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DCS STEAMA Camp Provides Students with Hands-On Learning Opportunities


KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA- June 21, 2019- Many high school students recently spent three days exploring, learning and having fun during Duplin County Schools Annual STEAMA Camp, previously known as STEM Camp.  The camps were held at James Sprunt Community College (JSCC) and at East Duplin High School.  Instructors from DCS and JSCC facilitated the camps designed to expose students to foundational knowledge and career opportunities in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Health Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Automotive, or Digital Photography/Fine Arts.  Each student signed up for his or her area of interest and spent time immersed in their selected field. 

“This is the seventh year we have partnered with James Sprunt Community College to provide this camp, which is open to high school students in 9th through 11th grade.  Students apply in the spring and as many as possible are accepted to attend the camp,” explained Erica Jones, CTE/Guidance Coordinator.  “We are fortunate to have the support of local business and industry partners who give their time and resources to make this STEAMA Camp a great learning experience for our students.  Our STEAMA Camp sponsors for this year include Cape Fear Farm Credit of Kenansville, Cavenaugh’s Gifts, Highway 55 of Wallace, Industrial Hydraulics of Beulaville, J. Kim Hatcher-Nationwide Insurance Agency, Jos. D. Teachey Produce Company, Ivey Farms, Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Murphy Family Ventures, Scott Insurance and Financial, Inc., Smithfield Hog Production Division, Southern Bank of Kenansville, and Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation.”

Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan later noted, “We enjoy collaborating with James Sprunt and truly appreciate them and other partners who are part of the local economy.  Many of our students have an idea about the career fields they want to pursue and having options such as this camp that allow them to work in small groups and connect with business and industry leaders are invaluable to them and to our community.  On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank Mrs. Erica Jones and Mrs. Debra Sholar for their leadership of the camp.  They have done an outstanding job and we appreciate their efforts to make this camp possible.”