Pro-Life Oratory Contest

 Gremillion Wins 2017 State Oratory Contest

The Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Contest was held at the Knights of Columbus Convention in Baton Rouge May 6. Four Louisiana students competed for a $500 prize and chance to represent Louisiana in the National Right to Life Oratory Contest in Milwaukee on July 1.

Gabrielle Gremillion, a homeschool junior from Baton Rouge, won this year's contest with her speech "Abortion is a Tragedy to Women." With passion and charisma, Gabrielle highlighted the injustice of abortion toward women.

"Abortion is a topic that I will never get tired of speaking on until Roe vs. Wade is overturned," Gremillion said after winning the grand prize.

Later that evening she gave her full speech from memory at the Knights of Columbus Convention banquet. 

Beau Nicaud of New Orleans won second place and $300. A senior at Jesuit High School, Nicaud highlighted the moral hypocrisy of abortion and civil society. Joel Thompson of Lafayette and Alexis Pippin of Shreveport also competed as finalists. 

State Oratory Contest finalists were, from left,
Joel Thompson, Gabrielle Gremillion, Beau Nicaud and Alexis Pippen. 


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