Historical Southport Bicycle tour set

SOUTHPORT -- A historical bicycle tour through Southport will be held on May 18. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at The Adventure Kayak Company, 807 N. Howe St. The tour fee is $28 and includes bicycle, helmet and a two-hour guided tour. The cost is $20 if you bring your own bike and helmet.

The guided bicycle tour will take participants through the live oak-canopied streets, along the waterfront, pedal by Fort Johnston, Brunswick Inn, the Old Brunswick Jail, the Crimes of the Heart home, the Indian Trail Tree, and along the Cape Fear River, and more.

For more information and reservation, call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607.

A portion of the participant tour fee will be donated to the NC Maritime Museum of Southport.

Local students are Merit Scholarship winners

EVANSTON, ILL. -- National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Students that were awarded scholarships from this area were:


Darren Louis Janz of Wilmington. He attends North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, and his probable career field is in politics.
Elizabeth MacDonald of Wilmington. She attends Hoggard High School in Wilmington, and her probable career field is in statistics.

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