Perham, Minn.-Arvig is pleased to announce its annual essay contest to send one area student to visit Washington, D.C., for the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour, June 2 - 6, 2018.

The essay prompt for the contest is "Technology and Rural Life."

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Essays and completed applications are due to Arvig by email before 11:59 p.m., Wednesday,

February 28.

"The kids in our rural communities are our future leaders," said David Arvig, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President at Arvig. "It's important to offer opportunities like the Youth Tour so they can learn more about how the decisions made in Washington directly impact our life in rural Minnesota. We're pleased to be a sponsor."

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, Jordan Brink from Wadena-Deer Creek High School was selected to represent Arvig and her community at the 2017 Youth Tour.

"I'm so very grateful to Arvig for giving me the opportunity to attend the 2017 FRS Youth Tour in Washington D.C.," Brink wrote about her experience, featured on the Arvig Blog. "I met so many wonderful people from across the country. This trip is something that I will never forget."

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 in high school, age 16 or 17 at the time of the Youth Tour in June 2018 (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 to download the essay prompt and contest requirements, application forms and submission details.