Four students were selected for the Charlotte YMCA Global Learning Service Project. From left, Deonte Howard and Teal Green of West Mecklenburg High School, Anjelica Pendergrass of West Charlotte High School and Alan Lee of Butler High School.
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Alan Lee, 16, of Butler High School says he is going into the trip "expecting the unexpected".
Deonte Howard, 16, of West Mecklenburg High School says this trip will be his first outside North America.
Deonte Howard is a sophomore at West Mecklenburg High School. His mom had some good news to share with him a few months ago.
"When my mom called me about the interview, said that I passed, I can tell she was crying," Howard says. "I was like, 'Wow, I'm actually going to Africa.'"
Howard, 16, is one of four high school students from Charlotte selected for the nine-day trip to West Africa through the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Global Service Learning Project. This will be his first time outside of North America.