Pro-Life Oratory Contest




Every year, the Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Committee sponsors a pro-life oratory contest among high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state.  Contact the State Director to learn about times and other information for the current year!

Louisiana Oratory Contest State Director:

  • Shanon Snyder | | 866.463.5433

Louisiana Oratory Contest Details:

  • The winner of a local Pro-Life Oratory Contest is allowed to compete in the Louisiana State Oratory Contest, which is held in May in coordination with the Knights of Columbus Convention.  Local oratory contests will often award a small cash prize to the winner and runner-up of their competition.
  • The winner of the Louisiana Oratory contest competes in the National Oratory Contest at the National Right to Life Convention held every summer.
  • The cash prizes of the Louisiana Oratory Contest is:
    • First Place: $500 plus expenses to attend the National Right to Life Convention (not to exceed $1000)
    • Second Place: $250
  • The contest is non-denominational and originates with National Right to Life.
  • Topics to choose from:
    • Tragedy of Abortion
    • Tragedy of Euthanasia
    • Tragedy of Infanticide
    • Tragedy of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Talks must be between 5-7 minutes and do not have to be memorized.
  • The National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest takes place annually at the National Right to Life Convention (the statewide Louisiana winner will compete in this). 

Local Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Contest Coordinators:

If you don't see a contest in your area, please talk with Shanon Snyder (contacts at the top of the page).

  • Alexandria: Sandra West - 318-729-1683;
  • Baton Rouge: Shannon Baldridge- 225-242-0323
  • Houma/Thibodaux:  Peggy Fabre- 985-868-3879
  • Lafayette: Karol Meynard- 337-261-5607
  • Lake Charles: Rickard Newman - 337-439-7400;
  • LaPlace: Emily Beauchamp- 985-652-3899 or 985-210-1545
  • Monroe: Jack Wright- 318-387-0993
  • New Orleans: Susan Deboisblanc -
  • St. Tammany Parish: Michelle Gorney - 985-640-8765
  • Shreveport: Vicki Wallace - 318-117-1502

Related Links

New Orleans Pro-Life Oratory Contest

• Feb. 16, Jesuit High School Room 329

Lafayette Pro-Life Oratory Contest

• Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m.
• Office of Pro-Life Apostolate, Diocese of Lafayette
• Leader Karol Meynard

St. Tammany Pro-Life Oratory Contest

• March 11, 10 a.m., St. Luke Catholic Church, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. Contact Michelle Gorney, 985-640-8765.

Shreveport Oratory Contest

• Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m., Catholic Center
• Leader Christine Rivers