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Two Middle Schoolers Earn Camp Scholarships

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

Keeley O'BrienKeeley O’Brien from Broad Creek Middle School will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University for the second year, and Antonio King from Havelock Middle School will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Keeley is the daughter of Kevin and Amy O’Brien of Emerald Isle, and Antonio is the son of Tracy and Antonio King of Havelock.

“These outstanding students will experience life on a college campus and learn from college coaches and student-athletes,” said Lisa Galizia, Communications Director at CCEC. “These camps teach valuable lessons that the participants can apply in their lives both on and off the court.”

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

“My dad always tells me knowledge is the best tool, and that is I what I am seeking,” Antonio said in his essay. “Coach Roy is one of the best coaches in the game of basketball today, and to learn from him would be an amazing experience I would never forget.”

 Attending the Roy Williams Camp will help me learn how to be a better player and help me on my path to be a role model,” Antonio wrote in his application essay.

“I am very passionate about my dedication to my community and basketball,” said Keeley, who has volunteered for many causes in the community.

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 14th 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.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative provides power to more than 32,000 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties and is part of Touchstone Energy®, a nationwide family of co-ops exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

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