Annual National Right to Life Oratory Contest draws contestants from around the nation

The 2021 National Right to Life Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, June 26th in Herndon, Virginia with contestants from eleven states participating. This year’s first place winner was Anna Young, from Tennessee. Ms. Young delivered her speech at the Saturday night closing Banquet.

The 2021 Oratory Contest Winners.  
 From left to right, 1st place Anna Young, TN  2nd place Eden Nava, OR  3rd place Victoria Baker, VA and 4th place Bridget Bogan, MI
Photo credit: Lisa Andrusko

Finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, were Eden Nava, from Oregon, Victoria Baker, from Virginia, and Bridget Bogan, from Michigan.

The Oratory Contest is an annual event that takes place in conjunction with the National Right to Life Convention.  Students deliver speeches between 5-7 minutes in length on a pro-life topic of their choosing.  This year’s contestants shared heart-warming personal stories about abortion, stem-cell research, and euthanasia.      

Three judge panels determine preliminary round winners who then compete in the final round.    

“It was great to be able to have the contest in person this year instead of virtually like last year due to the pandemic,” said contest Director Scott Fischbach. “My hope is next year even more states will be able to hold in-person contests and send their state winners to the national contest.”

The 2021 contestants. Back row left to right — Bridget Bogan, MI — Grace Hubbel, NY — Eden Nava, OR — Gabrielle Graham, FL — Katherine Shell, IN — Anna Young, TN Front row left to right Luke Winkler, GA — Victoria Baker, VA — Jeremiah Moore, NF — Liliana Pagan, LA — Thomas Caulfield, PA
Photo credit: Lisa Andrusko

The 2022 NRLC Oratory Contest will be held on Saturday, June 25th in Atlanta, Georgia and we hope to have a great turn-out.  The contest is open to all Junior and Seniors in High School. All you need do is contact your local NRLC affiliate to participate in your state contest.