Shannon Niffen of Scotland County R-I and Jillian Albrecht of Green City R-I are pictured at the Federal Communications Commission facility in Washington D.C. which was one of the many stops on the five-day youth tour of Washington D.C. sponsored by NEMR Telecom.

A total of 117 high school students participated in the 23rd annual Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington D.C  June 3rd – 7th.  Each summer the FRS Youth Tour brings together high school students from across rural North America to visit the nation’s capital and learn about rural telecommunications.

The tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities as well as with key legislative, regulatory and government figures.  Since its inception in 1995, the youth tour has hosted thousands of students. NEMR Telecom’s representatives this year were Shannon Niffen, daughter of Don and Randi Ryland, from Scotland County R-I and Jillian Albrecht, daughter of Diane Albrecht, Green City R-1.

The five-day trip was packed full of activities including a visit to Mount Vernon, home to George Washington, Smithsonian Museum, a beautiful nighttime tour of the monuments and a stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue.  A very memorable visit to Arlington National Cemetery is always a favorite of the students.

A highlight of the trip this year was the afternoon spent on Capitol Hill. The groups could then split up and visit the US Capitol, their own senator’s office and the Library of Congress or Supreme Court.

NEMR Telecom sends two students every year. For more information on the FRS Washington DC Youth Tour, please contact NEMR Telecom at 660-874-4111.