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Five Compete in Oratory Contest

Tamara, Beatriz, Evan, Paige, Hope

Five students competed in the 29th annual Grand Rapids Right to Life High School Oratory Contest on Tuesday, March 6.  Paige VanKlompenberg, a homeschooled freshman, won the competition and received a $150 scholarship.

VanKlompenberg impressed the judges with her personal story of a family adoption and with her clearly stated reasons as to why a woman should not have an abortion. With a soft and caring tone, VanKlompenberg definitively stated that abortion “isn’t ending the potential of life.  It is ending a life.”

Hope Thome finished in second place and received a $100 scholarship. During her presentation she used many examples from the lives of prolife people.  She also explained that those who support abortion ought to have their opinions respected, but that it was “our job to remind them of the dignity of life and foster a generation that supports the culture of life instead of death.”

Evan Sander received $50 for placing third.  He took a very cerebral approach to the topic of abortion.  “Pregnancy is temporary, but the termination of a life is not,” Sander said.  “I am not suggesting that the fetus has a greater amount of rights than his or her mother, or that the value of the fetus’ life is greater than his or her mother’s; rather, the right to life is superior to the right of not being pregnant.”

All five contestants impressed the judges with their preparation, passion, and unique approach to their topics.

Paige VanKlompenberg will compete in the State High School Oratory Contest, which will be held May 5 in Holt.