Four high school juniors—Elizabeth Coleman, Brittany Gardner, Alyssa Powell, and Jessie Tovar—will be heading to our nation’s capital this summer for a visit. They will represent JOEMC at the Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

From left to right: Elizabeth Coleman, Brittany Gardner, Alyssa Powell, and Jessie Tovar

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.

Elizabeth, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Sara and Daniel Coleman. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the orchestra, the crew of the musical, and is the treasurer of the Tri-M Honor Society. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys playing the cello and spends a lot of time at the library where she is a member of the Teen Advisory Board.

Brittany is the daughter of Nina and William Horton. She attends Jones Senior High School and is a member of the National Honor Society, student government, HOSA, FCCLA, and the Junior ROTC. Brittany also is a member of the varsity girls’ basketball and softball teams and loves volunteering and helping others during her free time.

Alyssa is the daughter of Sonia and Lanny Powell. She attends Richlands High School and is a member of the student government, Skills USA, Beta Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Alyssa is also a member of the cross country and track teams and enjoys volunteering at the Onslow County Museum and the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp.

Jessie, who attends Richlands High School, is the daughter of Lorraine and Jesse Tovar. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Battle of the Books, and the Art Club. Jessie says she’s an artist and loves to paint, draw, and create things. She enjoys math, science, puzzles, and loves reading novels.