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Win An All-Expense-Paid Trip to Washington DC
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 • Posted February 9, 2011

You could be one of 100 high school students from across the nation to win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, on June 4-8, 2011. All you have to do is put on your creative thinking cap and enter the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour sponsored by Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc. As a sponsor, the Cooperative will pay all travel expenses (airfare, lodging and meals).

The FRS Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth, with 2011 marking the 17th annual tour.  Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C. for a four-day tour of the some of the most historical sites in the nation.  While there, students also learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes.  Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the Federal Communications Commission, in addition to meetings with industry leaders and members of Congress. The students also are given ample time to explore the Nation’s Capital and its many attractions, such as the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials; the Korean, Vietnam and World War II Memorials; Mount Vernon, home of George Washington; the Smithsonian Museums; and, much more.

According to General Manager Delbert Wilson, "Hill Country Telephone 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."

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 in high school, age 16 or 17, at the time of tour; and,

3. Student must be an active participant in both school and community projects.

Applications can be obtained online at The deadline date is February 28, 2011. 

If you have questions, please contact Bernice Fischer at 830-367-5333 or 1-800-292-5457 or email

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