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Charlotte Knights’ ballfield proposal was perfect pitch

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Sarah Rappe of Mint Hill had no idea that a chance to throw the first pitch at the Charlotte Knights baseball game July 30 would lead to big surprise.

Rappe’s boyfriend of just over a year, Andy Edgemon, 30, told her he had won tickets on the radio to the Knights game.

“I was really excited to go,” Rappe said. This was Edgemon’s first Knights game, Rappe said.

When the couple got there, Edgemon surprised Rappe with the first pitch.

As Rappe threw the ball to Edgemon, he caught the pitch, then got on one knee and proposed.

Rappe said yes.

It was the perfect proposal, said Rappe, 25. “I just love baseball,” she said.

Rappe has grown up playing baseball, a passion she said Edgemon knew was important to her. Rappe’s family and friends got to see the proposal from the stands.

“One thing we have in common is we are big on our family,” Rappe said. “He knew I would have wanted all of them to be there. It made it that much more special.”

Rappe graduated from Butler High School and Appalachian State University, and is employed by OrthoCarolina.

Edgemon attended Appalachian State and graduated from The Citadel. He is employed by the Columbia Police Department and the Air National Guard.

Edgemon served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years. The couple has not yet set a wedding date; however, “I’m excited to start planning our wedding and get married,” Rappe said.

Top honors

Mallard Creek High School rising sophomore Cameron Young recently attended the Accounting Career Awareness Summer Residency Program sponsored by the National Association of Black Accountants.

The program was at Queens University of Charlotte from July 27-Aug. 1. Students from throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County participated.

Students lived on campus during the weeklong program, which introduced them to the world of accounting and career opportunities, Young said.

“They had a taste of the college life,” he said.

The students met and learned from key business leaders and heard lectures related to career fields in accounting, business and finance, Young said.

Students networked with leaders from companies including Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Duke Energy, Young said.

“It went super,” he said. “The students enjoyed meeting different company executives.”

At the closing ceremonies, Young was honored as the Top Student of the Week. He received a gift card, certificate and a leather briefcase.

Young is a member of the Mallard Creek High School golf team and active participant in the First Tee of Charlotte golf program.

As a member of the First Tee program, Young won a financial-literacy essay contest (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers) and a trip for two to the U.S. Open championship in Pinehurst.

Five scholarships

Five high school seniors from Mecklenburg and Gaston counties are receiving $1,000 scholarships to Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Charlotte attorney David Erdman, who graduated from Duke in 1971 with a degree in biomedical engineering, funds the Erdman Awards. Erdman said he gives the awards as a way to encourage more students to enter engineering, particularly from the Charlotte region.

“Like any American citizen, I know we aren’t turning out enough engineers,” he said. “I’m glad to do it.”

The Duke program, Erdman said, is one of the hardest to be accepted into and complete in North Carolina.

“The Duke program is extraordinary,” he said. “I am very supportive of these brilliant young people who want to be engineers. I’m grateful for the gratitude they’ve shown me.”

The Erdman Awards are given to students who have been accepted to Duke’s program and are chosen by the Duke financial aid office, Erdman said.

This year, the awards went to students representing five schools in the Charlotte region.

“It’s impressive,” Erdman said.

The students will begin studying engineering at Duke in August. The recipients are: Nicholas Jerles, Butler High School; Matthew Marlow, Hough High School; Parth Patel, Gaston Day School; Jack Siman, Charlotte Country Day School; and Emily Shannon, Myers Park High School.