Oratory Contest

2021 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 reseach in a 5-7 minute oral presentation.

Winners in local contests will compete in the state oratory contest on May 1 during the Louisiana Knights of Columbus Convention in Baton Rouge. The state winner will have the opportunity to compete in the national contest during the National Right to Life Convention during the summer.

Contact Sarah Zagorski, state director at [email protected] or 866.463.5433 to register or 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 Shreveport/Bossier Oratory Contest is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 6 p.m., at Mary’s House of Louisiana, 906 Margaret Place, Shreveport.

The local winner will receive a $500 cash prize and will represent Shreveport/Bossier at the state competition on May 1. The second place winner in the local contest will receive $250, and the third place winner will receive $100.

Students who would like to participate but cannot do so in person can submit a virtual entry. Those wishing to participate virtually can submit their essay and/or video to Kandace Landreneau via email at [email protected]

There is no charge to enter the contest. All juniors and seniors are eligible, and there may be more than one student per school entered.

For more information, or to enter, contact Kandace Landreneau at 318-218-7030 or [email protected]

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New Orleans

The New Orleans Oratory Contest is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 7 p.m., at Jesuit High School, St. Ignatius Hall, Third Floor.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

For entry forms, guidelines, and more information, contact Sarah Zagorski at [email protected] or 504-835-6520.

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St. Tammany Parish

The St. Tammany Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory Contest deadline is April 26. The contest will be done through video this year, and juniors and seniors are eligible to participate.

Students should submit a video of a 5-7 minute speech on the topics of abortion, euthanasia, or fetal stem cell research to Sarah Zagorski at [email protected] Louisiana Right to Life will be judging the contest, and first-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced. The first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and be eligible to compete in the state oratory contest in May.

For more information contact Sarah Zagorski [email protected] or Natalie Barber at [email protected]

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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 Sarah Zagorski (contact information at the top of the page).

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