High School Juniors and Seniors: Register Now for Oratory Contest
The 2016 Shelby County Pro-Life Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors will be held Monday, February 15 (Presidents' Day), from 6:30-9:00 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sidney. Prizes for 1st through 3rd places are $300, $150 and $100 respectively. The winner will continue to the state contest (Saturday, April 30, in Columbus).
The contest is open to any junior or senior who resides in or attends high school in Shelby County. Contestants are to research, write, and present an original pro-life speech—5 to 7 minutes in length—on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research.
Registration deadline: Thursday, February 11, 2016. Contact Anne Schmiesing: 937-492-5584 or aschmiesing at woh.rr.com.
Click here for rules and more information.
Pro-Lifers Witness at Courthouse on Anniversary of Roe
Although blizzard predictions in Washington, D.C. prevented Shelby County's buses from traveling to the March for Life, here at home, around a hundred pro-lifers turned out in fair weather for Right to Life's annual observance marking the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade. RTL program director Kevin Schmiesing opened the event with a prayer, after which attendees said the Pledge of Allegiance. With 2016 being a presidential election year, Schmiesing stressed the importance of pro-life political leadership to ensure that pro-life organizations remain free to pursue their mission. A candlelight procession around the court square followed.
RTL thrift shop manager Ann Cordonnier (pictured left) updated the group on the services provided at the shop and encouraged attendees to get involved as donors of clothing and baby item and as volunteers at the shop.
Teresa Chaney, a member of RTL's board of directors and also a membership committee volunteer, offered a moving account of her own involvement in the pro-life movement, which started when her grandmother passed away just before the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down. Chaney highlighted the importance of the pro-life cause, urging listeners not to let other things get in the way of being active promoters of that cause.
Following the vigil, attendees enjoyed a time of fellowship, with hot chocolate provided by the Knights of Columbus.