This month, two exceptional local students—Ama Baldwin (far right) and Zacari Rogers (near right)—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.

Ama Baldwin, from Blue Creek Elementary School, will attend the NC State Wolfpack Academy this month in Raleigh and Zacari Rogers, from 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 2017-2018 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.

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 Touchstone Energy’s core val­ues of accountability, integrity, innova­tion, and commitment to community.