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WINTER 2017-2018

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BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 64 Feature Kyle Rojas Last summer Kyle Rojas won a Rufus M. Dalton Leadership Scholarship for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. He is a peer mentor for AFS-USA (formerly the American Field Service) and works part-time at Autobell car wash. Kyle belongs to the Marine Corps' poolee program, which enables him to go directly into the Marines upon graduation. "I've grown up seeing the military as heroes," he says, "and this country has given me and my family everything, so I want to give back." His parents, Graciela Gonzalez and Irineo Rojas, moved here from Mexico. Claudia Barnett Claudia Barnett attended elementary school in Belgium, and today is fluent in three languages. A member of the national science and math honor societies, she will complete 11 Advanced Placement classes by graduation. She also specializes in freestyle and breaststroke on the school swim team and with SwimMAC, prompting the school to nominate her for the Lowell L. Bryan Scholarship to Davidson College, an award for top scholar athletes. Daughter of Eleonora Barnett, Claudia wants to major in biology and become an occupational therapist. South Mecklenburg High School

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