HUNTERSVILLE – U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger spoke about the importance of freedom to seventh- and eighth-grade students May 16 at SouthLake Christian Academy.

Students asked Pittenger questions from a wide range of topics including education, diplomacy, terrorism, unconventional warfare and the economy. Pittenger answered at least 15 questions during the 40 minutes.

“My message to them was to treasure our freedom and the liberty we have in this country – to worship freely and also become what you want to be in life,” Pittenger said. “Not only do we need to treasure our freedom, but we need to protect it from those who want to encroach it, whether it be internally, such as our government, as well as protect it from outside forces who want to try to destroy the freedoms we have.”

Pittenger responded to an invitation from SouthLake Christian seventh-grader Will Crosby, who wrote to Pittenger before last fall’s elections. Crosby wished Pittenger luck on Election Day, offered to pray for him and invited him to speak before the students of SouthLake Christian after the results were in.

Pittenger agreed and addressed the seventh- and eighth-grade students in the school’s basketball gym. 

“I love to meet with students on a regular basis,” Pittenger said. “It’s very engaging to meet with them and see how perceptive they are, understand their issues in the world today and what they are trying to accomplish.”


Pittenger congratulates service academy appointees

Pittenger hosted a luncheon to honor 20 students appointed to U.S. service academies in 2014. They included:

• Norman Chapman, of Huntersville, received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He attends Cato Middle College High School. 

• Cameron Giles, of Cornelius, received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He attends Pine Lake Preparatory.

• Matthew Sanford, of Mooresville, received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. He attends South Iredell High School.

About Robert Pittenger Pittenger is serving his first term in U.S. Congress, representing North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The district encompasses portions of Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties. For more information on Congressman Pittenger, visit