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February 9th, 2024

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom in conjunction with the Foundation for Rural Service is sponsoring a contest for high school juniors to win what has been referred to by past attendees as a “trip of a lifetime”. One high school student will be selected by Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) to receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour, June 3 – 7, 2024. Students will join more than 100 other high school students from rural communities all across the United States who are sponsored by their local telecommunications company to attend.

FRS is the foundation of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association of which Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is an active member. Since 1995, FRS has hosted the Youth Tour for thousands of high school students. The Youth Tour is a chance for students to visit our nation’s capital and learn about rural broadband, share their community’s story with key legislative, regulatory, and government figures as well as a forum for them to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities. For more information on the Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour, visit:

To Enter the Contest:

Student must tell us in a short essay, which is no less than 150 words, why broadband is important for their rural community and how it will impact the future of America.

 Submit Your Essay – Must Be Received no later than April 1, 2024:

  • Mail (must be postmarked by 4/1/24):

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
ATTN:  Lorraine Keener
P.O. Box 543, Hinesburg, VT 05461

  • Deliver in Person:
    • Hinesburg Business Office – 14 Thorn Bush Rd, Hinesburg, VT
    • Waitsfield Business Office – 3898 Main Street, Waitsfield

To Qualify, Students and/or their Parents:

  • Must receive their telephone and/or high-speed Internet service from Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
  • Participant MUST be a high school student, age 15, 16 or 17 at the time of the Youth Tour. (Students age 18 or over are ineligible to attend.)
  • Must have parental authorization.

For more information: Contact Lorraine Keener at or call 802-496-8379.

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2024.