Essay Contest

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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!  This 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 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.

Submission deadline is November 2, 2018.

We 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.

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

MCRTL Essay Contest Rules 2018

MCTRL Essay Contest Registration 2018

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Our 2017-18 Essay Contest has concluded.  We had enthusiastic participation across the community from students in public schools, private schools, and home schools.

Below are the names of the contest winners.  Please click each student’s name to read their winning essay. Congratulations are due to all the students and their families who participated in this important training tool.

MCRTL Contest Winners

Junior High

1st – Sophie Stockton
2nd – Flint Saltarelli 
3rd- Riley Ogden

Senior High

1st – Gabrielle Dufrene 
2nd – Anthony Griffo
3rd – Olivia VanNorman



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!


Congratulations to our 2016-17 MCRTL Contest Winners

The essay theme for 2016 was Why Am I Pro-Life?  

To read the winning essays, please click on the student’s name.

Junior High 

1st – Ella Stockton
2nd – Madeline McFarland
3rd- Reagan Brenon
Honorable Mention – Ashley Osbahr

Senior High 

1st – Will Harris
2nd – Peter Stockton
3rd – Caleb Meissner
Honorable Mention –  Levi Wilhelmsen



Congratulations to our 2015 contest winners and all those who participated!

The essay theme for 2015-16 was What can I do to build a pro-life generation?  

To read the first place essays, please click on the student’s name.

Junior High

1st – Mia Criswell

2nd – Ella Grace Stockton

3rd- Benjamin Tanner

Senior High

1st – Hailey Watterson

2nd – Matthew Dew

3rd – Camille Rybacki

Honorable Mention:  Patrick O’Connor


Congratulations to the 2014 contest winners and all those who participated!

To read the winning essays, please click on the student’s name.

Junior High

1st – Emily Saltarelli
2nd –Claire Stevens
3rd- Matthew Michel
Honorable Mention:  William Harris and Peter Stockton

Senior High

1st – Christina Seberino 
2nd – Luke VanNorman
3rd – Luke Stevens
3rd – Jack Stockton
Honorable Mention:  Erika Michelsen and Camille Rybacki

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2013 Contestants at our Dinner for Life Banquet

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