Wabash Valley Right to Life
Pro-Life Oratory Contest
Prizes: 1st: $200, 2nd: $150, and 3rd: $100. The 1st Place winner’s sponsoring school or church also awarded $200 and could be eligible for state competition. Be sure to join April 2024!
Congratulations to the top four contestants in our 2023 state oratory contest (left right): Marek Kiser (representing RTL of Northeast Indiana), Aubrie Smith (representing RTL of Indianapolis), Kinsey Collins (representing Lake County RTL), and Hadessah McNeil (representing Wabash Valley Right to Life). Kinsey will advance to national competition.
Winning speaker prizes will be awarded by the WVRTL on the day of the contest: FIRST PLACE – $200.00, SECOND PLACE –$150.00, and THIRD PLACE – $100.00. The First Place winner’s sponsoring school or church (as specified on the contestant’s entry form) will also be awarded $200.00. Sophomores are allowed to compete for prize money but are not eligible to advance to the State and National Contests.
One top junior or senior will be eligible to compete in the Indiana Right to Life State Oratory Contest on May 14, 2022 at 10 am at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.
State Oratory Contest Prizes:
First Prize: An all-expense paid trip to the National Right to Life Convention and Oratory Contest, June 24 & 25, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia for first place winner and one parent or guardian.
- Airfare for contestant and one parent
- Transportation to and from hotel
- Registration for Convention Teen Track , Friday evening reception and Saturday Oratory Contest
- Hotel for Thursday through Saturday night
- All meals while at the Convention.
Second Prize- $200
Third Prize – $150
Fourth Prize -$100
More information about the contest…
Opportunity for High School students from Indiana and Illinois to present Pro-Life Speeches
The Wabash Valley Right to Life sponsors a Pro-Life Youth Oratory Contest following the guidelines of the National Right to Life Committee and Indiana Right to Life. The top three winners of the WVRTL Oratory Contest receive cash prizes, and the top winner is eligible to compete in the Indiana Right to Life Oratory Contest. The winner of the IN RTL contest receives a fully paid trip to attend and compete in the NRTLC’s Oratory Contest the same year.
Statement of Purpose: The National Right to Life Oratory Contest strives to promote the ability of high school juniors and seniors to share their pro-life views with others. Although speaking ability is important, this contest also seeks to help teens organize and express their pro-life views. We also strive to give the contestants an opportunity to meet other pro-life teens.
The WVRTL Oratory Contest allows sophomores to compete and receive prizes, but they do not advance to the state or national contests.
Contest Rules (in brief): High school juniors and seniors in that grade February 1 of the year of the national contest are eligible to compete. In case of advanced students, non-traditional students, or home schooled students, the school must recognize the student as a junior or senior. Contestants are to research, write, and present an original pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research. The speech should address one of these topics directly. The speech is to be 5 – 7 minutes in length. No entry fee.
See information for Life Defenders Training: excellent training to prepare speeches.