The Foundation for Rural Service is hosting the 2009 Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., on May 30 – June 3, 2009. This year Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HCTC) will sponsor two (2) participants on this tour. As a sponsor, the Cooperative will pay all travel expenses (airfare, lodging and meals).
Youth tour participants will receive a first-hand glimpse on the critical role that telecommunications plays in rural America as well as how the legislative and regulatory decisions made in Washington, D. C., affect the operations of local service providers. In addition to the educational component of this trip, youth tour participants will also visit historical landmarks throughout the nation’s capital including the Vietnam, Korean and World War II memorials, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
Students who wish to enter this competition must meet the following criteria:
1. Parent or legal guardian must be a member of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (subscribe to telephone service);
2. Student must be a Junior in high school;
3. Student must be an active participant in both school and community projects; and,
4. Student must submit an essay (500-word minimum) entitled “Telecommunications: Its Effect on My Future”.
Applications can be obtained from the high school guidance counselor or online at www.hctc.net. Please note that the deadline date is February 27, 2009. Applications received after that date will not be considered.
According to General Manager Delbert Wilson, “HCTC is dedicated to the communities we serve, and sponsoring this trip for local students to visit Washington, D.C., is one way of expressing our commitment. We hope that you look to us not only as your telecommunications provider, but also as a strong supporter of your community.”
If you have questions, please contact Bernice Fischer, of HCTC, at 830-367-5333 or 1-800- 292-5457.