I am writing to share with you an exciting program we have to reach out to youth in Wayne County. Every year, Wayne County Right to Life affiliates sponsor an oratory contest for high school students. This event involves researching, writing and presenting a speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, stem cell research or cloning. Our contest will be held this year at Southgate Library on March 17th at noon so please come out to support and encourage our finalists.
Students receive several benefits from participating in our oratory contest. In addition to building confidence in their public speaking abilities, students gain experience with critical thinking and constructing persuasive arguments. Most importantly, they learn how to engage others in constructive discussion about life and death issues.
Along with the educational benefits, the top three contest winners receive prizes and our first place winner will advance to the state contest sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan in May. In June, the state winner will compete with elite teens from across the country at the National Right to Life Committee oratory contest in Kansas.
Please encourage involvement in this wonderful opportunity. After receiving a student’s application form we will contact them to provide contest rules and further details. We are also available to make brief presentations to classrooms, youth groups or any other gathering and would be happy to set up a time to do so. Please contact us at (734) 282-6100, if you have questions about our program.
It was a beautiful day to be surrounded by all that came out to march from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Wyandotte, to the chapel at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, where we held a prayer service and laid roses at the foot of the memorial stone for aborted babies, on the eve of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. The President of our local group, Ed Kroll, lit the memorial candle to mourn the victims of abortion, mothers, fathers, and babies.
Deacon Richard Bloomfield let us in prayer as members of our local Knights of Columbus stood at attention and other members took turn in reading parts of the responsive prayers. We were honored with the presence of so many young teenagers from St. Vincent Pallotti who joined us as part of their Confirmation Class.
The afternoon ended with an Open House at the Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center where we had pizza and donuts, and enjoyed the company of other pro-life activists. We also awarded a warm and cuddly throw to Carol Thorne, with the most beautiful picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it, as one of the donors for our Signature Ad. The name of the winner was chosen by Hannah Maciag, the beautiful young daughter of Angie Maciag, the Office Manager of our Resource Center.