The winners of the Virginia Society for Human Life, Inc., Educational Fund, Alex and Geline Williams Pro-Life Oratory Contest held in Richmond, Virginia on May 7th are: first place was Miss Nicole Gibson of Virginia Beach, VA, sponsored by the VSHL Peninsula & Tidewater Chapters; the second place winner was Mr. Edward Askins of Fairfax Station, VA, sponsored by Seton School; and the third place winner was Mr. David Stevens also of Virginia Beach, VA, sponsored by the VSHL Peninsula & Tidewater Chapters.
Miss Gibson will represent Virginia at the Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest national competition in Jacksonville, Florida June 25th. This contest is held in conjunction with the annual National Right to Life Committee Convention.
The Alex and Geline Williams Pro-Life Contest is the Virginia statewide pro-life oratory contest sponsored by the Virginia Society for Human Life Educational Fund. It provides the youth of Virginia a way to seek the truth regarding the right to life, and having found it, to proclaim the truth. Twelve finalists in their junior or senior year of high school competed.
“This program gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to speak on defense of the unalienable right to life of all human beings and on the urgent need to protect them from the tragedy of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research,” stated Michele Arocha Allen, coordinator of the Virginia Society for Human Life contest.
“All of this year’s speakers demonstrated an exceptionally high level of poise and understanding about these vital issues,“ said Olivia L. Gans, President of the Virginia Society for Human Life. “The Commonwealth of Virginia is fortunate to have so many eloquent defenders of human life rising up in the next generation.”