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.


2015 Contest

The 26th Annual High School Oratory Contest will be held on Saturday, May 9 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt. The National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest will be held on Saturday, July 11 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 Chris Gast at cgast@rtl.org.

2015 Local Contests:
Grand Traverse Area RTL - April 9

2015 Completed Contests:

Gaylord RTL - February 21

Downriver area Right to Life affiliates - March 7

North Allegan RTL - March 10
Grand Rapids RTL - March 10

Holland Area RTL - March 12

Clinton County RTL - March 14

Newaygo County RTL - March 14

Washtenaw County RTL - March 14

Sanilac County RTL - March 16

Warren-Centerline RTL - March 16

Saginaw County RTL - March 16

Emmet County RTL - March 17

Lenawee County RTL - March 17

Oceana County RTL - March 21

North Oakland RTL - March 21

Ingham County RTL - March 22

Mason Co. RTL/Manistee Co. RTL - March 28

Portland RTL - March 29

Shiawassee County RTL - March 31

Branch County RTL - April 4

Delta County RTL - April 7

2014 Contest

The 25th Annual High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 17 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt.

First place went to Hannah McBride of Mason County Right to Life. Hannah is a home-schooled junior from Manistee. Her speech compared abortion to other past injustices and highlighted the value of all human life with the examples of a few notable people. Hannah will be representing us at the national oratory contest in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 28.

Second place went to Isaac Van Loh of Clinton County Right to Life. Isaac is a home-schooled freshman from St. Johns. As a person of Armenian and German heritage, he compared abortion to the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, which his great grandmother survived.

Third place went to Lily Van Loh of Right to Life of Shiawassee County. Lily is a home-schooled junior from St. Johns. Her speech highlighted the positive results of the prolife movement in ending abortion.



Oratory Contest Information

arrow Results and winner speech

arrow Past state and national winners

arrow Oratory homepage

2015 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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