L’Anse 9th graders March For Life

FORWARD, MARCH!–left to right, Abby Nankervis, Alayna Waara, Chloe LaForest, Kathleen Tollefson and Rachael Velmer enjoy their bag lunches in preparation to march. Photos courtesy of Jacque Velmer.

by Nancy Besonen
Five Baraga County ninth graders recently took their Faith Formation studies a step further–all way to Washington, D.C. The girls traveled to the nation’s capitol to join in the March For Life, an annual anti-abortion protest held around the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion in the U.S. This past Sunday they shared the experiences at mass with many who had helped them along their way. The annual exodus from Baraga County started years ago when eighth grader Michaela Velmer of L’Anse wanted to go to the march, and wouldn’t give up. Her mother, Jacque Velmer, said a coordinator agreed to chaperone her daughter with a group going from Escanaba. “The next year she was chaperoned from Marquette, and it started to grow,” Velmer said. “When she was a senior in high school, her and four boys from our parish went! Last year we had nine or 10 high school students from L’Anse.” To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.