High School Oratory Contest

Right to Life of Michigan’s annual high school oratory contest is open to all prolife high school students in Michigan. Contestants will give a 5 to 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 contest in the Lansing area in the spring, and the winner of the state competition will win a trip to compete in National Right to Life’s contest in June or July.

For more information about the Oratory Contest, contact your local Right to Life of Michigan affiliate, or State Contest Coordinator Jazlyn Bailey at (616) 532-2300 or jbailey@rtl.org.

2024 Contest

This year is our 35th Annual High School Oratory Contest. For more information, contact the State Contest Coordinator Jazlyn Bailey, jbailey@rtl.org, or your local affiliate.

2023 Contest

Our 34th Annual High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 20, at New Hope Community Church in Charlotte. We had 19 contestants who gave powerful prolife speeches on abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.

Our first-place winner was Hannah Abel from Tri-Cities Right to Life. She represented Right to Life of Michigan at the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. Our second-place winner was Emily Ranschaert from Grand Rapids Right to Life. Our third-place winner was Abigail Ries representing St. Clair County Right to Life.