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Youth Tour essay contest open to high school juniors

BEMIDJI – Area high school juniors are encouraged to enter the Paul Bunyan Communications Essay Contest for a chance to attend the 2013 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., from June 1-5.

 Students interested in attending the Youth Tour need to submit a short essay, no more than 500 words in length, on why they would like to attend the Youth Tour. Students must be a junior in high school with their parent/guardian a member of Paul Bunyan Communications Cooperative.

 Entries can be dropped off at the Paul Bunyan Communications office in Bemidji or Grand Rapids, or mailed to Paul Bunyan Communications Essay Contest, 1831 Anne St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

 The deadline for entries is March 29.

 The expenses-paid 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 also will have the opportunity to visit historic sites, including the war memorials and the Smithsonian Museums.

 The Foundation for Rural Service is dedicated to informing and to improving the quality of life throughout rural America. Each year, it organizes the Youth Tour, designed to educate rural youth about the telecommunications industry and the federal political process. The FRS is a subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, of which Paul Bunyan Communications is a member.

 This is the 17th consecutive year Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school junior to the Youth Tour.