by Alex Wondaal, Illiana journalism student
WASHINGTON, DC (January 19, 2018) – Forty-eight Illiana students attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Teachers Jeff White and Rachel DeVries chaperoned the students.
Funded by the Illiana Right to Life Committee, the students took off on the Thursday night before the march, arrived at the capitol at noon to hear speeches, marched up Capitol Hill, and ended the day with a prayer vigil for the nation and for the unborn. They then spent Saturday visiting museums and exploring the city.
White said he was happy to achieve his three objectives for students on the trip: having fun, getting educated about government and the proper way to protest, and doing missionary work. “I wanted them to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s protest ideas and not giving people a reason to look away.”
The most moving part of the trip for Junior Annie Weemhoff was “getting to the top of Capitol Hill and looking back to see so many people.”
Junior Ben Wiersema said, “It was a life-changing experience, and anyone thinking about doing it should.”
Sophomore Sydney DeVries said, “I thought it was cool to see representatives, the Vice President, and the President address the march. It was awesome to see the [Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act] passed by the House of Representatives while we were there.”
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