Phi Rho Pi



League Information

Phi Rho Pi is a national speech and debate honor society for junior and community colleges.  Founded in 1939 by Texan Sylvia Mariner, Phi Rho Pi is one the oldest organizations for forensics competition.  Further, Phi Rho Pi also holds the distinction of hosting one of the largest National Touraments every year.

Phi Rho Pi states its purpose is to:

  1. Promote forensics programs in individual junior and community colleges throughout the United States.
  2. Promote regional forensics associations to foster the growth, development, and participation of forensics in that area.
  3. Promote a national association to foster growth, development and participation of all member Junior and Community Colleges in the forensic arts; to promote educational services to the membership; to provide national conventions and tournaments; to provide a national Honorary society; to promote competitive forensic activities, and educational, professional, and leadership. 


Key Officers 


Cynthia Dewar-Kudsi (City College of San Francisco)

Vice President for Association:

Jeff Przybylo (Harper College)

Vice President for Tournament:

Duane Fish (Northwest College)


Lisa Benedetti (Tarrant County College - Northeast)


Wade Hescht (North Harris College)

Recording Secretary:

John Schultz (Tallahassee Community College)

Events Offered 

Persuasion, Informative, Speech to Entertain, Program Oral Interpretation, Interpretation of Prose, Interpretation of Poetry, Duo Interpretation, Communication Analysis, Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Parliamentary Debate, Policy Debate, NFA LD, CEDA LD, and Interpreter's Theatre