Henry Nguyen, a recent graduate of Vermilion Catholic High School, was the first-place winner in the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest, held during the National Right to Life Convention last week in Overland Park, KS.
Henry represented Louisiana in the national contest after having won the state oratory contest in May. Initially, he represented the Diocese of Lafayette.
Henry presented a speech on euthanasia, which included a personal story about his grandfather.
In part, he said: “My grandpa was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and (doctor) gave him three months to live and even suggested euthanasia. That was five years ago. And while I consider my grandpa’s recovery a miracle, cases like his actually aren’t that rare.”
Henry, 18, is the son of Thao Bui and Minh Nguyen. He lives in Abbeville. He said he learned about the oratory contest when the adoption documentary “I Lived on Parker Avenue” was presented at his school.