This month, two exceptional local middle school students—Lilah Johnson and Jack Leary—are seizing an opportunity to learn more about teamwork via the Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program. The youth, who will represent JOEMC, will have an experience that builds foundational skills that can be used on the court and in the classroom.

Johnson, who goes to Topsail Middle School, will attend the NC State Wolfpack Academy and Leary, a student at New Bridge Middle School, will attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Students who will be enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades during the 2018-2019 school year were eligible to participate in the contest. Applicants were judged on academics, extra curricular activities, and an essay on why they wanted to attend the basketball camp.

At the camps, students stay overnight in campus dorms, learn fundamental basketball and life skills, and receive individual and group instruction from college coaches.

JOEMC, along with the other electric cooperatives in the state, will send more than 50 middle school students to camp on full scholarships this year. The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships provide a one-of-a-kind educational and athletic opportunity to our state’s youth and reflect JOEMC and Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation, and commitment to community.

For more information about the sports camp or other community programs that your cooperative participates in, visit and look under the “Cooperative” tab.