Four high school juniors will be heading to our nation’s capital this summer for a visit. Julia Castillo, Elizabeth Nowlin, Britteny Sleeper and Lauren Sullivan will represent the cooperative at this year’s Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The week-long visit in June, sponsored by Jones-Onslow 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 all public high schools throughout the area. An independent panel of judges chose the winners.

Julia, who attends Northside High School, is the daughter of Perfelicia and Romeo Castillo. She is a member of the Principal’s List, National Honor Society, National English Honors Society and the Tri M Music Honor Society. Julia is also active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and enjoys playing the clarinet, piano and reading.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Kathy and Robert Nowlin. She attends White Oak High School and is a member of the Principal’s List, Honor Roll, Tri M Music Honor Society and the Green Team Environmental Club. Elizabeth is a candidate for the NC Scholars Program and the National Honors Society. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and track.

Britteny, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Pam and Lonny Sleeper. She is a member of the Honor Roll as well as the HOSA Club, Interact Club and the cross country and track teams. In her spare time she enjoys painting and volunteering at the animal shelter.

Lauren is the daughter of Cristina and Thomas Sullivan. She attends Jacksonville High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, Tri M Music Honors Society, the HOSA Club, the Interact Cub and the tennis team. Lauren enjoys playing soccer as well as playing the piano and violin.