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 will be held on Saturday, May 14 in Holt. The following is a list of local affiliate contests planned for 2016:

Delta County - April 5
Grand Traverse Area - April 6
Saginaw County - April 7
North Oakland County - April 30

These affiliates have already held their local contests:

Gaylord - February 13
Oceana County - February 13
Kalamazoo - February 20
Mason County - February 20
Grand Rapids - March 1
Flat River - March 3
Sanilac County - March 5
Downriver area RTL affiliates - March 5
North Allegan - March 8
Cheboygan - March 10
Livingston County - March 10
Midland County - March 10
Holland Area - March 10
Newaygo County - March 12
Ingham County - March 13
Warren/Center Line - March 14
Lenawee County - March 15
Emmet County - March 15
Clinton County - March 19
Washtenaw County - March 19
Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods - March 19
Portland - March 20
Mecosta County - March 28
Wexford-Missaukee - March 29
Shiawassee County - March 29

2015 Contest

The 26th Annual High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 9 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt.

First place went to Noelle-Ashley DeNooy of Grand Rapids Right to Life. Noelle-Ashley is a home-schooled sophomore from Kentwood. Her speech promoted the loving option of adoption, and contrasted the prolife legal protections in her birth country of Guatemala to our lack of protection for the unborn child here in America.

Second place went to Grace Wang of North Oakland Right to Life. Grace is from Troy, and is a sophomore at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills. Her speech was a detailed overview of abortion and she highlighted the value of all lives.

Third place went to Mikka Lawson of Gaylord Right to Life. Mikka is a home-schooled sophomore from Gaylord. Her speech was on the topic of euthanasia, and she concluded that many expressions in favor of suicide are often signs of fears and unmet needs of vulnerable people.

Because the top three finishers are underclassmen, and National Right to Life rules only allow juniors and seniors to compete nationally, Michigan’s entrant for National Right to Life’s oratory contest was Maria Tizedes, who placed fourth (five points back from first place on a 150-point scale). Maria won the joint local contest hosted by Right to Life of Michigan affiliates in the Downriver area. She is a home-schooled junior from Temperance. Her speech focused on the power of ultrasound to change views about unborn children. Thank you Maria for representing Michigan!


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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