Brady High School junior Jenna Behrens is one of 100 high school students that will be taking part in an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. Behrens is the winner of the contest sponsored by Central Texas Telephone Cooperative. The contest is open to all high school juniors at 14 area school districts whose families are members of the cooperative. Winning the local contest will allow Behrens to join students from across the nation in Washington D.C. along with staff of the National Telephone Cooperative Association. Students taking part in the contest are asked to submit an essay describing how telecommunications affects life in rural Texas. According to CTC Public Relations Director Cindy Hayes, Behrens wrote the winning essay and Rochelle’s Tara Simpson won the second place prize of $150. “The directors and staff at Central Texas Telephone Cooperative are proud of Jenna for writing such a winning essay,” said Hayes. The winning students from across the nation will convene in Washington during a four-day program later this year. During the program, they will learn about the telecommunications industry and the legislative process. Lectures on these subjects are accompanied by site visits to places such as the U.S. Capitol, the Federal Communications Commission and meetings with industry leaders including members of Congress. While in D.C., the students will also tour national monuments, attend church at the National Cathedral and visit many historical places.