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.
National Catholic Forensic League(website) 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. The Louisville Diocese also has a website at www.kycfl.org.
National Speech and Debate Association(website) 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 Rachel Page at Ryle HS. The Kentucky District also has a website atwww.kynsda.org. Wilson Wyatt Debate League(website) 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.