High School Junior/Senior Oratory Contest




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.:

  • Abortion
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Bioethics (as it relates to pro-life)
  • Black Genocide (through abortion
  • Cloning/Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Ectogenesis
  • Eugenics (as it relates to pro-life) 
  • Euthanasia
  • Fetal Development (in the context of abortion)
  • Infanticide
  • 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 



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! 


Awards: $400.00 and $300.00

Purpose: To challenge young people to become actively engaged in raising social awareness and responsibility for human life.

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to all current high school seniors residing on Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk), New York.

Task: Young people can influence their peers to become active members in movements they consider to be important.  More and more young people today are actively pro-life, defending the life and dignity of the pre-born, the elderly and the disabled. 

What are some of the ways that you have used to promote the respect for human life message among your peers, encouraging them in the respect for human life?


  • Applications are available on ProlifeED.org and ProlifeLI.org

  • Submit completed application (information & requirements) 

no later than June 15, 2022 to:

LICL Educational Trust Fund, PO Box 247, Old Bethpage, NY 11804

OR email to: Makeroom4him@gmail.com

  • The winners will be announced by July 1, 2022. 

http://Down Load Application Here or Print/Copy From Below



Candidate Name: ___________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________

Phone: (_____) __________________

E-mail Address: _____________________________________________

High School Name: __________________________________________

Expected Graduation Date: ________________


For items #1 & #2: Submit activities that took place any time from May 2021 through the time you turn in your application. You can use as much space as needed for the descriptions, but you will be evaluated on the content, not the length of, your responses. Provide photos, grades, feedback, screenshots, weblinks, etc., as applicable.

  1. List your participation in respect for human life event(s). Participation in at least one event is required. The event should preferably be public outreach (e.g. a vigil, rally, pro-life information table at school event).
  1. Describe a specific activity or action you performed that helped engage others with the respect life message. Explain when, where, what, and how you incorporated the respect for human life message. For example, this might be part of a class assignment (speech, debate, video, artwork), club activity, or other project (e.g. social media posts).
  1. Write a 300-500 word essay about your experience when carrying out scholarship requirements #1 & #2. This may be, e.g., your personal challenges with an activity, reactions of others to your presentation/project, what you’ve learned preparing for this scholarship.


Applicants will be rated and selected on:

  • Level of Involvement — Participation in respect for human life events
  • Creative advocacy — Incorporating the respect for human life message into a public setting using pro-life topic(s)
  • Dedication — Time and effort displayed in advocating respect for human life on Long Island.

Topics are limited to one or more of the following:

  • Abortion
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Bioethics (as it relates to pro-life)
  • Black Genocide (through abortion)
  • Cloning/Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Ectogenesis
  • Eugenics (as it relates to pro-life)
  • Euthanasia
  • Fetal Development (in the context of abortion)
  • Infanticide
  • Legal Points – Right to Life
  • Men & Abortion
  • Post Abortion
  • Pro Life Apologetics
  • Special Needs/Down Syndrome (as it relates to abortion)

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When: Business hours, Feb. 7th – March 28th, 2021


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