National Catholic Forensic League

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National Catholic Forensic League
Non Profit Organization
Founded 1951
Key people
Charles Sloat, President
Roberta Hyland, First Vice President
Barbara Fontenot, Second Vice President
Michael Colletti, Executive Secretary – Treasurer
Susan Peebles, Publicity Director / Recording Secretary
Roland Burdett, National Tournament Director
Website http://ncfl.org

The National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) is a speech and debate league that was formed in 1951. It is organized into regions which correspond to Roman Catholic dioceses. Member schools include both public and parochial high schools. The NCFL recruits member schools in both the United States and Canada. As of January, 2011, there were 65 active dioceses with NCFL leagues. The IRS recognizes the NCFL as an organization eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable donations.[1]

The NCFL sponsors the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament held each year over Memorial Day weekend. It offers an array of events similar, but not identical, to those of the National Speech and Debate Association.

Events[edit]

  • Dramatic Performance – A ten-minute memorized performance of a dramatic or humorous selection of literature.
  • Duo Interpretation of Literature – A ten-minute memorized performance of a dialogue, story, or script by two performers, who are required to maintain off-stage focus and to not look at or touch each other.
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature – A ten-minute reading event, alternating between Prose and Poetry each round.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking – A seven-minute analytical / persuasive speech on a question of current events, given with only 30 minutes' prior notice.
  • Oratorical Declamation – A ten-minute memorized performance of a historical speech, commencemnent address or former competition speech to be delivered as if it were the speaker's own address. Limited to freshmen and sophomores.
  • Original Oratory – A ten-minute memorized original speech delivered to inspire or persuade the audience.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Value debate on a topic chosen by the NCFL specifically for the Grand National Tournament. Four Minutes of preparation time is allotted to each debater per debate.
  • Policy Debate – Two-person, switch-side, cross-examination debate, with five minutes of preparation time per team, on the national topic.
  • Public Forum Debate – A team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the resolution. The focus of the debate is a clash of ideas in a persuasive manner that can be understood by a "lay" judge. Side and speaking order are assigned to each team every round in order to ensure students have the opportunity to debate both sides of a topic.
  • Student Congress – Mock legislative sessions where students debate bills and resolutions submitted by schools from participating dioceses.

Officers[edit]

The 2014–2016[needs update] Officers of the NCFL are as follows: President: Charles Sloat of Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York; 1st Vice President: Roberta Hyland; 2nd Vice President: Barbara Fontenot; Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Colletti; Publicity Director/Recording Secretary: Susan Peebles of Iroquois Senior High School; Grand Tournament Director: Roland Burdett.[2]

Past Officers[3]

Year President Vice President School Secretary-Treasurer
1953–54 Walter Mullen

St. John's Preparatory School

Brooklyn, NY

Sr. Elise Veronica, S.C.

Saint Vincent Academy

Newark, NJ

Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C.

Elizabeth Seton High School

Pittsburgh, PA

1954–55
1955–56 Rev. Linford F. Grainader

Central Catholic High School

Johnstown, PA

1956–57 Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C.

Elizabeth Seton High School

Pittsburgh, PA

Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J.

St. Canice High School

Pittsburgh, PA

1957–58
1958–59 Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J.

Loyola Academy

Wilmette, Illinois

Rev. Francis B. Schulte

Reading Central Catholic High School

Reading, PA

1959–60 Sr. Miriam de Sales, S.S.J.

St. Matthew's High School

Conshohocken, PA

Sr. M. St. Joachim, I.H.M.

Saint Maria Goretti High School

Philadelphia, PA

1960–61 Rev. Francis B. Schulte

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Br. Meric, C.F.X.

Xaverian High School

Brooklyn, NY

Secretary Treasurer
1961–62 Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J.

Sacred Heart Academy

Hempstead, NY

Sr. Mary DePaul, O.P.

Queen of the Rosary Academy

Amityville, NY

1962–63 Br. Meric, C.F.X.

Xaverian High School

Brooklyn, NY

Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J.

Sacred Heart Academy

Hempstead, NY

Dr. Paul Ward, Ph.D.

La Salle Academy

New York, NY

Br. Gregory Rene, F.S.C.

Central Catholic High School

Pittsburgh, PA

1963–64 Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J.

Sacred Heart Academy

Hempstead, NY

Dr. Paul Ward, Ph.D.

La Salle Academy

New York, NY

S: Br. Stephen Luke, F.M.S.

Christopher Columbus High School

Miami, FL

T: Rev. Albert Bartlett, S.J.

Canisius High School

Buffalo, NY

1964–65
1965–66
1966–67 Dr. Paul Ward, Ph.D.

La Salle Academy

New York, NY

1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Secretary-Treasurer
John Miller

Roselle Catholic High School

Roselle, NJ

Hal Ross

Brother Rice High School

Chicago, IL

Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M.

Maria Regina High School

Uniondale, NY

1967–68
1968–69 Br. Stephen Luke, F.M.S.

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Br. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

Central Catholic High School

Pittsburgh, PA

1969–70
1970–71 Rev. Frederick Easterly, C.M.

St. John Vianney Seminary

Miami, FL

Robert Prior

St. John's Preparatory School

Brooklyn, NY

Rev. James Motl, O.P.

Fenwick High School

Uniondale, NY

1971–72
1972–73
1973–74
1974–75 Robert Prior

St. John's Preparatory School

Brooklyn, NY

Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M.

Maria Regina High School

Uniondale, NY

Annetterose Callahan

Archbishop Chapelle High School

Metairie, LA

David Horn

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, Pennsylvania

1975–76
1976–77 Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M.

Maria Regina High School

Uniondale, NY

Annetterose Callahan

Archbishop Chapelle High School

Metairie, LA

David Horn

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Howard Fredrick

Plymouth, PA

1977–78
1978–79 Annetterose Callahan

Archbishop Chapelle High School

Metairie, LA

David Horn

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J.

Regis High School

New York, NY

1979–80
1980–81 David Horn

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J.

Regis High School

New York, NY

Gladys Hughes

East Jefferson High School

Metairie, LA

1981–82 Br. George Zehnle, S.M.

Chaminade High School

Mineola, NY

1982–83 Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J.

Regis High School

New York, NY

Gladys Hughes

East Jefferson High School

Metairie, LA

Rev. Raymond Hahn

Cathedral High School

Erie, PA

Richard Gaudette

Natick High School

Natick, MA

1983–84
1984–85 Gladys Hughes

East Jefferson High School

Metairie, LA

Br. George Zehnle, S.M.

Chaminade High School

Mineola, NY

Eleanor Wright

Yorktown High School

Arlington, VA

1985–86
1986–87 Br. George Zehnle, S.M.

Chaminade High School

Mineola, NY

Eleanor Wright

Yorktown High School

Arlington, VA

James Lyness

Loyola School

New York, NY

1987–88
1988–89 Eleanor Wright

Yorktown High School

Arlington, VA

James Lyness

Loyola School

New York, NY

Michael Colletti

Gordon Technical High School

Chicago, IL

1989–90
1990–91 James Lyness

Loyola School

New York, NY

Michael Colletti

Gordon Technical High School

Chicago, IL

Mary Beth McCarthy

Hayden High School

Topeka, KS

1991–92
1992–93 Michael Colletti

Gordon Technical High School

Chicago, IL

Mary Beth McCarthy

Hayden High School

Topeka, KS

Sr. Maureen Lawrence, I.H.M.

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, PA

1993–94
1994–95 Mary Beth McCarthy

Hayden High School

Topeka, KS

Sr. Maureen Lawrence, I.H.M.

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, PA

Ron Steinhorst

New London High School

New London, WI

1995–96
1996–97 Sr. Maureen Lawrence, I.H.M.

Bishop McDevitt High School

Wyncote, PA

Ron Steinhorst

New London High School

New London, WI

Michael Nailor

Danville High School

Danville, PA

1997–98
1998–99 Ron Steinhorst

New London High School

New London, WI

Michael Nailor

Danville High School

Danville, PA

Carmen Adkins

Sandalwood High School

Jacksonville, FL

1999–

2000

2000–01 Michael Nailor

Danville High School

Danville, PA

Carmen Adkins

Sandalwood High School

Jacksonville, FL

Roland Burdett

Washington Arlington Catholic

Forensic League

Arlington, VA

2001–02
2002–03 Carmen Adkins

Sandalwood High School

Jacksonville, FL

Roland Burdett

Washington Arlington Catholic

Forensic League

Arlington, VA

Lynda Luce

Waupaca High School

Waupaca, WI

2003–04
2004–05 Roland Burdett

Washington Arlington Catholic

Forensic League

Arlington, VA

Lynda Luce

Waupaca High School

Waupaca, WI

Kieran Larkin

The Mary Louis Academy

Brooklyn, NY

2005–06
2006–07 Lynda Luce

Waupaca High School

Waupaca, WI

Kieran Larkin

The Mary Louis Academy

Brooklyn, NY

Catherine Luhr

Mount Mercy Academy

Buffalo, NY

2007-08
2008–09 Kieran Larkin

The Mary Louis Academy

Brooklyn, NY

Catherine Luhr

Mount Mercy Academy

Buffalo, NY

Greg Cunningham

Catholic Memorial School

West Roxbury, MA

Michael Colletti

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School

Palos Hills, IL

2009–10
2010–11 Catherine Luhr

Mount Mercy Academy

Buffalo, NY

Greg Cunningham

Catholic Memorial School

West Roxbury, MA

Charles Sloat

Iona Preparatory School

New Rochelle, NY

2011–12
2012–13 Greg Cunningham

Catholic Memorial School

West Roxbury, MA

Charles Sloat

Iona Preparatory School

New Rochelle, NY

Roberta Hyland

National Student Clearinghouse

Arlington, VA

2013–14
2014–15 Charles Sloat

Iona Preparatory School

New Rochelle, NY

Roberta Hyland

National Student Clearinghouse

Arlington, VA

Barbara Fontenot

New Orleans, LA

2015–16

National Tournament Sites[edit]

National Tournament Director[edit]

Past National Tournament Directors

Director Years
Br. Rene Sterner, F.S.C. 1972–1992
James Lyness

Loyola School

New York, NY

1992–2002
Ron Steinhorst

New London High School

New London, WI

2002–2006
Roland Burdett

Washington Arlington Catholic Forensic League

Arlington, VA

2006–present

Past NCFL National Champions[edit]

Congressional Debate[edit]

1995 – Bill Gallagher, Xavier High School, NY

1996 – Duarte Gerladino, Brooklyn Technical High School, NY

1997 – Sean Carmody, Pleasantville High School, NY

1998 – Seth Green, Taravella High School, FL

1999 – Matt Brennan, Iona Preparatory, NY

2000 – Ian Amelkin, Stoneman Douglas High School

2001 – Matt Spritz, Nova High School, FL

2002 – Scott Jacobsin, Nova High School, FL

2003 – Daniel Chapanian, Shrewsbury High School, MA

2004 – Matt Turetzky, Nova High School, FL

2005 – Results unavailable[why?]

2006 – Colin Outerbridge, Trinity Preparatory, FL

2007 – Sundeep Iyer, Ridge High School, NJ

2008 – Ben Berkman, Nova High School

2009 – Harlan Downs Tepper, Stuyvesant High School, NY

2010 – Alex Smyk, Ridge High School, NJ

2011 – Morgan Baskin, American Heritage, FL

2012 – Results unavailable[why?]

2013 – Michael Cervino, Ridge High School, NJ

2014 – Nic Gerard, Shrewsbury High School, MA

2015 – Carla Troconis, East Chapel Hill, NC

Lincoln-Douglas Debate[edit]

1988 – Lisa Nass, Miami Beach HS, Miami Beach, FL

1989 – David Kennedy, Regis HS, New York, NY

1990 – Jeremi Suri, Stuyvesant HS, New York, NY

1991 – Mark Wunderlich, Walter Johnson HS, Bethesda, MD

1992 – Jerry Vildostegui, Miami Beach HS, Miami Beach, FL

1993 – Christopher J. Regan, Bishop Kearney HS, Irondequoit, NY

1994 – Elizabeth Rogers, Shenendehowa HS, Shenendehowa, NY

1995 – Derek D. Smith, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, MD

1996 – Randall Martinez, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL

1997 – Mac Hawkins, Lagrange HS, Lake Charles, LA

1998 – Chetan Hertzig, Lexington HS, Boston, MA

1999 – Elizabeth O'Connor, Hunter College HS, New York, NY

2000 – Kevin Farrell, Elk Grove HS, Chicago, IL

2001 – Benjamin Rothstein, Milton Academy, Boston, MA

2002 – Duncan Cooper, St. John’s Prep, Boston, MA

2003 – Nina Thanawala, Ridge HS, Basking Ridge, NJ

2004 – Tara Tedrow, Celebration HS, Orlando, FL

2005 – Tara Tedrow, Celebration HS, Orlando, FL

2006 – Caitlin Halpern, W.T. Woodson HS, Arlington, VA

2007 – Ryan Zehner, Saint Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA

2008 – Ellen Noble, Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD

2009 – Karlyn Gorski, Perkioman Valley, Philadelphia, PA

2010 – Stephanie Franklin, Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD

2011 – Allison Douglis, Ridge HS, Basking Ridge, NJ

2012 – Katelyn Sheehan, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Arlington, VA

2013 – Austin Cohen, Elk Lake High School, Dimock, PA

2014 – Danny DeBois, Harrison High School, Harrison, NY

2015 – Joey Schnide, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL

Public Forum Debate[edit]

2007 – Dennis Howe and Rob Wyllie

2008- Jonathan Freidman and Jeanine Sinan-Singh, Trinity Preparatory School, Florida

2009 – Danny Welch and Will Miller

2010 – Bud Peters and Thomas Pigott

2011 – Brian Grumka and Thomas Pigott

2012 (?)

2013 – Cameron Silvergate and Ethan Goldstein

2014 – Tim Perevozchikov and Zach Kirsch, Hawken School, Ohio

2015 – Ben Kessler and Jakob Urda, Stuyvesant HS, New York

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exempt Organizations Select Check". Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Current League Officers | National Catholic Forensic League". www.ncfl.org. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  3. ^ "History | National Catholic Forensic League". www.ncfl.org. Retrieved 2016-01-15.