By Eagle Newswire

Langston Hughes Academy for Arts and Technology’s Scholar Forensic League (speech and debate team) was on the move last Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, as they traveled to the Union Forensic Invitational.

The League once again stayed true to their motto, “We must run while they walk,” with a first place overall win. Justin Daniels, head coach, lead the scholars to their fourth victory with a 4-0 record this season.

The scholars competed in many different categories including, monologue, duet acting, poetry, prose, standard oratory, original oratory, humorous interpretation and domestic extemporaneous speaking. The competition included Jenks, All Saints, Casady (OKC), Union and Verdigris.

The National Forensic League (National Speech and Debate Association), is an interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and college students in the United States.

The National Speech and Debate Association is the oldest and largest high school speech and debate honor society in the world. It is one of four major national organizations that direct high school competitive speech and debate events in the United States. The others are the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL), the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), and Stoa, a Christian homeschool forensics organization.

The National League began forming in 1925 and in 1931, a school from Miami, Okla., won the first national championship in high school debate.

The National Speech and Debate Association national tournament is held annually. The tournament attracts over 3,000 high school students who compete for national honors in events that include policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, congressional debate, public forum debate, United States extemporaneous speaking, international extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, duo interpretation, extemporaneous commentary, impromptu speaking, prose, poetry, expository speaking, informative speaking, program of oral interpretation and storytelling. Over $153,000 in college scholarships are awarded at each national tournament.





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