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 Emily Kroll at (616) 532-2300 or [email protected].

2022 Contest

This year is our 33rd Annual High School Oratory Contest. Below is the full list of Right to Life of Michigan affiliates sponsoring local contests. For more information, contact the State Contest Coordinator Emily Kroll, [email protected], or your local affiliate.

Right to Life of Central Michigan
Date: February 21
Location: Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Mt. Pleasant

Sanilac Right to Life
Date: March 5
Location: Sandusky Baptist Church, Sandusky

Grand Rapids Right to Life
Date: March 8
Location: Grand Rapids Right to Life Office, Grand Rapids

North Allegan Right to Life
Date: March 8
Location: TBA

Holland Area Right to Life
Date: March 10
Location: Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Holland

Huron County Right to Life
Date: March 12
Location: Free Methodist Church, Bad Axe

Chippewa County Right to Life
Date: March 13
Location: TBA

Bay County Right to Life
Date: March 13
Location: All Saints Parish, Bay City

Warren/Centerline Right to Life
Date: March 16
Location: Woodside Bible Church, Warren

Cheboygan County Right to Life
Date: March 17
Location: Virtual

St. Clair County Right to Life
Date: March 19
Location: St. Christopher Church, Marysville

Grand Traverse Area Right to Life
Date: March 21
Location: St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Lake Leelanau

Lenawee County Right to Life
Date: March 25
Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Adrian

Clinton County Right to Life
Date: March 26
Location: TBA

Central Wayne, Upper Downriver, and Southern Downriver Right to Life
Date: March 26
Location: Southgate Public Library, Southgate

Newaygo Right to Life
Date: March 26
Location: Trinity Fellowship Church, Newaygo

Plymouth Area Right to Life
Date: March 26
Location: Risen Christ Church, Plymouth

Novi Right to Life
Date: March 28
Location: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth

Tri-Cities Right to Life
Date: March 30
Location: TBA

Midland County Right to Life
Date: March 30
Location: Northwood University Idea Center, Midland

Washtenaw Area Right to Life
Date: April 2
Location: Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor

Saginaw Right to Life
Date: April 5
Location: Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw

Manistee, Mason, and Oceana County Right to Life
Date: April 9
Location: Lighthouse Baptist Church, Ludington

Berrien County Right to Life
Date: April 16
Location: The Shore Church, St. Joseph

Right to Life of Ogemaw County
Date: April 19
Location: Ogemaw Hills Church, West Branch

2021 Contest

Our 32nd Annual High School Oratory Contest was held Saturday, May 22, at New Hope Community Church in Charlotte. We had 18 contestants who gave powerful speeches in defense of life. Our first-place winner was Emily Ranschaert from Grand Rapids Right to Life. Our second-place winner was Bridget Bogan from Washtenaw Area Right to Life. She representing Right to Life of Michigan at the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest in Herndon, Virginia, because the national contest only allows juniors and seniors to compete, taking fourth-place nationally. Our third-place winner was Malakai Honyoust representing Manistee, Mason, and Oceana County Right to Life.

2021 contest pictures and results