Right to Life Meme Match for High School and College-aged Michigan Youth


It is the time of year where the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund typically holds its Youth Infographic Contest. This year instead of continuing with the infographic contest we have decided to change its format to a meme contest. Therefore, it is my pleasure to announce the first ever Michigan Right to Life Educational Fund Meme Match.

The Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund hosts a Meme Match for high school and college-aged Michigan youth, ages 13 to 23. Contestants create and submit an original meme (based off on a pre-selected template), and contest finalists have their works shared on Right to Life of Michigan’s Facebook page where the public will like and share the memes to help determine the winners. The contest winner will receive a prize of $400 and the runner-up will receive $100.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE?  Prolife young people from Michigan ages 13 to 23 as of July 10, 2020, are eligible for the competition.

HOW DO YOU WIN? Finalists will be selected by a Right to Life of Michigan panel and displayed on Facebook for a public vote. The submissions will be also be shared on our other social networking profiles for show. Voting on finalists will be “open” on Facebook from Wednesday, July 15, to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. One third of the score will be based on the number of times each entry is shared from our Facebook page during that time and another third will be based on the number of likes each entry received from our Facebook page. The final third of the score will be voted on by the Right to Life of Michigan panel. The winner will be announced on Friday, July 31.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES? The winner will receive $400 and the runner-up will receive $100.CONTEST RULES: 1. The meme must use one of three common meme templates to make a serious point about abortion: Gru’s Plan, Finding Neverland, Condescending Willy Wonka (examples are included above.  2. The important qualifications will be used to determine finalists:

  • 1.) originality,
  • 2.) relevance of the information,
  • 3.) cleverness and/or humor.  

The panel of judges is looking for submissions to make serious points using statistics, arguments, or current events; the purpose of this contest is not merely “dunking” on abortion supporters. Submissions will be checked against popular prolife meme creators to ensure no plagiarism is taking place.  3. Submissions for the contest are due by Friday, July 10, 2020. One submission per contestant. Memes must be in a JPEG or PNG file format and e-mailed to contest@rtl.org. Contestants must include their name, address, phone number, and birthdate in the e-mail. The file size for submissions must not exceed 5 megabytes.

HOW CAN I MAKE A MEME? Many websites freely offer the ability to make memes using the three templates selected for this contest. The most common one we’ve used is imgflip.com/memegenerator.

WHY MEMES? Satire and irony have a long and glorious tradition, from Elijah, to Horace, to Jonathan Swift, and today, where memes on social media are the kings of modern satire. Many social ills and injustices have been the object of ridicule over the centuries, and there’s no reason the greatest injustice of our time—the top cause of death in the world—deserves to be spared.

If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them.

Emily Kroll, Education and Events Coordinator, (616) 532-2300 | RTL.org

“Chalk It Up For Life” Art Contest for Pro-life Youth.


“Chalk It Up For Life” is a prolife sidewalk chalkart contest for youth in Kindergarten to 12th grade. Right to Life of Michigan is hosting the event in collaboration with St. Alfred Catholic Church in Taylor on Saturday, September 23, 2017.


The youth chalk drawings will involve the theme “God loves babies.” This life-affirming theme reminds us that every human life, born and unborn, baby or adult, is created in the image and likeness of God. Life is precious at every stage!


The contest will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the northeast parking lot of St. Alfred Catholic Church at 24175 Baske St. in Taylor.


All youth artists must pre-register and have parental permission to participate. For registrations forms and information please contact Tina at outreach@rtl.org or (313) 212-1326. The deadline for all registration and permission forms is September 15, 2017. Space is limited – register early.


Youth artists will be sorted into three age divisions: Kindergarten to 4th grade, 5th to 8th grade, and 9th to 12th grade. Judges will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each division. All participating youth artists will receive a special Right to Life of Michigan participation keepsake.


Contest information in a condensed format is available below.


Right to Life of Michigan is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of diverse and caring people united to protect the precious gift of human life from fertilization to natural death.



Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 12 noon – 2 p.m.

Location: St. Alfred Catholic Church

Northeast Parking Lot (outdoors)

24175 Baske St.

Taylor, MI 48180


Registration: All contestants MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED and have parental permission to participate. To obtain a registration form please contact Tina at outreach@rtl.org or call (313) 212-1326. The deadline to receive all registration and parental permission forms is September 15, 2017. Register early—space is limited.


Theme: “God Loves Babies”

Age divisions: Kindergarten – 4th Grade

5th – 8th Grade

9th – 12th Grade


Awards: Judges will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each youth artist group. All youth artists will receive a special Right to Life of Michigan participation keepsake.


Information: E-mail Tina at outreach@rtl.org or call (313) 212-1326


chalk pic


Winning Billboard Designs – Upper Downriver Right to Life

winning billboards

Mackenzie and model

GR-HS winners

Each year UD-RTL holds a fund raising and awareness raising Life Walk with most walkers bringing donations from sponsors and pledges from some who are not able to join us as we walk with our signs along a major roadway.  The event is followed by a potluck and pizza picnic.  In 2016 we raised about $1500.

The Board of Directors and interested members suggested that we should use the money to purchase billboard space in strategic areas of Detroit’s Downriver area.  After research, we found out that for $1500 we could get two billboards for four weeks in July when there would be a lot of traffic coming to the Fourth of July Parade and annual four day Street Art Fair in Wyandotte.

At the February meeting the possibilities were being discussed when a visitor suggested that a billboard design contest be held for youth ages 13-24.  It would serve as a means to get the art work, but more importantly would engage the youth in the pro-life concept and give them cause to consider the consequences and alternatives to abortion.  They will be the ones who might hear of a young woman who is pregnant and considering abortion.  They can offer the help available from Right to Life of Michigan’s 800-57-WOMAN help line.

So Alicia Kwalton, a busy mother of 11 children offered to organize the contest, contact local high schools, and raise $1000 so that two prizes of $500 could be awarded to two winners.  She did all of that!  The contest information was publicized in our local newsletter, churches, and the Downriver News Herald newspaper.  She even contacted and was interviewed by Teresa Tomeo one morning on Ave Maria Catholic Radio.

There were 59 entries, mostly from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School students.  Using a five point judging criteria system, the winners were chosen.

A wide-eyed baby and the caption “Don’t let lives end before they begin.” and 1-800-57-WOMAN, was designed by Isabella Kandes and Francesca Vitale, from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School was chosen as a winner.  The other winner was Mackenzie Fortener, 23 years old and from Our Lady of the Scapular parish in Wyandotte who used a patriotic theme and her photograph of her niece with the caption “Freedom includes the freedom to live.”

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Council from St. Pius X Catholic Church, Gabriel Richard High School, and six individuals who donated $1000 of prize money which was  awarded at the June monthly meeting of UD-RTL.  The winning billboards may be seen for four weeks from June 26 to July 23 in Wyandotte on Northline Road at the railroad tracks and in Southgate on Eureka a few blocks west of Fort Street.

Upper Downriver Right to Life affiliate of Right to Life of Michigan serves Wyandotte, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge and Southwest Detroit.



(Last year’s winner of the Infographic Contest was Leah Boerkel of Ada.)

Would you or someone you know, ages 13 to 22 years old, like to spread the pro-life message and have the chance to earn scholarship money?  If yes, they should participate in Right to Life of Michigan Annual Youth Infographic Contest!

Not to worry if you have never made an Infographic before, easy to follow directions are included in the registration form. Contestants create and submit an original Infographic, and contest finalists have their works shared on Right to Life of Michigan’s  Facebook page where the public will like and share the Infographics to help determine the winners.  The winner will receive $400, and the runner up $100.

Submissions are presented on a local, state, and national arena.

Scholarship awards.  Prolife youth aged 13 to 22 who reside in Michigan are eligible to participate.  DEADLINE TO ENTER IS JULY 7, 2017.

 Please click on the following link for additional  information.


 Please share with students, schools, friends and family members,  including  churches, youth groups, pastors.


Youth Billboard Contest

use 1

AGES 13 – 24


use 2

Original and Upbeat!

Must contain 1-800-57-WOMAN

7 words or less

Finished image will be 10’5″h x 22’8″w

Displayed Downriver July 2017

(can be patriotic)


$500.00 cash prize each

Downriver residents ages 13-24

DEADLINE MAY  31, 2017

Entries may be sent to:

Upper Downriver Right to Life

2010 Eureka Road

Wyandotte, MI 48192

More details available by email request @



Entries must include name, age, and contact information.

Christmas Card Contest Winners!


These are the winners of the Christmas card design contest: Abraham Hornbeck (2nd place, grades 5-8), Maya Mehall (1st place grades 5-8), Katelyn Lesko’s (1st place grades 9-12), and Sarah Hornbeck (2nd place grades 9-12). The first place cards are for sale at the Right to Life Resource Center in Wyandotte, 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte, MI 48192 for $10 for 10 cards.

We are so proud of our local young people who participate in our Christmas Card Contests, Oratory Contests, and Infographic Contests.  They are the next leaders of the Right to Life movement.