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Area youth attend National Catholic Youth Conference

22,000 people gathered at the Sprint Center for a concert by Righteous B before General Session.1 / 4
At left, youth and chaperones from St. John's and St. Ann's, pictured front from left, Fr. Don Wagner, Jenna Ludovissie, Bailee Schissel, Lexie Rankka, Diana Snelgrove, Nicole Hessig. Middle: Emily Roggenkamp, Joey Price, Kristin Kane, Becky Wegscheid, Brooklyn Frost, Brooke Kupfer, Nicole Sachulz, Kyle Vorderbruggen, Andrew Teberg. Back: Kelsey Schwartz, Mike Meyer, Andrew Perala, Jeremy Mast, Adam Snelgrove, Matt Landwehr, Robert Meyer, Bryce Pazdernik, Alicia Boe, Dustin Uselman.2 / 4
NCYC Girls-Diana Snelgrove, Bailee Schissel, Jenna Ludovissie, Nicole Hessig, Emily Roggenkamp, Alicia Boe, Brooke Kupfer, Lexie Rankka, Becky Wegscheid, Nicole Schulz, Brooklyn Frost, Kristin Kane, Kelsey Schwartz3 / 4
NCYC Boys-Dustin Uselman, Matt Landwehr, Andrew Teberg, Joey Price, Adam Snelgrove, Bryce Pazdernik, Robert Meyer, Jeremy Mast, Andrew Perala, Mike Meyer, Kyle Vorderbruggen, Fr. Don Wagner4 / 4

On November 18-21, 25 people from St. John's in Bluffton and St. Ann's in Wadena attended NCYC in Kansas City, Missouri. NCYC stands for National Catholic Youth Conference; and this year 22,000 youth and chaperones attended this amazing event. There were inspirational speakers, break-out sessions and workshops, vendors from all over the U.S., and the last night celebrated Mass with all 22,000 people.

Here is what some of the participants had to say about the conference: "I met people I'll always remember. I learned things I'll never forget and I truly felt God in my heart. It was so hard to believe that when you looked around all 22,000 kids were there for one reason, Jesus Christ. NCYC was by far the most amazing time I have ever had in my life! Thank you to all who supported us, because if it wasn't for you, this amazing opportunity would not have happened! I am definitely going again in 2 years. There was a lot of cool music there! It was definitely worth all of the fundraising. I never thought I could get that close to God as I did in the Sprint Center when Steve was talking about Him and that he told us that God doesn't like to hear the word sorry. The days were really long but they were completely worth it, I learned so much about God and about myself. My favorite thing about the trip was just seeing all the people and thinking in my head that Christ truly Reigns. I would definitely do it again and encourage young teens and adults to take time for this awesome and life changing event. The speakers were so inspirational and really got through to me. It was amazing to see that many kids supporting their faith. I can't wait until the next NCYC because the experience I had this time was greater than I could have imagined and I know that next time I can make the trip even better."

(Submitted by Nicole (Coco) Hessig,Coordinator of Youth Ministry-St. Ann's and St. John's)