18th ANNUAL PRO LIFE ORATORY CONTEST, 2022
ATTENTION H.S. JUNIORS & SENIORS
High school juniors and seniors including home schoolers, you have the voice, the enthusiasm, the spirit and the opportunity to speak up for the voiceless and marginalized members of the human family-the pre-born, the frail elderly and the disabled.
Please consider participating in the annual Oratory Contest sponsored by the Long Island Coalition for Life Educational Trust to be held at Joseph Barry Council of Knights of Columbus, 45 Heitz Place, Hicksville, NY on Saturday, March 26st, 2022. You will have the opportunity to express in a logical and organized way your respect for the life of every individual no matter how small or incapacitated. The first, second and third place winners will receive $500, $300 and $200 respectively.
Contestants are to research, write, and present an original 5-7 minute speech on one of these topics directly, using other topics only as support.:
- Assisted Suicide
- Bioethics (as it relates to pro-life)
- Black Genocide (through abortion
- Cloning/Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- Eugenics (as it relates to pro-life)
- Fetal Development (in the context of abortion)
- Legal Points – Right to Life
- Men & Abortion
- Post Abortion
- Pro Life Apologetics
- Special Needs/Down Syndrome (as it relates to pro life)
Contestants can refer to notes during speech but should not read it. Please complete the following application and return it along with your written speech by Feb. 20, 2022 to MakeRoom4Him@gmail.com
Download Application Here: https://www.prolifeed.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Oratory-Contest-ApplicationRev.doc
Download Rules Here: https://www.prolifeed.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Oratory-Contest-Rules.doc
LONG ISLAND COALITION FOR LIFE
17TH ANNUAL ORATORY CONTEST SUMMARY
The Seventeenth Annual High School Oratory Contest, sponsored by the Long Island Coalition for Life Educational Trust, was held On March 21, 2021, at Knights of Columbus, Joseph Barry Council in Hicksville.
Students in grades 11 and 12 were invited to research, write and deliver a 5-7 minute original speech on the life issues such as abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, or cloning/stem cell research.
14 wonderful speeches were delivered by High School Juniors and Seniors. The judges praised the excellent quality and fine presentations of the speeches, resulting in difficult judging!
The first, second and third place winners respectively, were: Emma Pirozzi, Nicholas Marrone and Amanda Kastel, all from St Pius. V.
Finalists certificates were awarded to Chaminade Students: Christian Mandelos, Peter Bitalvo, Michael Micalizzi, Francis Matranga, Brandon Mosiurchak, Matthew Papiro, and James Salerno. St. Pius students who were also finalists were: Angelina Stein, Margaret Fantz, Christian Milio, and Nicholas Hawes.
Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 along with plaques were awarded to the top three speakers. Robert L. Dougherty Esq. is the generous supporter who provided the prize money and support for the contest. Judges were George Frost, Kathy Feldman and Eric Waxman. The speeches were initially reviewed by Valerie Griggs and Robert McEntee.
Thanks to Father Peter Heiskell from Chaminade and Sisters Marie Chabanel and Sr. Gertrude Marie, from St Pius V, all of whom encouraged/coordinated with students and attended the contest.
Thanks also to Dan Sherry, Charlie Feldman and Jack O’Brien for also attending and helping to make this a very successful event. It was so wonderful to hear the younger generation speaking up for LIFE!