SPEAK: Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky

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SPEAK 2014 will be held on
Friday, September 26,
at the University of Kentucky
in Lexington.  

Mark Etherton
Murray/Rowan County retired coach

Mark Etherton is a four-diamond coach in the National Speech and Debate Association and served as a coach at Murray and Rowan County Senior High Schools for over 30 years.  During this time period, he was the NSDA Kentucky District Chair nine times and served on the District Committee for over thirty years. 
He has coached dozens of individual state champions and multiple state champion teams at KHSSL, KESDA, KYNFL, and KYCFL with well over 100 of his students qualifying to NFL Nats alone; his students were named National Champions at NSDA in Prose (1990) and Prose/Poetry (1980), and his team placed in the top ten twice in the national sweepstakes (back when those existed).  Mark is arguably the most respected coach in the history of Kentucky Forensics and is a charming fellow; his words to us on Kentucky Speech and Debate: Past and Future should give us a new hope as we begin a new year.

Initial funding for SPEAK was provided by a grant from the National Speech and Debate Association, the national honor society for high school speech and debate.

 is sponsored by 

Kentucky National Forensic League

and co-sponsored by the 

Kentucky High School Speech League

Kentucky Catholic Forensic League 
(Louisville diocese), and 

Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association.  

The conference is hosted by the 
Division of Instructional Communication in the College of Communications and Information at the University of Kentucky as well as the Kentucky High School Speech League