2013 Charlotte Parent Terrific Teens

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Hard-working, humble, dedicated, motivated, driven, compassionate, dependable, articulate and engaging – these are just a few of the descriptive words nominators chose to distinguish the eight teens selected as this year's Charlotte Parent Terrific Teens.

This year's teens include a fencing champion, Harvard-bound basketball star, an engineering whiz, acclaimed jazz pianist, a Cadet Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, an award-winning mural artist, a dedicated community volunteer, and nationally ranked triathlete. There is no doubt that these teens are going places, and they aren't the only ones.

Some began honing their skills as early as age 5, and not one is idling doing just one thing. These teens are maintaining stellar grade point averages while taking college-level classes, engaged in the community and their schools, and are actively motivated to pursue their dreams.

We received more than 120 worthy nominations from teachers, school counselors, coaches, and parents in the community. We asked for three descriptive words that distinguish the teens in academics, athletics, arts or community service from his or her peers. Choosing only eight was tough, as we read nominations and learned more about so many talented students throughout the region.

Now's your chance to seek inspiration in the eight 18 and under that we think deserve a moment in the spotlight. Kudos to all the teens who are working hard to make a difference for themselves and their communities.

Meet the Teens


Kathryn Grace Almon

Charlotte Catholic High School


Stephen Moore

South Point High School 


Gisele Bailey

Charlotte Christian School


Michael Pope

Cannon School 


Michael Brienza

Charlotte Country Day School


Jalen Roddey

Mallard Creek High School


Emily Johnson

Charlotte Latin School 


Ellison Sherrill

Myers Park High School 

Photos by Becca Bond Photography.