Issue 68 August 2017 Share on Facebook Tweet this article! Send link in an email.

Local Youth Selected for Washington, D.C., Trip

Pictured left to right: Nex-Tech CEO/General Manager, Jimmy Todd, Clade Anderson, Sienna Wingerson and Jacque Beckman, Nex-Tech Youth Services/Training Specialist.

A free trip to Washington, D.C., does not come along every day, but for two students, it became a reality. Through its association with the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), Nex-Tech sponsored two students to attend the FRS Youth Tour, June 3-7, 2017. Students apply by written application, which includes an essay addressing the benefits of attending the Youth Tour and impact that it may have to their career goals. This year’s winners were Sienna Wingerson and Clade Anderson who joined nearly 100 other students from across the country at the FRS Youth Tour.

Youth tour participants receive a first-hand glimpse at how the legislative and regulatory decisions made in Washington, D.C., affect how their local service providers operate in their own hometowns. The trip features a comprehensive overview of the communications industry and the critical role communications plays in rural America. In addition to the educational component, the Youth Tour also introduces students to various historical landmarks.

Sienna, an upcoming junior at Smith Center High School, is the daughter of Steven and Annette Wingerson. In her essay, Sienna shares that she wants to see and experience it all, from exploring the places that have shaped America, to learning how our government works. Sienna wants to pursue a career in the public relations field and feels the experience and knowledge gained at the Youth Tour will increase her understanding of communications and its importance in our technological society.

Clade is the son of Eric and Rebecca Anderson. He will be a senior at Otis-Bison High School. Clade writes that he is excited to experience the history of D.C., to observe how the government works, and to better understand the communications process. He elaborated that learning about government processes and regulations will be beneficial for his future plans to work in a farm environment and become a crop duster. Perhaps one day, Clade shared, that what he will learn on this trip might influence him to participate in some form of government, be it a school board member or a state representative.

“We are excited to provide Sienna and Clade with this wonderful opportunity,” states Jacque Beckman, Nex-Tech’s Youth Services/Training Specialist. “Educating them about government processes, the telecommunications industry, and our nation’s history will make them stronger individuals and will prepare them as future leaders and contributing citizens.”