The Notre Dame Speech and Debate Team (formerly known as Forensics) has a long standing tradition of excellence in competitive public speaking and debate.  Students have the opportunity to develop their communication skills as well as representing our school at several tournaments throughout the school year. 


Awards and Recognition


 Practices Monday night from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Rooms 2 and 3. 

 Congratulations to the following members of the Speech and Debate Team who will serve as team officers in the 2018-2019 school year:

Our first orientation session will be Monday September 17 from 6:30-8:30pm starting in Room 2.  We will go over all the different categories you can compete in. All students are welcome to attend.  If you are unable to make that meeting and still want to join, please email Mr. Rizzo at srizzo@ndcrusaders.org.




2005 National Champion

2014 National Champion

2005 National Champion

Fr. Stephan Isaac's Career Highlights

2005 National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest National Winner (see Fr. Stephan's Championship Speech in Resources section below)

NSDA Degree of Outstanding Distinction

Four-time NCFL National Qualifier: 2003: Original Oratory; 2004: Student Congress Semifinalist; 2005: Student Congress Semifinalist; 2006: Student Congress Finalist

Two-time PHSSL State Award winner: 2004: Student Congress, 3rd Place;  2006: Student Congress 3rd Place

2014 National Champion

Abby Marone's Career Highlights

2014 NSDA Congressional Debate House National Champion

Member of 2014-2015 Team USA World Schools Debate

Earned NSDA Degree of Premier Distinction

Nine total National Tournament appearances (all in Congressional Debate/Student Congress):

2012: NCFL, Semifinalist

2013: Tournament of Champions, Semifinalist; NCFL, Semifinalist; NSDA, Semifinalist 

2014: Tournament of Champions, 5th place; NCFL, 4th place; NSDA, 1st place

2015: Tournament of Champions, 5th place;  NSDA, 4th place

2013 PHSSL State Champion Student Congress Senate


2018-2019 Tournament Schedule

(tournaments marked individual participation are national events that the team does not attend, but students can. Also note that tournament dates and locations may be subject to change)

9/14-16     Yale Tournament - individual participation

10/12-14   New York City Invitational at Bronx Science - individual participation

10/27         Phillipsburg Invitational

11/3            ADFL/SCFL joint tournament at Abington Heights HS

11/17-18   St. Joseph's University Villiger Tournament  - individual participation

11/30-12/2        George Mason - individual participation

11/30-12/2       Princeton Univ

12/8          LaSalle College HS

12/15          ADFL at Lafayette College

1/5               ADFL at TBA

1/12             Shikellamy HS

1/19            E. L. Meyers HS MLK Open Tournament 

1/26             Ridge HS

2/1-2           Pennsbury HS

2/9             ADFL at North Schuylkill HS

2/9-10       U Penn  - individual participation

2/23            PHSSL District 8 State Qualifier at TBA

3/2              ADFL National Qualifier at Northampton Community College

3/9-10     NSDA Valley Forge District National Qualifier at William Tennent HS

3/15-16      PHSSL State Tournament at Bloomsburg University

4/13               Holy Redeemer HS

April TBA   Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Video Oratory Contest Deadline (see Mr. Rizzo for details)

April TBA  Tournament Of Champions – speech and debate invitational individual participation

4/27            Southern Lehigh HS

May TBA   National Individual Events Tournament Of Champions – speech invitational individual participation

5/24-27     NCFL Grand Nationals in Milwaukee, WI

6/16-21     NSDA Nationals in Dallas, TX

TBA           National Finals Pro-Life Oratory Contest at the National Right to Life Convention in Overland Park, KS

ADFL = Allentown Diocesan Forensics League, NCFL = National Catholic Forensic League,  NSDA = National Speech & Debate Assn.,

PHSSL = PA High School Speech League, SCFL = Scranton Catholic Forensics League


Tournament Forms


Congress Bill Deadlines