Audrey Schmitz, Axtell has been selected to represent Blue Valley Tele-Communications in Washington D.C. at the annual Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour this June. Schmitz will spend three full days in the Nation’s Capital learning about not only the history of this great country, but also of the laws, regulations, and restrictions encompassing rural telecommunications cooperatives.
Each year, FRS invites a total of 100 students throughout rural America to participate in this opportunity of a lifetime. All participants are required to receive service from a participating telecommunications cooperative and must be 17 years of age at the time of the tour. Delegates share a room with one other student and spend the duration of the tour with approximately ten students and two chaperones.
Some stops on the 2012 Youth Tour include the Smithsonian Museums, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Zoo, Lincoln Memorial, and a visit to the Hill.
A total of eight high school juniors applied for the all-expenses paid trip. Applicants were required to write an essay on the topic, ‘Growing up in a Small Town’. Schmitz’s essay reflected on all the trips she made to town with her dad as she has grown up. She discussed how the store owners always referred to her as her dad’s ‘big helper’ and would offer a piece of butterscotch candy. “I am old enough now to go into town by myself to pick up parts and supplies. I still get the same smiles and warm greeting I got when I was little.” She concluded by saying, “I grew up in a small town and it is still wonderful to me”.
Schmitz, daughter of Joe and Amy Schmitz, will be a senior at Axtell High School this fall. She is a member of Show Choir, Pep Band, Cross Country, Track, FFA, Forensics, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, and Theatre. In addition, she is involved in 4H. Schmitz enjoys dance, piano, reading, running, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, and riding horses.