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Speech & Debate

The La Salle Forum is the Speech and Debate or "Forensics" team at La Salle College High School. This page has been created as a resource for members, coaches, alumni, parents, and friends of the team.

Speech & Debate History

In the last 10 years, the team has been recognized with eight (8) Debate School of Excellence Awards - twice by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) in 2009 and 2014 and four times by the National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL) in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, and 2008. The La Salle Forum won the Philadelphia Catholic Forensics League (PCFL) Overall Speech and Debate School Championship most recently in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2007 as well as the PCFL Overall Debate School Championship for the last 13 consecutive years (2003-2015).

La Salle College High School has a long and storied history of speech and debate activities. The current team, nicknamed "The La Salle Forum", was granted a School Charter in 1979 by the National Forensics League -- the national high school speech and debate honors society. Since then, the team has had six (6) National Champions, thirty (30) State Champions, seventy-three (73) City Champions and numerous other national, state, and local awardees.

Bro. Kevin Dalmasse, FSC forum fund

The Brother Kevin M. Dalmasse, FSC Forum Fund provides funds to support the Speech and Debate Team at La Salle College High School and supplement the team’s budget.

These funds are primarily intended to help offset costs for students who travel to national speech and debate tournaments, especially the National Catholic Forensics League Finals and the National Speech & Debate Association Finals. The fund also provides additional financial assistance for costs to students on the Speech and Debate Team demonstrating need.

The purpose of the fund is not to replace the funds provided by La Salle, but to supplement these funds. La Salle anticipates that it will continue to fund the Speech and Debate team at a level consistent with its current funding and to increase this funding over time in proportion with other extra-curricular activities, provided that student interest remains consistent.

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To learn more about The Brother Kevin M. Dalmasse, FSC Forum Fund, please contact: Jon Allison, Major Gifts Officer, by phone (215-402-4813) or by email.

Recent News

NSDA National Debate School of Excellence
2014 & 2009

NSDA National Top 14
11 Students Since 2004

NSDA Academic All-Americans
6 All-America Students in 2013-14
2 All-American Students in 2012-13

NSDA Valley Forge District Sweepstakes
Top Overall Speech & Debate School in 2015, 2014 & 2009
Top Debate School in 2015, 2014 & 2013

NCFL National Debate School of Excellence2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, & 2008

NCFL National Champions
2010 - Policy Debate

NCFL National Top 10
17 Students Since 2004

PCFL Overall Speech & Debate Team Champions
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, & 2007

PCFL Overall Debate Team Champions
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, & 2007

PCFL City Champions
29 Students Since 2004

PHSSL State Champions
12 State Champion Students Since 2004
(17 Runner-Up Students Since 2004)

PHSSL State Top 10
61 Students Since 2004

PHSSL State District #11 Overall School Seepstakes
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010,
2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, & 2005