High School Junior/Senior Oratory Contest



    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!