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South Mecklenburg High senior among Presidential Scholars candidates


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Audrey Hommes, a senior at South Mecklenburg High School, was one of 3,900 candidates chosen for the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The candidates were chosen from a pool of 3.4 million graduating students from U.S. high schools in 2015. This is the program’s 51st year.

Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, strong character and community involvement.

Hommes achieved a perfect score, 36, on her ACT, landing her a spot among the candidates, said her mother, Nancy Hommes.

A panel of educators eventually will narrow the list of candidates to 121, one man and one woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. students living abroad. The pool includes students at large and creative and performing arts students.

Audrey Hommes said she is looking forward to the opportunity.

“It’s a huge honor to even be chosen for this program,” she said. “It’s a way to show how much I’ve accomplished over the years.”

RedHot truck winner

Charlotte resident Landon O’Bryan won a customized Frank’s RedHot truck after being chosen from among nationwide entries Feb. 19.

O’Bryan won the Ford F-150 pickup, equipped with a flat-panel TV, external audio system, pull-out mini kitchen and integrated grill, at the Checkers restaurant in Hickory.

Swim memoir

For Charlotte resident Charles Joscelyne, taking a swim is a metaphor for life.

“Crossings: A Swimmer’s Memoir” is Joscelyne’s story of learning to swim while navigating his life.

Joscelyne’s memories became the 12-chapter story of his past as told through recent swims, which he self-published in 2013.

Joscelyne revisits his past by swimming in locations he visited as a child. The bodies of water are tied to pieces of literature and experiences that have helped him overcome challenges.

Joscelyne currently teaches math at Providence Day School in Charlotte.

Military news

▪ Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Cristopher A. Bucy-Espinoza graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Bucy-Espinoza is a 2009 graduate of David W. Butler High School in Matthews.

▪ Air Force Airman 1st Class Kiana S. Thomasset-Mojica graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Thomasset-Mojica is the daughter of Lilliam E. Mojica-Franceschi of Charlotte, ward of Thomas D. Delk of Kannapolis and granddaughter of Guillermo Mojica-Maldonado of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She is a 2011 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School.

Amanda Harris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amanda? Email her at