Winners of the Youth Speech Contest for NYC are announced

The Youth Speech Contest winners (from left): Hannah Smith, Anna Schweitzer, and Kara Bidgood Enders

By Erika Clary

The National Youth Conference (NYC) 2022 office is excited to announce and congratulate the three winners of the Youth Speech Contest. These three young women will speak during a worship service at NYC this summer.

Hannah Smith is a member of Brownsville (Md.) Church of the Brethren. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. She is currently a freshman at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, where she is a dual major in Sociology and Japanese. She is an advocate for social issues and hopes to further her advocacy through her Sociology degree. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching crime-related shows, and collecting squishmallows.

Anna Schweitzer is a junior in high school in Indiana, along with her twin brother, Ben. She from Cedar Grove (Ohio) Church of the Brethren. She has been doing dance almost her whole life, as well as soccer. She is passionate about choir and was recently selected to be in the All-State Choir for Indiana. She has also been involved with her local civic theatre since she was eight. She is very excited to share her sermon at NYC and hopes that she leaves people with something inspiring.

Kara Bidgood Enders is a current junior in high school in Pennsylvania and is from Ridgeway Community Church of the Brethren. She has attended National Junior High Conference, Immerse, Christian Citizenship Seminar, as well as many Annual Conferences. Outside of church, she is involved in many activities such as band and chorus, related music groups, dance, Key Club, National Honors Society, and student government. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and hopes to become an elementary school teacher.

We can’t wait to hear the insight and wisdom that these three young women bring to the stage at NYC this summer!

— Erika Clary is the coordinator for National Youth Conference 2022, serving through Brethren Volunteer Service. Find out more about the conference taking place July 23-28 in Fort Collins, Colo., at


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