Four high school juniors— Evelyn Arnold, Andrew Shugart, Julian Silvia, and Evelyn Wade—will be heading to our nation’s capital this summer for a visit. They will represent JOEMC at this year’s Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The week-long visit in June, sponsored by Jones-Onslow and other North Carolina co-ops, lets our future leaders learn more about government and the cooperative-way of doing business. Students were selected through an essay contest available at public high schools in our area. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

Evelyn Arnold, who attends Southwest High School, is the daughter of Christie and Richard Arnold. An analytical thinker who believes one of her strengths is seeing both sides of an argument, Evelyn also enjoys reading and writing. She is a member of the academic derby team and participates in the AVID Program.

Andrew is the son of Jennifer and Jonathan Shugart. He attends Jacksonville High School and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Andrew is currently vice president of the junior class, a student ambassador, and participated in the Sturgeon City Science Leadership Program. He is also a member of the Interact Club and the varsity soccer, tennis and swim teams.

Julian is the son of Frances Castro and Heriberto Silvia Perce. He attends Northside High School and is a member of the National Honor Society, Air Force JROTC, and the drill team. Julian is proud of his perfect attendance record and making the honor roll and principal’s list. In his spare time, he loves to give back by volunteering and performing community service.

Evelyn Wade, the daughter of Katherine and Derrick Wade, attends Swansboro High School. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere), President’s Club, First Robotics Club, and chorus. Evelyn’s interests include theater arts and forensic sciences.