Dr Mildred Fay Jefferson Oratory Contest

Isabelle Germino gives her speech at the 2016 MCFL Convention
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What is the Oratory Contest?

The biannual Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson Oratory Contest is a fun and rewarding way for high school juniors and seniors to take part in the right-to-life movement. The contest is a unique opportunity for students to speak out for life and sharpen their skills as part of the next generation of pro-life leaders.

The oratory contest is sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens For Life (MCFL), and is named after the great pro-life orator, and MCFL’s own Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson (click here to learn more about Dr. Jefferson) .

The oratory contest helps students shape the opinions of their peers and equips them with practical public speaking skills. The national contest is sponsored by the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund and implemented through all 50 state affiliates.

The TL;DR explanation

  1. Research and write a 5-7 minute, original pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research. (See further guidelines below.)
  2. Register by emailing Linda Thayer, MCFL Vice President of Educational Affairs, at action@masscitizensforlife.org
  3. Present your speech at the MCFL Convention in 2018 (details to come).
  4. The winner of the state contest will win a trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC or another city where the student will take part in the national competition held at the National Right to Life Convention. The winner will get to meet the other finalists from around the country who will also be competing.

What is the purpose?

In preparing his or her speech, a student learns how important it is to protect vulnerable human lives, whether in the womb or in a nursing home. The knowledge the student gains will help form the basis for working with peers and prepare the student for a lifelong involvement in the pro-life movement. Source material can be found at the MCFL website (www.masscitizensforlife.org) or on the National Right to Life website (http://www.nrlc.org/).

Who may participate?

The Dr. Mildred F Jefferson Oratory Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors (juniors, please note that you should participate this year because this is a biannual event). Their task is to research, write and present a five- to seven-minute pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research.

When and where are contests held?

The students will compete at the state level at the MCFL Convention on April 2, 2016 at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. The winner of the state contest will win a trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC where the student will take part in the national competition held at the National Right to Life Convention July 7-9, 2016. The winner will get to meet the other finalists from around the country who will also be competing.

Registering and Guidelines:

Contest participants will be guests for the MCFL Convention and will receive a free lunch. Anyone considering entering should read the national oratory contest rules (click here for contest rules please note these are the rules for the national contest, which are also applied to the Dr. Jefferson contest). Interested participants also need to register with Linda Thayer, MCFL Vice President of Educational Affairs, at action@masscitizensforlife.org by expressing their interest in the contest.

If you have any questions, please contact the MCFL office at 617-242-4199.

2014 contest winner McKenzie Long with Cardinal Seán O'Malley at the 2015 Assembly for Life after delivering his speech.
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