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

Kiara Bautista, Sonia Brown, Imani Fripp, and Sagar Patel will represent JOEMC at this year’s Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The week-long visit in June, sponsored by the cooperative and North Carolina EMC, 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 chose the winners.

Kiara, who attends Northside High School, is the daughter of Patrick and Jocelyn Joyce. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the English and Science National Honors Society, as well as the Science Olympiad. Kiara is currently ranked number 1 academically in the Northside class of 2016 and is a member of the tennis team and volunteers with the Special Olympics.

Sonia is the daughter of Glenn and Lori Brown. She attends Jacksonville High School and participates in the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Sonia is a member of the National Academy of Future Scientists and the volleyball team. She also participates in the school musical and her church’s youth worship team.

Imani, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Darrin and Wannette Fripp. She is a member of the Honor Roll as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the varsity cheerleading and track teams. In her spare time she enjoys running, public speaking and debate.

Sagar is the son of Navin and Krupa Patel. He attends Jones Senior High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, FFA, and the school’s football and baseball teams. Sagar, who has participated in Boy Scouts, is an outdoor/wilderness enthusiast and enjoys archery, fishing and life sciences.