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This past weekend, 53 Everest Collegiate students and faculty traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the 2018 March for Life. The students departed Everest early on the morning of Thursday, January 18, and arrived in the nation’s Capital later that afternoon. The weekend began with a celebration of Mass with friends from Notre Dame Prep at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Before turning in the for the night, the group visited the Catholic University of America for dinner and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Junior Katie Allen reflected on the beauty of the Basilica, saying, “It was amazing to see how the different representations of Mary appealed to everyone’s needs.”

The next morning began with an early wake up and arrival at the Capital One Arena for Mass and the youth rally. Senior Mackenzie Hinds commented on “how amazing it was to see the number of young people who were willing to gather in one place to celebrate the miracle of life”. Afterward, the group headed to the National Mall to hear speakers from the U.S. House of Representatives, women influenced by the pro-life movement, and even a speech from President Donald Trump! Senior Monica Williams said, “It was beautiful to see these representatives shedding a light on the importance of life.”

During the March down Constitution Avenue, EC students joined others from the Archdiocese of Detroit. The final destination for the 100,000 plus participants was the steps of the Supreme Court building where federal laws are interpreted and finalized. After posing for a quick picture in front of the Capitol Building, a tired-but-energized group made the long trip back to Everest.  During the bus ride, many students and chaperones shared their testimonies about why they found participating in the March important. Leilani Neme said, “The March for Life was the most life-changing experience and made me understand how important it is to stand up for what you believe in.”

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