RLM High School Oratory Contest

Right to Life of Michigan annual high school oratory contest

Right to Life of Michigan's annual high school oratory contests are open to all prolife high school students in Michigan. Contestants will give a 5-7 minute speech on one of several prolife topics. Contests are sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan affiliates across the state. Winners of the local affiliate contests will compete in the statewide annual High School Oratory Contest in the Lansing area in May, and the winner of the state competition will win a trip to compete in the National Right to Life Oratory Contest in June or July.

If you are a student interested in competing, please contact your local RLM affiliate or field representative. If you don't know how to contact your local affiliate or the nearest affiliate sponsoring a contest, please contact State Oratory Coordinator Jessi Engelsma at jengelsma@rtl.org.

2016 Contest

The 27th Annual High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 14 at Community Faith Church in Holt.

First place went to Maria Tizedes of Downriver Area Right to Life of Michigan affiliates. She is a home-schooled senior from Temperance. Her speech focused on being prolife and pro-woman. She highlighted that women are strong and don’t have to choose between a career and a child or any other situation. Maria will be representing Michigan in the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest. The national contest will be held during the National Right to Life Convention on Saturday, July 9 in Washington D.C.

Second place went to Eva Solak of Gaylord Right to Life. Eva is a home-schooled junior from Roscommon. Her speech was an encouragement to speak up for life to open other people’s eyes to the truth about abortion. Her speech featured her own personal example of her mother choosing life.

Third place went to Kaylee Tegethoff of Holland Right to Life. Kaylee is a home-schooled senior from Bloomingdale. Her speech was on the topic of abortion and disabilities. She gave examples of children with different disabilities succeeding in life, showing that abortion is not the answer for children diagnosed with disabilities.


Oratory Contest Information

arrow Results and winner speech

arrow Past state and national winners

arrow Oratory homepage

2016 Contest Rules and Forms for Affiliates:

arrow Oratory contest instructions and frequently asked questions - PDF

arrow Affiliate contest sponsorship form - PDF

arrow Student application form - PDF

arrow Sample judge ballot - PDF

arrow Promotional flyer - PDF

arrow Sample promotional letter - HTML

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