Lehman Senior Emerges Victorious in Oratory Contest
Lehman High School senior Jacob Schmiesing is the 2017 winner of the Shelby County Right to Life regional Pro-Life Oratory contest. Schmiesing won with a speech on euthanasia conveying his hope that even during suffering, “people will come to see how much they are worth...and they will respond to the call to live with dignity.”
The event was held Monday, February 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney. Of the four prize-winning speeches in the contest, two discussed euthanasia, one addressed ethical concerns with embryonic stem cell experimentation (in contrast to the successes of adult stem cell research) and one dealt with abortion. Schmiesing’s six-minute speech earned the grand prize of $300, as well as the honor of representing Shelby County at the state level of this national contest. He will compete next in Columbus in April.
The contest judges were Rev. Jonathan Schriber, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church; Sanna Aikin, a French and English teacher and translator; and Kurtis Black, an attorney practicing in Troy.
Pictured above are the four prize winners (L to R): Savanna Manger (4th place, Anna High School), Stephanie Esser (Runner-up, Anna High School), Clare Schmiesing (3rd place, Lehman High School), Jacob Schmiesing (1st place, Lehman High School).
Nearly 200 Process in Annual Candlelight Vigil
It was a balmy 50 degrees at 7pm on Sunday, January 22, as nearly 200 area pro-lifers gathered at the courthouse in Sidney to mark the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
RTL program director Kevin Schmiesing emceed the event, and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe Timmerman explained the significant of the "Soles for Souls" casket, an exhibit that contains dozens of baby shoes as a symbol of the children lost to abortion each day. After praying a psalm together, the crowd moved outside while musicians from Sidney Apostolic Temple provided music for reflection.
When the participants had returned to the courthouse basement, Henry Cordonnier spoke briefly about the work of his son-in-law in the new President Donald Trump Administration. Membership committee member Robert Luckey testified to the importance of the pro-life cause. Father Martin Fox, pastor of St. Remy Church in Russia, concluded the program with a closing prayer.
Thank you to all who attended and assisted with the vigil. It was a great crowd and meaningful evening of prayer and reflection on the sanctity of life.
Thank you to Jennifer Bohman for the photo video (below)!