Alumni Service Award
The Alumni Service Award honors an alum who has consistently provided exemplary volunteer service to Charlotte Christian School, going above and beyond in devotion to the school. The award is given on an annual basis to an alum whose actions demonstrate outstanding personal service and commitment to the school in promoting either the mission of CCS and/or the CCS Alumni Association.
Ben Ector graduated from Charlotte Christian in 1981 and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC-Charlotte. He returned to Charlotte Christian in 1986 as a teacher and has spent more than 30 years in Christian education.
At Charlotte Christian, Ben has served as a teacher, both in the middle school and upper school; a coach across all levels of the soccer program; an advisor to multiple classes; interim athletic director; and piloted the effort to start the women’s soccer program in 1989.
For more than a decade, he faithfully led both the Accolade yearbook and Lancer newspaper programs in the upper school, guiding them to a new standard of excellence. Ben and his wife, Kathy, have been married 31 years and have a son, Evan, a lifer at Charlotte Christian who graduated in 2014.
Upon graduation from Charlotte Christian in 2003, Jackie Smith attended Auburn University where she received her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in psychology. After graduation, she attended the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs and went on to Washington, D.C. where she had the privilege of working for President George W. Bush as an advance representative for the U.S Secretary of Education. In this role, she organized events in the United States and around the world including Kenya and Oman.
After leaving this role, she returned to Charlotte to work in the medical field for several years. With an extensive background in leadership, Jackie recently pursued her long-term dream of becoming a residential real estate specialist and now holds professional licenses in Fla., S.C., and N.C.
Jackie has a heart bent towards giving back and serves the community through multiple non-profits including her church. She has been instrumental in the creation and development of the Alumni Board, and her work ethic and positivity are infectious and have led to the growth of the overall alumni program at Charlotte Christian. We are proud to honor Jackie with the 2018 Alumni Service Award for her service back to Charlotte Christian.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alum who has made outstanding contributions to God’s Kingdom through their field of work, demonstrated a heart for Christ as a servant leader in their community and shown exceptional dedication to Charlotte Christian School.
As a student at Charlotte Christian School, Omar Carter was a two-time, all-state basketball honoree and led the varsity team to the state championship finals. Upon his graduation in 2007, he went on to star at Charleston Southern University, where he was named the Big South Freshman of the Year. At the end of his sophomore season, Omar transferred to Appalachian State University and, as a mountaineer, Omar earned SoCon Player of the Week, All-Southern Conference, and Second-Team All-District 22 honors. Following his collegiate career, Omar continued playing basketball overseas in several countries including Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Omar’s professional basketball career ended abruptly when his heart stopped due to cardiac arrest while playing in a summer league game in Charlotte in July of 2013. This pivotal moment in Omar’s life led him to start the Omar Carter Foundation with a goal of saving lives by teaching one million people CPR. As a Charlotte Christian alum, we are proud of Omar’s dedication to community service through his foundation and for his Christ-like response to near tragedy in his own life. We are proud to honor him with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.