THIS SUMMER, Zoe Ganis, a determined South
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Iredell sophomore, will go on a 28-day California community-service trip and earn 70 volunteer hours, working with local Boys & Girls Clubs and the elderly.
Zoe is also a promising cinematographer who enjoys being on both sides of the camera. She created a YouTube channel where she creates makeup-demonstration and fashion-tutorial videos, and attends Reel Academy of LKN, in Mooresville, where she writes, casts, and films movies.
Photo: Tanya Topazio
Zoe is a cancer survivor, since the age of 3. She was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, which only about one in 250 Americans are diagnosed with each year. She travels to New York City for scans every other year: “These trips have been nice bonding time with my dad,” she says. “Sometimes you just have to make the best of a situation.”
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Brianna Shehane is a Pine Lake Preparatory junior who saw a need in her school for a Young Life club. Brianna first became involved with Young Life when church friends from another school invited her to their meetings, and Young Life leader Becky Whitten encouraged Brianna to invite classmates to attend summer camp with her as a first step. After camp, BRIANNA SHEHANE Brianna invited any interested PLP student to a party at her house to discuss Young Life. Also, Brianna distributed candy canes adorned with Bible verses. More than 30 people came and almost all returned for the next Young Life event. “I feel it’s important to share our faith in a welcoming, fun way,” says Brianna of her accomplishment. She also shares her faith with youngsters at her church, where she teaches first grade Sunday school.
MOORESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL junior Alexis
Lynch is an avid athlete, playing for the Lake Norman Soccer Club and the school varsity basketball and soccer teams. But last year, she was so inspired at a Young Elites Leadership Summit that she recently founded a Young Elites
is a Brawley Middle School 6th grader, who has already done something that most of us will never do: she sang the National Anthem at a sold-out Carolina Panthers game last December! She has sung the National Anthem for the Charlotte Knights and the Kannapolis Intimidators, as well. Also a competitive SwimMAC swimmer, Maddie has been singing publicly since age 7, and with the band Indefinite for a year. “I was pretty scared the first time I sang publicly,” Maddie says. “But it’s exciting when I finish a song and hear the crowd respond….the whole experience is just fun!” Maddie’s first solo was at her firstgrade talent show where she sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” In addition to singing, Maddie is now working on improving her guitar and piano skills.
chapter at her school. In its first year, the club enlisted 30 members and hosted eight guest-speaking and volunteer events. “I’ve realized my leadership skills and developed my weaknesses,” she says. “Every day, I try to become a better leader, one that people around me can rely on.”
In addition to multiple academic honors, Alexis serves as assistant membership director of the Mooresville Junior Civitans Club. “We enjoy helping others, so my friends and I’ve worked service into what we do together. Also, my mother’s work in nonprofits inspires me to make an impact like I have seen her do.”
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June 2016 Lake Norman Woman Magazine