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Trinity students attend March for Life in DC

Dickinson Trinity High School students pose Wednesday in Washington, D.C., during the March For Life pro-life rally. At right is Rev. Kregg Hochhalter, Trinity's chaplin.

A little cold weather wasn’t enough to keep a group of North Dakotans from attending Wednesday’s March for Life in the nation’s capital.

After all, North Dakotans are used to cold weather.

Joining a group of close to 100 teenagers that took the 28-hour bus ride from the Peace Garden State were nine students from Dickinson Trinity High School who made the trip to Washington, D.C., for the march, dubbed as the nation’s largest anti-abortion event.

“It was so much fun,” said Trinity junior Allyssa Wittenberg, who was making her second trip to the annual march. “Everyone here is so passionate about this pro-life movement. It’s very moving to witness.”

Rev. Kregg Hochhalter, the chaplain at Trinity, was one of a handful of chaperones accompanying his students, along with students from St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck and Bishop Ryan High School in Minot.

The group arrived in Washington on Sunday and was able to take in many of the sights and landmarks the historic city has to offer during the days leading up to the march, Hochhalter said.

Event participants marched through temperatures that registered in the teens Wednesday.

“I would estimate there were close to 300,000 people at the march (Wednesday),” Hochhalter said. “Projections were for close to a half-million. But, with the weather being what it has, it may have brought that number down. For the vast majority of our students from North Dakota, it was their first time and I think it was a great experience for them.”

Representing opposition to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America, participants are made up of mostly Catholics, including many young adults with high school and college groups from around the country.

“This generation of youth has courage and conviction that is really unmatched from other generations when it comes to defending life,” Hochhalter said. “We were able to attend the nation’s largest youth conference, Students for Life, with just under 3,000 students participating. This was just great exposure for our students from North Dakota.”

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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