LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg-Oban Exchange committee has announced the selection of 13 Scotland County high school students to participate in the 24th annual sister cities exchange next year.
Laurinburg and Oban, Argyll, Scotland became sister cities in 1993, the same year the exchange began with one Scotland High School student and one Scotland High School teacher visiting Oban and two Oban High School students and one teacher visiting Laurinburg.
Since then, the exchange has grown to include up to 12 students each year and two adult chaperons.
While in Oban, the exchange students will reside with a Scottish host and experience two weeks of life in the Highlands. Oban is known as the “Gateway to the Hebrides,” or the islands off the western coast of Scotland, and is located near the center of the Highlands.
Any rising high school junior or senior living in Scotland County is eligible to complete the application and interview process.
The 2016 exchange will begin on June 9 with the departure of the Scotland County students for Oban. The second part of the exchange will be in October when the Oban High School students travel to Scotland County for their two-week visit.
For 2016, 13 Scotland County students were selected to participate:
— Brooke Bathie, daughter of Les Bathie
— Emma Gray Beacham, daughter of Bert and Jenette Beacham
— Hannah Bethea, daughter of Deloris Emanuel
— Caroline Bounds, daughter of Brian and Meredith Bounds
— Anna Griswold, daughter of Lisa Blalock and Ken Griswold
— Rebecca Heller, daughter of Bryan and Jane Heller
— Grace McIntyre, daughter of Carl and Elizabeth McIntyre
— Gus Purcell, son of Gus and Angela Purcell
— Gregory Regling, son of Richard and Lisa Regling
— Omega Roberson, daughter of Chiquita Roberson
— Skylar Scott, daughter of Bobby and Lisa Scott
— Isabella Whitehead, daughter of James and Monica Whitehead
— Zachary Williams, son of Lee and Donna Williams.
Chaperoning the exchange will be Bridget Ward and Maggie Liles, both teachers at Sycamore Lane Elementary School.