UIL Speech & Debate
Purpose of Organization:
To develop speaking skills, to prepare debate cases and compete with other schools in Extemporaneous speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate & Cross-Examination debate.
National Forensic League Spreech and Debate Honor Society Press Release
Ripon, Wisconsin – December 9, 2011
Waller High School in Waller, Texas has been granted charter membership in the National Forensic League (NFL). Charter membership is the highest level of membership in the NFL, and reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate education over several year.
The National Forensic League (NFL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values. Last year, more than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, built their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. As members, these students may compete to attend the world’s largest academic event, National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament. This event awards over $153,000 in college scholarships to top students each summer.
Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. Many of these members have risen to the pinnacle of their respective fields, including former Vice President Hubert Humphrey; Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold and William Frist; media visionaries Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey; Emmy award winners Kelsey Grammer and Shelly Long; news anchor Jane Pauley; C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb; Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor; and actors Brad Pitt, Michael Urie, and James Dean.
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