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Local students attend National Catholic Youth Conference

Photo provided. Area youth pose for a group photo. Shown are (front, l-r) Mariah Novak and Sarah Dykhoff; (middle) Kylie Lupkes, Megan Yoder, Libby Wallgren, Emily Roggenkamp and LeAnn Flanigan; (back) Adam Snelgrove, Kyle Vorderbruggen, Andrew Perala, Max Carlson and Bryce Pazdernik.1 / 2
St. Ann's parishioners were among 23,000 people gathered at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.2 / 2

On Nov. 16-20, 22 people from St. Ann's in Wadena and St. John the Baptist in Bluffton attended the National Catholic Youth Conference.

The group joined other churches in the area to make a group of 101 people with whom they traveled to Indianapolis, Ind.

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a biennial four-day experience for youth in grades 9-12. There were inspirational speakers, breakout sessions and workshops, vendors from all over the U.S., and Saturday night the group celebrated Mass with all 23,000 people.

Free time was used to try team-building activities, participate in recreational games such as giant inflatables, attend a dance, listen to a comedian and watch a top talent show. They were also able meet other youth from the 50 states.

Participants experienced powerful prayer, a sense of community and empowerment as they gathered with 23,000 other Catholics from all across the U.S.