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Student wins Youth Tour Essay Contest

Paul Bunyan Telephone has selected Ida Brooks as the winner of the 2010 Youth Tour Essay Contest.

Brooks, a junior at Bemidji High School, will attend the 2010 Youth Tour held June 5-9 in Washington, D.C., with all expenses paid by PBT.

The trip features a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecom, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions affect the industry.

The tour allows youth to meet with members of Congress who represent rural constituents.

They also participate in educational sessions about the Federal Communications Commission.

Students will also visit some of the nation's most historic sites, including the Vietnam, Korean and World War II memorials, the Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.

This is the 14th year that PBT has participated in sending a local high school junior to the Youth Tour.