ESSAY + ORATORY CONTESTS
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. Click to download a promotional flier for these contests.
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 hard copy and a link to a YouTube video recording of their speech to the MCCL state office; submissions may be made from September 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, which is held each summer.
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. Prizes range from $100 to $200.
Visit the National Right to Life website to learn more about participating in the Essay Contest.