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Paul Bunyan Communications holding essay contest for high school juniors

Area high school juniors may enter the Paul Bunyan Communications Essay Contest for a chance to attend the 2012 Youth Tour June 2-6 in Washington, D.C. All expenses will be paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.

Area high school juniors may enter the Paul Bunyan Communications Essay Contest for a chance to attend the 2012 Youth Tour June 2-6 in Washington, D.C. All expenses will be paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.

Interested students should submit a short essay, no longer than 500 words, on why they would like to attend the Youth Tour. Their parents or guardians must be members of Paul Bunyan Communications Cooperative.

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

The deadline for entries is March 30.

The trip will feature 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 will allow youth to meet with members of Congress who represent rural constituents. They also will participate in educational sessions about the Federal Communications Commission.

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Students also will visit historic sites, including the war memorials and Smithsonian Museums, and will go on a night tour.

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 16th consecutive year Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school junior to the Youth Tour.

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