Teens For Life
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32nd Annual High School Oratory Contest!
Calling all Pro-Life High School students! Continue to Check Back for important updates on this year's event!
Oratory Contest: What Is It?
This is a unique opportunity for students in Grades 9-12 to conduct research on topics such as euthanasia, abortion, stem-cell research and human cloning, and develop a 5 - 7 minute speech on their selected topic.
Through this invaluable experience, students will gain knowledge and confidence in speaking out on behalf of life!
Oratory Contest: Important Dates and Locations
Local Contest: TBD
State Contest: May 22, 2021
New Hope Community Church
National Contest: June 26, 2021
National Right to Life Convention
Teens for Life Coordinator
We are blessed to have Wendy join us. She brings her years of experience working with youth to this position, having been a small group leader for youth, a Bible Club Host, and Homeschool Group Teacher. In addition to that, for the last 14 years she has homeschooled her own sons who are now 17 and 19. Wendy is passionate about equipping the youth of today with God's Truths, especially in the area of Prolife Apologetics. She is looking forward to seeing how the Lord will work in the coming year. She can be reached at
Wendy, her husband of 20 years, Jon, and sons Caleb and Jacob are enjoying life in Beulah, along with their 2 dogs and 12 chickens, 3 guinea hens, and 2 barn cats.
2019 Baby of the Year
We had 4 contestants this year, which did not make it easy to choose a winner! At our 2019 Focus on Life Dinner the dinner guest all vote for our annual Baby of the year. These were our 4 contestants. They were all soooo CUTE!
We are so thankful for these beautiful lives! Our 2019 Baby of the year winner was Clarabelle Gooden! Congratulations Clarabelle!!
This Area Well Represented in Washington DC at the 2019 National March for Life
Students Lead 6th Annual Local March for Life
Students for Life March with
Down Syndrome Association in
Junior Royale Parade
Grand Traverse Area Students for Life showed their support for life in the National Cherry Fest Junior Royal Parade by marching along with the Down Syndrome unit.
Rori Richardson At National
We were honored to have Rori Richardson represent us at the National Oratory Contest which took place on June 30 at the National Right to Life Convention in Kansas. Rori placed in the top six and gave her speech in the final round. Congratulations, Rori, on an outstanding run! You make us proud.
Rori Richardson Wins First Place
in State Oratory Contest!
Congratulations Rori Richardson-
Outstanding Prolife Youth Award winner for 2018!
Congratulations to Rori Richardson, the Grand Traverse Area Right to Life recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Prolife Youth Award!! Rori has been awarded a $250.00 scholarship and her application and essay have been forwarded to the Right to Life of Michigan office to enter her in the statewide competition. Winner of this award is selected on the basis of prolife activities and involvement, leadership and self-motivation, along with a 300-400 word essay describing what this generation can do to promote a positive prolife message.
Rori is a senior at St. Francis High School who plans to attend Benedictine College after graduation. She has been active in local prolife activities throughout high school. A member of Students for Life for four years and president for two years, she's been active in supply drives for the Pregnancy Care Center and praying outside Planned Parenthood on Fridays.
2018 Oratory Contest Winners Announced!
Left to right: Olivia Schaub, Rori Richardson and Marie Krueger
2018 Oratory Contestants, left to right: Emma Badoul, Mary MacDonald, Olivia Schaub, Marie Krueger, Olivia Ludka, Thomas Grant, Alexandra Kirt, Grace Hearn, Gloriana Smith, Rori Richardson, and Seeda Riddell.
New Students for Life Group at TC West High School
As a member of Grand Traverse Area Right to Life, you will receive timely communications about local projects and activities, information about the various opportunities for participation and support, state and national pro-life legislative developments, our local "News For Life" newsletter and the Right to Life of Michigan newspaper.
Join today!! Student Memberships are only $5 per year. Click here for your printable membership application.
Thank you for becoming a member of Grand Traverse Area Right to Life (GTARTL)!