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 the spring, 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.

For more information about the Oratory Contest, contact your local Right to Life of Michigan affiliate, or State Contest Coordinator Catherine Kinsey at 616-532-2300 or ckinsey@rtl.org.

2019 Contest

The 2019 State Contest is on Saturday, April 27. The following Right to Life of Michigan affiliates are hosting local contests this year:

Gaylord RTL—March 2nd
Kalamazoo RTL—March 2nd
Grand Rapids RTL—March 5th
Flat River RTL—March 7th
Mason County RTL—March 9th
Oceana County RTL—March 9th
Sanilac County RTL—March 9th
Branch County RTL—March 10th
Chippewa County RTL—March 10th
Portland RTL—March 10th
Warren/Center Line RTL—March 11th
North Allegan RTL—March 12th
Holland Area RTL—March 14th
Cheboygan RTL - March 16th
Grand Traverse Area RTL—March 18th
Lenawee County RTL—March 19th
Novi Area RTL—March 20th
Livingston County RTL—March 21st
Midland RTL—March 21st
Clinton County RTL—March 23rd
Upper Downriver RTL—March 23rd
Ingham County RTL—April 1st
Saginaw County RTL—April 4th
Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods RTL—Date TBD

2018 Contest

The 29th Annual High School Oratory contest was held on Saturday, May 5, in Holt. 18 contestants competed with speeches on a variety topics, many focused on euthanasia. The winner was Rori Richardson, from Grand Traverse Area Right to Life. Her speech was about the importance of palliative care as a more ethical alternative to euthanasia. She tells the story of a father who faced an illness but was able to find a cure so he could continue to raise his three sons. Rori will represent Michigan in the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest on Saturday, June 30 in Overland Park, Kansas. Second place was Alayna Ackley, from Oceana County Right to Life, who spoke about infanticide. Third place was Michael Carzon, representing the Downriver affiliates, who spoke about abortion.

Congratulations to all of our state contestants and local contestants who participated in the 2018 contest!


Oratory Contest Information

arrow Results and winner speech

arrow Past state and national winners

arrow Oratory homepage

2019 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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