Ohio High School Speech League



League Information

In 1927 the OHSSL was formed; originally called the Ohio High School Debating League. The league started with only 25 member schools and now the league organizes all forensic competition in the state. The OHSSL offers all of the individual events that the National Forensic League does (aside from a few competitions where Prose, Verse and Oratorical Interpretation are offered). They also offer L-D, Public Forum, and Policy Debate. Any high school is eligible to join and compete. Annual membership dues are $175.

Key Officers 

Chairperson: Trish Sanders (Notre Dame)

Financial Secretary: John Mercer (Olmsted Falls)

Secretary: Lyle Linerode (Gahanna Lincoln)

Others of the Executive Committee: Vicki Balzer (Magnificat), Alan Bates (Princeton), Nick Bollas (GlenOak), Melissa Donahue (Mason), Ned Lauver (Wooster), Paul Moffitt (Sylvania Southview), Eric Simione (Boardman), Fred Snook (Crestwood), Thom Williams (Howland)

Events Offered 

Lincoln/Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, International Extemp, U.S. Extemp, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation

Supplemental/Consolation: Poetry Reading, Prose Reading, Oratorical Interpretation