Program Oral Interpretation

Please click on the link to download the rules to our new Senior Division Event, Program Oral Interpretation!

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The fourth annual SPEAK conference for middle and high school speech and debate educators will be held on September 26 at the University of Kentucky.  SPEAK (the Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky) is sponsored by the Kentucky District of the National Speech and Debate Association and co-sponsored by the Kentucky High School Speech League, the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League, the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association, and the Division of Instructional Communication at the University of Kentucky.

SPEAK 2014 will be kicked off by Kentucky High School Speech League Hall of Fame coach Mark Etherton of Murray and Rowan County High Schools.  Mr. Etherton coached multiple state champion teams and individual state and national champions during his teaching career.  His keynote speech will address Kentucky Speech and Debate, Past and Future, and will lead into a conference-wide roundtable discussion about the role of speech and debate in today’s educational climate.  Attendees will address Program Reviews, the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening, and how speech and debate classes and competitions can fulfill new needs raised by these educational advances.  After lunch, attendees will choose two of nine seminars addressing topics from teaching the Common Core communication standards in content areas to teaching the basic speech class to coaching new and established speech and debate teams.

Registration is due by Monday, September 22, via Fees for registration are $40 (due upon arrival) and include a catered lunch.  Certificates of attendance as well as door prizes will be given.  Additional information about the conference, seminars, and discounted hotel rates as well as additional support material for speech and debate educators will be found at the SPEAK website (  Online registration will be live 8/25/14 and will end 9/22/14.

Any middle or high school teacher of speech, debate, communications, or who is helping teach the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening or who is involved in the Program Reviews for Writing or Arts and Humanities is strongly urged to attend.  Administrators and other interested parties are also welcomed.  Please join us at this very special event on 9/26 in Lexington.  We can’t wait to SPEAK with you!

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EXTEMP Coaching Training

Our own Mr. Bill and Ms. Ginger let us know:


COACHING EXTEMP 101: INTENSIVE training for anyone interested in coaching extemporaneous speaking.
DATE: August 30th
TIME: 9 to 5
PLACE: LaRue County High School
COST: $25 per person or $50 per school – If cost is an issue please contact us. We don’t want anyone to be excluded due to budgetary constraints. Checks should be made out to Bill Thompson
TRAINER: Bill Thompson
MORE DETAILS: See the previous post.  Contact Ginger Tomlinson at for all sorts of info!

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Rocketober Debate Tournament

Messrs. Hamm and Zorn are very pleased to announce that Assumption School will host a Debate Tournament on 4 October!  Details to follow, but please do take advantage of this early-season opportunity!

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Registration Email and Information

The Registration Email has gone out to all returning coaches as of 1:10 pm on 18 August 2014.

A single-page version of the Invoice, as well as a form for new schools, is posted on the Registration page on the website.


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SPEAK IV: A New Hope

Mr. Meadows lets us know that:

The fourth annual SPEAK (Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky) Conference will be held at the University of Kentucky on Friday, September 26.

Legendary Kentucky speech and debate coach Mark Etherton (of Murray High and Rowan County High) will deliver the keynote address for SPEAK 4:  A New Hope – a journey through Kentucky’s past in speech and debate with visions of what the future can be.

A schedule for the day is posted on the SPEAK website,, as are other resources and archives from past SPEAK conferences.  Registration will open on this website at the end of August and continue until September 22.

Please mark the date on your calendars and plan to attend.  Who doesn’t like missing a Friday from school?

Spread the word out to others you know who may be interested – middle school coaches, new coaches you know of, speech and debate teachers we don’t have involved in Kentucky National Forensic League already, members of your organizations if you head them, etc.

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Registration Info/POI

Registration Info. for 2014-2015 will be sent out on 18 August on my return to UK.

Rules for POI will be available at that time, also.  If you take a look at the description of the event at Gustavus Adolphus College, you will get a sense of where we’re going.

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