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.

2018 Contest

The 29th Annual High School Oratory contest will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Holt. Below is a list of affiliates sponsoring local contestst. For more information about the Oratory Contest, contact your local Right to Life of Michigan affiliate, or State Contest Coordinator Natalie Collins at 616-532-2300 or ncollins@rtl.org.

Kalamazoo RTL - February 24
Gaylord RTL - March 3
Mason County RTL - March 3
Sanilac County RTL - March 3
Grand Rapids RTL - March 6
Holland Area RTL - March 8
Portland RTL - March 11
Warren/Center Line RTL - March 12
North Allegan RTL - March 13
Cheboygan RTL - March 17
Oceana County RTL - March 17
Chippewa County RTL - March 18
Grand Traverse Area RTL - March 20
Lenawee County RTL - March 20
Delta County RTL – March 20
Mecosta/Osceola County RTL – March 20
Gladwin County RTL - March 21
Novi RTL - March 21
Saginaw County RTL - March 22
Clinton County RTL - March 24
Livingston County RTL- March 29
Newaygo County RTL - TBD

2017 Contest

The 28th Annual High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 9 at Community Faith Church in Holt.

First place went to Christian Dresen of Warren-Centerline Right to Life. Christian is a home-schooled senior from Sterling Heights. His speech exhorted individuals to reach out about abortion on an emotional level, since society often ignores the logical case for protecting unborn children. Christian will represent Michigan in the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest on Saturday, July 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Second place went to Grace Kueber of Novi Right to Life. Third place went to Olivia Pasternak of Lenawee County Right to Life


Oratory Contest Information

arrow Results and winner speech

arrow Past state and national winners

arrow Oratory homepage

2018 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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