National Catholic Forensic League



League Information

Catholic leagues across the country are affiliated with the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL). The NCFL is essentially the religious-based version of the National Forensics League (it doesn’t teach religion, it is simply composed of a high number of Catholic schools and is geared toward them). The NCFL extends from the United States into Canada, includes both parochial and public schools, was formed in 1951, and has 65 active dioceses with chapters of the NCFL. Memorial Day weekend, the NCFL sponsors the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament. It should be noted that the NCFL offers very similar events to the National Forensics League. It is the mission of the NCFL to support all high schools—be them public, private, or parochial—with the quest to offer speech and debate tournaments. The NCFL wishes to enhance the speaking and debate skills of students in ANY school, regardless if they belong to a diocese. In fact, the NCFL will offer assistance to schools which have no Diocese League in their area.

Key Officers 

President: Mr. Kieran Larkin of The Mary Louis Academy

First Vice President: Ms. Catherine Luhr of Mount Mercy Academy

Second Vice President: Mr. Greg Cunningham of Cathlic Memorial HS

Executive Secretary - Treasurer: Mr. Michael Colletti of Amos Alonzo Stagg High School

Publicity Director / Recording Secretary: Charles Sloat of Iona Preparatory School

Grand Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett

Events Offered 

Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation of Literature, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Extemporaneous Speaking, Oratorical Declamation, Original Oratory, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Student Congress