Chatman, Reicks reflect on trip to D.C.

Both eighth graders call the trip 'unforgettable'

New Hampton, Iowa – On one of the most iconic stages in the world, two New Hampton eight graders representing the upper Midwest presented their oral presentations on social injustice as part of a national oratory retreat.

Quinten Reicks presented on organ donation the same day Governor Reynolds signed Logan’s Law.

He said their first presentation was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.


The students qualified after giving their speeches to classmates, a panel of judges and delegates on the trip as part of the Ford’s Theater National Oratory Retreat.

Reicks told North Iowa News when he started writing his speech, he didn’t imagine he’d make it out there.


The other New Hampton eighth grader Lili Chatman presented on self-esteem issues and says the process made her vulnerable.


She added sometimes you have to be pushed outside of your comfort zone.


The student’s teacher Jason Rude says Reicks and Chatman were one of 26 delegates from across the country who were in the program.


Both students will be freshmen next year.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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