National Forensics League

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The National Forensics League (NFL) is an honor society created to recognize high school students in speech and debate. We are the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization. This year, more than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, are building their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL.
The word "forensic" is an adjective meaning "of public debate or argument." The word is derived from the Latin word forensis, meaning "of the forum." The sense of the word "forensic" that means "pertaining to legal trials" dates from the 17th century (Oxford English Dictionary) and led to the use of the word "forensics" in reference to legal evidence.

The National Forensics League operates as the Honor Society for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA).

NFL Mission
The National Forensics League (NFL) promotes high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values.

NFL Vision
Our vision is that every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society.

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NFL Code of Honor
Adopted September 23, 2007
As a member of the National Forensics League, I pledge to uphold the highest standards of integrity, humility, respect, leadership and service in the pursuit of excellence.

Integrity: An NFL member obeys the highest ethical standards and adheres to the rules of the League.  NFL members recognize that integrity is central to earning the trust, respect, and support of one's peers.  Integrity encompasses the highest regard for honesty, civility, justice, and fairness.

Humility: An NFL member does not regard him or herself more highly than others.  Regardless of a person's level of success, he or she always looks beyond oneself to appreciate the inherent value of others.

Respect: An NFL member respects individual differences and fosters diversity.  He or she promotes tolerance, inclusion, and empowerment for people from a variety of backgrounds.

Service: An NFL member excercises the talents he or she has been given to provide service to his or her peers, community, and the League.  At all times an NFL member is prepared to work constructively to improve the lives of others.