NYS Right to Life congratulates all who participated in our 30th annual pro-life oratory contest, which was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Albany, NY. Each of the eight contestants, all high school juniors and seniors, travelled from around the state, each having won local contests held by NYS Right to Life affiliates.
First prize went to Caitlin Kennedy, a senior at St. Pius V School in Melville, NY, representing the Long Island Coalition for Life. Caitlin began her compelling speech by recounting the horrific cases of infants who survive abortions, only to be left to die or killed by lethal injections. She emphasized the importance of publicizing such cases to help even “hardened audiences” realize the violence of abortion.
For the second consecutive year, Caitlin will represent NYS Right to Life at the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest, which will be held on Saturday, June 30 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the National Right to Life Convention. In 2011, Caitlin advanced to the final round of the national competition, placing fourth overall. NYS Right to Life looks forward to supporting Caitlin in June and will cover admission to convention as well as $600 for travel expenses for Caitlin and a chaperone.
Two contestants tied for second place at NYS Right to Life’s oratory contest: Mya Pugh, representing the Joint Parish Respect Life Committee in Queens, and Kathryn Hollowood, representing Schenectady County Right to Life Committee. Each will receive a $100 cash prize.
Several students spoke about how attacks against Life have reached far beyond abortion as other vulnerable members of the human family are now threatened by euthanasia and lethal embryonic stem cell research. Other contestants exposed the euphemisms pro-abortion advocates use to justify taking the life of an unborn child and many spoke about the pain abortion can bring mothers following an abortion.
NYS Right to Life is impressed by the talent and obvious passion for the cause of Life displayed by all who participated. We look forward to their continued leadership in the pro-life movement for years to come. NYS Right to Life is proud to offer each contestant a full scholarship to our fourth annual pro-life leadership weekend, Camp Esther.
The complete list of contestants is as follows: Charles Bachmann (Westchester-Putnam Right to Life Committee), Kathryn Hollowood, Caitlin Kennedy, YoonJi Lee (Syracuse Right to Life Committee), Dominik Maida (Broome County Right to Life Committee), Mya Pugh, Jason Pymento (Staten Island Right to Life Committee), Dennis Rosa (Bronx Right to Life Committee).
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