PERHAM — Arvig’s annual essay contest to send one area student to visit Washington, D.C., for the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour is June 1-5.

Essays and completed applications are due to Arvig by email before 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28. The essay prompt for the contest is “Technology and Rural Life.”

“We know the kids in our rural communities are our future leaders,” said David Arvig, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President at Arvig. “Opportunities like the Youth Tour allow students to meet people from across the country while learning more about how the decisions made in Washington directly impact our life in rural Minnesota. We’re pleased to sponsor a student for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The chosen student will be one of more than 100 high school students from rural America who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to explore our nation’s capital and get an inside look at the legislation and governmental process of the telecommunications industry.

Last year, Morgan Herzog from Osakis Public School was selected to represent Arvig and her community at the 2018 Youth Tour.

“It was an amazing trip where I was able to see amazing sights in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., learn about rural broadband, and make lifelong friends,”  Herzog wrote of her experience, featured on the Arvig Blog. “It’s a trip I will never forget and will always wish it could have been longer.”

The FRS Youth Tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities, as well as key legislative, regulatory and government figures. The Youth Tour delegates will explore historic sites including the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery.

Eligible students must be high school students, age 16 or 17 at the time of the Youth Tour in June 2019 (FRS will not accept any student age 18 or older), and receive Arvig internet, telephone and/or television services at their residence. Students and their parents should visit arvig.net/youthtour to download the essay prompt and contest requirements, application forms and submission details.

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