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Charlotte’s Mi-chele’ Johnson played basketball and tennis at Independence High School and went on to a degree in exercise science from Winston-Salem State University.

Catholic Charities will join with six local nonprofit organizations, professional agencies and educational boards to host the third annual World Refugee Day Charlotte.

Steele Creek’s Helen Evans, a 91-year-old missionary, lived in Da Lat, Vietnam, for 23 years teaching the Montagnards, who fled communist rule at end of the Vietnam War.

The 13th class of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol volunteer program graduated at the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy on May 27. Police retiree, teacher, student, pilot, former banking CEO and flight attendant are some of the current or former roles of those who pledged their time and dedication to support the CMPD.

In 2005, Patrice Ognodo founded the Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center, a nonprofit that provides basic needs, education and vocational training to local refugees and immigrants. “I opened the Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center to support refugees, because I am one of them,” he said.

Compiled by Erica Batten

The local Girl Scouts Council has received a grant to continue the Girls Are It program for another year. The program features a mobile classroom-style bus where girls can take a series of two-hour, hands-on technology classes on topics such as HTML programming and nanotechnology.

Jordan Ray Preiss, a 2004 graduate of Myers Park High School and a 2009 graduate of Duke University, is one of three first-year students at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University to receive a Brody Medical Scholarship.

Lucky for Country Day's cross country and track and field teams, Scott Foy moved back to town just when he was coming into his own as a long-distance runner.

The Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners will offer a wide selection of plants for sale Sept. 19 at two area farmers markets. The plants are grown by master gardeners from their own gardens.

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