PENDLETON - The right to life struck close to home for three area children last week after they were named winners in the local movement's poster contest.

Brothers Michael and Andrew Moran, ages 10 and 7 respectively, each won their age category, as did Mary Kobzeff, 11.

Michael and Andrew are the children of Gabe and Cindy Moran of Pendleton. Mary's parents are Kim Kobzeff and stepfather Mark Lanier of Pendleton.

According to Pendleton Right to Life poster contest coordinator Peggy Wallace, Michael won the $50 grand prize and his poster will be painted on a billboard along Pendleton's Southgate. Andrew and Mary each won $25 for their efforts.

The trio were selected from among 39 entries, Wallace said.

"This is the most we've ever had," she said. "We're excited that we got so many."

Michael's winning drawing depicted a child with a birthday cake and the saying, "Dear mom and dad, thank you for giving me life."

Andrew's picture featured a family on a bicycle outing.

Mary's showed her mother, herself and her brother and sister - the three children are triplets. Along with her family, Mary's picture contained the saying, "My mom's docter (sic) wanted her to have an abortion, I'm glad she didn't. Everybody should have a right to live."

"I think it's not right to kill babies, kill people," Mary said, noting she drew the picture of her mother and siblings because "family's important."

Mary attends Sunridge Middle School.

Cindy Moran said Tuesday she was excited both of her sons were recognized for their efforts.

"I think it's pretty awesome," she said, adding they both attend McKay Creek Elementary School. "I was shocked."

She prompted her sons to enter the contest.

"I've always been pro-life, and I've never really had the opportunity to sit down with them and talk about abortion," she said. "This was an opportunity to talk about it in a non-threatening way. Maybe the billboard will make somebody stop and think."

Michael's drawing should hit the billboard next month, Wallace said.

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