Note: currently, a Kentucky teacher with certification in Language Arts and/or Speech and/or Theatre Arts can teach middle and high school speech courses. Standalone Speech Certification is also possible. Check with your principal or EPSB for more information.
Kentucky High School Speech League Kentucky's oldest high school organization; sets the rules for speech and debate contests throughout the state and sponsors regional and state tournaments each year. William Cooper of the University of Kentucky is the director.
National Catholic Forensic League One of two national high school forensics organizations; not just for Catholics. Kentucky moderator is Katy Cecil at LaRue County HS. Note: Louisville will be the host for this organization's national speech and debate tournament for high schools Memorial Day weekend 2017!
National Speech and Debate Association The high school speech and debate honor society; their website is a treasure of resources for classroom and after-school contests. NSDA Nationals is the largest academic contest in the world with a long history and amazing alumni. Kentucky District chair is Steve Meadows at Danville HS. The Kentucky District has a website at www.kynsda.org. Wilson Wyatt Debate League This Jefferson County organization is hosted at Spalding University and includes Kentucky schools from outside of Louisville plus Indiana. Assumption High School's Woody Zorn is the league President.
SPEAK the Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky