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FALL 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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High School Charlotte Catholic Mac laptops for each student Faith Award-Winning Band & Art Programs Championship-Winning Athletics Stay With Us. CCHS has a 100% graduation rate! Our college preparatory curriculum features over 60 courses in 25 �ields of study such as Engineering, Web Design, Costume Design, Economics, Psychology, Biology & Marketing - just to name a few! Future business executives can tackle German, French or Spanish for international business professions. Aspiring Broadway performers can perfect dance technique, while designers create sets and costumes. Visit gocchs.com 704.543.1127 For more information on all Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools, visit discovermacs.org GAP YEARS AT A GLANCE The American Gap Association is a nonprofit accreditation and standards-setting organization for gap years, recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. According to the association: • The trend of American students pursuing a gap year is increasing, with females more likely than males to pursue it. • Within one year of completing a gap year, 90 percent of students are actively enrolled in a four-year institution. • Many individual gap-year programs offer scholarships or tuition reductions to bring programs within financial reach. Kell High School, Shehan plans to go to Nicaragua in the fall with Adventures in Missions and then back to Haiti as an intern in the spring with Mission of Hope. She was accepted at Appalachian State and plans to enroll in fall 2017. Raising Money Shehan's parents have provided emotional support but told her the financial piece was up to her. Mission of Hope volunteers raise money for their own lodging, food, airfare, clothing and medical expenses, which can be costly. Shehan has worked two jobs — at Mellow Mushroom restaurant and the Morrison Y — and sold T-shirts. "I love to shop with friends but gave most of that up," she says. "But I'm able to save the money I need to fund my trip." During her gap year, Shehan hopes to lead a group painting houses, planting fruit-bearing trees that the local people can eat or sell and helping distribute goats they can use for food, milk or to sell. "The Haitian people are so relaxed and relational," she notes. "They share their stories and are so happy to see us. I keep up on Facebook with a lot of the kids I met there, and I can't wait to go back." BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 73 FALL 2016

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