The Barkley Forum for High Schools (BFHS) has been firmly committed to supporting high school forensics since it began in 1956 and continues today to provide top-flight national competition at the high school level.
Each year, typically during the last weekend of January, over a thousand students, teachers, school administrators, and college coaches descend on the Emory University campus from 35 states to engage in a variety of forensic events. The BFHS showcases successful high school participants in final rounds packed with large audiences and honors the high school teachers who work hard to provide a forensics education to their students.
The tournament hosts six Speech events, Congressional Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy Debate. The Speech events are: Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking (foreign and domestic in one division), Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, and Prose & Poetry.