Why does every human life matter?

This is one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask.

Take the plunge and write a speech about a life-and-death issue from a prolife perspective. You may be surprised at what you find.

If you’re a middle schooler or high schooler in Howard County, you are more than welcome to enter our 2017 Prolife Speech Contest!

The deadline for submissions is 11:59PM Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Students in grades 7 and 8 should write a 300 to 500 word pro-life essay on the topic:

How would you give a pro-life response to your peers (classmates) who think abortion should continue to be legal and accessible to everyone who wants one?

Students in grades 10 and 11 should write a 300 to 700 word pro-life essay on the above topic or:

Abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, or assisted suicide.

Students in grades 11 and 12 should write a 600 to 1000 word pro-life essay (necessary to meet the time requirement for the state oratory contest) on any of the above topics.

Deadline for entries is March 31, 2017.

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Tell your friends at school, youth group, or Sunday School! We’d love for everyone in Howard County to know about this opportunity!


  • All students in grades 7–12 who live or attend school in Howard County are
    eligible to compete
  • Students will compete in a group based on their grade
    • Group A: Grades 7–8
    • Group B: Grades 9–10
    • Group C: Grades 11-12
  • Students will submit a 250-300 word essay to howardcortl@gmail.com by 11:59PM Friday, March 31st, 2017
  • The email with the essay will list the student’s grade, school, and phone number
  • After the essays are screened, students with winning essays will be invited to present their essays as a speech
  • The winning speakers will be given cash prizes, as shown below:
    • Grades 7–8: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), $25 (3rd place)
    • Grades 9–10: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), $25 (3rd place)
    • Grades 11–12: $100 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), $25 (3rd place)
  • The top two winners in 11–12th grade will advance to the statewide speech
    contest sponsored by Indiana Right to Life

If you have any questions, email us at howardcortl@gmail.com!