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AFTER A SUMMER listening to what passes for public discourse from our politicians, I’m reminded of the adage “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.” I long for kindness — or at least silence. But for the ugliness to end, we need more people like José San Martin Ortiz, Fuquay-Varina honor student, Mexican immigrant and one of Cary Magazine’s Notable Teens. Lindsey Biller, José’s former counselor at Fuquay-Varina High, says he fights negative stereotypes in his everyday interactions with people. She tells of a discussion about illegal immigration in one of José’s classes. Most of the students were repeating the accepted wisdom on the subject, when José calmly explained that he and his family were undocumented and nothing like what they described. His classmates came away with a richer understanding of the complex issue. Not many teens would have spoken, knowing they faced an unsympathetic and possibly hostile audience. José’s courage, his modesty and his determination to succeed make him unique, says Biller. “He made me look at life differently, by just knowing him,” she said. I hope you find all of our Notable Teens inspiring. It has been a pleasure bringing their stories to you.
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IT’S MY FIRST day back from vacation as I write this, a day filled with hundreds of emails (literally), and a loooong to-do list. But thanks to a sweet and sassy 6-year-old who calls me Grammy, I’m smarter than I was pre-vacation, so I can handle it. Here’s what she taught me: 1. Ask questions. Lots of them, until you know what you need to know. 2. Eat all your chicken nuggets (or that salad)? Put away your toys (or folded the laundry)? Give yourself a high five. Know that you are awesome. 3. Eat ice cream. Try the neon blue flavor, or add M&Ms. 4. Tell silly stories. It’s OK if they all have the same ending, if that ending makes you laugh. 5. Wear your favorite dress every time it’s clean and available. Yes, that one. Life’s too short to be uncomfortable. 6. Be brave, and announce it loudly. In the pool. At the dentist. You’ll feel brave, and you might just inspire someone else. 7. Get up early, so you have time to play before hitting the road to soccer camp. Or the office. It makes for a happier day. 8. Saying, “I like your shirt,” is a good way to make a new friend. 9. Finally, read books. The best ones have pictures, of teddy bears or princesses or talking spoons. Oh, look. You’re already reading, what we call The Family Issue. Hope you enjoy it!
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Practice Makes Perfect VIOLINIST SEES CARNEGIE HALL APPEARANCES AS STEPS IN HER JOURNEY
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hen you hear that at age 16, violinist Deborah Kim has already played Carnegie Hall twice, it’s not surprising that she is hard-working and talented. What is surprising is that those highprofile performances aren’t the most memorable of her career. Deborah, a rising senior at Green Hope High, calls playing at Carnegie Hall, “a big step in my violin-playing journey.” But her most memorable musical experience happened while she was playing in her school’s chamber group. “We had two performances; the first one went OK, but for the second one I left my music off-stage, and I still managed to get through the concert,” she said. “The music was pretty easy, but I realized that practicing actually pays off.” Deborah has learned this lesson well. Many violinists start quite young, at 4 or 5 years old, but Deborah didn’t pick up the instrument until 10. When she reached high school she realized she was behind her peers. “I decided that I should catch up if I wanted to continue playing violin after high school,” she said. “After seeing performances of others who had started playing earlier, I realized I was way behind.” Reaching her goal required hard work, playing the violin for up to eight hours a day
“MUSIC IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE PART OF MY LIFE, NOT JUST WITH VIOLIN, BUT MAYBE MUSIC EDUCATION. I’M NOT SURE HOW I’M GOING TO PURSUE GERIATRICS, BUT I KEEP SETTING GOALS. MY DREAM HAS BEEN CHANGING FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, BUT I THINK I’M GOING TO STICK WITH THIS ONE.” — DEBORAH KIM
the summer before her sophomore year. “I wanted to give up numerous times, but my mom helped me get through it,” Deborah recalled. All the effort paid off. Less than a year later, she came in second in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall in July 2015. She played there again in May 2016 as part of the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition. Deborah says she was less nervous at her second appearance, but not completely comfortable. “After I got in and was set on doing
a performance, I slacked off and relaxed,” she said. “As a soloist at Carnegie Hall it was pretty stressful, because at the last minute I was regretting not practicing enough. The feeling after playing at Carnegie was greater. I felt like I was finally done; I accomplished something. But if I had to choose between the two, I’d rather play at a school concert.” Among other awards and accolades, Deborah won the Durham Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition this year and performed a solo with the DSO in April. “When she has a big goal, she’s thrilled to try it and achieve it,” said Shelley Livingston, Deborah’s violin teacher, who also performed with the symphony that night. Livingston, who is also conductor of the Duke University String School Youth Symphony Orchestra, says Deborah is selfassured, especially when it comes to music. This was evident when the teen was Duke Youth Symphony concertmaster last year. “She is soft-spoken, but she fires up when she’s performing,” said Livingston. “She leads by example. She is focused and works hard, so that inspires others to do the same when they’re around her. She is confident. She makes a wonderful concertmaster because she’s a really good leader in that continued on page 23
As a high school senior, violinist Deborah Kim is focusing on college: “In terms of violin, I plan to focus on repertoire for college admission, rather than chamber groups. Although it’s fun playing with friends, I think it’s time to focus on my studies just for college.”
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Passion for Public Service JOSÉ ORTIZ AIMS TO OVERCOME STEREOTYPES, FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY
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osé San Martin Ortiz doesn’t want to be known as the Hispanic guy, the poor guy, or even the smart guy — not that he isn’t all of those. He wants to be the guy who is making a difference. “I want to have high hopes, because I don’t want to settle for less,” he said. “I want to make the biggest change I can make.” José, 18, graduated in June from Fuquay-Varina High School in the top 5 percent of his class. This fall he will attend Duke University as one of the first 30 beneficiaries of the Washington Duke scholarship, which supports talented students who are the first in their families to attend college. “Mom was so excited when I got the news,” he said of his acceptance letter. “I wish I’d filmed it. The family was jumping and screaming.” Duke was a reach school for him, but then, attending college at all was a reach. José is not a legal resident of the U.S. Born in Mexico, he was brought to the United States by his mother in 2005, along with an older sister and younger brother. A few years later, his father was deported, and the remaining family settled in North Carolina. “What really made me want to work in
“I WANT TO HAVE HIGH HOPES, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO SETTLE FOR LESS. I WANT TO MAKE THE BIGGEST CHANGE I CAN MAKE.” — JOSÉ SAN MARTIN ORTIZ
government is seeing my mom struggle every day,” José said. “At any point, she could be pulled over and deported. That’s my biggest fear. I want to work in government to try and change that. Not only for Hispanics, but any immigrant who’s struggling. I want to help them.” He plans to study public policy and economics, with the goal of working in advocacy or politics. José isn’t sure how that goal will take shape, although he says his dream would be to work as a consultant in the White House. Lindsey Biller, José’s counselor at Fuquay-Varina High, says getting to know him has made her look at life differently. “No matter what circumstances are put on him, the adversity he’s faced and seen, he’s managed to rise above it,” she said. “He wants to beat the stereotypes that are on His-
panic immigrants. All he wants to do is make a difference.” José may not have a path to citizenship, but he does have legal standing thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enacted by the Obama administration in June 2012, just as José entered high school. He is exempt from deportation, and he has a work permit and driver’s license. He can attend college, but isn’t eligible for in-state tuition or financial aid at public universities. Because money has always been tight for his housekeeper mother and electrician stepfather, José knew his only college option was to earn a scholarship to a private school. “I didn’t have as many resources for success as other kids. My family is very, very poor,” he said. José used that as an incentive to work harder in school. He took as many Advanced Placement courses as he could, 12 in all. He earned the highest grade on the AP Statistics exam that his teacher had seen in 10 years. He won the Bobby Hamilton Award for overall excellence in math from FuquayVarina High. It all helped earn him the Washingcontinued on page 22
JosĂŠ San Martin Ortiz doesn't like to talk about the obstacles he's overcome, saying he'd rather focus on the opportunities he's had. Chief among these is his mother's influence. "I want to make her proud," he says.
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Do More & Be More HISTORY COMES ALIVE FOR SARAH WELSCH
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t’s in her eyes and in her handshake: Sarah Welsch is a leader. The recipient of this year’s Outstanding Teen Volunteer Award in Cary, Sarah has been making an impact in local historic preservation since 2014 as Teen Council liaison on the board of the Friends of the PageWalker Hotel. The organization serves as guardian for the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, advocates for preservation of Cary historic sites, offers history education, and promotes the cultural arts. Sarah’s also led in forming the Young Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel, engaging other teens in local history and cultural arts. She calls the challenge “stretching herself.” “There’s a lot of stereotyping that teens aren’t able or motivated to be more involved,” said Sarah, 17, and a rising senior at Panther Creek High. “But there is definitely the capacity for us to do more, and be more, than people think. “I really enjoy working with the Friends. I love history, and they’ve swept me up into their passion. The Young Friends came out of that, wanting to get teens involved in local history.” The work is paying off, she says; she led planning and execution of the first Paint the Page art event for teens last fall, 20
“TO ME, LEADERSHIP IS KNOWING WHEN TO GUIDE PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WHEN TO STEP BACK AND BE A FOLLOWER AND LET THEM LEAD. IT’S EMPOWERING OTHERS TO ACT, TO WORK TOWARD A COMMON GOAL.” — SARAH WELSCH
featuring an exhibition, reception and judging by the likes of renowned Cary artist Jerry Miller. Under Sarah’s leadership, the Young Friends have doubled profits in their second annual fundraising bake sale, and now have their own section on the Friends’ main website. “Sarah’s building youth representation in Page-Walker membership and engaging youth in experiencing the history and cultural arts of Cary,” said Friends’ president Leesa Brinkley. “Paint the Page was a significant event to plan and execute,” Brinkley said. “Sarah was instrumental to its success by identifying and delegating tasks, keeping up with status and most of all, communicating effectively
with (sponsors and) everyone involved. She shows the ability to guide others, through collaboration and consensus. “It’s truly amazing to see a teen not only dedicated to historic preservation at such a young age, but one who we can depend on just as much as our other board members.” Founded more than 30 years ago by Anne Kratzer, the award-winning Friends organization will only become more diverse as today’s newcomers put down roots in Cary, Sarah says. “This is such a great place to live, and (in the future), I’d like to still see the things I grew up with, the historical homes around mine,” she said. “Development is good, and the town does a good job of making it cohesive and pristine, but I’d like to see things not get huge, in west Cary especially.” Of current concern for the Friends is the proposed relocation of the historic IveyEllington House as part of Cary’s downtown revitalization project. Located on West Chatham Street, the house is one of few surviving examples of the Gothic Revival style in Wake County. “I would hate to see it moved from the streetscape,” Sarah said. “It’s so important to continued on page 22
Sarah Welsch says teens have the “capacity to do more, and be more, than people think.” She’s proving it, one leadership role at a time.
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maintaining town history, and it could be utilized and appreciated where it is.” Sarah’s leadership skills have been honed by participation in the Shelton Challenge through The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, and the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. She applied those skills at Panther Creek High, building its once-struggling Key Club into one of the largest in the Carolinas district at 400 members, and setting strict expectations for all. The role as 2015-16 club president was, she says, “a huge undertaking.” In other words, it was just her style. “I like to work hard, have a goal and accomplish it,” said Sarah, who uses a color-coded system to stay organized — although she admits her room can get messy at times. “It brings me a lot of happiness to be part of something that makes an impact. “To me, leadership is knowing when to guide people in the right direction and when to step back and be a follower and let them lead,” she said. “It’s empowering others to act, to work toward a common goal.”
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ton Duke scholarship, which includes tuition, expenses, paid internships and mentoring. Biller says José’s success is due to his work ethic and his family. “He’s been raised in an extremely loving and supportive family,” she said. “His mom has taught him the value of hard work, and that you can’t allow your circumstances to define you. Hard work has been instilled in him since he came to the United States.” José also relies on his friends and classmates to push and support him. Sophomore and junior years in high school, he was on the cross country and track teams, hitching rides with friends who had cars. Another friend helped him
“I LIKE TO WORK HARD, HAVE A GOAL AND ACCOMPLISH IT. IT BRINGS ME A LOT OF HAPPINESS TO BE PART OF SOMETHING THAT MAKES AN IMPACT.” — SARAH WELSCH
In her senior year at Panther Creek, Sarah will keep up the good work with Key Club and her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, and serve as chief co-editor of the yearbook. She also will continue her appearances on the Town of Cary’s monthly episodes of BUD TV, and with the Friends, working to ensure the sustainability of Young Friends. Then it will be off to college, to double major in Spanish and perhaps political science. Sarah has two pieces of wisdom for other teens: “Listen to your mom, because she knows a lot, and try new things. Involve yourself in every aspect of them possible, until you find what you enjoy.” t
get hired at Mathnasium, a perfect fit for a math whiz like José. “I loved seeing kids understand a subject that is considered one of the hardest to wrap your head around,” he said. “Be it little kids finally understanding what it means to add two numbers, or highschoolers understanding trigonometry, it was always amazing to see the lightbulb light up.” But as much as he liked tutoring kids, his passion for public service was greater. José quit his job in June to prepare for Duke’s summer enrichment program. “I’m really good at math, but I don’t want to do it for a living,” he said. “If I’m an engineer I won’t make a change in the world. I just want to help people like me, and my mom.” t
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way. You don’t have to talk when you play the violin.” Deborah also lights up when she talks about another of her interests — elder care. About a year ago, she was persuaded to join a friend and two other musicians for a performance at SearStone, a Cary retirement community. Deborah says the event was inspirational. “During the performance I saw a senior who was really enjoying the music,” she said. “Technically he was bothering us, but we all appreciated it because we knew he was trying to express how he felt when he heard the music.” After that experience, Deborah founded Senior Serenades, a Green Hope High service club which arranges musical performances at area retirement homes. She also started MUSE (Music Uniting Students and Elders), a similar ensemble which plays mostly in Chapel Hill. Listeners will sometimes cry during Senior Serenades performances, says Livingston. “Some will start clapping in the middle of her playing. It touches her deeply, and it’s really sweet,” she said. “Deborah’s finding out in this last year that she can be very expressive, and she can touch people with her music.” Deborah has spent this summer volunteering at SearStone’s assisted living facility Brittany Place, in order to learn more about the industry and explore possible careers. “I didn’t know I was into senior care, but playing for seniors helped me develop my dream to become a geriatrician,” she said. She’s not clear how her two passions will come together, but she is confident that with hard work, she will reach her goal. “Music is definitely going to be part of my life, not just with violin, but maybe music education,” Deborah said. “I’m not sure how I’m going to pursue geriatrics, but I keep setting goals. My dream has been changing for the past two years, but I think I’m going to stick with this one.” t
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David Clark, software engineer at Lord Corporation in Cary, uses a Lego helicopter created by his colleague, system safety engineer Casey Irvin, to demonstrate concepts behind the companyâ€™s Active Vibration Control System, used in commercial and military helicopters, and even cellphone technology, to Wake County schoolteachers who are working to bring real-world STEM education into their classrooms.
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ike children, they gathered around their instructor eagerly at LORD Corporation in Cary, applying pressure to metal to test the strength of rivets versus the company’s structural adhesives. The rivets pulled loose at 1,300 psi. They all jumped when the adhesive-held metal snapped loudly at 3,400 psi. Their next questions were how, and why? But these aren’t children. They’re Wake County schoolteachers, inside local companies to help them bring realworld, project-based learning to their students through a program dubbed Summer STEM. “Teachers know education, but they don’t know the problems faced in business,” said Teresa Pierrie, director of programs at WakeEd, a nonprofit collaborating with Wake County Public Schools and local businesses in this second annual program. “We knew if we could immerse them in the structure of business, they could build that new knowledge to deliver to students.
It’s authentic. It becomes a model for their students and for their fellow teachers.” STEM education — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — is not new in in our state; it dates to the 1950s and the development of Research Triangle Park. More than just another acronym, STEM is key to the future of our state’s economy, and to our country’s global competitiveness. Yet according to the 2016 STEM Index, created by U.S. News and World Report, STEM jobs are being created much faster than workforce-ready STEM graduates. In the largest public school system in North Carolina, leaders are working to change that. “STEM education has two goals,” said Paul Domenico, director of Curriculum Enhancement Programs for Wake County Schools. “One, it answers the ‘why’ for students, as in why am I learning this. “Two, a lot of our industry is built on continued on page 28
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“This is so cool,” says East Garner Magnet Middle School science teacher Brian Cole, right, of the magneto-rheological fluid developed by LORD chemists and used to control brakes, shocks and dampers in autos. The substance transforms from liquid to solid when magnetized. Cole’s goal in attending Summer STEM, a program that immerses teachers in local STEM businesses, was to make learning more fun for his students. Also pictured is Sarah Mallon of East Garner Middle School.
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STEM, so it creates a pipeline, making specific connections with businesses and universities and community colleges.” Doug Lorenz, president of Automotive, Industrial and Electronic Assembly at LORD, says real-world corporate challenges are one reason LORD employees participate in mentoring, co-teaching, and externships for area teachers. As markets change and the company works toward future relevance and success, “We need the right people to help us do that,” he said. “That’s why these partnerships are so powerful.” More than science
Inside the helicopter lab at LORD, which develops systems to control motion and vibration, scientist Dan Barber demonstrated the concept behind the company’s magneto-rheological fluids. The teachers slid a powerful magnet over a proprietary iron powder-based liquid, and witnessed its quickthickening results. The substance is used to control
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brakes, shocks and dampers, and even in construction of earthquake-vulnerable buildings. “This is so cool!” exclaimed science teacher Brian Cole of East Garner Magnet Middle School, whose Summer STEM goal was to make learning more fun for his students. Science and English teachers Mary Grace Guthrie Kilder and Laura Dowd of Mills Park Middle in Cary, shared how they’re collaborating on cross-curricular projcontinued on page 30
GIRLS & STEM Paul Domenico says WCPSS academic data shows girls on par with, and sometimes outperforming, boys in STEM subjects — but a “disconnect” occurs when it comes to girls choosing
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ects to show students the scope of STEM. Alyson Davis, university relations specialist and STEM manager at LORD, says students often don’t understand that broad career choices such as engineering offer multiple opportunities and career paths.
“You have to be able to articulate ideas, to influence customers in a way they can understand. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how smart you are.” — Doug Lorenz The U.S. Department of Labor cites 100 different STEM occupations in various fields, and 70 percent of the fastest-growing occupations overall are in STEM, from biomedical engineer and network systems analyst to economist and skin care specialist. Beyond technical knowledge, STEM companies look for those able to work in cross-functional environments, solve problems creatively, and demonstrate strong communication skills, something Vernon Malone College & Career Academy Spanish teacher Clay Hergert promotes by requiring his students to prepare classroom presentations. “You have to be able to articulate ideas, to influence customers in a way they can understand,” said Lorenz. “Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how smart you are.” Keeping it real
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TOP: Dozens of teachers took part in this year’s Summer STEM program, experiencing hands-on learning that will help them bring real-world, project-based learning to their students. Local companies taking part say the benefit is two-fold: As markets change and companies work toward future success, “We need the right people to help us do that,” says Doug Lorenz, a LORD Corporation executive. “”That’s why these partnerships are so powerful.” BOTTOM: LORD employees Clark and Irvin explain the company’s In-flight Propeller Balancing System, originally designed for concrete factory ventilation fans but now used in aircraft, which increases engine life and reduces operating costs for LORD customers. For teachers like Mary Grace Guthrie Kilder and Laura Dowd of Mills Park Middle School, near left, sharing such applications for STEM learning is a boost for students.
Teachers Diane Cadavid and Cassandra McClellan of Apex Friendship High learn from LORD scientist Dan Barber during Summer STEM, a program aimed at providing authentic experiences for educators tasked with educating the nation’s future STEM workforce.
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including the four C’s (of ) Collaborative, Creative, Effective Communicators, and Critical Thinkers, that are essential to today’s work setting. “There is a growing understanding of the need to engage with schools to guide teachers in creating relevant learning experiences that deepen STEM curricular understanding and expand student understanding of the many opportunities within STEM businesses and STEM professions,” Parrott said. Domenico, of WCPSS, notes that all Wake County secondary schools have alliances with local businesses to offer mentoring opportunities for students, and 28 Wake schools are part of the STEM Collaborative Network. He points to a multitude of options for Wake students and STEM, such as Wake
STEM Early College on the N.C. State campus, focused on engineering, and the Vernon Malone academy connected with Wake Tech, offering eight career pathways from nursing to game design. The Digital Media Academy at Middle Creek High in Apex equips students with communication technology skills to benefit them throughout college and career. And Athens Drive High has two STEM academies, Health Science Academy and Energy and Sustainability Academy, offering context-specific study and the opportunity to work with industry to extend learning outside the classroom. “There’s a different look and feel at each STEM school,” Domenico said, “and the concentrated approach filters into other classrooms. It’s amazing what and how students learn; we have to stay out in front of that.” t
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SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY to keep kids in school is to let them spend more time outside the classroom. Crossroads Flex, Cary’s newest high school, opens this month with a flexible schedule that will benefit performers, athletes, students with jobs, or those with family responsibilities. “We have to be adaptive as a school system,” said Drew Cook, the Wake County Public School System’s senior director for high school programs. “Sometimes there are barriers and constraints that a more traditional school may have in meeting the needs of all students.” With a mix of online and in-person courses, the school will offer the 22 core classes needed for graduation, and a variety of electives. Small classes will be scheduled throughout the day, from early morning to early evening, at the school, located at 5651 Dillard Drive. “We see this as a reflection of national and international trends,” Cook continued. “The reality is digital learning and distance learning has become the norm in many cases, certainly at the post-secondary level.” continued on page 36 34
Keith Richardson, Crossroads Flex High principal, says one of his challenges in the new role will be personal: “I’ll have to challenge myself to be more flexible when it comes to a schedule and when it comes to having a routine day, having routine hours.”
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Initially, the school will partner with North Carolina Virtual Public Schools for its online courses. NCVPS is already serving nearly 2 million students in Wake County with a variety of classes including honors and Advanced Placement courses, foreign language and physical education. “We are seeing similar schools at both the district level and school level (a school within a school) pop up across the state. They typically start small, but they have had growth each year,” said Adam Renfro, outreach and support coordinator for NCVPS. “These schools are really instrumental in meeting the needs of the modern student.” The reliance on online classes means Crossroads Flex For more students must be information motivated, digiabout registration tally savvy and or classes, visit organized, says wcpss.net/ Tamani Anderson crossroadsflexhs Powell, director of marketing and communications for Wake County Public Schools. Excellent timemanagement skills will be vital to keeping up with the work. Students will be provided computers and other technical support if needed, she says. Students will have minimum hours they will be required to spend in class, as well as minimum hours they will need to be logged into online classes. “It is for a particular student, it is not for everybody,” said Powell. “It’s online; it’s anytime, but you still have to do the work. “It’s for any kid who feels a flexible schedule will work better for them. One (incoming) student said her mom has MS (multiple sclerosis). As her mother’s disease progresses, she wants to be able to stay home and help her mom. This is a way she can still have a connection with adults in school, but still do a lot online and be there to support her mom.” After the first round of applications in May, 66 students were accepted. Registration was extended through the summer, and officials anticipate reaching their target
of 100 enrollees by the first day of school, Aug. 29. Keith Richardson, the school’s new principal, spent five years at York Elementary in Raleigh where he was known for greeting every student by name. He looks forward to forging deeper relationships with the small group of high-schoolers at Crossroads Flex. “I’ll have the opportunity to get to know what their specific goals and interests are,” he said. “Just knowing that information is going to help me form relationships with those students, not just by name, but how we can best support them.” In addition to the principal, officials expect to hire three to four teachers, a counselor and an office manager. Depending on students’ needs, staff duties are likely to go beyond traditional job descriptions. Communication will be key, Richardson said, “especially meeting with students and families one-on-one, to determine progress of the students, their success and what their needs are. It will definitely be more than the traditional role of principal.” Students will come to the school at different grade levels, with different academic needs, says Richardson. Some may have more success in a small group, while others may require individual instruction. “It will be a challenge to make sure we are meeting the needs of those students. And meeting their needs during the time that they are available,” he said. “The purpose of this program is to meet them where they are with their schedule. That’s something you don’t find in a traditional school.” But for all the innovation, some things will remain the same, says Cook with Wake County Public Schools. “We’re still talking about the basics: the value of relationships, building rapport, trust and respect, and the social and emotional well-being of our students,” he said. “Sometimes when you start talking about technology and digital, people start thinking about robots. If anything (because of the size of the school) this model may allow us to do an even better job than we’re able to do in a more traditional setting.” t
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RESURRECTION LUTHERAN SCHOOL Resurrection Lutheran School (RLS) is committed to educating generations of children in the training and instruction of the Lord. Because of this commitment, we provide a Lutheran educational experience that is Christ-centered as well as academically focused for children in grades kindergarten through eighth. RLS has grown from one class of eighteen kindergarten students in 2002 to a full K-8 elementary/middle school offering a Christ-centered, academically challenging and dually accredited educational alternative for families living in Wake County. Parents are attracted to our dedicated teachers, reputation in the community, caring Christian environment, active parent participation and enrichment opportunities. Students are empowered to play an active role in their own education and prepared to make â€œhonors levelâ€? decisions in high school. Beginning in elementary school, students are moti100 Lochmere Drive vated to participate in a wide Cary, NC 27518 variety of extracurricular opportunities offered at Resur(919) 851-7270 rection Lutheran School to rlscary.org include basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, golf club, running club, robotics, MATHCOUNTS, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, drama, art, instrumental, choir, community service, educational travel, writing workshops and summer camp. At RLS, we place a high value on writing with a focus on both composition and intellectual depth. While technology is utilized to engage students and enhance learning, RLS students are encouraged to take the initiative to examine their natural curiosity through collaboration and a variety of interactive learning experiences. RLS families benefit from the strong congregational support offered by Resurrection Lutheran Church. Resurrection Lutheran Preschool (RLP) and Resurrection Lutheran Music School (RLM) provide additional educational opportunities for the entire family. Before and after school care is available. Visit www.rlscary.org to learn more about Resurrection Lutheran School. Contact Rosie Creasy, Admissions Director, 919-8517270 ext 35, to schedule a school tour or shadow day. Branded Content Section
ST. MARY MAGDALENE SCHOOL Leadership * Character * Excellence * Service St. Mary Magdalene School, located in the heart of Apex, is about to celebrate its seventeenth year. What can a student expect to find in a St. Mary Magdalene classroom? First and foremost, he or she can expect a vibrant community that is welcoming to all, certified faculty and staff who are devoted to the students, and a warm positive setting in which to learn. As a result, the turnover rate of the faculty is extremely low, providing a stable and consistent learning environment. Students should also expect to be challenged in all academic subjects. Once students are in the middle school grades, they may be placed in honors science and language arts classes or take up to two years of high school math. Younger students 625 Magdala Place may be placed in our academiApex, NC 27502 cally gifted program where (919) 657-4800 their studies will be enriched www.stmm.net with hands-on activities. In combination with their classroom studies, students can anticipate gaining a strong tie to their community. Because faith and spirituality are central to St. Mary Magdalene School, developing ethical, spiritual, and caring young people is just as important as developing sound thinkers. Through classroom and school-wide service projects, young people have the opportunity to help one another, local charities, and global causes. Additionally, as Apexâ€™s only preschool-8th grade Catholic school, StMM caters to Catholic and non-Catholic families from all over the Triangle. The curriculum is enriched with technology, field trips, cultural arts performances, writers-in-residence, artists-inresidence, band, theater, Spanish, and much more. Before and after school, students will also find all sorts of clubs or sports to enjoy: chess team, Mathcounts club, golf team, an array of JV and varsity girls and boys sports, MLSM (a service club), STEM club, National Junior Honor Society, and the on-site garden helpers, to list just a few. St. Mary Magdalene is always creating new ways to reach each student. Come check us out. We think youâ€™ll be impressed.
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St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School 625 Magdala Place Apex, NC 27502 919-657-4800 www.stmm.net
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MAGNET AND EARLY COLLEGE SCHOOLS FAIR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 Southeast Raleigh Magnet HS 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Magnet and Early College Schools enhance the North Carolina Essential Standards with innovative approaches to learning that maximize student potential. Magnets open doors of opportunity and spark the imagination of students, preparing them to become responsible citizens in a global society.
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WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Since 1982, Magnet Programs have offered educational choice in the community through a variety of innovative learning experiences either through a menu of electives or school-wide instructional delivery model. Magnets open doors of opportunity and spark the imagination of students, preparing them to become responsible citizens in a global society. The Leadership and Technology Pathway’s common essentials include hands-on programs and project-based learning experiences, the use of emerging technologies, with real world incorporation of community resources. The Gifted and Talented students explore a wide variety of subjects through core subjects and an extensive menu of elective courses that develop strengths and interests. Students have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests. The International Baccalaureate (IB) students become increasingly knowledgeable and interested in www.wcpss.net international understandings, and actively work to effect positive change. Colleges and universities give special admissions consideration to students who take IB classes and earn an IB Diploma. Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program; students enroll in college classes that allow them to earn free transferrable college credit. At Wake Leadership Academies, students complete their middle and high school academic program in single gender — all boys or all girls — learning environments. Language Immersion & Global Studies – Students are immersed in and learn in the target language (Spanish or Mandarin) all day. Beginning in 6th grade, two core courses are taught in target language. All middle and high school students participate in the Global Studies program.
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Families and friends team up to solve puzzle rooms WRITTEN BY LEAH KEITER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
You and your team are locked in a room with one hour to escape — but there’s a catch. To unlock the door to freedom, you have to solve a series of themed puzzles and riddles, and they won’t be quick or easy.
Our group searches for clues to unlock the secrets of Tic Toc Escapes’ haunted mausoleum room, hopefully before their 60-minute time limit runs out. Escape room games test groups’ cleverness, problem-solving ability and cooperation by challenging them to solve the riddles of a room in an hour to be able to escape. From left, Camila Correia, Stephen DelGaudio, Libby Boissy and Leah Keiter.
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Anything can be a clue in an escape room, so participants from left, Camila Correia, Libby Boissy, Leah Keiter and Stephen DelGaudio study the mausoleum roomâ€™s coffin.
Tic Toc Escapes owner Mac Lawrence introduces our group to the concept of escape rooms, holding two balls to explain that everything is connected and part of a pattern.
his is an escape room, and it makes opening locks and solving the mystery behind a room full of knickknacks fun. “When we were younger we used to go outside and play games,” said Mike Horan, co-owner of Cipher Escape in Morrisville. “And then we went through a cycle where everyone played games on their phones, on the console, that’s all they did. Now, this is a different connection where you’re actually coming live, and you get to mix the two — experiential entertainment.” Escape rooms bring together bits of classic entertainment: “I Spy” photo riddles, hidden object puzzles, choose your own adventure books, and role playing video games. How it works
Each room has a theme, ranging from brewery to haunted mausoleum to entertainment “green room.” Rooms of various sizes can accommodate groups from two to 10,
“What the industry calls an ‘escape’ is to get out before the time runs out with three hints or less.” — Mark Lawrence
but the typical group is six people, says Mac Lawrence, part of the family ownership team of Tic Toc Escapes in Raleigh. Once groups are locked inside and the clock starts counting down, a game master watches their progress via video cameras. Players are allowed three hints that they can request anytime during the allotted time period. “What the industry calls an ‘escape’ is to get out before the time runs out with three hints or less,” said Mark Lawrence, the Tic Toc patriarch. For both Cipher Escape and Tic Toc,
most of the rooms have a successful escape rate between 25 and 35 percent. Escape depends on problem-solving and critical thinking. Both Cipher and Tic Toc feature wall-to-wall puzzles that require math, science, visual understanding, and sometimes small physical tasks. Often the puzzles build on one another; nothing in a room is coincidental. While the ideas of escape and puzzlesolving are common in each room, don’t think you’ll see the same kind of puzzle again and again. Both teams are impressively creative, and show that you truly can make anything into a game. Escape rooms are popular for corporate events, date nights and birthday parties. According to the Cassandra Report, a youth and millennial research outlet, 62 percent of 19- to 34-year-olds would rather pay for an experience than a product, which excontinued on page 60 CARY MAGAZINE 59
The discovery of playing cards leads the team to piece together patterns from clues in Tic Toc’s entertainmentthemed “green room.”
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plains the popularity of escape rooms with young adults despite an average ticket price of $25 to $35. Starting up
Horan and his wife, Lynn, started Cipher Escape accidentally on purpose. He had a long-standing love of puzzle games like Myst, so when the couple read about escape rooms they had to give it a try. After escaping their first room in Orlando, Fla., they looked at each other and thought the same thing: “We can do this.” They started looking for building space the next day. “We didn’t really think about doing it,” said Mike. “We just did it.” Cipher has grown from its family roots, bringing on additional staff beyond Mike and Lynn’s six children. In the next year, the couple plans to expand into another part of their building and open two more rooms. “Adrenaline,” said Lynn, on where the 60
success of the escape room trend comes from. “It’s live; we have a big clock on the wall. People who like a challenge love this.” “There’s not a lot to do where you can have an entire family experience,” added Mike. “Where can we get someone who is youngest and someone who is oldest and they can come do something together?” For the Lawrence family, things happened a little differently. Two years ago, Mac Lawrence and his mother, Jane, were looking for a business opportunity that the family could get into together. They found their answer on an episode of TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” which featured an escape room. “I wanted to do something that would be fun for everybody,” said Mac. Approaching their two-year anniversary this month, the Lawrence family is more than happy with their decision. “People ask, ‘What do you do for a living?’ and we say, ‘We make people laugh,’” said Jane. “There’s nothing like laughter.”
Like the Horans, Jane thinks much of the success of escape rooms comes from its wide audience appeal. “It’s multigenerational, and people can come in and laugh and enjoy each other,” she said. “That’s what made me really fall in love with the game.” “Everybody ends up contributing in some way,” added Marylu Lawrence. “We try to build for all different kinds of thinkers. Something over here will be more of a physical puzzle, and something across the room will be more for someone who likes math.” The best part, though? The immersive nature of the live game. “You completely forget that you’re in a room in a building,” said Lynn Horan. “You become completely immersed in that space.” Cipher Escape, Morrisville (919) 378-9362 cipherescape.com Tic Toc Escapes, Raleigh (984) 789-9978 tictocescapes.com
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While visiting Tic Toc, my friends and I decided to take on what Mac Lawrence described as one of their more challenging rooms – the music themed “green room.” When the seven of us went in and 60 minutes came up on the clock, I bet Mac $1 we would make it out with 10 minutes to spare. He said he thought we would make it in four. As one of us was decoding combinations, half the group would be at the other side of the room looking for cards to complete a poker hand, while the other half was searching drawers and boxes, trying to make the glitter decorating the outside into a clue. In the end, we got out with literally one second left (a Tic Toc first) after a lot of luck, three hints and some very quick thinking by everyone in the group. “I really liked that we all had to work together to use the clues we found,” said Anna Gomez. “I loved that we made it out with literally one second left on the clock,” said Camila Correia. — Leah Keiter CARY MAGAZINE 61
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Pictured on this and the next page are scenes from the 2015 Lazy Daze Festival.
Two Lazy Daze of Fun Celebrating Cary Festival’s 40th Anniversary WRITTEN BY LEAH KEITER • PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
This year’s Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will double the fun in celebration of its 40-year anniversary! Instead of the traditional one day of food, arts and community celebration, Lazy Daze will be two days long and feature more than 300 artists from 17 different states. “Obviously the two days is the biggest change,” said Lyman Collins, cultural arts manager for the Town of Cary. “For many, many years people have asked why the festival can’t be two days and the main reason is that it’s impractical to shut down Academy Street for two whole days.” But as construction continues in downtown Cary, part of a revitalization project slated to be finished in early fall, Town Hall campus will host Lazy Daze for the second year. The location will leave Academy Street open and allow artists’ tents to be arranged in a circle instead of in lines. The festival had 325 open spots for artists from across the United States this year, and 41 of those chosen by the Lazy Daze jury are local. “It ensures a generally higher caliber of artist because they are reviewed,” said Collins of the jurying process. “Not suggesting that the artists not invited are not high caliber artists, but we have a limited number of spaces, and we had almost twice that many artists apply.” The jury is comprised of artists, citizens and members of the festival committee. Once an artist applies, the jury reviews slides of his work and offers scores, which are then compiled. Collins says the level of competition depends on the art category. “There are a lot of jewelers, there are a lot of potters. Something like sculpture or metalwork, we will have fewer artists applying. We want a balanced festival,” he said. The first year of Lazy Daze, in 1977, saw 100 artists and a block of space reserved on Chatham Street. The proceeds from that first event went to buying a tent for the Town of Cary’s recreation department. Over the course of the festival’s 40-year run, more than $650,000 has been raised and put back into the community. “It’s something that we are proud of, that the proceeds from the festival go back into the community in the form of grants,” said Collins. Programs and organizations like Cary Visual Art, Cary Players, Life Experiences and The Carying Place have been supported with the help of Lazy Daze, as well as projects like the Lazy Daze Playground at Bond Park. “To go from a tent to a playground is pretty good,” said Collins, reflecting on the festival’s growth. “When Lazy Daze first started in the late ‘70s, Cary probably had around 10,000 people and now it’s got over 150,000, so when you have something like Lazy Daze that is a tradition, it connects us back to that community that we were, and reminds us that we are still that same community, and that community is important for us and to us.” continued on page 65
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Art, With Heart: Lazy Daze features artists from far … and near COMPILED BY NANCY PARDUE PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
The Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival brings hundreds of artists to Cary. This year, they’re bringing their talents from as far away as Alabama, Indiana, New York and even California. Among all these artists are 40 who keep shop right here in Western Wake. Meet a few of them here, then stop by and say hello while you’re enjoying Lazy Daze.
Kenneth Neilsen CARY POTTERY, CARY
Lazy Daze appearances: 5
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The 40th anniversary celebration will include five stages of entertainment, which will feature a wide array of musical styles, says Adam Bell, festivals and events supervisor for the Town of Cary. “The EyeCareNC stage will host beach music artists, and the Mr. Roof of Raleigh stage will serve as the location for
Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival August 27-28 Town Hall Campus, Cary (919) 319-4560 townofcary.org
bluegrass, blues and jazz artists,” Bell said. A Kid’s World stage will showcase kid-friendly entertainment. To get to Lazy Daze, shuttle stops will be available at Green Hope High School and Cary Towne Center; this year, the drop-off point has been moved to the intersection of Chapel Hill Road and Academy Street. Collins urges festivalgoers to take advantage of the shuttles, as downtown parking will be limited. “It’s always important for the community to have opportunities to come together and to experience things together,” said Collins. “It helps people feel that sense of community, and Lazy Daze has done that since the very beginning. That’s why it was created.”
In your booth: During the last Christmas season we developed a new style of altered torn vase that has been selling very well. We’ll have several styles of that and other fine art pieces on sale. And of course we will also bring lots of mugs and other functional houseware items.
Other jobs held: In high school I was a school bus driver; since I graduated in 1982, I have been making pottery full time. Potters wear a lot of different hats at the studio, so I have been a forklift operator, plumber, electrician, pipe fitter, welder, and general all-around inventor.
Your inspiration: Lately, I have been inspired by early 20th century art pottery forms, and pieces from such potteries as Rookwood, Roseville and Hull. Memorable response to your work: I received an actual hand-written thank you note from Grant Llewellyn, conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, after he was presented with one of my larger art bowls. Just for fun: Orange and white “road blocks” in honor of downtown Cary construction. Mostly it’s the local downtown residents who get the humor. >> facebook.com/CaryPottery
MA VIE DE BOHEME, CARY Lazy Daze appearances: Several
In your booth: I love to reinvent and re-create and recycle. My booth will be filled with reconstructed clothing that I make from sweaters and T-shirts that no longer have a home. Garments that were gently or greatly loved are turned into ponchos, skirts, tunics and coats for women, girls and even your furry friend.
Photo submitted by Marianne Smith
Favorite part of being an artist: Opening a kiln and finding that a new experimental glaze recipe turned out even better than I was hoping it would!
Other jobs held: Make-up artist, corporate sales, creative director, substitute teacher. My most important job is being a mom. Favorite part of being an artist: There are no rules. There is no right or wrong. Your inspiration: I tend to see beauty in the simplest of things. I love fashion, as it’s such a visual language and a great way to express who you are. I guess that’s why most of my creations are wearable. Memorable response to your work: Bringing a smile to someone’s face is one of the greatest compliments. Having people spend their hard-earned money to purchase something I’ve created is an amazing feeling. A woman bought one of my sweater coats to wear for her wedding. That was pretty special. >> etsy.com/shop/ShopMaViedeBoheme
Michele Yellin FOLK ARTIST, CARY
Lazy Daze appearances: This is the first. Your art: I make brightly colored, textured folk art from new and reclaimed wood, paste, acrylic paint, bottle caps, buttons, beads, found objects and twigs. I make birds that hang on the wall, but have started to expand my line to include elephants, rabbits and people. continued on page 68
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Other jobs held: I have produced lamps in a small lamp factory, framed pictures, waitressed, worked in a dry cleaners, conducted telephone surveys, and worked in retail. I also volunteered at Cary Elementary School when my sons were young. Favorite part of being an artist: The actual process of creating — drawing my ideas, cutting and sanding wood, applying paint, adding the components to the piece. I lose myself in the making.
Photo submitted by Michele Yellin
Your inspiration: I like to see other artists’ work, especially in person. A short visit to an art museum or art gallery will get my creative spark going. Memorable response to your work: Years ago I donated a small ink and watercolor piece to an auction and later found out that the winning bidder redid her half bathroom, all the way down to the tile and fixtures, to go with her new artwork. That blew me away. >> micheleyellin.com/scenic_route_studio/Home.html
Robyn Johnston WHIMSICAL ROBYN, APEX
Lazy Daze appearances: About 7
Other jobs held: I was a veterinary technician for 30 years, and still work part-time.
Photo submitted by Robyn Johnston
In your booth: Garden art pieces including my birds and owls, planters, garden stakes, picture frames, and fairy doors. Plus, some larger pieces not available on Etsy. I use old china, break it up and reconstruct it into a new piece. And all of my pieces have their own names.
work want to know how I do it. It’s nice to make connections. It’s an affirmation.
Memorable response to your work: People smile as they approach the booth. Most say they’ve never seen anything like this before, and ask questions. Engineers and men who do tile
>> whimsicalrobyn.com, facebook.com/WhimsicalRobyn, etsy.com/shop/Whimsicalrobyn
Photo submitted by Robyn Johnston
Your inspiration: I’ve cared for so many animals for so long, each with their own personality, that in a way my art is a tribute to them. I’m also inspired by the medium, to take pieces that would be discarded and create something brand new. That it’s not perfect is what lends it personality.
Photo submitted by Keith Veronesi
KEITH’S WOODWORK, FUQUAY-VARINA Lazy Daze appearances: This will be my first! Your art: I work with over a dozen different species of domestic and exotic woods. I make everything from pens to cabinets, and turned items like bowls and peppermills, cutting boards, clocks, boxes. Just about everything I make is one of a kind, simply because no two pieces of wood are the same. Other jobs held: Network engineer, subcontractor, stay-at-home dad Favorite part of being an artist: The craftsmanship. Scratch that … it’s buying the tools! Your inspiration: Taking a pile of nothing and creating something functional or beautiful. Finding logs or cool exotic woods with rich color, mixing them together and seeing what happens. My inspiration comes simply from, “What if.” Memorable projects: A woman asked me to make something out of an old door from her grandparents’ house. I made four wall shelves and incorporated old door knobs and cabinet pulls from the house. That was a special and rewarding experience. When I’m out collecting logs, people will tell me they loved having that tree in their yard. I try to make a bowl from the wood as a thank you. It’s nice to see how appreciative they are for the knowledge that their beautiful tree is not going to waste. >> keithswoodwork.com, facebook.com/idealwoodshop
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THE CARY THEATER What’s Beyond Ordinary This Fall?
Art House Theater Day September 24 Celebrate the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in our community. It is a day to recognize the theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experiences. Special film screenings all day!
Sick Chicks Film Festival November 5 An all day Film Festival devoted to showing short films in Horror, Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Suspense genres. Emphasis will be on female filmmakers. We will be showcasing work by some of the best indie filmmakers from NC and around the world.
Six String Presents Live Music Monthly Presenting live music each month at The Cary. Bringing to you the best in singer songwriters, blues, bluegrass, country, folk and acoustic music from NC and the nation!
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SUMMER IS PERHAPS the best time
of year to enjoy fresh seafood. Maybe it’s because many of us spend more time at the lake or the beach. Whatever the reason, we encourage you to savor more maritime fare this season. To make it easier, we reeled in three of the freshest and tastiest seafood catches in the area. From a fast-casual joint to a food truck to a full-service restaurant, Steamed Old Bay-seasoned peel-and-eat shrimp from Skipper’s Fish Fry in Apex are a seasonal favorite.
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Cousins Maine Lobster food truck appears regularly around town. Check the website for the weekly schedule.
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Cousins Maine Lobster
A food-truck franchise that benefited from an appearance on television’s “Shark Tank,” the Raleigh truck has gained a loyal following since rolling out in 2015. “I saw the show, and my husband said, ‘That’s what you need to do,’” said franchisee Deb Keller, a New Jersey native with a background in project management. Keller now compares cousins and Cousins Maine Lobster founders Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac to the brothers she never had. “They have been so genuinely warm and supportive,” she said. Her lobster is sourced from Maine’s middle coast, and shipments arrive at least twice a week. “We have such a huge Northeastern following, and our cuisine is really unique to the Triangle area,” said Keller. 74
“OUR CUISINE IS REALLY UNIQUE TO THE TRIANGLE AREA.” — DEB KELLER
Not surprisingly, the biggest selling menu items are lobster rolls containing chunks of tail, knuckle and claw meat. The classic Maine version is served cold and mixed with Hellmann’s mayonnaise, while the Connecticut is tossed in butter and lemon then presented warm. The sweet, tender meat is piled onto a split-top Country Kitchen bun that’s buttered and toasted. Cousins Maine Lobster appears regularly at food truck rodeos, festivals, breweries and corporate properties. Check the website to follow the truck’s weekly schedule. Seasonal favorites: Shrimp tacos are flash-fried in canola oil and served on local
hand-fashioned flour tortillas with cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro lime sauce. Recommended: Net some shareable lobster tots, which include tater tots crowned with warm Maine lobster, pico de gallo and cilantro lime sauce. Pair with an icy cold, bottled blueberry Maine Root soda and a whoopie pie for dessert. Surprising fact: Despite the popularity of the Maine roll, folks here in North Carolina prefer the Connecticut roll — even during the sweltering days of summer. “People here love the butter experience,” Keller explained. Prices: $10 for shrimp tacos to $14 for lobster rolls Cousins Maine Lobster (919) 867-6203 cousinsmainelobster.com/Raleigh
Shrimp tacos are served on hand-fashioned flour tortillas with cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro lime sauce.
Lobster tots include tater tots with warm lobster, pico de gallo and cilantro lime sauce.
In the Connecticut, warm lobster is tossed in butter and lemon then piled onto a split-top bun.
Deb Keller, the local franchisee for Cousins Maine Lobster, says the truck has a strong following.
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Skipperâ€™s blackened mahi-mahi is accompanied by sides of rice, green beans, hush puppies, and house-made tartar and cocktail sauces.
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Moon rockers, left, are fresh oysters baked on the half shell under a spinach topping. Roasted blue cheese oysters, right, are topped with blue cheese crumbles, garlic, butter and bread crumbs.
Full Moon Oyster Bar and Seafood Kitchen
With five locations throughout the state, Full Moon’s motto is, “Come as a stranger, leave as a friend.” The Morrisville restaurant, operating since 2014, has become a convivial gathering spot. Nautical-themed walls and suspended fishing nets provide a laid-back beach vibe. There are no tables inside, so guests sit on stools at an elongated bar that spans the dining space. While eating, you might feel like you’re getting a crash course in oyster shucking. “We generally have seven to 10 varieties of oysters from up and down the East Coast,” said Ty Carethers, who serves as executive chef for the entire Full Moon operation. Whether you order oysters chargrilled, steamed or raw, you’ll be gratified. Don’t prefer oysters? The shrimp and grits entrée vies for attention, never mind garlic-tinged scallops, crab cakes filled with lump blue crab meat, and blackened salmon. Daily food and drink specials are available. Seasonal favorites: “There’s nothing bet78
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ter in the summer than raw oysters and a cold beer,” said Carethers. The just-caught fish of the day makes for another solid option.
seafood you will eat this far inland, but landlubbers will also find certified Angus steaks and excellent beef ribs,” Carethers said.
Recommended: Moon rockers, Full Moon’s interpretation of Oysters Rockefeller, which are baked on the half shell with spinach, cheese and bacon. Roasted blue cheese oysters arrive topped with blue cheese crumbles, garlic, butter and bread crumbs.
Prices: $9 for a shrimp cocktail to $30 for a full combination platter
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Chewy Chocolate Walnut Cookie by Chanticleer Café & Bakery Chewy Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Makes about a dozen 4-inch cookies 2½ cups (11 ounces) walnut halves 3 cups (14 ounces) powdered sugar ¾ cup (2.2 ounces) cocoa powder (use Dutch-process cocoa for a darker color and a more intense flavor) ¼ teaspoon salt 4 large egg whites (4 ½ ounces) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. To toast walnuts, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nuts are light brown and fragrant. Once walnuts are cool, chop coarsely. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt; mix with a rubber spatula until thoroughly blended. Stir in chopped walnuts, and mix until they are coated with dry mixture. Add egg whites and vanilla. Mix until batter is moistened; it should be thick and goopy. With an ice cream scoop or level 1/3 cup measure, scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. The cookies will spread considerably. Bake at 325 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the tops become shiny and small thin cracks appear on the surface of the cookies. Let cookies cool completely before removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container for up to two days. Note: If making smaller cookies, reduce the baking time slightly. 82
The Chewy Chocolate Walnut Cookie is the most popular cookie at Chanticleer Café & Bakery. “Sometimes people will come in for breakfast, get a coffee and a cookie. For some people, that’s their breakfast,” says owner Craig Freeman.
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BOOSTING THE POTENTIAL of another human being is one of the greatest gifts you can give. At GiGi’s Playhouse, potential is what it’s all about. Opened in June, this nonprofit achievement center serves adults and children with Down syndrome, offering educational and therapeutic programs at no charge, and opportunities for families to share ideas and support. Programs at GiGi’s Playhouse are focused on developing social, speech, motor and vocational skills, empowering people to achieve their greatest potential. Resources are available to equip new parents, and coming this fall is “GiGi U,” a progressive learning program for adults, with goal development and small group skills in86
struction, physical fitness and work opportunities. The local center is the 31st GiGi’s Playhouse location in North America. “Families can view the calendar of activities online, and just come,” said local outreach leader Michelle Pfeiffer. Her own children, including daughter Anna, who has Down syndrome, are among the regulars at GiGi’s Playhouse. Pfeiffer is known locally as the founder of Anna’s Angels Foundation, which funds Down syndrome research. The two organizations are not formally connected. “Anna has always inspired me, but to see the young parents here at GiGi’s Playhouse … it brings me great joy to put my time and energy into helping to bring this to
Kudos for founder: GiGi’s Playhouse founder Nancy Gianni, who attended the local center’s grand opening on June 18, has been named a 2016 CNN Hero for her efforts to empower those with Down syndrome.
The grand opening of GiGi’s Playhouse on June 18 attracted many supporters.
our community, as a place to feel loved and have fun,” Pfeiffer said. “Our area has such a need, especially for teens and adults, to help bridge the gap after high school. Our vision is to have an adjacent business to provide jobs, such as a café. The more we invest in them, the more productive they can be in our society.” The community is investing: More than $180,000 was raised to launch the center, and businesses such as PMC Commercial Interiors of Morrisville have donated goods and services. Volunteer professionals are stepping up to provide speech and physical therapies. And thanks to Chapel Hill photographer Lili Engelhardt, a fundraising book will be available this holiday season through GiGi’s Playhouse, Anna’s Angels, the Triangle Down Syndrome Network, and Amazon. Portraits and stories of local families are chronicled in “Beautiful Souls: Down Syndrome Through the Eyes of the Ones We Love.” “GiGi’s Playhouse is simply a place,” said Jeanhee Hoffman, president of the new center. “It is a place for our children and adults with
Down syndrome to come for our therapeutic programs. It is a place for our families to have a support system. It is a place to educate and bring awareness to our community about our individuals with Down syndrome to simply accept them into our community.” “Disability is not an excuse”
Steve and Marie Meckman of Cary first heard about GiGi’s Playhouse via an online parent chatroom, then from friend Caroline Moore, who is now on staff at GiGi’s as site coordinator. “It’s generated quite a bit of excitement,” said Steve Meckman. “It’s very beneficial to our community, and a great resource. “Our children may be less functional than normally developing kids, but they still have potential and abilities, and they still need to be pushed,” he said. “Disability is not an excuse.” The Meckmans’ son Ben, 14, is proof. Diagnosed with Down syndrome and autism, Ben works out at a local gym to counter the predisposition for low muscle tone that accompanies Down syndrome.
He may struggle with simple math, yet Ben can recognize birds by sound, and memorizes detailed facts about African wildlife, his dad says. And Ben enjoys being with people even though he has difficulty interacting. The camaraderie at GiGi’s Playhouse helps, and the family is exploring the center’s numerous programs. Pfeiffer points out that it’s not necessary to have a family member with Down syndrome to visit GiGi’s Playhouse. You can donate, or volunteer in various roles such as tutor, program leader and clean-up crew; teen volunteers are welcome, too. “GiGi’s Playhouse is a place for the community,” Pfeiffer said. “It offers opportunities to be with people with Down syndrome, to get comfortable. And it’s our common cause, to help families.” GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers Swift Creek Shopping Center 2887 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh, at intersection of Tryon Road (919) 307-3952 gigisplayhouse.org/Raleigh CARY MAGAZINE 87
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Claire Barnett, 13, takes aim at her target while practicing during a Junior Olympic Archery Development class at the NC Archery Center in Raleigh.
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Instead of just curling up on the couch with your family to watch the Olympics this month, why not try competing yourself? You won’t have to fly to Brazil — we’ve found local options for fan favorites like archery, fencing and table tennis. They’re perfect for the whole family to experience Olympic-sized excitement, with familiar faces as your competition. continued on page 92
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Kevin Franklin, 12, takes aim during a Junior Olympic Archery Development class at the NC Archery Center in Raleigh.
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NC ARCHERY CENTER While sports like swimming and track and field may get the most press coverage during the Summer Olympics, archery took the gold in the 2012 games as the most watched sport on cable channels, according to NBC, with more than 1.5 million viewers. Movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Brave,” with their straight-shooting heroines, have boosted the sport’s recent popularity. Justin Rogers, owner of North Carolina Archery Center in Raleigh, says archery’s long history also gives it staying power. “Archery goes back and predates everything,” said Rogers. “It’s the oldest weapon. Cavemen were using spears and bow and arrows. The history behind it and all the different forms, you could go on about it for days.” Rogers’ personal history with archery dates to his childhood, using a bow and arrow to hunt with his dad on the farm where he grew up. These days he can still often be found with a bow in his hand, but for teaching instead of hunting. After five years of working at a large outdoor supply store, 92
Rogers opened the archery center as a way to give more specialized attention to a sport he says is truly for everyone. “I grew up playing every sport on the planet,” said Rogers. “I played football, baseball, basketball. Those other sports aren’t as inclusive as archery. You have to be an athlete for a lot of those other sports. In archery, I taught a girl who has spina bifida, who shot in a wheelchair.” The Archery Center offers introductory classes, private lessons, and even a six-week course that prepares students for the center’s Junior Olympic Archery Development program. “We have kids who compete in everything from local to state to national tournaments,” Rogers said. “Some shoot nationally, some just come and do it for fun and earn pins from us as their scores improve.” The center also hosts a statewide tournament sponsored by the National Field Archery Association, or NFAA, that’s popular with young archers, partly because it’s held at the center’s 20-lane indoor range.
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Families looking to explore archery can sign up for private group lessons. Rogers says the age recommendation is 8 and older, but admits that it varies; his own kids have been shooting since they were 4. For these private lessons, the center provides equipment. The intro class offered at NCAC is $60. “Anybody can pick up this sport,” said Rogers. “You can pick up a bow and arrow and see results. And that’s what separates it to me — literally anybody can do it.” NC Archery Center 6718 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh (919) 676-6799 ncarcherycenter.com
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Sixteen-year-olds Kenan Ratliff, left, and Eduardo Marin face off during practice at Apex Fencing Academy, at Middle Creek Community Center.
APEX FENCING ACADEMY For Igor Moreno and Kriszti Hovanyi, fencing is more than just a hobby — they both fenced growing up, which landed them spots on the Ohio State University fencing team where they met. After they married and had children, the couple realized they wanted to pass on the fencing tradition, and started teaching the sport privately at home. In 2010, they moved the lessons from their bonus room to the Middle Creek Community Center, and Apex Fencing Academy was born. “It’s a really cool sport,” said Hovanyi. “It’s unique in that it has so many different skills that you need to develop. You actually have to do a lot of tactical thinking while you do a lot of difficult physical exercise.” One of the oldest traditions in Olympic history, fencing 94 AUGUST 2016
has been a staple of the summer games since 1896 in Athens. There are three types of weapons in fencing: foil, epee and sabre. Foil and epee are taught at the academy because these are the easiest and safest weapons to handle; sabre is the only weapon considered to be a “cutting” weapon, meaning that in addition to points being scored with the tip, they can also be scored with edges and surfaces of the blade. Beyond the physical skills of agility, balance, hand-eye coordination, speed and timing, both Moreno and Hovanyi praise fencing for the mental skills it requires. “It is extremely tactical, and you really get to use your analysis skills because you have to understand what your opponent is doing and then find your strengths,” said Moreno. Hovanyi added, “The mental aspect is really where I think fencing shines over other sports.”
BELOW, FROM TOP: Colson Combs, left, Stephen Kubik and Kenan Ratliff talk shop during a break during fencing practice at Middle Creek Community Center. CENTER: Stephen Kubik, left, faces off with Bilal Sayid. BOTTOM: Colson Combs, left, and Bilal Saiyid, both 13, train during Apex Fencing Academy practice.
Apex Fencing Academy has many options for families interested in exploring the sport, including siblings fencing against one another, parent and child duels, and child classes. Families just starting out can try the Beginning Fencing I class; it ranges from five to eight sessions, and costs around $100, not including equipment rental. All Apex Fencing Academy classes are held at Middle Creek Community Center. Registration is available at townofcary.org; follow the link to “Register for Programs & Classes.” Moreno and Hovanyi say the most popular reason children come to fencing is movies like “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” that show sword fighting and duels. “We get emails all the time from parents saying, ‘I got my kid a “Lord of the Rings” sword and he can’t put it down. He’s 2, when can he start?’” Moreno said with a laugh. “If parents knew that fencing was out there, there would be a lot more attention to it.”
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Cary 8-year-old Anva Gupta keeps his eyes on the ball while playing his father, Arvind, at the Triangle Table Tennis Center in Morrisville.
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Eleven-year-old Ganning Xu returns the ball while playing his mother, Chengjin, at the Triangle Table Tennis Center in Morrisville.
With an estimated 40 million players at the competitive level and millions more playing recreationally worldwide, table tennis has earned the title of most widely played sport featured in the Olympic Games. Ann Campbell’s son was one such competitive player, and after spending years crisscrossing the country from New York to California to attend competitions, she realized that a center closer to home would help families like her own. “After traveling and repeatedly seeing multiple people from the Triangle who were meeting at these remote events, I realized there was a core of dedicated players in the area. But there was no dedicated place for players to play seven days a week and (a place to) bring in qualified coaches,” said Campbell. Now, two years later, Triangle Table Tennis in Morrisville is the largest table tennis facility in the United States, and the permanent home of USA Table Tennis’ display of artifacts, which include items from the early days of the sport as well as plaques of USATT Hall of Fame members. It has been declared an International Training Hot Spot by the International Table Tennis Federation, one of only five others with that distinction in the nation. continued on page 98
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USATT has also declared the center one of just 10 National Centers of Excellence. “This was an industrial facility that was completely renovated,” said Tom Gabriel, the center’s manager. “The best thing is when you see a place like this that was built to be used on a large scale, when we have tournaments or leagues or lots of lessons and you see it fill up with players, that’s when it’s really fun.” Many options are available for families looking to explore table tennis, like the center’s open hours during the day, which cost $12 a person, although Gabriel recommends private group lessons for beginners. “You want to get the technique right,”
he explained. “Then you can go into a group and practice with a partner or go into a competitive league.” In addition to individual and group lessons, the center offers memberships of varying lengths, which include extra perks like discounts on merchandise at the pro shop and access to the center’s fitness room. More than anything, Gabriel encourages families to join for the fast-paced fun. “It’s just such an exciting sport to play,” he said. “It’s also so accessible, no matter who you are, and it doesn’t discriminate between men and women or young and adult. It’s just a sport that seems to lend itself to being open to everyone.”
TOP: Beda Jain and son Aditya, 10, challenge Jain’s son Aryan, 14, to a game of table tennis. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: Aditya Jain and his father, Beda, team up in a game of table tennis at the Triangle Table Tennis Center in Morrisville. Carson Park-Walters, 15, plays his father, Mike Walters. Cary 8-year-old Anva Gupta keeps his eyes on the ball while playing his father, Arvind.
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Elena Betchke, an Olympic silver medalist in figure skating, coaches 9-year-old Jasmine Ye at the Polar Ice House in Cary.
True to Life Top athletes share lessons learned, on the ice and in the water WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
“Negative thoughts interrupt your self-confidence, and separate you from your goal. … Once you say, ‘I want this,’ commit. That’s true in everything.” — Elena Betchke, Olympic medalist and coach
ONCE UPON A TIME a little girl in Russia had a dream … and it came true. But it wasn’t quite that simple for Olympic figure skater, silver medalist and coach Elena Betchke. “I just did it,” said Betchke, of riding the bus and subway to the rink before and after school. “The rink was an old orthodox church, with mirrors all around. I was age 5, 6. “When I was 7 they built a new facility. I tried out at the open house and was chosen. Once you were picked for the (Russian Skating Federation’s) junior or senior team, your training expenses were covered. Then the expectations came in.” continued on page 104 CARY MAGAZINE 103
Elena Betchke, with her student Jasmine Ye, says “It’s OK to hear, ‘this is not working.’ Step back, look at what you could do better, and get back to work.”
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By age 14 Betchke was fully committed to skating, after a period of “lollygagging” that got her dismissed from training at 12. She begged her way back onto the team, and became a pairs skater. “Without a goal you are in limbo. That break was just missed time. I could have mastered triple jumps sooner, if I would have trusted my coach 100 percent and not allowed myself unnecessary drama,” she said. “Negative thoughts interrupt self-confidence, and separate you from your goal. If I hadn’t done that, my medal would be gold.” Betchke has earned top international honors multiple times on the ice, with partners including Denis Petrov. Known for inventive moves such as the “impossible death spiral,” the two earned Olympic silver in 1992, just after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. They took the podium as part
of the Unified Team, minus the flag and anthem of their native land. Betchke skated professionally with Stars on Ice from 1993 to 2000, alongside notables such as Kristi Yamaguchi, and officially moved to the U.S. in 1996. Today, Betchke lives in Garner with her children, Alex and Sophia, and her mother. She coaches more than 20 figure skaters at Polar Ice House locations in Cary and Garner, from ages 5 to 40-plus. “Self-discipline is a big factor; the mental work is the toughest,” she said of her artistic sport, and her life. “At any age the D word — desire — has to be there. “Once you say, ‘I want this,’ commit. That’s true in everything. Even now, I go to bed early, exercise — structure life around my commitment. It’s my lifestyle.” Life on the ice and in front of judges has continued on page 106
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Ashley Twichell at the Open Water National Championship April 8 in Miromar Lakes, Fla.
“I put in all the work, day in and day out … if I can say I’ve done everything I possibly could, then no matter what happens, it’s still a success.” – Ashley Twichell, swimmer
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taught Betchke a few things about handling pressure. “It’s OK to hear, ‘this is not working.’ Step back, look at what you could do better, and get back to work. At bedtime I write down my mistakes, to learn, and save big decisions for when I’m fresh. Tomorrow is a new day. I forgive myself and move on.” Whether you win or lose in life, Betchke says, practice good sportsmanship. “Be kind and respectful, no matter what others do,” she said. “I teach my children to be positive, and care about what they represent.” She emphasizes that while striving to be the best is a worthy goal, perfection isn’t. “Perfect doesn’t exist,” Betchke said, “but adaptability is important on a daily basis. I can adjust my behavior but never my fundamental beliefs. Respect, trust and commitment, I will never compromise.”
While Betchke’s competitive days are behind her, Ashley Twichell is in deep — water, that is. In April Twichell beat out six world champions to win the USA Swimming National Open Water Championship, on the final stroke. And in May, she won the 1,500-meter freestyle in the Arena Pro Swim Series. Now, after tough Olympic trials in late June, Twichell, 27, is setting aside her Olympic dream yet again, after placing fifth in the women’s 800-meter freestyle finals. There were just two spots open on the Olympic team. Twichell has missed out on the Olympic Games before, also by the tiniest of margins. And in 2015, she was sidelined by a frustrating rotator cuff surgery that kept her out of the water for eight weeks. “It’s all forced me to keep things in perspective,” she said. “How lucky am I to compete, and to travel to six continents and
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Ashley Twichell took the 10-kilometer national title in April at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. She won with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute, 51.78 seconds.
countless countries? My medals are prized possessions of course, but more important are the friendships and memories created.” A competitive swimmer since age 6, Twichell broke multiple school records in the pool at Duke University before graduating in 2011 as an NCAA All-American. “But senior year, I knew I wasn’t ready to be done. I happened to be invited to an open water camp that started that June,” said Twichell, who trains in Cary with Ashley Twichell Raz Cuparencu, the former head coach of the Triangle Aquatic Center Titans. “Looking back, it was a huge risk, moving across the country to California. It was tough; we swam 60 miles a week, spent five hours a day in the water. But at the conclusion of camp were the open water nationals. I came in third, and that qualified me for my first internationals,” she said. The win took Twichell to the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, where her team took gold and she was “shocked” to earn an individual bronze. That bronze medal changed the course
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of her swimming career, into the unpredictable arena of open water swimming, which had become an Olympic event in 2008. “In the pool you have one lane, lane lines and walls. I swim in lakes and rivers, with different temperatures, tides and currents,” Twichell said. “You can only control what you do. You have to adapt, such as when someone tries to break away. “It’s forced me to not get so hung up on what I have planned. Our coaches say not to waste mental energy stressing. Conserve that energy and use it to deal with what’s thrown at you.” That’s good advice for life, too. “I enjoy the challenge, and love the feeling during and after a tough practice. For me, the mental pressures are tougher than the physical,” Twichell said. “It’s about staying positive, and not doubting yourself.” And when it comes to competing alongside the best in the world? “If you dream big and have lofty goals, the reward can be fantastic but the risk is not fun,” Twichell said. “But I’d regret not having these goals. Even not achieving them outweighs the what-if questions. “I put in all the work, day in and day out,” she said. “If I can say I’ve done everything I possibly could, then no matter what happens, it’s still a success.” t
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Edible, Ornamental Spinach SPINACH IS NOT ONLY an easy vegetable to grow,
but it is also a healthy treat low in calories and high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium. However, besides being a beneficial edible, spinach has ornamental possibilities that should not be overlooked. If you want to start spinach from seed, scatter them in the veggie patch around the middle of this month while the weather is still warm, to aid germination and enable the plants to reach a decent size before the first chilly winds of autumn. Liberally sow seeds a half-inch deep in rows one foot apart. When the seedlings appear, thin them to about six inches apart. Using set plants instead of seeds will, of course, get the spinach crop off to a faster start, but there is one more advantage: Young plants can be strategically placed so their solid, constant green foliage infiltrates flower beds as a contrasting verdant backdrop for such favorite autumn ornamentals as Spinach dusty millers, gazanias, mums, marigolds, violas and pansies, to make their bright colors pop even more. Just remember that if you do interplant spinach with ornamentals, avoid usLeaf ’, which produces lots of leaf and little stem. Gardeners who opt ing garden chemicals not recommended for veggies. for smooth-foliage cultivars will find them easier to wash and prepare Like all leafy vegetables, spinach thrives on nitrogen. A simple for meals than the wrinkled-leaf varieties (also known as Savoy) that sprinkling of common 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 at planting time, followed have plenty of nooks and crannies for dirt, dust and six-legged critby an additional application in late September, should adequately ters to hide. encourage a bountiful fall harvest. And since spinach is sensitive to You don’t have to be in a hurry to harvest spinach before the first soil with a low pH — typical of Carolina clay — it wouldn’t be a bad frosts because these hardy plants can stand temperatures down to 20 idea to add a dusting of lime at planting time. degrees F. Actually, a little bit of frost helps to Fast-growing spinach needs plenty of water, so keep the hose sweeten the taste. As for picking spinach, pick handy if the rains don’t come. Also, mulch will help preserve ground often, and go for the outer, older leaves first. moisture as well as prevent nutrient-robbing weeds. And just what cultivar should you grow? ‘Bloomsdale LongL.A. Jackson is the former editor of CaroStanding’ is a fairly common selection that can be found in most lina Gardener Magazine. Want to ask L.A. a garden shops. As an alternative, consider ‘Avon’ with its dark green, question about your garden? Contact him by slightly crinkled leaves; ‘Space’, a vigorous-growing choice; or ‘Baby’s email at email@example.com. 110
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Celebrating CMâ€™s Movers & Shakers PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
Cary Magazineâ€™s 2016 class of Movers & Shakers gathered on July 11 for a celebration of who they are, and their contributions to our Western Wake community. The event, following the second annual Movers & Shakers magazine feature, was held at Bond Brothers Beer in Cary for our honorees in business, philanthropy, the arts, and education.
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Patrick Jessee, who teaches earned the Diamond Coach Award by the
THE DEVIL’S RIDGE MEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION is seeking
National Speech & Debate Association’s
sponsors for its 13th annual charity
speech and debate at Cary High School,
golf tournament, set for Sept. 28
Honor Society, recognizing excellence and
at Devil’s Ridge Golf Club in Holly
longevity in speech and debate. He was
Springs, and benefiting Alzheimer’s
among coaches recognized at the National
North Carolina. Sponsorship levels
Speech & Debate Tournament in Salt Lake
range from hole sponsor at $100 to
City, Utah on June 16. speechanddebate.org
elite sponsor at $5,000. To date, the tournament has raised more than $250,000 for area charities. Pictured from the 2015 event are Alice Watkins of Alzheimer’s NC, Greg Fishel and Debra Morgan of WRAL, and tournament chair Don Moore. devilsridgecharityclassic.com
Local nonprofit The Caring Community Foundation will host its 15th annual Teresa Porter
PAY IT FORWARD FUNDRAISER on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Noah’s in Morrisville, to support area cancer patients with needs such as rent, utilities and transportation. The event includes food, beer and wine, raffles, games, dancing, live and silent auctions, mobile bidding, and live music with The Retros. Live auction items include a trip for two to the CMA awards and tickets to see Jimmy Fallon live. caringcommunityfoundation.org
FuquayVarina Community Center is Wake County’s first Now open at the
instructional community kitchen, offering hands-on cooking classes aimed at preparing nutritious foods. A John Rex Endowment
Pictured are, top left, Howard Udell, Lee Frankel and Stefanie Khan; top right, Kimberly Logel and Lisa Matthis; bottom right, Lisa Matthis and Jeanne Howard.
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held May 7, the day of the Kentucky Derby, with a Derby theme that included
percent of the $100,000 cost of the kitchen. fvparks.org
emcees Kim and Penn Holderness, live and silent auctions, and “play betting” on horses. caryacademy.org CARY MAGAZINE 115
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The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce has launched the new
CENTER STREET MARKET, to run in conjunction with the weekly Holly Springs Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Center Street
Three young women are the latest graduates of
CORRAL on June 4, the Cary
Market adds offerings by local artisans, small businesses and
nonprofit serving at-risk girls who have experienced trauma and abuse, offering academic
pop-up shops. facebook.com/
tutoring, mentoring and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Each graduate will attend college
this fall, maintaining the program’s 100 percent college admission goal. Pictured are Edi and horse Giselle, Courtney and Alchemy, and Norah and Chester. corralriding.org
CENTER FOR VOLUNTEER CAREGIVING of Cary has been selected from among 35 applicants as winner of the second annual Blueforest Gives Back campaign by video production company Blueforest Studios of Raleigh. Blueforest will create and donate a video
Winners of the 2016
Cary Chamber of Commerce
Excellence Awards, presented May 19, are Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza Bar, Small Business of the Year; Ovesco Endoscopy USA, Innovation; Lifetime Learning Academy, Community Service; Catering by Design, Work Environment; Davis Drive Middle School, Entrepreneurial Award in Education; Jerry “J” Wilton Miller Jr., Luther Hodges Business Ethics Award, presented by the Rotary Clubs of Cary; and Dorcas Ministries, the Charitable Partners Award. carychamber.com 118
focusing on how center volunteers are positively impacting the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities and why volunteering with them is a rewarding task. volunteercaregiving.org
The Carying Place, a nonprofit that teaches homeless, working families with children life skills for attaining independent living, raised $125,000 at its 15th annual benefit auction, buffet and dance, held April 29, at Prestonwood Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will be used to support the annual average of 23 families in TCP’s program and 16-week transitional housing program. thecaryingplace.org
Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and a 2014 Cary
Grand opening events at restaurant in Parkside Town Commons, Cary, raised $4,630 for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The funds were presented by general manager James Fisher on May 26. chuys.com and foodshuttle.org
Magazine Woman of Western Wake, has received the 2016 Partners in Progress Award given by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for her dedication to enhanced cancer prevention, treatment and patient care. The V Foundation has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants since 1993. jimmyv.org
Recipients of the 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant by the James Beard Foundation include
Shelby Manus of Apex, who will complete a 12-month, backof-house program overseen by Cindy Hutson of Ortanique restaurant in Miami.
TAZZA KITCHEN, located at 600 Ledgestone Way in
More than 60 women applied to the
Now open in Cary is
mentoring program for aspiring chefs and
Stone Creek Village, offering a menu highlighting fresh ingredients sourced from regional
farmers and suppliers, sustainably harvested seafood, and pastured meats cooked in a wood burning brick oven. tazzakitchen.com
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Ashley Judd will be keynote speaker at the annual fundraising
Seaman Clark Lane
dinner of The Foundation of Hope for Research on Sept. 15 at the Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh. The dinner and auction event has raised $4.4 million for research and treatment of mental illness. walkforhope.com/2016-evening-of-hope
The seventh annual
Rock Your World
benefit concert held May 21, at RallyPoint Sport Grill in
SARAH KLINE from Apex
Cary, raised $108,105 for Hope for Haiti Foundation and
Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. rockyourworldraleigh.com
received her Lt. j.g. collar devices from Lt. Matt Garcia-Bragiel during her promotion
Eric Wilson of Apex, a master trainer at O2 Fitness in Cary, was
ceremony on the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) flight deck. Makin Island is home-ported in San
named Corrective Exercise Specialist of the Year by The BioMechanics Method.
Diego, undergoing the basic training phase in
Wilson will serve as a spokesperson on corrective exercise for The BioMechanics
preparation for a scheduled deployment this
Method, and received a cash award, memberships with leading health and fitness
organizations, and an equipment package from TRX Training. o2fitnessclubs.com
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Purple Cloth 5K
Scenes from the benefiting Dorcas Ministries. The fifth annual race was held May 14 at Bond Park in Cary. dorcas-cary.org
Dade Hundertmark of Cary, a firstyear student at Hollins University in Virginia, spent six weeks in intensive study of the Arabic language this summer at the ArabAmerican Language Institute in Morocco. She undertook the study as part of her plan to apply the study of law and business ethics to work in Africa. hollins.edu
SEARSTONE continuing care retirement community presented the second annual Ageless Hero Awards on May 17. Recipients pictured, from left, are Brian Blum, Person of the Year; Laura Kay House of Silver Connections, Business of the Year; Jeanette Lee, Hero of the Year 55+; and Unika BoyceCooley, Student of the Year. Not pictured is Dr. William Dunlap, Lifetime Achievement Award. searstone.com
The Town of
Fuquay-Varina on June 1 opened
Triangle Rowing Club rowers Lauren Armpriester of Apex, a 2016 graduate of Grace Christian School,
its new state-of-the-art Public Service Center, which combines
and Hunter James of Cary, a graduate of Green Hope High
staff and equipment from the townâ€™s Public Works, Public
School, have committed to row for the UNC-Chapel Hill and
Utilities and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Maintenance
University of Alabama college teams, respectively. Armpriester
Department into one central location, for greater efficiency in
plans to pursue a law degree after majoring in business at Chapel
delivering services. The center replaces various facilities around
Hill.Â James plans to major in engineering and minor in music.
town, many 50 years or more old. fuquay-varina.org
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