H.S. Oratory Contest

High School Oratory Contest

Emily, Gabriel, Chayil

Held each spring, the High School Oratory Contest offers students the opportunity to speak up for life.

Each contestant must prepare and present a 5-7 minute speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, human cloning, or embryonic stem cell research.

The top three winners receive cash prizes ($200, $150, $100), and the first place winner will compete in the statewide contest.

Contest Criteria

  • High school student (grades 9 – 12) at time of the contest
  • Students must research, write, and present an original prolife speech
  • Speeches are to be 5 – 7 minutes long

Application Process

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Submit the application by March 1.

Previous Winners

  • 2022 – Gabriel Zylstra
  • 2021 – Emily Ranschaert (state oratory 1st place)
  • 2020 – Ethan Daniel Huizen (state oratory 2nd place)
  • 2019 – Emma DeNooy (state oratory 3rd place)
  • 2018 – Paige VanKlompenberg
  • 2017 – Gabe Meyer
  • 2016 – Evan Sander
  • 2015 – Noelle-Ashley DeNooy (state oratory 1st place)
  • 2014 – Jodi DeLange
  • 2013 – Jennifer Evans