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National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest 2021 Junior Division Winners Announced

by | Mar 10, 2021

By Scott Fischbach

The 2021 NRLC Essay contest is complete and the winners of both the Junior and Senior divisions have been notified.  This year’s contest drew twice the usual number of contestants in both divisions.  

Last week, the essays of the four winners in the Senior Division ran in NRL News Today. Likewise, the winners in the Junior division will run beginning on Thursday.

Junior Division

First Place:  Hadassah D., Texas

Second Place:  Francesca Rose C., MN

Third Place:  Maggie C., MN

These Junior Division winners join the four contestants that won the Senior Division:  Katie K. and Joseph P. from Ohio and Abigail P. and Annamarie S. from Minnesota. 

Contestants in both divisions were asked to write an essay of 500 or fewer words on the simple but fundamental question of “Why are you pro-life?”  The essays that came back illustrated many motivations and are widely diverse. Some cited their faith, or the experience of a family member who had an unplanned pregnancy, or a brother or sister who had a disability, to name a few.  It was very encouraging to see these young people express their pro-life views with passion and eloquence.  

The judges who volunteered their time came from all walks of life and from all parts of the United States.  Some are pro-life professionals that work daily in the movement and some have leadership roles in business and the medical field.  All were impressed with the exceptional writing skills the contestants shared in their essays.     

The 2022 Pro-Life Essay Contest will again address “Why are you pro-life?” The Senior Division is for grades 10 – 12 while the Junior Division is for student in grades 7 – 9.  Essays should be submitted between December 20, 2021 and January 21, 2022.  All essays for the 2022 contest must be postmarked by January 21, 2022.

The Pro-Life Essay Contest is part of a number of programs from the National Right to Life Committee that are molding and empowering the future leaders of the pro-life movement. Those include the NRL Academy, NRLC Internships, the NRLC Oratory Contest, the Video Contest, and a host of pro-life leadership camps that are held by state and local NRLC affiliates. We strongly encourage NRLC state affiliates and chapters to urge students to participate in these programs.

We want to thank all of the contestants and their respective teachers and schools for being a part of the 2021 National Right to Life Essay Contest.  

Categories: Pro-Lifers