Ohio Youth Speaks for Life at National Convention in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Naomi del Guidice, winner of the 2014 Ohio Right to Life Oratory Contest, won second place in the National Right to Life Oratory Contest, held Saturday, June 28 in Louisville, Kentucky. Naomi, originally from Wayne-Holmes Right to Life, competed with 16 other teens from across the country with her speech entitled, "Moral Relativism: the Offspring of Apathy."
"We're so proud that Naomi's unique and thought-provoking message resonated with the judges and audience," said Katherine McCann, Public Relations Manager at Ohio Right to Life. "Naomi and her fellow orators truly articulate the compassion and thoughtfulness that make our generation the pro-life generation."
Tiffanie Birrell of Texas Right to Life won first place for her speech which discussed why being pro-life extends from conception, past birth, and throughout life. John Durel of Virginia won third place, and Sarah Hicks of Kentucky won fourth place. For the contest, high school juniors and seniors from across the country, each of whom won their statewide pro-life oratory contest, wrote and presented an original speech on a pro-life topic.
"The enthusiasm and intelligence that these young women and men bring to the pro-life cause are what will bring our country back to life, " said McCann. "Naomi, Tiffanie, John, Sarah and the thirteen other participants in this year's contest aren't just tomorrow's pro-life leaders--they are today's pro-life inspiration."
As the winner of the Ohio Right to Life competition, Naomi, a 2014 high school graduate, received an all expenses paid trip by Ohio Right to Life to compete in the contest held at the National Right to Life Convention. As second place winner, Naomi won a prize of $750.
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.