Oratory Contest

2023 Schedule

Every year, the Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Committee sponsors a pro-life oratory contest among high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state. Students will address the issues of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research in a 5-7 minute oral presentation.

Winners in local contests will compete in the state oratory contest on May 6th during the Louisiana Knights of Columbus Convention in Lafayette. The state winner will have the opportunity to compete in the national contest during the National Right to Life Convention during the summer.

Contact Jacob Tonglet, state director at jacob@prolifelouisiana.org or 866.463.5433 to learn more about times and other information for the current year. Events from around the state will be posted as we receive information about them.


The Lafayette Oratory Contest will be held on February 15th at 10am at the Immaculata Center 1408 Carmel Dr Lafayette, LA 70501. Lunch will be provided. Cash prizes will be awarded. 

For guildlines, registration, and more information, contact Kelly Chapman at kchapman@diolaf.org or 337-261-5653

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Baton Rouge

The Baton Rouge Oratory Contest will be held virtually this year. Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 5, at 11 p.m.. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For guidelines, registration, and more information, contact Jacob Tonglet at jacob@prolifelouisiana.org or 504-452-0653.

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Central Louisiana

The Central Louisiana Oratory Contest will be held in-person this year. The contest is Tuesday, March 21st at 6 p.m. at Holy Savior Menard High School. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For guidelines, registration, and more information, contact Abby Rose Nichols at abbyrose@prolifelouisiana.org or 318.668.2357.

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New Orleans

The New Orleans Oratory Contest is scheduled for Wednesday March 29th, 7 p.m., at Jesuit High School. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For guidelines, registration, and more information, contact Ashley Gilliam at Ashley@prolifelouisiana.org or 504-754-8807.

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Louisiana Oratory Contest Details:

Local Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Contest Coordinators:

If you don’t see a contest in your area, please contact Jacob Tonglet (contact information at the top of the page).

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