High School student accepted for West Point SLE

Jordyn Rascoe, a junior at North Brunswick in Leland, has been selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June.

More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general. All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, and military and physical fitness training, and, in addition, each student selects three of the 15 offered workshops. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located 50 miles north of New York City. A preeminent leader-development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America’s Army.

StarNews hurricane forum is June 6

WILMINGTON -- Hurricanes are a part of life in Southeastern North Carolina, and knowing how to prepare for one is essential. As longtime locals like to say, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. StarNews Media will hold a Hurricane Preparedness Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in the auditorium of Cape Fear Community College's Union Station building, 502 N. Front St. Our aim is to inform residents of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties of what they need to know during hurricane season. What's the difference between a hurricane watch and a warning? Should you board up your windows? What should you stock up on, and how soon? Our panelists include the emergency management directors for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, a representative of the local Red Cross chapter, an expert from the National Weather Service, and Mark Sudduth of HurricaneTrack.com.They'll answer questions from StarNews staffers and audience members. It's free and we hope you will make plans to attend.

Back to the Beach Car & Truck Show

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- Sunset Cruisers will host "Back to Beach 2108 Car and Truck Show" June 1-2. A "Cruise In" will be held 4-7 p.m. June 1 at the Marina Village at RiverLights (Pier Master Point), 4410 River Road, Wilmington. The Car and Truck Show will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, 118 Riverfront Road, Kure Beach. Registration will be 8 a.m.-noon, fee is $20. Awards at 3 p.m. Details: www.suncoastcruisers.com/car-show-info. 

The event is free to spectators. No alcohol or pets allowed.

-- Cheryl Whitaker