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SPEAK the Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky

Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association
A league run by coaches and managed by Ed and Betsy Smith of Georgetown College; holds annual contests for middle and high schools that are open to unlimited entries. 

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.  The director's job is currently vacant. Contact Chair of the Board of Directors, Steve Meadows of Danville High School, for more information. 

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.  Students advance to the National contest (held each Memorial Day weekend) from the Kentucky (Louisville Diocese) tournament held in Hodgenville each March.

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, usually held the third week of June, is the largest academic contest in the world with a long history and amazing alumni.  Kentucky District chair is Michael Robinson at Murray HS.  The Kentucky District has a website at  

Wilson Wyatt Debate League

Wilson Wyatt Debate League is an extension of the Wilson Wyatt Scholarship Endowment, which aims to expand debate in Jefferson County. Tournaments are open affairs, however, and draw schools from around the state and Southern Indiana. Each tournament runs multiple divisions (Novice, JV, and Open) in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate; at least one chamber of Congress; and also strives each tournament to run an Open division of Policy Debate.  Brian Huot is the league director. 2018-2019 tournament calendar here.

Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening

National Speech and Debate Association Resource Page

Web English Teacher
-- Speech & Debate Page


Speech Communication

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.


Because sometimes, you just need good cheerleading from one of your comrades in communication.