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Barkley Forum for High Schools Tournament

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.

Registration for the tournament can be found at  Registration is typically open in mid-October.