William Blankenship wins Tennessee Right to Life Oratory Contest

High School Students Compete for Place at National Competition in Overland Park, KS “When someone is in a coma, they are much like an unborn child. They have a heartbeat, they have cognitive capabilities, and they have a soul. Just like an unborn child, they also cannot speak; they cannot decide for themselves what they want, what will happen to them, or what will become of their life. They are simply alive, unaware, and unprotected.” These were some of the opening words in a speech given by William Blankenship, winner of the recent Tennessee Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory Contest for high school students. The 19th annual event was held at Aquinas College in Nashville on Saturday, April 28. Winners from 11 participating chapters across the state qualified to attend by competing against over 30 public, private, and home-schooled students in grades 9-12. Each contestant researched, wrote, and presented an original 5-7 minute pro-life speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, or stem-cell research. William, a high school senior, represented Macon County. Because he had once been in a coma, William was able to speak first hand on the frightening prospect of someone else controlling whether or not he would live. “I speak from the point of a man who has been in a coma, and who has experienced firsthand the state of being in which I heard the discussions … as to whether or not to pull the plug rather than to keep me alive by machine…..there is nothing more terrifying than not being able to say, ‘I want to live! I want life!’” Continue reading

2018 Pro-Life High School Oratory Contest

The contest is open to all Tennessee high school students, grades 9 - 12. Contestants must research, write, and present an original pro-life speech on the topics of abortion, infanticide, stem cell research or euthanasia.Great prize opportunities include cash, college scholarships, and an all-expense paid trip for the state winner and a parent to the 2018 National Right to Life Convention in Overland Park, Kansas.  The contest has three phases: Contestants compete in a local competition. See below for local contest application and contest rules. Local winners advance to the state competition to be held on April 28 at Aquinas College in Nashville. Registration begins at 12:00 noon CDT and the competition begins at 1:00 p.m. The state winner advances to the national competition to be held on Saturday, June 30 at the Sheraton Overland Park in Kansas in conjunction with the 2018 National Right to Life Convention. Please consider how you might support this important project.  Youth-oriented gifts and cash contributions are needed to fund prizes as well as traveling expenses to the national competition for Tennessee's winner. Select High School Contest as the Program Designation Information for contestants: 2018 Contest Application 2018 Contest Rules

2017 Pro-Life High School Oratory Contest

    The contest is open to all Tennessee high school students, grades 9 - 12. Contestants must research, write, and present an original pro-life speech on the topics of abortion, infanticide, stem cell research or euthanasia. Great prize opportunities include cash, college scholarships, and an all-expense paid trip for the state winner and a parent to the 2017 National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee. The contest has three phases: Contestants compete in a local competition. See below for local contest application and contest rules. Local winners advance to the state competition to be held on April 22 at Aquinas College in Nashville. Registration begins at 12:00 noon CDT and the competition begins at 1:00 p.m. The state winner advances to the national competition to be held on Saturday, July 1 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee in conjunction with the 2017 National Right to Life Convention.       Please consider how you might support this important project. Youth-oriented gifts and cash contributions are needed to fund prizes as well as traveling expenses to the national competition for Tennessee’s winner.Select High School Oratory Contest as the Program Designation. Information for contestants: 2017 List of Local Contests    2017 Contest Application 2017 Contest Rules

Pro-Life Teen Wins 2015 State Speech Contest

Davidson County Sophomore Wins 2015 Pro-Life Speech Contest Robertson County Teen will represent Tennessee at National Contest   "A true feminist would help a pregnant woman in need rather than sending her to the abortion clinic. A true feminist would acknowledge the sanctity of life and do everything in her power to protect it," stated Cameron Sheppard during the recent Tennessee Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory Contest for High School Students. Continue reading