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FRS Youth Tour

From June 4 to June 8, Shannon Erb, Director of Marketing, accompanied two students to Washington, D.C. for the annual Youth Tour sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service. Dale Bagley of Princeton, MO, and Haize Wilson of Gilman City, MO, represented GRM Networks® during the trip. These two students were chosen after an application and interview process with representatives of GRM Networks®.

The Youth Tour is an experience like no other for high school students across the nation. This year, 110 students gathered in Washington, D.C. to learn more about how our nation is governed, and to hear from advocates of rural communities how they can make a difference now, and in the future, for rural America. This map, which was created by Mark Marion, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association’s Training and Development Manager, shows the vast reach of this program across the country.

photo representing locationsNot only did the attendees learn about government affairs and rural advocacy, fun was had exploring museums, landmarks and memorials. Shannon, Dale and Haize even made a trip to the zoo!

Haize and Dale at the Newseum

Haize and Dale at the Newseum

Haize and Dale posing with a sculpture of an eagle at the zoo.

Haize and Dale posing with a sculpture of an eagle at the zoo.

Haize and Dale with a view of the Washington Monument.

Haize and Dale with a view of the Washington Monument.

Stones within the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial with the words "I Hate War" inscribed.

Stones within the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial with the words “I Hate War” inscribed.

Haize at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home.

Haize at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home.

A panda at the zoo.

A panda at the zoo.

The White House.

The White House.

Dale and Haize at the FCC.

Dale and Haize at the FCC.

Each Monday in July, we’ll post a blog with information about the Youth Tour, including lots of great photos and a first hand account from one of the students who attended.

Visit our blog each week to learn more about this year’s adventure, and get information about how someone you know could get a chance to go in the future!