The National Forensic League is a professional group involving interscholastic high school speech competitors and coaches. They are located in Ripon, Wisconsin.
Dues for this national organization are $15. In order to become a member, you need to have 25 points. The degree of honor requires 75 points. Excellence degree requirements are 150 points. Two hundred fifty points will garner you the degree of distinction and 500 points will result in the degree of special distinction. The degree of superior distinction is set at 750 and the next degree offered requires 1000 points and is called the degree of outstanding distinction. In 2003-2004, NFL added the Degree of Premier Distinction for students with 1500 points.
The National Forensic League promotes ethical student leadership by encouraging high school students to excel in speech,
drama and debate. The organization honors students as they perform for service organizations and in competitive speech
tournaments. Formed in 1925, the National Forensic League is a not for profit, non-partisan educational organization with over one million members. Currently, over 91,000 high school students and over 3,000 high school teachers are active members.
As part of its history, the National Forensic League is proud to claim among its members such luminaries as: political leaders President Lyndon Johnson, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey (a graduate of Doland High School in South Dakota), and Senators Karl Mundt (a senator from South Dakota) and David Boren; international media visionary Ted Turner; actors James Dean, Shelley Long, Kelsey Grammer, Don Ameche, and Oprah Winfrey; television reporters Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw; and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
The National Speech Tournament has been held continuously since 1931 (except for the World War II years) and has
appeared on the approved list of the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Advisory List of Contests and Activities since origination of the list.
Contests are held in policy debate, Lincoln/Douglas debate, Ted Turner debate (Public Forum Debate), legislative debate (Student Congress), United States Extemporaneous Speaking, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Commentary, Impromptu Speaking, Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, and Expository Speaking. l