Two Horry County students head to Washington for Youth Tour

Horry County, SC–  HTC and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) are sponsoring an educational tour to Washington, DC, June 2-6, 2018, for two local students selected for the 24th Annual Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour. 

Jade Crooks
Jade Crooks

Braylee Estep, representing Conway High School, and Jade Crooks, representing Carolina Forest High School, were selected by school guidance counselors and HTC. 

The 24th Annual Youth Tour exposes students to the regulatory process and explains the impact of legislative and judicial decisions on the telecommunications industry in rural America.  Students also have the opportunity to visit many of the historical sites in the nation’s capital.

The trip focuses on a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecommunications, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions, made in Washington, affect the industry.

“Today’s youth are the future of telecommunications in America and we hope that by educating them about the industry, we will not only broaden their horizons, but also strengthen our communities,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “We are proud to have a role in educating our local youth and contributing to the future economic health of our communities.”

Braylee Estep
Braylee Estep

The Youth Tour will bring together 100 high school juniors from across rural and suburban America to Washington, DC on a four-day culturally enriching experience.  The tour allows youth to visit the Supreme Court and US Capitol to meet with a member of Congress. 

They also participate in an informational session about the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service and more.  Students visit the nation’s most historic and popular tour sites, including the Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials. 

“We hope that by providing our youth with telecommunications services comparable to those found in urban areas, as well as exposing them to cultural and educational opportunities, such as the FRS Youth Tour, our youth will remain in and become active members in their communities,” said Vitt.

The 24th Annual Youth Tour is hosted by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS).  FRS leads aggressive public information, economic and community development projects, which focus on rural telecommunications, to educate the public and improve the quality of rural American life.  It is the philanthropic arm of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which HTC is a member. 

For more information about the 2018 Youth Tour or other educational programs provided by HTC, please contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8498 or 843-902-3838. 

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 65 years of service to Horry and Georgetown Counties as a local communications leader.  HTC offers High Speed Internet, Digital Cable, Digital Wireless, Home Security, local telephone and long distance service, and advanced business services such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), Managed Networks, VOIP Solutions, WiFi Solutions, Firewall and Security services. HTC provides these services utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network.

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