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Shentel and HISTORY® Bring Local Veterans to Lewis County High School

Posted 28 October 2011 12:00 AM by Shentel

Fourth annual “Take a Veteran to School Day” honors West Virginia vets as they share their experiences with local students

Edinburg, Va. – Oct. 28, 2011 – Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (NASDAQ: SHEN), an established provider of Internet, television and home phone services, announces that it is partnering with the HISTORY® channel to bring West Virginia’s fourth annual Take a Veteran to School Day program to Lewis County High School. Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, the West Virginia Take a Veteran to School Day program is part of a national initiative created by HISTORY to teach today’s young adults about the sacrifice and valor of the nation’s veterans. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (WVCTA), honors veterans from all conflicts of war.

Melissa Riley, Assistant Principal of Lewis County High School, said, “We are excited to host Take a Veteran to School Day again this year at Lewis County High School and show our appreciation for those who have served our country. The program truly brings history to life, giving students a new, personal perspective on what they read about in textbooks.”

Angela Washington, Marketing Manager, Shentel, said, “It is an honor to participate in the HISTORY channel’s Take a Veteran to School program for the second-straight year. Shentel values our veterans, and Take a Veteran to School Day is just one way of saying ‘thanks,’ and allowing young people to learn more about U.S. history directly from the men and women who have helped keep our country safe.”

Lewis County School’s Take a Veteran to School Day program will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the school’s auditorium (205 Minutemen Dr.). Veterans participating in the panel discussion and a Q&A session with students include William Pritt (World War II), Miles Paugh (Korea), James Fallon (Vietnam), and Jesse Davis (Iraq). Shentel is also sponsoring Take a Veteran to School Day at Petersburg High School in Grant County, W.Va., on Nov. 8.

Nationwide, over 10,000 schools have participated in the program with representation in all 50 states and U.S. territories. WVCTA began the program in 2008 and has brought 160 veterans to nearly 20 high schools to honor them in conjunction with Veterans Day or other military observance days. This year, nearly 20 school events are being held around Veterans Day to honor and thank West Virginia veterans.

After the program, representatives from West Virginia University will work with Lewis County High School and Shentel to interview and catalog the veterans' stories so that future generations can hear their unique first-hand accounts. Inspired by the United States Congress’ Veterans History Project, WVCTA is gathering these stories for archiving in the Library of Congress.

The Take a Veteran to School Day program is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. In 2009, the West Virginia State House and Senate passed resolutions encouraging West Virginia educators to participate in future Take a Veteran to School Day initiatives. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, is also a supporter of the program.

To learn more about the Take a Veteran to School Day program, visit or

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About the West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association
The West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association, founded in 1978, represents cable television system operators and affiliated programming services and industry vendors in matters of public affairs and governmental relations throughout the state and in Washington, D.C.  Its members supporting this initiative are Suddenlink Communications, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Shentel and Armstrong.

HISTORY® and HISTORY HD® are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's signature initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY® website ( is the leading online resource for all things history and allows visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics.

About Shentel
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company ( is a holding company that provides a broad range of telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries. The Company is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "SHEN." The Company's operating subsidiaries provide local and long distance telephone, Internet and data services, cable television, wireless voice and data services, alarm monitoring, and telecommunications equipment, along with many other associated solutions in the Mid-Atlantic United States.