​Historical Society of Topsail Island awards four scholarships to local seniors


TOPSAIL BEACH – In a celebration of student achievement, the Historical Society of Topsail Island awarded Ashley Spillane, Richard Baker, Emily Korenek, and George Horiates III scholarships. The four students, hailing from Topsail and Dixon high schools, chose a historical event which occurred in Onslow or Pender counties. The students presented their projects during the April 14 Historical Society of Topsail Island luncheon meeting. Richard Baker, the son of Barbara Baker Hazle, Link Baker and stepfather Scott Hazle, is a senior at Topsail High School. He wrote a poem entitled “A Tale of Two Sisters.”  The poem featured two sisters, Bertha and Fran, who wreaked havoc along the Carolina Coast. He researched the storms and presented information prior to reading