Ohio Pro-Life Youth Compete for Spot at National Competition
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Naomi del Guidice, representing Wayne-Holmes Right to Life, won first place in the 2014 Ohio Right to Life Oratory Contest held this past Saturday at the Easton Town Center in Columbus. Naomi's speech was entitled, "Moral Relativism: the Offspring of Apathy."
"We proudly look forward to Naomi representing the pro-life state of Ohio at the national contest." stated Katie McCann, Public Relations Manager at Ohio Right to Life. "Each contestant this year communicated their message with clarity and confidence. We were thrilled to see the passion displayed by these representatives of the next pro-life generation."
Second place went to Elizabeth Walker of Immaculate Conception Academy in Cincinnati with her speech, "Why Pro-Life?" and third place went to Christy Trisler of Shelby County Right to Life, with her speech, "The Past is Not Dead." For the contest, high school juniors and seniors from across the state, each of whom won their local pro-life oratory contest, wrote and presented an original speech on a pro-life topic.
"The dignity and sanctity of human life will continue to be at the forefront of public debate for years to come," said Laura Beth Kirsop, Director of Communications at Ohio Right to Life. "Today's youth are the pro-life leaders of tomorrow. It is incumbent upon us to encourage them to develop and establish the skills needed to promote and defend the pro-life message."
As the winner of the state competition, Naomi, a high school senior, will receive a paid trip to compete in the Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest to be held during the National Right to Life Convention in Louisville, KY this June.
To view the photos of this past weekend's contest, click here.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.