Mission Statement

The National Catholic Forensic League is an organization originating from the Catholic secondary school community in the United States for the purpose of providing a service to all secondary school students.

In imitation of the example of Jesus Christ, who gave both humble service and articulate leadership, we seek the truth spoken in charity.

All of the following regulations are inspired by and seek to further these fundamental human values.

The purposes of the LEAGUE shall be:

  • to encourage and to assist in the development of articulate leaders through whose skills truth may be widely spread and become an influence in the life of the nation,
  • to promote curricular and co-curricular speech and debate activities in Catholic, private, and public secondary schools throughout the nation,
  • to establish, to maintain, and to coordinate a system of Diocesan Leagues with the purpose of administering schedules of interscholastic speech and debate activities,
  • to assist individual schools in speech and debate activities where no Diocesan League has been established,
  • to sponsor and to administer the annual Grand National Tournament of the League.
Every year the NCFL sponsors the annual Grand National Tournament on Memorial Day weekend, offering six forensics events and four debate events.

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Current Officers

President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Publicity Director Treasurer Tournament Director
Barbara Fontenot Susan Peebles Ann Marie Duffy Thomas Beck Mike Colletti Roland Burdett
Diocese of New Orleans Diocese of Erie Diocese of Washington Diocese of New York Diocese of Chicago Arlington
gbfont @aol.com scpeebles22 @gmail.com annybird @gmail.com tbjnyc @gmail.com bigmike4n6 @aol.com rburdett @wacfl.org

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History

    The National Catholic Forensic League was founded in 1951. Based upon the ideal of open membership, the NCFL welcomes membership to all schools public and private in the United States and Canada.

    The National Catholic Forensic League is an organization originating from the Catholic secondary school community in the United States for the purpose of providing a service to all secondary school students.

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Gaudette Award Winners

The Richard Gaudette Award was established in 2008 in honor of the NCFL's Executive Secretary and Treasurer of more than 25 years. The principle which guides this award is service. These are the recipiencts of this award.
    • 2018 - Catherine Luhr
    • 2017 - Katy Cecil & Kim Mather with Garland & Ruth Blair
    • 2016 - "Grandma" Julia Stanzione, New York City
    • 2015 - Michael Nailor, Scranton
    • 2014 - Michael Colletti, Chicago
    • 2013 - R. Scott Waldrop, Biloxi & Ms. Barbara Fontenot, New Orleans
    • 2012 - Br George Zehnle, Rockville Centre
    • 2011 - Debbie Simon, Boston
    • 2010 - Roland Burdett, III, Arlington
    • 2009 - Ron Steinhorst, Green Bay
    • 2009 - Br. Rene Sterner, Philadelphia
    • 2008 - Richard Gaudette, Worcester

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Previous Officers

    2016-2018 Officers

    • President: Roberta Hyland, Arlington
    • First Vice President: Barbara Fontenot, New Orleans
    • Second Vice President: Susan Peebles, Erie
    • Publicity Director: Ann Marie Duffy, Washington, D.C.
    • Treasurer: Michael Colletti, Chicago
    • Tournament Director: Roland Burdett, Arlington

    2014-2016 Officers

    • President: Charles Sloat
    • First Vice President: Roberta Hyland
    • Second Vice President: Barbara Fontenot
    • Publicity Director: Susan Peebles
    • Treasurer: Michael Colletti
    • Tournament Director: Roland Burdett

    2012-2014 Officers

    • President: Greg Cunningham
    • First Vice President: Charles Sloat
    • Second Vice President: Roberta Hyland
    • Publicity Director: Barbara Fontenot
    • Treasurer: Michael Colletti
    • Tournament Director: Roland Burdett

    2010-2012 Officers

    • President: Ms. Catherine Luhr
    • First Vice President: Greg Cunningham
    • Second Vice President: Charles Sloat
    • Publicity Director: Roberta Hyland
    • Treasurer: Michael Colletti
    • Tournament Director: Roland Burdett

    2008-2010 Officers

    • President: Mr. Kieran Larkin,The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
    • First Vice President: Ms. Catherine Luhr,Mount Mercy Academy,Buffalo, NY 14220
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Greg Cunningham,Catholic Memorial HS
    • Publicity Director: Charles Sloat, Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, NY 10804
    • Treasurer: Mr. Michael Colletti, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School,Palos Hills, IL 60465
    • Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA

    2006-2008 Officers

    • President: Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI
    • First Vice President: Mr. Kieran Larkin, The Mary Louis Academy, Brooklyn, NY
    • Second Vice President: Ms. Catherine Luhr, Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, NY
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Greg Cunningham, Hull Jr/Sr High School, Hull, MA 02045
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
    • Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA

    2004-2006 Officers

    • President: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA
    • First Vice President: Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI
    • Second Vice President: Kieran Larkin, The Mary Louis Academy, Brooklyn, NY
    • Publicity Director: Ms. Catherine Luhr, Mount Mercy Academy Buffalo, NY
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
    • Tournament Director: Ron Steinhorst, New London High School, New London, WI

    2002-2004 Officers

    • President: Ms. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL
    • First Vice President: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA
    • Second Vice President: Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI
    • Publicity Director: Kieran Larkin, The Mary Louis Academy, Brooklyn, NY
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
    • Tournament Director: Ron Steinhorst, New London High School, New London, WI

    2000-2002 Officers

    • President: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA
    • First Vice President: Ms. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA
    • Publicity Director: Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
    • Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Regis HS, New York, NY

    1998-2000 Officers

    • President: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
    • First Vice President: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA
    • Second Vice President: Ms. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
    • Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY

    1996-1998 Officers

    • President: Sr. Maureen Lawrence, IHM, Villa Maria Academy, Malvern, PA
    • First Vice President: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA
    • Publicity Director: Mrs. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
    • Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY

    1994-1996 Officers

    • President: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
    • First Vice President: Sr. Maureen Lawrence, IHM, Bishop McDevitt HS, Philadelphia, PA
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Nat ick HS, Natick, MA
    • Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY

    1992-1994 Officers

    • President: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
    • First Vice President: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
    • Second Vice President: Sr. Maureen Lawrence, IHM, Bishop McDevitt HS, Philadelphia, PA
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
    • Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY

    1990-1992 Officers

    • President: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
    • First Vice President: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
    • Second Vice President: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
    • Publicity Director: Rev. Sean Ogle, Cathedral Preparatory, Elmhurst, NY
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1988-1990 Officers

    • President: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
    • First Vice President: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
    • Publicity Director: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1986-1988 Officers

    • President: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
    • First Vice President: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
    • Second Vice President: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1984-1986 Officers

    • President: Mrs. Gladys Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
    • First Vice President: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
    • Second Vice President: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
    • Publicity Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1982-1984 Officers

    • President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
    • First Vice President: Mrs. Gladya Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
    • Second Vice President: Rev. Raymond Hahn, Cathedral HS, Erie, PA
    • Publicity Director: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
    • Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, NY
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1981-1982 Officers

    • President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
    • First Vice President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
    • Second Vice President: Mrs. Gladys Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
    • Publicity Director: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
    • Treasurer: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1980-1981 Officers

    • President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
    • First Vice President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
    • Second Vice President: Mrs. Gladys Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
    • Publicity Director: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
    • Treasurer: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1978-1980 Officers

    • President: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
    • First Vice President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
    • Second Vice President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
    • Publicity Director: Mrs. Cathy Jo Johnson, Regina HS, Detroit, MI
    • Treasurer: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1976-1978 Officers

    • President: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
    • First Vice President: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
    • Second Vice President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
    • Publicity Director: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
    • Treasurer: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1974-1976 Officers

    • President: Mr. Robert Prior, St. John's Preparatory, Brooklyn, NY
    • First Vice President: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
    • Second Vice President: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
    • Treasurer: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1972-1974 Officers

    • President: Rev. Frederick Easterly, C.M., St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami, FL
    • First Vice President: Mr. Robert Prior, St. John's Preparatory, Brooklyn, NY
    • Second Vice President: Rev. James Motl, O.P., Fenwick HS, Chicago, IL
    • Publicity Director: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
    • Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
    • Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

    1970-1972 Officers

    • President: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS
    • First Vice President: Rev. Frederick Easterly,C.M., St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami, FL
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Robert Prior, St. John's Preparatory, Brooklyn, NY
    • Publicity Director: Rev. James Motl, O.P., Fenwick HS, Chicago, IL
    • Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY

    1968-1970 Officers

    • President: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
    • First Vice President: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Hal Ross, Bro. Rice HS, Chicago, IL
    • Publicity Director: Sr. Jane Frances, O.S.B., St. Benedict's Acad, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY

    1967-1968 Officers

    • President: Dr. Paul Ward LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
    • First Vice President: Mr. John Miller Roselle Catholic HS, Roselle, NJ
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Hal Ross Bro. Rice HS, Chicago, IL
    • Publicity Director: Sr. Jane Frances, O.S.B. St. Benedict's Acad, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY

    1966-1967 Officers

    • President: Dr. Paul Ward, LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
    • First Vice President: Mr. John Miller, Roselle Catholic HS, Roselle, NY
    • Second Vice President: Mr. Hal Ross, Bro. Rice HS, Chicago, IL
    • Publicity Director: Mr. John Sexton, St. Brendan's HS, Brooklyn, NY
    • Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY

    1963-1966 Officers

    • President: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
    • Vice President: Dr. Paul Ward, LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
    • Secretary: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., Christopher Columbus HS, Miami, FL
    • Publicity Director: Bro. Gregory Rene, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Treasurer: Rev. Albert Bartlett, S.J., Canisus HS, Buffalo, NY

    1962-1963 Officers

    • President: Bro. Meric, C.F.X., Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY
    • Vice President: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
    • Secretary: Dr. Paul Ward, LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Daniel Carroll, Archmere Academy, Wilmington, DE
    • Treasurer: Bro. Gregory Rene, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA

    1961-1962 Officers

    • President: Rev. Francis Shulte, Asst. Superintendant of Schools, Philadelphia, PA
    • Vice President: Bro. Meric, C.F.X., Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY
    • Secretary: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacret Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
    • Publicity Director: Mr. Daniel Carroll, Archmere Academy, Wilmington, DE
    • Treasurer: Sr. M. DePaul, O.P., Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, NY

    1960-1961 Officers

    • President: Rev. Francis Shulte, Asst. Superintendent of Schools, Philadelphia, PA
    • Vice President: Bro. Meric, C.F.X., Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY
    • Secretary: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
    • Publicity Director: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., St. Helena's Boys HS, New York, NY
    • Treasurer: Sr. M. DePaul, O.P., Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, NY

    1959-1960 Officers

    • President: Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J., Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
    • Vice President: Rev. Francis Schulte, Central Catholic HS, Reading, PA
    • Publicity Director: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., St. Helena's Boys HS, New York, NY
    • Co-Treasurer: Sr. Miriam de Sales, S.S.J., St. Matthew's HS, Conshohocken, PA
    • Co-Treasurer: Sr. M. St. Joachim, I.H.M., St. Maria Goretti HS, Philadelphia, PA

    1958-1959 Officers

    • President: Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J., Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
    • Vice President: Rev. Francis Schulte, Central Catholic HS, Reading, PA?
    • Publicity Director: Bro. Edward Lawrence, F.M.S., Mt. St. Michael Acad, New York, NY
    • Treasurer: Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J., St. Canice HS, Pittsburgh, PA?

    1957-1958 Officers

    • President: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C., Sacred Heart HS, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Vice President: Rev. Linford Greinader, Central Catholic HS, Johnstown, PA
    • Publicity Director: Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J., Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
    • Treasurer: Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J., St. Canice HS, Pittsburgh, PA

    1956-1957 Officers

    • President: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C., Sacred Heart HS, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Vice President: Rev. Linford Greinader, Central Catholic HS, Johnstown, PA
    • Publicity Director: Rev. Francis Prior, S.M., St. John Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY
    • Treasurer: Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J., St. Canice HS, Pittsburgh, PA

    1955-1956 Officers

    • President: Mr. Walter Mullen, St. John Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY
    • Vice President: Rev. Linford Grainader, Central Catholic HS, Johnstown, PA
    • Publicity Director: Rev. John Grace, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, NY
    • Treasurer: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C., Elizabeth Seton HS, Pittsburgh, PA

    1953-1955 Officers

    • President: Mr. Walter Mullen St. John Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY
    • Vice President: Sr. Elise Veronica, S.C. St. Vincent Academy, Newark, NJ
    • Publicity Director: Rev. John Grace Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, NY
    • Treasurer: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C. Elizabeth Seton HS, Pittsburgh, PA

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