#10 Riley Howell sacrifices his life to save others
Riley Howell had no option to run or hide, so he chose to fight. The UNCC student tackled a gunman who opened fire inside a UNCC classroom. Riley sacrificed his life to save the lives of his peers.
#9 Ella Casano creative idea to cover hospital IV bags
Ella was 7-year-old when she was diagnosed with a condition called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP. By 12, she needs to get IV infusions every eight weeks. The tubes and needles look scary to kids, so she decided to design a product that would make medical experiences less intimidating. She calls it "Medi Teddy," an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear.
#8 Georgia trauma surgeon free time spent operating on homeless pets
Dr. John Keating has a full-time job as an orthopedic surgeon at the Atlanta Medical Center, but operating on homeless pets isn't a job for him, it's his passion. A group of veterinarians asked Dr. Keating to stop performing surgery on animals because he is not a veterinarian. Keating said he’s drawn to help the animals in desperate need.
#7 Necklace filled with a mother's ashes inside lost in Siesta Key
Shawn Rauch was swimming at Siesta Key Beach and found a necklace with someone’s mother’s ashes inside. Rauch was hoping to find and return it to the owner. He posted the silver necklace with the word "Mom” inscribed in the middle of it on Facebook to help the search.
#6 Charlotte native crowned 2019 Miss USA
Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA back in May. A native of Charlotte, Kryst received her undergraduate degree from the University of the South Carolina and her J.D. and MBA from Wake Forest University before becoming a civil litigation attorney who does pro bono work to reduce sentences for inmates.
#5 There's proof! Girls' trip is good for your health
Southern Living magazine says taking an occasional girls’ trip to get away from work and family is good for your health. The magazine attributes the claim to several scientific studies as well as research by multiple psychologists.
#4 Texas students learn cursive this year
According to the list of updates issued under the Texas Education Code, this school year, students were taught to write cursive letters in second grade. By third grade, students will be expected to be able to "write complete words, thoughts, and answers legibly in cursive writing leaving appropriate spaces between words."
#3 Happy 108th Birthday to this Georgia woman!
Rosa Nell Howard celebrated a giant milestone back in February. Rosa turned 108 on February 24. According to her family, she was born in 1911 in Wilkes County, Ga. She was the oldest of 10 children.
#2 Health officials warn that eyelash extension can bring mites
Many women are getting eyelash extensions from technicians that apply lash by lash. Optometrists say they're seeing an increase of tiny mites, similar to lice. While we all have mites on our bodies naturally, they flock to dirty eyelashes. If they overpopulate, they can cause a serious infection.
#1 She's headed to college and she's only 14-years-old
Sydne Wilson learned earlier this May that she was accepted to be a member of the Class of 2023 at Spelman College, making her the youngest student ever. Wilson is a graduate of the Wilson Academy in Lithonia, Georgia, a year-round school that focuses on critical thinking skills, financial literacy, and STEM.