Four high school juniors will be heading to our nation’s capital this summer for a visit.

Jonathan Cuellar, Roman Peterson, Tiana Waters, and Victoria Yarmey 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 con-test available at public high schools in our area. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

Jonathan, who attends White Oak High School, is the son of Donna Cuellar. He is a member of the Honor Roll, the Marching Viking Band and the cross country and track teams. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys baseball, the Boy Scouts, learning about U.S. military history and has a strong interest in zoology.

Roman is the son of Rose and Robert Thompson. He attends Jacksonville High School and is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, the track team, Creative Cardinals and the Academic Derby team. Roman is also a member of the marching band and in his spare time enjoys playing the drums, piano and the guitar.

Tiana, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Tina Outlaw-Waters and Randy Waters. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Principal’s List, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America and the track and golf teams. In her spare time Tiana enjoys playing basketball and golf.

Victoria is the daughter of Chris and Tim Yarmey. She attends White Oak High School and is a mem-ber of the National Honor Society, Principal’s List, the Academic Derby team, Marching Viking Band and Skills USA. Victoria, who is also a member of the Tri-M Club, enjoys art and tutoring students in music, math, science and english.