Four high school juniors— Ashton Lee, Nirali Patel, Olivia Rodriguez, and Calyssa Stevenson—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.

Ashton, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Misti and Ernie Lee. She has received several academic awards, has taken all honors courses and is a member of the schools International Baccalaureate Program. Ashton is a member of Skills USA, HOSA and
the swim team and in her spare time enjoys playing the piano, guitar and the clarinet.

Nirali is the daughter of Krupa and Navin Patel. She attends Jones Senior High School and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the CTE National Honor Society where she
serves in a leadership role as Vice President. Narali is also Junior Class Vice President, serves on the yearbook staff and student council and enjoys dance and photography.

Olivia is the daughter of Monica and Gabriel Rodriguez. She attends Swansboro High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, HOSA and the winter and spring track team.
A straight-A student, Olivia has received her certification in Microsoft Word and Powerpoint and is interested in forensics as well as health science.

Calyssa, who attends Swansboro High School, is the daughter of Heather Hopping and Joseph Stevenson. She is a member of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) and on the Principal’s List. Calyssa, who has performed in multiple school plays and productions (both a stage-hand and actress), has a
green thumb and enjoys gardening.

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