By Mark Ambrogi
Carmel High School senior Celina Tragesser loves the life messages in “Bella.”
The CHS Teens for Life club will present the movie at 3:40 p.m. on April 22 in the school’s Studio Theatre. The public is invited and there is a $1 admission charge with free popcorn and soda.
“It’s a great movie for multiple reasons,” said Tragesser, Teens for Life vice president. “It’s very well put together and very well-made movie. It was a beautiful thing to watch.”
Tragesser said the 2006 movie follows a journey where three individuals discover the beauty of life.
“I like it because it goes through the three different parts of life, the value of life as a child, the value of life as an adult and learning how to enjoy where you at it and the value of life as unborn child and how that is a valuable thing as well.”
Jon Kane, a Carmel High School art teacher, is the Teens for Life co-sponsor with Margaret Winans. This is the ninth year of the program and Kane and Winans have been involved from the start. Carmel senior Patrick Wrobel is the Teens for Life president.
“It’s (‘Bella’) a true love story of a day in New York City of the life of three individuals and the choices of those three lives,” Kane said. “It’s a touchy and moving film that leaves a profound message. The actors are believable and it’s not a preachy film. It’s a totally related film with great character development.”
Kane has invited other churches and Teens for Life groups to the movie showing.
“It’s a way for us to celebrate life, which is what our group does from conception to natural death,” Kane said.
The CHS Teens for Life has 44 members this school year.
Teens for Life takes part in many activities through the school year. Kane said the group gets together with other Teens for Life groups to discuss issues. Some Teens for Life attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Tragesser attended the March for Life with a group from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church as a sophomore.