News, Student Life

Students speak out against abortion in speech contest

By Ellie White

On March 10, McNicholas students participated in the National Right to Life Oratory Contest. This contest featured McNicholas seniors and juniors giving an original pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or stem cell research.

The contest literature said the purpose was to “promote the ability of high school juniors and seniors to share their pro-life views with others.” More information can be found on the National Right to Life website. Each speech had to be 5-7 minutes long, and contestants were expected to research and write their own speech. The contest took place in the Café and Student Union at 4 p.m. on March 10. There were three judges listening to each speech, Tina Ramundo, the Coordinator of Children’s Religious formation at IHM, Brother Edward Kesler, the 7th and 8th grade religion teacher at IHM, and Laura Curran, the Executive Director of Pregnancy Center East.

According to Rockets for Life moderator Tracey Canisalez, students’ speeches were judged on their memory, content, organization, style, transitions, and voice and diction. Winners of the Oratory Contest move on to the Ohio Right to Life Contest in Columbus and have a chance to participate in the National Contest this summer in Milwaukee.

“Even if they lose the Ohio Contest, they become pretty well-known speakers, and can be invited to other political and prolife events,” Canisalez said.

About Ellie White

Ellie White is a first year Journalism Student and staff reporter for the McNicholas Milestone. She is on the McNick Swim Team, improv club, liturgy choir, and theater. In her free time she likes to write, read, sing, voice act, and spend time with buddies.

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U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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