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Two Students Earn Sports Camp Scholarships

Two area middle school students have earned Touchstone Energy Sports Scholarships from Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative to attend summer basketball camps at two of the state’s largest college campuses.

Aranza Hernandez from White Oak Elementary School (WOES) will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University, and Xavier Jones from Morehead City Middle School (MMS) will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aranza is the daughter of Carey and Adolfo Nadal of Swansboro and is an honor student and plays recreational basketball. Xavier is the son of Amanda Jones of Newport and is an honor student and participates in basketball, football and track.

“Xavier is so excited! He is a great kid, and well-deserving of this honor,” said MMS Principal Al Roberson.

Aranza and Xavier were selected by a panel of judges based on an application that included academic achievements, extracurricular activities, an essay and a short-answer question.

During the overnight camps, students will stay in dorms on campus and soak up lessons on the hardwood from the collegiate coaching staffs and student-athletes. Coaches at both overnight camps will work closely with each camper to develop fundamental basketball skills and practice playing hard while working cooperatively.

The all-expense paid scholarships, sponsored by North Carolina’s 26 Touchstone Energy cooperatives, provide funding for more than 50 middle schoolers from across North Carolina to attend basketball camp. This is the 15th year the co-ops have awarded young women scholarships to attend an N.C. State women’s basketball camp and the 12th year the co-ops have sent young men to the Roy Williams camp.






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