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April 4, 2013

Ebeling in Running for FRS D.C. Youth Tour Sponsored by NEMR Telecom

The candidates for two spots available on the 19th annual Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington D.C. sponsored by NEMR Telecom included (L to R) Christian Banez, Putnam County R-I; Kylie Hoerrmann, Green City R-I; Emily Reardon, Adair County R-I; Emily Ebeling, Scotland County R-I; and Whitney Oberman, Schuyler Co R-I.

NEMR Telecom hosted an interview dinner to choose two candidates to represent the company at the 19th annual Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

High school juniors within the company's telephone service area are given the opportunity to apply for this trip by submitting a one-page essay and an application. One student per school was selected as a finalist. This year, five schools were represented.

The candidates included Christian Banez of Putnam County R-I, Kylie Hoerrmann of Green City R-I, Emily Reardon of Adair County R-I, Emily Ebeling of Scotland County R-I, and Whitney Oberman of Schuyler County R-I.

On Wednesday, March 27th, the students and their family members joined with the Education Committee from NEMR Telecom's Board of Directors, Jim Sherburne, CEO, and Tammy Childers, Youth Tour Coordinator, to meet for a dinner and interview process at Thousand Hills State Lake Dining Lodge.

The students were each called upon to introduce themselves and give a brief family history and other relevant information. Students shared about their hobbies, interests, future plans and other reasons they believed they were good candidates for the FRS Youth Tour.

After the dinner, the Education Committee had the challenging decision of selecting the two candidates and one alternate to participate in the tour to D.C. this June.

"We enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about these great students from our local schools," said Sherburne. "Each one was an excellent candidate and we look forward to having two of them represent NEMR Telecom on this year's FRS Youth Tour."

The Foundation for Rural Service's (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation's involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth. 2013 marks the 19th annual Youth 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 some of the most historical sites in the nation.

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