The countdown is on for Thanksgiving. Hope you have your cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie ready. What a wonderful holiday it is. Just the perfect time to be with family and friends and “gobble ‘til we wobble!”
Around Davidson visits with some of Davidson’s young people today to hear about singing (Owen Stuart), dancing (Phoebe Klett), rowing (JP Shaw) and getting married (Austin Hoke and Becca Smith)!
WEDDING BELLS for AUSTIN HOKE and REBECCA SMITH
Congratulations to newlyweds, Austin Hoke and Rebecca Smith, who married on Saturday, September 8, in Cary, NC. Austin is the son of Rick and Peggy Hoke, a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, and an NCSU graduate in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. Rebecca (Becca) is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. David Smith of Cary. She graduated from Apex High school and has earned her BS (2011) and Masters (2012) in Accounting from NCSU. Austin and Becca met through Adam Jenkins, son of Lawson and Martha Jenkins of Davidson, and his wife, Jackie, who is Becca’s sister. Since the Hokes and Jenkins are close friends and Austin and Adam worked summers together at Hoke Lumber Company, it was no surprise when Austin and Becca became engaged.
Officiating at the September wedding at the First United Methodist Church in Cary was the Reverend Dr. Carl Frazier. Rick Hoke served as Best Man for his son. Groomsmen were Spencer Hoke (older brother of the groom), Ryan Hoke (cousin), Adam Jenkins, Zach Hindes and Sean Magee. Jackie Jenkins was Matron of Honor for her sister, Becca. Jodi Hoke, niece of the groom and daughter of Spencer and Jee-hyun Hoke, served as Flower Girl. Bridesmaids were Meghan Coats, Alyxandra Colgan, Laura Cowan, Katie Long and Kathryn Pentz. Jessica Keener, formerly of Davidson, was the wedding photographer.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Renaissance Raleigh at North Hills with dinner and dancing. The evening before, Rick and Peggy Hoke hosted the rehearsal dinner in the Capitol Suite at Sparians at North Hills. Grandparents attending the festivities were Polly Hoke of Davidson, Mary Crowell of Cornelius, and Johnnie Ruth Smith of Live Oak, FL.
Congratulations to Austin and Becca who now reside in Mooresville where Austin works as a design engineer for Mooresville’s Penske Racing South and Becca is an auditor with Dixon Hughes Goodman in Charlotte.
STAYING ON HER TOES – PHOEBE KLETT
Years of hard work, first with Dance Davidson and then with North Carolina Dance Theatre, have paid off for Phoebe Klett. This 13 year old, older daughter of Chris and Amy Klett of Davidson, will dance the part of Clara in this year’s “Nutcracker” at Belk Theatre. Due to the demanding schedule of 12 performances, NCDT has assembled two casts so that Phoebe will perform in six shows: three matinees at 2pm on December 9, 15, and 23, and three evenings at 7pm on December 8, 14, and 22. (For tickets, call 704.372.1000 or online at www.ncdance.org) What a wonderful chance to enjoy a favorite part of Christmas and applaud a Davidson ballerina!
The Klett family (Dad Chris, Mom Amy, Phoebe, Lily-10, and William-6) have lived in Davidson for more than eight years. According to Mom Amy, Phoebe was two years old when she took her first dance class and she has been dancing ever since. Dancing with NCDT for the past six years, Phoebe has appeared in “Nutcracker” roles each year. NCDT’s president and artistic director comments, “Phoebe has a love of dance you can read on her face.”
Always eager to “fine tune” her ballet skills, Phoebe auditioned last winter and won one of 150 “slots” this summer with the School of American Ballet (under the NY City Ballet) for five weeks in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. She stayed in a Juilliard Dorm and enjoyed every minute of dancing, seeing ballet performances and meeting young people from all over the world. Will she audition for the summer of 2013 to do it again? You bet. We will be pulling for you, Phoebe!
Phoebe loves to read and keep up with fashion in her spare time. Sister Lily is a fifth grader at Davidson Elementary School (DES) who loves theatre and is currently performing in “Into the Woods” at the Armour Street Theatre. Brother William is a kindergartner at DES who loves soccer and designing airplanes. Busy schedules but they all find time to make sure Big Dog and family pet, Winifred, gets plenty of head pats!
OWEN STUART – X-FACTOR SUCCESS
Maybe Owen Stuart of Davidson only made it through several rounds of Fox Network’s “The X Factor,” but we think he is very news worthy and congratulate this young 17 year old who no doubt has a bright future in music. Owen, the son of Jennifer and Don Stuart, was born in Michigan, spent five years in Buffalo, NY, before his parents took jobs in the Charlotte area, and brought the family (Owen, Mason (15) and Liam(11) south to Davidson in the summer of 2011. How fortunate he could begin his junior year at the NW School of the Arts – a perfect place to nurture his talent.
Always interested in music and performing on stage since the age of six, Owen watched “The X Factor” show during the 2011 season. When auditions for the 2012 show were announced last May in Greensboro, he was there with several thousand others to sing. (Over 200,000 thousand hopeful singers applied in person at 5 locations across the country or online.) Chosen to compete, Owen performed on numerous episodes this year. Although nervous each time he sings in front of a crowd, Owen got “thumbs up” from Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid after his first appearance in front of the judges. (Only Britney Spears had a negative remark: “You didn’t wow me.”)
After making it through 6 rounds of auditions for the 2012 X Factor Show, Owen was selected to participate in the X Factor Boot Camp for two weeks at the end of July in Miami where he made it through 3 more eliminations. Initially he competed as a soloist but, he was teamed with four other boys to compete together in the “group category”. Together they had one week to train for the final audition of one song in front of Simon Cowell and Marc Anthony in the “Judges’ Houses” round. Although taped well in advance, we now know that Owen and his group were disappointed when they did not make it through to the live shows and watched the $5 million dollar prize slip away.
In retrospect, it was a great experience and has just whetted Owen’s appetite for work in the music industry. A senior now at the NW School of the Arts, he hopes to pursue his education in NYC, taking with him hundreds of tunes he has composed and lyrics he has written. We wish Owen the best of luck in his career. For more information on this talented young singer/songwriter/rapper, including his X Factor performances, check out his website, www.owenstuartmusic.com.
BLUE RIBBON ROWING – JP SHAW (and others)
John Patrick (JP) Shaw, older son of Brian and Pat Shaw, is back from a regatta in Georgia where he and his teammates placed first in the four man sweep rowing shell. Thanks to an email from Mom Pat, we learned that four teens and a coxswain, who rowed as a Mixed Junior 4-man team took the top prize in the Head of the South Race last weekend in Augusta!”
The competitive team (about 14 rowers) rowed in four regattas this fall. The team includes six rowers from Davidson: JP Shaw, Gaines Langford, Julian Ramirez, Anthony Lewis, James Morris, and Brendan Lynch. Those young people in the winning 4-person shell and their years in the program were Leah Cooper (two seasons), Hailey Bramley (two seasons), Hollis Adams- coxswain (6 seasons), Luke Drakulic (two seasons), JP Shaw (5 seasons). As JP Shaw summed up his commitment to this sport by saying, “Rowing affords me a physically demanding sport that has the great combination of being outdoors AND on the water.” Congratulations to each of you.
The Lake Norman-based North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing (NCCSR) center was founded in 2009. It is a public/private partnership with Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation to make sailing and rowing affordable, accessible, and safe for youth, adults, and the disabled. (http://www.nccsailrowing.org/wp/photos/news-coverage/)
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