Minnesota Forensics



League Information

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSA) was formed in 1916 in an effort to promote sports participation and to establish eligibility rules. The association is now 500 schools strong, serves 200,000 students, and is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The association, even speech and debate, is divided into divisions based on size and ranges from A-AAAAA (although speech and debate only go from class A to class AA. In 1929 Speech and Debate were added into the association’s list of activities that were to be state regulated and supported.

Key Officers 

Executive Director: David Stead

Events Offered 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Serious Interpretation of Prose, Serious Interpretation of Drama, Serious Interpretation of Poetry, Humorous Interpretation, Storytelling, Extemporaneous Reading, Creative Expression, Original Oratory, Great Speeches, Discussion, Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, and Duo Interpretation.