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Chemeketa student and Mount Angel resident goes to Washington, meets Vice President Mike Pence.

SPECIAL TO THE WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Chemeketa Community College freshman, Marcos Sanchez of Mount Angel, middle row right, was among a handful of students selected to meet Vice President Mike Pence during a week that featured a March for Life rally in Washington D.C.Early on during winter term, Chemeketa Community College freshman Marcos Sanchez received a distracting text while focused on a microscope during an anatomy and physiology lab.

That distraction was minimal, simply amounting to curiosity about why the texting individual, the northwest regional coordinator for Students for Life of America (SFLA), wanted him to call. Following class he made the call, and what he found out intensified the distraction – if Sanchez could adjust his schedule, he would soon have an opportunity to meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, face to face.

SPECIAL TO THE WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Chemeketa Community College freshman, Marcos Sanchez of Mount Angel, was among a handful of students selected to meet Vice President Mike Pence during a week that featured a March for Life rally in Washington D.C.Sanchez, who hails from Mount Angel, was already planning a trip to Washington D.C. so he could participate in a demonstration march.

"I originally planned to fly into D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at about 5:30 p.m." Sanchez related. "Once I told (the coordinator) she said that I had to figure something out because she nominated me to meet the vice president of the United States -- I was selected, along with 7 other students from around the country."

That's not an everyday occurrence for a college student, much less a denizen of the humble Willamette Valley hamlet of Mount Angel.

Sanchez will have more distractions before winter term ends; he is planning a trip to Sydney, Australia between March 7-17 (embarking just before finals week), as part of the same overarching quest: being an active participant in the Pro Life movement.

The whirlwind actually has its roots in Mount Angel at John F. Kennedy High School. The 18-year-old has had little time to reflect on the chain of events, but when he does, he finds it uncanny.

"It is crazy how getting involved with Pro Life and starting a club at my high school would end up taking me around the world," Sanchez said, noting that he also started a club at Chemeketa.

Last April during a national movement against abortion, Sanchez, then a senior at Kennedy, was highlighted by the Woodburn Independent as A one-person student protest in town. His more recent quest in January was part of the March for Life and attendance at a SFLA national conference. The upcoming March foray into the southern hemisphere involves a stint with SFLA's international pro-life movement.

Click here to read the rest of the story in the Woodburn Independent.

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