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4County3-28Thirteen high school juniors demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills at Four County EMC’s eighth annual Youth Leadership Weekend held March 20-21 at the Cape Fear Scout Reservation in White Oak, Bladen County.

The weekend camp gave students the opportunity to learn and understand some of the most important qualities of a leader and introduce the students to the cooperative business model.            

Students demonstrated the seven COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) goals during the weekend. Many of the activities on and off the COPE Course involved a group effort, where others tested individual skills and agility.

The purpose of the weekend was to provide high school students an opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills that are vital to their success in life.

Guest speakers, Miss North Carolina, Beth Stovall and Lane Ragsdale, Manager of North Carolina Zoo and also performs in musical threatre, cabaret and opera came in during the two day event to share team building and leadership techniques with the group.

At the end of the weekend, the students were encouraged to write an essay about their experiences during the weekend. A panel of judges will select two winners that will each receive $1,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced in late May and will receive the scholarships once enrolled in college.

Catherine Armstrong from Harrells Christian Academy and Johnson Blanchard from Wallace-Rose Hill High School were selected Outstanding Female and Outstanding Male campers by the group of students.

The Youth Leadership Weekend is another way that Four County EMC demonstrates commitment to the communities they serve. Four County EMC serves over 32,000 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties. For more information, visit http://www.fourcty.org/.