2020 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 2020 National Right to Life Convention in Herndon, Virgnina.  The contest has three phases:

  1. Contestants compete in a local competition. (Information on local contests coming soon!) See below for local contest application and contest rules.
  2. Local winners advance to the state competition to be held on April 18 at Saint Cecilia Academy in Nashville. Registration begins at 12:00 noon CDT and the competition begins at 1:00 p.m.
  3. The state winner advances to the national competition to be held on Saturday, June 27 at the Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia in conjunction with the 2020 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:

Cheatham County - April 2, 2020

Dickson County - March 24, 2020

Davidson/Williamson Counties - March 31, 2020

Greater Chattanooga - March 28, 2020

Humphreys County - April 6, 2020

Knox County - March 31, 2020

Lawrence County - March 28, 2020

Rutherford County - April 7, 2020

Shelby County - March 28, 2020

Smith County - April 14, 2020

Wilson County - April 4, 2020

Due to the closing of many public facilities due to the coronavirus, Tennessee Right to Life is providing an alternate means of participating in your local Pro-Life High School Oratory Contest.  You can submit a YouTube video of your speech prior to the local contest deadline.  The same contest rules apply to live or video speeches.

2020 Contest Application

2020 Contest Rules