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On Friday, January 19, 2018, Auburn sophomore Agnes Armstrong will play an integral role in the rally before the 45th March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Armstrong will be featured as the “Young Adult” speaker and will give a speech to more than 600,000 people before the group marches to the Capitol Building.

“My role is to be someone that’s relatable to the crowd. I’m the one that’s supposed to motivate the young people to continue to march,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong got involved with March for Life when her Catholic high school took a religious pilgrimage each year to the march.

On her first trip to D.C. for the rally Armstrong thought she would just be going on a fun field trip, but she was shocked when she realized the intensity she had for this movement.

“This was really the first time I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself. I felt like I was making a difference that impacted the world,” Armstrong said.

After hearing the president of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini, speak last year, Armstrong knew she wanted to get involved.

“I listened to her speak, and I admired her morals and values so much. I realized that I wanted to be in a position like hers one day,” Armstrong said.

Flash forward a few months later and Armstrong still could not get over the feeling she had while listening to Mancini speak. She wanted Mancini to know the impact she had made on her life and her desire to have an encounter with her.

During a sleepless night, Armstrong could not stop thinking about March for Life and decided she would write a mock-up speech of what she would say at the rally. On a whim, she decided that she would send the speech to Mancini.

“I couldn’t fall asleep and knew I should try and contact her. I figured the worse that could happen was that she would know she’s making an impact from miles away,” Armstrong said.

After a few months of no response, Armstrong was contacted by her youth minister regarding her message to Mancini. She did read Armstrong's speech and wanted to meet her and possibly have her speak at the rally.

“I was in shock about the whole thing. I couldn’t believe there was a possibility of me speaking at the rally,” Armstrong said.

When Armstrong got the confirmation that she would be speaking at the rally, the March for Life staff sent her speech back with revisions that wanted her to make.

Armstrong will meet with her teacher from high school, youth minister, and priest to adequately prepare for her speech that she hopes will make an impact.

“All we need to do is talk. Matters like this have a ripple effect so as long as someone takes away something from this speech, it could impact a lot,” Armstrong said.

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