The 2021 Alex and Geline Williams Oratory Contest

The annual Alex and Geline B. Williams Oratory Contest, sponsored by the Virginia Society for Human Life Educational Fund, encourages high school juniors and seniors to prepare and present a short speech on one of these topics: abortion, infanticide or euthanasia.

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in the 11th and 12th grades as of February 1, 2021. Contestants must be Virginia residents, or full-time students of Virginia schools. For more information, download the contest rules from the links at the bottom of this page.

The first-place winner will compete in National Right to Life’s Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest. Currently, the winner is expected to compete in person at the National Right to Life Convention in Herndon, Virginia June 25-26, 2021. This is entirely dependent on state COVID restrictions. The winning student should be prepared to compete in person or by submitting a video performance.

First, second, and third place winners will receive:

1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $100

To enter the contest:

Download and complete both the entry form and photo release form, include a typed copy of your speech and return the all of the materials to the contest coordinator listed at the bottom of the entry form.

VSHL 2021 Oratory Contest Rules Download

VSHL 2021 Entry Form Download

VSHL 2021 Oratory Contest Photography Release Download

For more information, please contact project coordinator Laura Echevarria at E-mail:

To transfer a video copy of the speech to the oratory contest coordinator, contact her at or use a file transfer site like

NOTE: Requested forms and speeches must be received by Wednesday, May 28, 2021.

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