace.org for details. 12:30 p.m.; 1658 Sterling Road
19 I-485 Hearing
The N.C. Department of Transportation holds a public hearing about improvements its making to Interstate 485, between I-77 to U.S. 74. The project will add an Express Lane in each direction of I-485. Drivers pay a fee to ride in the Express Lanes. An open house about the project takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. 4 p.m.; South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte
19 Bluegrass Music
Music at Cokesbury presents Southern Express, a popular bluegrass band, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. Donations are accepted. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m.; 6701 Idlewild Road, Charlotte
20 Winter Weekend
Experience culinary samplings throughout the season ideal for a couple’s date night stop or as an enhancement to your weekend getaway. The theme of this Winter Weekend event is “Cider & Salty/Spicy Treats.” Admission costs $28 per couple plus tax and gratuity. It includes one beverage per person and a shared delicacy. Additional items can be purchased à la carte. Make reservations by calling 704-248-4100. 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
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South Charlotte Weekly’s 2016 boys soccer Super Team
Player of the Year
REED HUNNICUTT South Meck Hunnicutt, a team captain, leaves South Meck with a legacy of excellence. The senior midfielder, who is committed to Appalachian State, recorded 21 goals and 13 assists this season. He earned all-American honors. Hunnicutt also was named Western region Player of the Year and So. Meck 8 Player of the Year.
Second Team Khalil Senbel Ardrey Kell Damien Rhodes Ardrey Kell Sam Wlodyka Providence Jensen Graham Providence Patrick Saffer Providence Collyn Carpenter South Meck Alec Hartman South Meck William Barnes Myers Park
Romero was integral to Providence’s lineup. The sophomore midfielder helped to orchestrate the Panthers’ offense. He scored 11 goals and connected for 11 assists. Romero made the allregion team.
MATTHEW SPEIDEL Charlotte Catholic
LUKE SISTARE Providence
Speidel ended his final season at Charlotte Catholic in impressive fashion. The senior striker was a load for defenses, overwhelming opponents with 18 goals and 22 assists. He earned all-state state honors for his prowess on the pitch.
Sistare sparked Providence’s offensive attack during his final season with the Panthers. The senior forward made nine goals and two assists to earn all-region honors.
JACKSON Principi Charlotte Catholic
DALLAS BAKER Providence
Principi gave opponents fits with his ability to score. The senior midfielder blasted 23 goals and dished out five assists this season. He was named to the all-region team.
Baker was a scoring machine and a solid distributor, too. The senior forward led Providence to the So. Meck 8 title and a third round playoff appearance with team highs of 36 goals and 14 assists.
GRANT KIKER Charlotte Christian
ETHAN DESILVA South Meck
Kiker led Charlotte Christian to the second round of the playoffs. The senior forward recorded 30 goals and three assists. He made the all-state team.
DeSilva was the engine that made South Meck go. He was a good scorer (16 goals), but it was his dynamic passing that separated from others. The senior defender/midfielder set a school record with 31 assists this season. DeSilva earned all-state recognition.
DANIEL WATTS Charlotte Latin
TANNER JORDI South Meck
Watts, a midfielder, was vital to Latin’s success this season. He stayed clear of the sophomore slump by scoring 16 goals and making five assists. He received all-state recognition. Photo courtesy of St. John Photography
Jordi gave the Sabres a boost from his forward and midfielder positions. As a senior this season, he notched 15 goals and 11 assists under his belt. Jordi made the all-region team.
TOM RUETELER Providence
CAMERON BARNES South Meck
Rueteler only scored two goals, but the junior anchored Providence’s defense with his ability to deny scoring opportunities for opponents. He was named to the all-state team for his stingy defense.
Barnes, a forward/midfielder, emerged as a valuable contributor for the Sabres this season. His ability to provide an offensive spark was key to South Meck’s success. He finished his senior year with 15 goals and five assists.
Coach of the Year
LUIS ROMERO Providence
Lady Chargers cruising through regular season Providence Day’s Janelle Bailey is at the center of the Chargers’ success this season. She is making a strong case for Player of the Year status. Ben Doster/SCW photo
by Ben Doster firstname.lastname@example.org
Providence Day’s girls’ basketball team is still the dominant team in Charlotte and arguably the state. The Chargers are the team to beat until they are dethroned and are the frontrunner for the state title. Coach Josh Springer thought there would be some degree of an adjustment after losing Erin Whalen (Gatorade Player of the Year), Tori Powell, Izzy Gallant and Celine Ives to graduation. However, Providence Day hasn’t skipped a beat. The Chargers have the ingredients to win the program’s eighth consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championship. Forward/center Janelle Bailey, a North Carolina signee, has been dominant in her final season with the Chargers. She is averaging 24.4 points (team high), 12.3 rebounds (team high), 1.1 assists, 2.3 steals and two blocks per game. Junior point guard Kennedy Boyd, who
is in her third year as the starter, leads the attack for Providence Day. Boyd provides a stabilizing presence, leadership and gets everyone in place to execute Springer’s directives. She is averaging 11.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals. Bailey and Boyd give Providence Day one
of the best inside-outside combos in the state, which makes the Chargers difficult to defend. Providence Day’s primary focus is to make a strong effort to pound the paint with post entry passes to Bailey, but Boyd and others are more than capable of gashing opponents with dribble penetration and outside shots. Freshman guard Andi Levitz and sophomore forward Laila Barnes also are significant contributors. Covenant Day and Charlotte Country Day are Providence Day’s closest competitors in the CISAA, but the Chargers are a landslide ahead of the Lions and Buccaneers when it comes to talent. Providence Day (15-1, 2-0 CISAA) faces Louisville Male in the Nashville Music City Classic on Saturday, Jan. 14, and Hamilton Heights on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the same
event. The Chargers shouldn’t be challenged again during the regular season outside of those games unless they don’t show up. Their only blemish was a 66-55 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt out of Greenbelt, Maryland, in the Title IX Tournament in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Providence Day is on a four-game win streak since that letdown. For years Springer has maintained a culture of excellence within his program, taking it to a national stage. However, what’s most impressive about Providence Day is how it has been able to sustain its success and dominance without growing complacent. A challenger or nemesis in North Carolina doesn’t appear to exist, especially at the Independent School classification. Now, it’s apparent the Chargers are the team to beat not only among the private schools, but seem to be head and shoulders above nearly every public school team, too. Providence Day is a dynasty that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, because the Chargers keep reloading and rolling.
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