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Posted: Monday, Aug. 06, 2012

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Lake Norman Magazine Editor Sam Boykin

Sam Boykin has been covering the Lake Norman area for the past seven years, as a freelance writer and now as editor of Lake Norman Magazine. He's lived in Mooresville since 2007. Reach him at LNMag@lakenormanmagazine.com.

OK mom and dad, break out the cocktails and do a little happy dance, it’s time to celebrate: School is back in session! Back when I was a kid, whenever the new school year rolled around, I’d typically spend the first few weeks in mourning, staring listlessly out the classroom window and daydreaming—all of which was reflected in my grades, by the way. Thankfully, there is an abundance of Lake Norman students out there who actually look forward to the start of school and all the challenges and opportunities it brings.

These kids are our country’s future movers and shakers, and hopefully they’ll take pity on me and my fellow clueless brethren and help us navigate the rapidly changing, techno-centric world. (I suspect my daughter, who turns 3 next month and still goes to the bathroom in a diaper, knows more about my iPhone than I do.)

We could fill the next 12 issues with stories of these ambitious, smart and compassionate kids, but for our special back-to-school edition we had to settle on profiling half a dozen. These are just some of the best and the brightest Lake Norman has to offer, and they’re truly an inspiration.

Also in this issue, look for a story by Davidson resident Karel Lucander about the growing number of women-owned consignment shops in the area, where you can find great bargains. And on page 50 is a story about the Mooresville Ice Cream Company, which was founded in 1924 and, under new ownership, recently opened a new downtown location—the perfect place to get a cool tasty treat while we’re still having these blazing summer temperatures.

But these hot, sunny days aren’t likely to last much longer, as fall officially begins in September. That’s the bad news. The good news is that now is the perfect time for a trip to the beach, where you can find great end-of-the-season bargains. For a little guidance, turn to page 58 for our travel story about nearby Wrightsville and Holden beaches, two great options for budget-minded families.

If you can’t make it to the beach, you may want to head to Mooresville’s Blue Parrot Grille—via car or boat—which Terry Hoover writes about in this issue’s Out to Lunch feature. With its decidedly laid-back coastal vibe and covered deck overlooking the lake, it’s a great place to relish the final weeks of summer.

Sam Boykin



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