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Cannon School athletes train with special forces

The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) facility hosted a strength and conditioning exchange with students and coaches from Cannon School on June 18. The students and coaches were led through physical training events similar to those performed by special operations soldiers on a daily basis at Fort Bragg.

The THOR3 program focuses on training special operations soldiers on various aspects of human performance relevant to their unique mission. Students and coaches participated in two separate events during the exchange.

Green Berets from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School led the group through an event similar to what is experienced by soldiers in the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course. On Thursday afternoon, THOR3 Human Performance Coordinator Ray Bear, Strength and Conditioning Specialist Lance Stuckey, and Green Beret Lt. Col. Rob Pickel led the group through a workout designed to further test the student athlete’s abilities.

“This was a unique opportunity for our student athletes, along with some of our coaches, to experience some of the rigorous training that our military goes through on a daily basis,” said Cannon School Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Shawn Powell.

“Fort Bragg was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always remember. I enjoyed every moment of it,” said student Kenny Clarke.


In His Steps offers free summer camp for girls

In His Steps, a local, nonprofit dance ministry for girls, will offer a free summer camps for girls ages kindergarten through 12th grade. Camps will be filled with fun learning about dancing for Christ, some awesome dance moves and how we can have fun in our joy in Christ.

The camp will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3 at Salisbury Christian Fellowship Church, 210 W. Ritchie Road in Salisbury.

In His Steps is a ministry that also offers weekly dance classes free of charge, along with spiritual development through biblical-based devotions. Their dance season runs from September through March of each year.

Now in its seventh year, In His Steps started as a way to reach out to girls. The ministry focuses on giving girls a safe place to learn about Christ, as well as to develop a positive self image and share the challenges they face on a daily basis in their lives.

Founder Donna Smith said she wants to create a safe environment where all girls are appreciated no matter how they look, their size, economic status or how skilled they actually are at dance. Smith said the camps provide girls with an inspiring environment about self-worth and teach them how to apply biblical lessons to their lives.

“Many activities are so expensive, our camps offer girls a free way to learn to dance and get exercise. They can invite their friends, dance and hang out in a safe place, that doesn’t cost them a thing,” Smith said.

The summer camps, along with weekly classes that begin again in the fall, are lead by numerous volunteers who love and enjoy teaching and spending time with the girls. Each class and camp includes dance and devotions about relevant issues the girls may be facing. Additional volunteers, as well as tax-deductible donations, are encouraged and needed in order to make these classes, along with other In His Steps events, a success and a service to the community.

To check out more info about the camps and classes, visit www.ihsdance.com or facebook.com/ihsdance, email info@ihsdance.com or call 704-650-4089.


Salem Lutheran awards 2015 scholarships

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church awarded three scholarships to local students on Graduate Recognition Sunday, June 7, during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services.

The following students were recognized as recipients of the Hubert and Allie Shulenburger Scholarship:

Katy Wolfe, a 2015 graduate of Salisbury High School, will attend the University of South Carolina at Columbia and has been accepted into the pre-pharmacy program. She is the daughter of Kris and Kris Wolfe.

Chase Webb, a 2015 graduate of West Rowan High School, will attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he plans to major in environmental science with a minor in music. He is the son of Mark and Stacy Webb.

Recipients of the Shulenburger Scholarship must have been members of Salem for at least two years and awards may be made based on merit and need.

The following student was recognized as the recipient of the J.E. Briggs Memorial Music Scholarship. Recipients of the Briggs Scholarship must be enrolled in a degree program in music and awards may be made based on merit and need.

Matthew Langford, a 2015 graduate of West Rowan High School, will attend Appalachian State University, where he will be a member of the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars and will major in music education at the Hayes School of Music. He is the son of Glenn and Patty Langford and is a member of First United Methodist Church, Salisbury.

The Rev. Marty Ramey is the interim pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, which is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury.



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