February 18, MCRTL held its 11th annual Oratory Contest. Appropriately eleven students participated representing public, private, and home schools.

2017 Oratory Contest Participants

MCRTL uses the Oratory Contest as a tool to train and equip participants with a loving and ready answer as to why life is valuable and each of us should work to protect it!

Conroe Bible Church generously hosted the event. The students each wrote and delivered a 5-7 minute speech on a Pro-Life topic. Scholarship prizes were given for 1st place ($1000 ), 2nd place ( $500 ) and 3rd place ( $250).

Community leaders Stephanne Davenport (County Treasurer), Judge Claudia Laird (County Court at Law Number Two), Pastor Jay Gross ( West Conroe Baptist Church), JD Lambright (County Attorney), Constable Ryan Gable (Precinct 3), and Sean Brenon (2015 MCRTL Video Contest Winner and past Oratory Contest participant) served as this year’s contest judges.

The speeches were again very inspiring and it was difficult to choose the winners, so much so that the decision was made to award two Second Place winners. This is the first time that has happened. Also, an audience member was so moved by the speeches that they came forward and donated $800 so that every contest participant was rewarded with at least a $100 check. What a blessing!

This year’s winners are:

Matthew Cole – First Place
Kayla Auza – Second Place
JeanMarie Kmetz – Second Place
Jack Stockton – Third Place

Matthew Cole and Family

Matthew Cole and Family

Matthew will share his winning speech at the upcoming Dinner for Life banquet on April 29. Come hear this dynamic young man!

Please take the opportunity to view all of these videos. You will be inspired!

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