Madalyn Tipton of Princeton, Missouri, and Bree Vaughn of Cainsville, Missouri, were selected to represent GRM Networks at the 2024 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Tipton and Vaughn will travel to the nation’s capital this summer and join other youth representing rural telecommunications providers.

The FRS Youth Tour is an all-expense paid trip that brings together students from across the United States. Attendees will spend five action-packed days learning about broadband applications in rural communities, tour famous historical sites and monuments, participate in team building exercises and create lifelong friendships. Tipton and Vaughn will hear from representatives from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and learn how the FCC’s role impacts and benefits rural America. They will also spend a day on Capitol Hill that includes meeting with staff and members of Congress from their congressional district.

Tipton and Vaughn are both juniors in high school and active in school and community organizations. Tipton attends Princeton R-5 and is the daughter of Mike and Melanie Tipton. Vaughn is the daughter of Shane and Hilarie Vaughn and attends Cainsville R-1.

To be eligible for the tour, an applicant must be in high school and age 16 or 17 at the time of the tour. The applicant must also have a parent or legal guardian who is an active member of GRM Networks. Students may review requirements and begin planning their application for next year by visiting grm.net/about-us/youthtour.