TN Student Places Third in National Pro-Life Speech Contest

Danielle Quesinberry Wants Women to be Aware of Hope-Filled Adoption Stories Like Hers

Tennessee's winner of the 17th annual Pro-Life Oratory Contest for High School Students placed third at the national contest held July 9 in Herndon, Virginia.

Danielle_Quesinberry_2016_Oratory_Winner.jpgDanielle Quesinberry, daughter of Robin and Lisa Quesinberry of Seymour, won the opportunity to represent Tennessee during state finals held earlier this summer in Nashville.  There, Danielle's speech was awarded first place and an expense paid trip to the national finals held each year in conjunction with the National Right to Life convention.

Danielle spoke positively of the impact that adoption has on individuals and families.  "What if my adoption story would have never been written, and I didn't exist to share it with you right now. I know my 16 year-old birth mom contemplated terminating her pregnancy with me, making me just another statistic....", she said. "(But) my life mattered to my birth mom, so instead of abortion she chose adoption, and I'm so thankful she did."

"These state finalists gave the best speeches I've ever heard on this important issue. They should be invited to speak across the state!" observed Tennessee oratory contest judge Mathilde Mellon. TRL Oratory Contest coordinator Frances Arthur agrees. "The students who participated this year raised the bar to a new level.  We were so impressed with the depth of thought presented by each contestant.  And we are very excited to know that Tennessee was so well represented with Danielle's placement as a national finalist." 

Again quoting from Danielle's speech, "As women consider options in regards to their pregnancy, I want them to be aware of the hope-filled adoption stories like mine. Abortion is murder, but adoption is life. Adoption is how the Quesinberry family was built." 

More than 1,500 Tennessee students have participated in the contest since its inception with some students continuing their pro-life advocacy at college campuses around the state.

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