Garage Sale Thanks
Thank you to all who helped to make our 2016 garage sale a major success. It was another record year!
Russia Senior Takes Top RTL Speech Prize
On Monday, February 15, six students from Shelby County schools took on the daunting task of public speaking, competing in the annual Pro-Life Oratory Contest sponsored by Shelby County Right to Life. The event concluded with Russia High School senior Erin Gaerke winning first place and moving on to the state competition in April. Runner-up was Nathan Platfoot, a senior at Botkins High School; and third place went to Jacob Schmiesing, a junior at Lehman Catholic High School. (Pictured, left to right, are Schmiesing, Gaerke, and Platfoot.) Gaerke and Platfoot both also placed in last year's contest.
The speeches were judged by Tara Adams, Amy Gleason, and Pastor Jon Schriber. The event was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney. The first through third place winners receive cash awards of $300, $150 and $100, respectively.
Speeches were to be in the 5 to 7 minute range and focused on the topics of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research. The winning speech presented the question: “How will history remember us?” Gaerke wondered whether her generation would be remembered like the ancient “Spartan mothers leaving their weak children on the cliffside to die,” or rather, as she hoped, that “History will remember us as the Pro-Life Generation.”
RTL thanks Pastor Jon and St. John's for once again hosting the contest; each of the judges, all of whom have served for this contest multiple times in recent years; RTL members who provided refreshments; and Anne Schmiesing for coordinating the event.