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Hall of Fame

 

The Kentucky High School Speech League hasn't lasted 100 years by accident. It's taken the hard work of many students and coaches, support from schools and school districts and universities and statewide groups, and a belief by all that giving kids opportunities to grow as communicators helps them develop their minds over the chatter of everyday chaos. 

 

The KHSSL Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have been instrumental in our League's success over time.
 

KHSSL History

 

If you last a hundred years, you have a little history to tell. KHSSL is lucky to have much of its history chronicled by WKU's Randall Capps, a past communications department chair and speech and debate coach at Western. He is also a member of the inaugural class of the KHSSL Hall of Fame.

 

Additional history has been maintained by the membership and the Executive Directors, especially Chris Chandler of WKU Forensics, who has made KHSSL research a passion project. 

 

KHSSL is grateful to all who help us tell the story of Kentucky speech and debate.

 

Debate State Champions

 

Debate was KHSSL's first contest, and we have a long record of our state's winners in various debate events plus the team debate sweepstakes awards that were established later. 

 

This page includes our many winners. Many of our lists of champions are being revealed as part of the 100 Fun Facts Twitter feed in early 2020, so stay tuned! 
 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM LISTS

Speech State Champions
-- Junior Division

 

We're proud as pickles of our youngest speakers and welcome students in grades 4-8 to compete at the Junior level. We have a long history of offering contests for younger students and are proud to recognize the state champions here. 
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This page includes our many winners. Many of our lists of champions are being revealed as part of the 100 Fun Facts Twitter feed in early 2020, so stay tuned! 

 

Speech State Champions
-- Senior Division

 

Our largest contest each year (for the last few decades) has been the senior high state speech contest. With dozens of schools around the state competing for the bragging rights of being the State Champions, it's always a great meet where the greatest in the state meet!

 

This page includes our many winners. Many of our lists of champions are being revealed as part of the 100 Fun Facts Twitter feed in early 2020, so stay tuned! 

Sustained Excellence Awards (aka Traveling Trophies)

 

With the addition of debate in 2020, each of the three state tournaments now has a Sustained Excellence (Traveling) Trophy. Each year, a school's sweepstakes points earned at the state tournament are added to the prior total. The school with the highest total is named the Sustained Excellence winner for that year, recognizing not only outstanding scores but sustained excellence over time. In theory, any school who competes year to year can win this award! The winner each year is reset to zero points and begins the climb again!

This page includes our many winners. Many of our lists of champions are being revealed as part of the 100 Fun Facts Twitter feed in early 2020, so stay tuned!