This year, Pioneer sent two local students to Washington D.C. to learn about rural telecommunications. The tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities, as well as key legislative, regulatory and government staff. The following sophomores were chosen to represent Pioneer:
Ella Skinkis attends Philomath High School where she plays volleyball and tennis, is a part of the National Honor Society, student council and is a teen leader for My Future-My Choice. She advocates for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Club, Girl Scouting and her youth group. Ella likes to volunteer in her community, and her favorite place to serve is June’s Kids Kloset at Philomath Community Services. After high school, she hopes to attend the United States Air Force Academy where she will obtain a world class education, while developing leadership skills and exploring opportunities that other universities can’t offer.
Micah Reed attends Triangle Lake Charter School where she plays volleyball, basketball and runs track and cross-country. She is involved in robotics and 4-H. She has worked for the Bureau of Land Management during her summers and also puts time in each week for the Traveling Children’s Heritage Museum. After high school, Micah plans on being part of the ROTC program, and serving her country in the Air Force, while also studying science and math at Oregon State University. The ROTC program entails taking four years of college while training to become an officer. After four years, she will enlist as an officer and spend an additional four years in the Air Force.