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Sydney Williams
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This summer, South River EMC gave students the opportunity to experience some wonderful adventures.

The first opportunity was participation in the Rural Electric Youth Tour. South River EMC is one of the 26 electric cooperatives participating in this program which send high school students on a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C This year from June 14-20, three students who had to be rising high school juniors or seniors, attended.

North Carolina students visited the sites of Washington, D.C., including historic monuments and museums. They learned more about America’s electric cooperatives and met youth tourists from other states at social events. Students also had the opportunity to meet with their congressmen to learn more about how our government works and current issues facing Congress.

The Cooperative was able to send Morgan Larner from Dunn, Trashawn Elmore from Hope Mills and DeLance Stephens of Wade.

Stephens was nominated by his peers to represent North Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council, an experience that makes the representative a more poised, confident and better developed leader. Congratulations!

Another opportunity was the SwampDogs kids’ camp for children ages 5-12 offered in partnership with the Fayetteville SwampDogs.

The weeklong kids’ camp from June 23-26, at J.P. Riddle Stadium was a great place to learn the skills of the game from the people that know them best.

The camp day started at 9 a.m. and ran until 1 p.m. with South River EMC able to send 12 campers to the weeklong camp. Students included Cameron Dulin of Hope Mills; Zachary Barbour of Eastover; Nathaniel and Olivia Meshaw of Fayetteville; Carter and Naomi Langdeaux of Wade; Dillion Atkinson of St. Pauls; Carlos Bermudez of Fayetteville; Jonathan Overbee of Fayetteville; Gavin Gilchrist from Lillington; DeLynn Robinson from Newton Grove and Evan Plant from Autryville.

In addition to the fun and excitement of working with the players and coaches, all campers received a free SwampDogs T-shirt, and a ticket to a SwampDogs game.

Yet another opportunity offered to students this summer was the Touchstone Energy Basketball camp, which consists of one weeklong spot to the boy’s Roy Williams basketball camp and one to the girl’s Wolfpack Women’s basketball camp, courtesy of South River EMC.

Sydney Williams, of Autryville, was recipient of the Touchstone Energy Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp scholarship attended the overnight camp in Raleigh from June 23-26. Shahmeek Darby, of Clinton, was recipient of the Touchstone Energy Roy Williams Basketball Camp scholarship attended the overnight camp in Chapel Hill from June 21-25.

These students learned skills from the coaches and the players, which is pretty exciting, no matter the age. It also gives students a little supervised independence, as camps are held on campus at the schools.

For more information on any of these programs, visit sremc.com and click on the MyCommunity tab.

South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 43,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.

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