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Welcome to the January issue. I hope your 2012 has started off well. I trust you survived the ball drop, champagne, Auld Lang Syne and all other New Year's Traditions. Perhaps you even had the traditional black-eyed peas, collard greens and hog jowls for lunch on New Year's Day. While I normally make a few New Year's resolutions, there is one that I will not need to make this year; to lose weight. Thankfully, I have lost about 25 pounds since the summer. My goal for this year will be to simply keep this weight off. I'm sure that will be easier said than done. There is some great reading inside this issue including our cover story on University Christian High School, as well as a feature on Hickory's own illusionist, Sammy Cortino, and articles on Beating the Winter Blues and Getting Organized. Here's wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. May 2012 be your best year ever!


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cover story UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Excellence in Christ-Centered Education By Kristie Darling


On the cover–UCHS’s first graduating class. Pictured–UCHS sees itself as part of the larger LRU campus. Here students are preparing to walk to the LRU dining hall for lunch. Opposite page–UCHS Principal Jerry Willard UCHS agreement with LRU gives students access to science facilities for their Biology and Environmental Science labs. Boys’ basketball team practicing their moves. Under direction of Coach Willard, the team has a winning record this year. 12


“I especially like the challenges here at University Christian High School. It’s not just in the classroom, academically, I’m also challenged intellectually and spiritually. I’m thinking about things in ways I haven’t thought before.”

—Troy Barker, 11th

grade College preparation in high school is hugely important for young people. Students want to be prepared for the rigors of college application and study. They want to embark on a successful college career so their hopes and dreams are achieved in their life. At the same time, many students believe that their higher education journey involves not just intellectual pursuits, but also emotional, physical, and spiritual development. Students who want to support their academic study with a strong Christian faith can find that environment at University Christian High School, a partner of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory. The school has its foundation in the strong history of quality Lutheran higher education that goes back to the late 1800s. UCHS offers an academically based, traditional liberal arts education in a small, but well-supported environment in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. “We have 33 and a quarter students,” Principal Jerry Willard said with a smile. “Our quarter student is a home schooler who is taking her Health and Physical Education classes here. We offer enrollment to all academically qualified students seeking a parochial high school education in the greater Hickory region.” The typical students at UCHS are bright, have a strong connection with their faith, and want challenging academic work. These teens want to learn, and they want to go to school with other students who enjoy school. “Our kids complain about how hard the work is, but they’ll brag about how well they are doing,” Principal Willard shared. “We have two girls from Burke County who had attended both private and public schools, but they were bored. Now they want to take extra classes because they can. They’ll do well with the added work.” SMALL CLASSES, HUGE VALUE “I really like that the teachers know me personally,” senior Lisa Emerson says. “Also, dual enrollment with Lenoir-Rhyne

University helped me find out if I’m ready for college, and I was able to enroll in advanced placement classes, too.” Lisa also transferred to UCHS after several years in public school where she was doing very well, but needed more challenge. She plans to study Biology and Psychology at either the Honors College of Drexel University or Dartmouth. The class of 2012 is the first senior class to graduate from UCHS. Other seniors plan to attend Texas A&M, Lee University, N.C. State University, and Appalachian State. PSAT scores at UCHS are over 100 points higher than the national average. Certainly the combination of small classes, teachers who challenge students and inspire learning, the special partnerships with Lenoir-Rhyne and St. Andrews Lutheran Church, coupled with a faith supported curriculum are developing successful, college-bound young adults. THE TEACHING TEAM “Our faculty is very unique,” Jerry Willard explained. “They understand the difference between schooling and learning. They’re all about making sure our kids are engaged at a level that results in true learning and understanding.” Principal Willard’s faculty is a small, but highly trained and experienced team, fully dedicated to their students. Jerry wears HICKORY LIVING LIVING •• JANUARY JANUARY 2012 2012 HICKORY

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several hats: principal, coach and Social Studies teacher. The foundation for his 41 years as an educator is his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Social Science Education from Appalachian State University. He is a graduate of the Principal’s Executive Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and the recipient of the Newton-Conover City Schools Teacher of the Year award and Principal of the North Carolina New Schools Project Innovator School of the Year in 2009. Founding teacher, Cheryl Brinn, teaches English and Literature. “I know I love teaching here because I feel creative again,” Cheryl told me. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to build an English program from the ground up. Our starting point in developing the curriculum is the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, but we all work hard to raise the bar and deepen the value for our students. I believe it’s important for us to prepare young people to move into the real world for a life of service with the foundation of their strong faith.” Cheryl has been teaching since 1986, with a Master of Arts in English from the University of Nevada. Jesse Beane, a Lenoir-Rhyne graduate with a B.A. in Mathematics Education, recently made the transition from bank administrator to Math teacher at University Christian High School.


Left, top to bottom–UCHS is a lap-top school. Computers are used for research and communication. Some students take online classes. Bottom–Mrs. Brinn teaching students World Literature. Small class sizes allow for more individual attention, creativity, and expression.

Spanish teacher Paige Campbell studied Spanish Language and International Health at Clemson University. She has a background in pediatric and orthopaedic medicine at the Hospital General Virgen de las Nieves in Spain, the Linville Latino Clinic and Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists. She has been accepted into medical school at Wake Forest University.

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Patricia Williams earned her Bachelor of Science degree at King College and Master of Arts degree at East Tennessee


Right–Girls practice volleyball skills. Girls’ Volleyball was the first team sport established at UCHS. 9th graders enjoy the use of LRU's pool as part of PE class.

State University. She is currently an adjunct professor of Science and Biology at Lenoir-Rhyne University and teaches Science at UCHS. Lori Bedder is registration counselor and school office manager at UCHS. EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS University Christian High School’s founding developed from strategic planning led by Lenoir-Rhyne University’s president, Dr. Wayne Powell, in partnership with Concordia Christian Day School’s principal, Bill Unverfehrt, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Day School’s former principal, Jon Guelzow and other community leaders. Their dream to continue traditional Lutheran education beyond the 8th grade resulted in the high school opening at Concordia Christian in 2009. St. Andrews Lutheran Church stepped up with the offer of their education building to serve as UCHS’s main campus when they realized that more space was needed. The church’s location adjacent to Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus was an added bonus. “St. Andrew’s commitment to

Christian education and all that they do to support our school is outstanding,” Cheryl Brinn shared. “They put us on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus to allow our vision to move forward.” The school’s placement on campus and the affiliation with Lenoir-Rhyne also provide a strong academic partnership between the two schools. “Our dual enrollment program adds great value for our students,” Principal Willard explained. “Once our kids are in 11th and 12th grades, they can take their remaining high school coursework through Lenoir-Rhyne University. They will graduate with up to 30 hours of college credits to transfer to the university they attend after high school.” AN INSPIRING MISSION University Christian High School is a small institution with a large mission. Parents are especially appreciative of the benefits for their children. “My child is a freshman…and although the work is demanding, the teachers encourage her to excel,” parent Cindy Bare says. “From a parent’s perspec-

tive, you feel someone cares about your child the way you do, and what parent wouldn’t want that in school?” Comments from parents are consistently positive: “personal attention and encouragement,” “innovative teaching,” “demanding work and strong academics,” “Christian environment,” “She’s very excited about school now!” The inclusion of religion classes, starting each day with devotions and prayer and weekly chapel, as well as student participation in servant leadership and a requirement for community service with human services organizations like Samaritan’s Purse and the Battered Women’s Shelter all make UCHS the perfect choice for many families. The impact of this strong, traditional, faithbased education on young people’s lives is invaluable. Success in life is in their future, and it is beginning now at University Christian High School.

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When you're sick, who do you turn to? Do you have a primary care physician you can count on in sickness and in health? Catawba Valley Internal Medicine offers quality health care in a warm, friendly environment, whether you're sick or well. Located on Tate Boulevard Southeast in Hickory, the group of six internal medicine physicians and two nurse practitioners offer personalized care to their community. "It's important to have a primary care physician who can manage your overall health care," Billy L. Price, Jr., M.D. said. "We can take care of our patients when they're sick and when they’re healthy." The practice specializes in internal medicine. As internists, the physicians of Catawba Valley Internal Medicine diagnose and treat diseases of the adult internal organ systems for both acute and chronic medical conditions. They serve as primary care physicians for patients and provide referrals to sub-specialists when indicated. The physicians promote the practice of an annual physical exam as a vital part of staying healthy. They see the annual exam as a commitment to their patients to provide the highest level of care and to empower them to make good choices about their own wellness. There are several attributes that set apart the Catawba Valley Internal Medicine physicians from other healthcare providers. Patients of Catawba Valley Internal Medicine are seen by the emergency room physician and then are admitted to the hospital by their regular physician, or group physician on call if needed. "Sometimes using a hospitalist (a physician who only sees patients in the hospital versus their regular primary care physician) can be an issue for patients," Dr. Price said. "It makes our patients more at ease to know they will be seen by us while in the hospital." 16


Hospitalists have become more popular in recent years and offer convenience for physicians to concentrate on their outpatient practices versus having to go to the hospital. Catawba Valley Internal Medicine takes pride in the fact that they are able to see patients themselves during their hospital stay to provide effective and more continual care. In addition to personal care while in the hospital, the Catawba Valley Internal Medicine practice also sets itself apart from other practices by having a full in-house lab. Patients appreciate the convenience of not having to go to another location for lab work. The physicians at Catawba Valley Internal Medicine also have a strong background in medication management. They even have a clinical pharmacist, Lisa Meade, Pharm. D. on staff who does comprehensive diabetic management.

Photos, opposite page: Top–CVIM providers, left to right, back row: Garland Hughes, MD, Billy Price, Jr., MD, Douglas Miller, MD, Nitin Shenoy, MD, Jonathan Moseley, MD. Front row: Delila Kleinhenz, MSN, ANP-C, James Gaither, MD and Lisa Rudisill, MSN, FNP-C. (Photo taken by Bob Huffman Photography) Middle–Dr. Price and Dr. Mosley review a patient's chart.

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or some of us it takes a lifetime to know what we want to do when we grow up. Not so with illusionist Sammy Cortino who was performing across North Carolina by the time he was 11. Cortino is far beyond his 22 years in maturity. By the age of 12, he was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. By 18, he had gained headliner status. Today he holds the Doctoral Degree of Magic from the world’s largest magic society, the International Magicians Society. Cortino has called Hickory home since he was four, when his family moved here from Tampa, FL. Knowing his career path was magic, Cortino graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in Broadcast Journalism to cover the promotions end of his career, and a minor in Theater to help with the production end. 18


“Ultimately, I’m using magic as my artistic expression of life and as a way to inspire. I want generations to experience the classics of magic,” says Cortino. “I’ve been performing most of my life and now I’m ready to break through and emerge in an industry with some big players.” He’s a young man who has high expectations for his future and a plan to prevail. Cortino will be headlining a 2012 tour nationwide. Cortino’s goal is to preserve magic’s history. “A lot of performers these days are abandoning the classics in magic, and unless they are given momentum, audiences are not going to be able to enjoy them,” he states. “Above all else, I want to connect to a culture with my art in a way that is relevant. I’m using art as a communication medium to inspire audiences and as a theatrical medium to not only entertain but express

life and explore things that intrigue people using magic, dance, romance, music, drama and comedy.” Sharing the stage with Cortino is his leading lady, Lyndsay Thomas, who assists with the illusions and entertainment part of the performance. Not only is Cortino a talented illusionist, he has paid for all his equipment, designed his lighting, sound and website, edited his own video, written the shows, and produces all his promotional material. “The places I’ve enjoyed appearing the most are performing arts centers,” he recalls. “My two favorite venues thus far are the Broyhill Civic Center and the Hayes Center. The magic of an arts center makes it an ideal place to showcase; people want to be entertained, the facility is optimum and the mystique

of appearing on a marquee and being promoted months in advance by the center create the classic presentation of an illusion show.” Cortino’s vision is a grassroots approach to magic in its purest up-to-date form–sharing magic’s rich history by showcasing the art’s masters. “Siegfried and Roy have inspired me with their professionalism and the way they produced the first freestanding illusion show,” Cortino says. With so much ambition, talent, and time on his side, Cortino’s future appears bright. His next area performance will take place in Newton on Jan. 27th at the Old Post Office Playhouse. To learn more about Hickory’s own illusionist, Sammy Cortino, visit his website at

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Entrepreneurship: Attracting and Growing Small Businesses • Sponsor an Entrepreneurs Summit for community stakeholders to explore the vitality of our entrepreneurial climate in Catawba County. • Form an Entrepreneurial Coalition to better initiate new business growth and expansion. • Expand the Edison Project to the metro area and identify, counsel and reward those with new and creative business ideas and help them get to the marketplace.

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• Support the newly relocated Manufacturing Solutions Center and help to expand their services/value to potential new business clients. • Formulate a coalition of financial business lenders that will help evaluate and hopefully create new access to capital funding sources for local small businesses and start-ups. • Expand the Chamber’s IN Team (Innovations Network) Brainstorming Teams to help member businesses create new ideas for their products/ services. • Continue to expand and improve our new county portal web site, “,” as the most effective branding/marketing tool for world-wide exposure.

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•Coordinate again our Inter-City Visit program to find and visit successful communities that mirror our JOBS NOW/Entrepreneurial initiatives. • Work with local government to be creative in diverse, adaptive uses of existing vacant buildings and incentivize new utilizations and/or even demolition. • Our senior population (those over 55 years of age) has dramatically increased from 35-60% in the past 10 years. Manage and coordinate the programming, events, and services of the newly formed Senior Information Resources Board by providing a comprehensive and collaborative point of contact, focusing on education, resources, and programs for seniors, their families, and their caregivers. Explore potential entrepreneur opportunities with this age group, and help them with a new start-up idea and/or establish an existing business partnership for them. Market and publicize all area businesses and services. • Our Future Economy Council continues to explore weak signals and future trends that could have a positive impact on the growth of Catawba County and directs these specific recommendations to the appropriate officials/organizations for possible implementation.

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