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MCCL Oratory Contest

The MCCL Oratory Contest and National Right to Life Essay Contest provide students with an opportunity to learn about right-to-life issues, hone their communication skills, and speak out on behalf of the most vulnerable. 

Oratory Contest


The MCCL Oratory Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. Their task is to research, write, and present a five- to seven-minute pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or stem cell research.


Contestants must submit a video or a link to a YouTube video recording of their speech to the MCCL state office; submissions may be made through May. A select group of pro-life judges then evaluate the submissions and select a winner. The winner has the option to compete in the national contest at the National Right to Life Convention.


To compete, view the MCCL Oratory Contest rules and fill out the application. Contact MCCL for more information.

Essay Contest


The National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest invites teens to write a short essay about their pro-life convictions. The essay must answer this question: "Why are you pro-life?" The Junior Essay Contest is offered to students in grades 7-9; the Senior Essay Contest is for grades 10-12. Essays must be 300-500 words and are due in mid-January. Winning essays are published in the National Right to Life Convention handbook and National Right to Life News

Visit the National Right to Life website to learn more about participating in the Essay Contest.

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