31st Oratory Contest
Students are welcome to use the many pamphlets, books, and videos we have at the Right to Life Resource Center at 2010 Eureka Rd., Wyandotte, MI 48192 (inside the mall on the corner of 20th and Eureka), to help in their research of their chosen subject.
1st – Michael Carzon, 2nd – Sarah Hornbeck, 3rd – Abraham Hornbeck
Wayne County Right to Life affiliates sponsor the annual Oratory Contest for high school students. This event involves researching, writing and presenting a speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, stem cell research or cloning. The contest provides the building of their confidence in public speaking, critical thinking and constructing persuasive arguments. They also learn how to engage others in constructive discussions about life and death issues.
The top three winners receive monetary prizes of $125, $75, and $50 respectively, and their choice of a Pro-Life tee shirt, and the first place winner will advance to the state contest in May. In June, the state winner then competes at the National Right to Life Committee in Kansas, and the winning student also has the opportunity available to give their presentation at other local events.
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.
Once again the high school participants were wonderful earlier today when they gave their presentations at the Southgate Veteran’s Memorial Library.
Michael will now go on to compete in the state competition on May 6, and hopefully to the national competition. You can see and hear their presentations, and parts of the event in the following video.
The 28th Annual Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) Educational Fund High School Oratory Contest will be held at the Southgate Veteran’s Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate, on March 4, 2017. Area affiliates will be sponsoring the local contest and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are awarded at the Local ($125 – $75 – $50), State ($500 – $300- $200), and National ($1,000 – $750 – $500 – $250) levels. The local winner will move on to the state competition. Students in grades 9-12 interested in participating in the contest can contact the area coordinator, Mrs. Pam Munroe, by phone at 734.282.6100 or 734-288-8798 or 734.782.2693 or by email at email@example.com. The entry deadline is March 2, 2017.
Topics include: Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Research (or Cloning), Euthanasia, and Infanticide. Speeches are to be 5 – 7 minutes long. Students are welcome to visit the RLM Resource Center for information M-F, 9 am to 4:30 pm, located at the corner of 20th St. and Eureka in Wyandotte (734-282-6100) and www.rtl.org for research information. Contestants are encouraged to invite family, friends, and teachers to attend the contest and support them. Refreshments and a comfortable setting provide family and friends an opportunity to encourage those participating.
The contest is open to all prolife Michigan high school students. The state contest for local winners will be on May 6, 2017 in the Lansing area. Contact your local coordinator for local contest details:
Organized by local Right to Life affiliates, Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund and the National Right to Life Committee.
2340 Porter St. SW • PO Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 • 616.532.2300 • www.RTL.org
The 27th Annual Right to Life of Michigan High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 14 at Community Faith Church in Holt, MI. Maria Tizedes (our downriver affiliate winner) won first place in the state competition, and will be going to the national contest which will be held during the National Right to Life Convention on Saturday, July 9 in Washington D.C.
Pictured from left:
Eva Solak, Second Place, Gaylord RTL;
Maria Tizedes, First Place, Downriver RTL affiliates;
Kaylee Tegethoff, Third Place, Holland Area RTL;
19 local contest winners competed at the 27th Annual State High School Oratory Contest in Holt, MI on May 14, 2016.