Essay Contest

Watch the following promotional video featuring one of the contest winners.


The MCRTL Essay Contest is actually 2 contests – a junior high contest and a senior high contest.  Each year the Essay Contest provides a wonderful conversation starter for parents and students regarding the fundamental issue of the value of life!  The contest is open to students who are residents of Montgomery, Harris, Grimes, Walker, Liberty, Waller, San Jacinto, or Fort Bend countiesThis outreach is an opportunity for MCRTL to further encourage a Pro-Life worldview in our community.

Through the process of composing the essays, contest participants examine their beliefs regarding the sanctity of life and receive training in communicating those beliefs.  Every year the student essays speak powerfully to the value of life and these young leaders’ commitment to it!

The essay topic is,  “Why are you Pro-Life?”

The Junior High Essay Contest is for grades 7 – 9. The Senior High Essay Contest is for grades 10-12. Students express their Pro-Life views through essays of 300-500 words.  First, through third place finishers in each contest are awarded cash prizes.  Please see flyer below for prize amounts.

We also encourage classrooms, youth groups, and Sunday School classes to use the Essay Contest as a class project.  MCRTL will provide funding for “ice cream” parties for those groups in addition to the individual prize money that was awarded. This further reinforces the value of participation in the Essay Contest – among those who won and those who did not receive individual awards.

Please print and share our 2019-20 flyer!

Contest Rules and Registration

2018-19 Essay Contest Results

Once again, our Pro-Life Essay Contest has brought new writers and new expressions to the forefront! MCRTL is excited to announce the winners of our Junior and Senior High contests.  Our winners represent local public schools, private schools, and home schools. We are especially thankful for Mary Stockton, Rachel Saltarelli, and Crystal Chapman.  These teachers had excellent responses when they encouraged their students to participate! Pictured are students from Mary’s class enjoying the party that MCRTL awards for classroom participation.  The parties allow for further discussion about the value of life even drawing in the students who did not participate directly in the contest.  

Below are the names of the contest winners.  Please click the students’ names to read their winning essays. Congratulations are due to all the students and their families who participated. As our students, their parents, and even their siblings think, discuss, and express themselves in writing, their beliefs are solidified.  The contests further affirm their beliefs and strengthen their ability to be a powerful voice in our community!

MCRTL Contest Winners

Junior High

1st – Ayin Marusik
2nd – Carter Morrissette
3rd – Laura Cole
Honorable Mention – Mary-Jean Morrissette

Senior High

1st –  Maggie O’Quinn
2nd – Leah Day
3rd- Claudia Rudder

While both the Essay and Poster Contests have concluded, we do still have 2 exciting student contest opportunities underway.
The deadline to register for the Oratory Contest is February 16, and the deadline for the Video Contest is February 21.
This holiday season, keep those creative juices flowing and the conversation going!

MCRTL’s 2017-18 Essay Contest Participant
Kate Stockton
Takes 1st Place in National Essay Contest!

For the second year in a row, a local MCRTL Essay Contest participant has gone on to win the National Right to Life Essay Contest.  Congratulations to Kate Stockton!

At the conclusion of MCRTL’s local contest each year, we encourage all participants to use the feedback our local contest judges provide to evaluate their essays and then enter the national contest.  This gives the students another opportunity to win and helps them further hone their message for Life.  Kate submitted her essay and won!

As it happens, Kate’s cousin, Ella, another MCRTL Essay Contest participant, won the National Right to Life Essay Contest last year!

MCRTL’s 2016-17 Essay Contest Winner
Ella Stockton
Takes 1st Place in National Contest!

We were thrilled to receive word that Ella Stockton, the winner of MCRTL’s Junior High Essay Contest, took First Place in National Right to Life’s junior high Essay Contest!

Ella Stockton takes 1st place at National Right to Life Essay contest!