History

The National Catholic Forensic League was founded in 1951. Based upon the ideal of open membership, the NCFL welcomes membership to all schools public and private in the United States and Canada.

The National Catholic Forensic League is an organization originating from the Catholic secondary school community in the United States for the purpose of providing a service to all secondary school students.

View the list of Past National Tournaments

Past Officers of the League

2012-2014 Officers

President: Mr. Greg Cunningham
First Vice President: Charles Sloat
Second Vice President: Ms. Roberta Hyland
Executive Secretary - Treasurer: Mr. Michael Colletti
Publicity Director / Recording Secretary: Barbara Fontenot
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett

2010-2012 Officers

President: Ms. Catherine Luhr
First Vice President: Mr. Greg Cunningham
Second Vice President: Charles Sloat
Executive Secretary - Treasurer: Mr. Michael Colletti
Publicity Director / Recording Secretary: Ms. Roberta Hyland
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett

2008-2010 Officers

President: Mr. Kieran Larkin,The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
First Vice President: Ms. Catherine Luhr,Mount Mercy Academy,Buffalo, NY 14220
Second Vice President: Mr. Greg Cunningham,Catholic Memorial HS
Executive Secretary - Treasurer: Mr. Michael Colletti, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School,Palos Hills, IL 60465
Publicity Director / Recording Secretary: Charles Sloat, Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA

2006-2008 Officers

President: Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI
First Vice President: Mr. Kieran Larkin, The Mary Louis Academy, Brooklyn, NY
Second Vice President: Ms. Catherine Luhr, Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, NY
Executive Secretary - Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
Publicity Director / Recording Secretary: Mr. Greg Cunningham, Hull Jr/Sr High School, Hull, MA 02045
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA
 

2004-2006

President:   Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA
First Vice President:  Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI
Second Vice President:   Kieran Larkin, The Mary Louis Academy, Brooklyn, NY
Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA 
Publicity Director/Recording Secretary: Ms. Catherine Luhr, Mount Mercy  Academy Buffalo, NY
Grand Tournament Director: Ron Steinhorst, New London High School, New London, WI

2002-2004

President:  Ms. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL 
First Vice President: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA 
Second Vice President:  Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI 
Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA 
Publicity Director/Recording Secretary: Kieran Larkin, The Mary Louis Academy, Brooklyn, NY
Grand Tournament Director: Ron Steinhorst, New London High School, New London, WI

2000-2002

President: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA 
First Vice President: Ms. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL 
Second Vice President: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA 
Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA 
Publicity Director/Recording Secretary: Ms. Lynda Luce, Waupaca HS, Waupaca, WI 
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Regis HS, New York, NY 

1998-2000

President: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI 
First Vice President: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA 
Second Vice President: Ms. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL 
Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA 
Publicity Director/Recording Secretary: Mr. Roland Burdett, Arlington, VA 
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY 

1996-1998

President: Sr. Maureen Lawrence, IHM, Villa Maria Academy, Malvern, PA
First Vice President: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
Second Vice President: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA
Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Milford, MA
Publicity Director/Recording Secretary: Mrs. Carmen Adkins, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY 
 

1994-1996

President: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
First Vice President: Sr. Maureen Lawrence, IHM, Bishop McDevitt HS, Philadelphia, PA
Second Vice President: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Nat ick HS, Natick, MA
Publicity Director: Mr. Michael Nailor, Danville Area HS, Danville, PA
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY 

1992-1994

President: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
First Vice President: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
Second Vice President: Sr. Maureen Lawrence, IHM, Bishop McDevitt HS, Philadelphia, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
Publicity Director: Mr. Ron Steinhorst, New London Sr. HS, New London, WI
Grand Tournament Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY  

1990-1992

President: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
First Vice President: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
Second Vice President: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
Publicity Director: Rev. Sean Ogle, Cathedral Preparatory, Elmhurst, NY
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1988-1990

President: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
First Vice President: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
Second Vice President: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
Publicity Director: Mrs. Mary Beth McCarthy, Hayden HS, Topeka, KS
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1986-1988

President: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
First Vice President: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
Second Vice President: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
Publicity Director: Mr. Michael Colletti, Gordon Technical HS, Chicago, IL
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1984-1986

President: Mrs. Gladys Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
First Vice President: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
Second Vice President: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, MA
Publicity Director: Mr. James Lyness, Loyola School, New York, NY
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1982-1984

President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
First Vice President: Mrs. Gladya Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
Second Vice President: Rev. Raymond Hahn, Cathedral HS, Erie, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Richard Gaudette, Natick HS, Natick, NY
Publicity Director: Miss Eleanor Wright, Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1981-1982

President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
First Vice President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
Second Vice President: Mrs. Gladys Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
Secretary-Treasurer: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
Publicity Director: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1980-1981

President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
First Vice President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
Second Vice President: Mrs. Gladys Hughes, East Jefferson HS, Metairie, LA
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
Publicity Director: Bro. George Zehnle, S.M., Chaminade HS, Mineola, NY
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1978-1980

President: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
First Vice President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
Second Vice President: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
Publicity Director: Mrs. Cathy Jo Johnson, Regina HS, Detroit, MI
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1976-1978

President: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
First Vice President: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
Second Vice President: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
Publicity Director: Rev. Gerald Rippon, S.J., Regis HS, New York, NY
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1974-1976

President: Mr. Robert Prior, St. John's Preparatory, Brooklyn, NY
First Vice President: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
Second Vice President: Miss Annetterose Callahan, Archbishop Chapelle HS, Metairie, LA
Secretary-Treasurer: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, 
Publicity Director: Mr. Howard Fredrick, Plymouth, PA
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1972-1974

President: Rev. Frederick Easterly, C.M., St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami, FL
First Vice President: Mr. Robert Prior, St. John's Preparatory, Brooklyn, NY
Second Vice President: Rev. James Motl, O.P., Fenwick HS, Chicago, IL
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
Publicity Director: Mr. David Horn, Bishop McDevitt HS, Wyncote, PA
Grand Tournament Director: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C.

1970-1972

President: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS
First Vice President: Rev. Frederick Easterly,C.M., St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami, FL
Second Vice President: Mr. Robert Prior, St. John's Preparatory, Brooklyn, NY
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
Publicity Director: Rev. James Motl, O.P., Fenwick HS, Chicago, IL

1968-1970

President: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
First Vice President: Bro. Rene Sterner, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Second Vice President: Mr. Hal Ross, Bro. Rice HS, Chicago, IL
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
Publicity Director: Sr. Jane Frances, O.S.B., St. Benedict's Acad, Pittsburgh, PA

1967-1968

President: Dr. Paul Ward LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
First Vice President: Mr. John Miller Roselle Catholic HS, Roselle, NJ
Second Vice President: Mr. Hal Ross Bro. Rice HS, Chicago, IL
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
Publicity Director: Sr. Jane Frances, O.S.B. St. Benedict's Acad, Pittsburgh, PA

1966-1967

President: Dr. Paul Ward, LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
First Vice President: Mr. John Miller, Roselle Catholic HS, Roselle, NY
Second Vice President: Mr. Hal Ross, Bro. Rice HS, Chicago, IL
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Marianne Addy, I.H.M., Maria Regina HS, Uniondale, NY
Publicity Director: Mr. John Sexton, St. Brendan's HS, Brooklyn, NY

1963-1966

President: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
Vice President: Dr. Paul Ward, LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
Secretary: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., Christopher Columbus HS, Miami, FL
Treasurer: Rev. Albert Bartlett, S.J., Canisus HS, Buffalo, NY
Publicity Director: Bro. Gregory Rene, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA

1962-1963

President: Bro. Meric, C.F.X., Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY
Vice President: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
Secretary: Dr. Paul Ward, LaSalle Academy, New York, NY
Treasurer: Bro. Gregory Rene, F.S.C., Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Publicity Director: Mr. Daniel Carroll, Archmere Academy, Wilmington, DE

1961-1962

President: Rev. Francis Shulte, Asst. Superintendant of Schools, Philadelphia, PA
Vice President: Bro. Meric, C.F.X., Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY
Secretary: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacret Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
Treasurer: Sr. M. DePaul, O.P., Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, NY
Publicity Director: Mr. Daniel Carroll, Archmere Academy, Wilmington, DE

1960-1961

President: Rev. Francis Shulte, Asst. Superintendent of Schools, Philadelphia, PA
Vice President: Bro. Meric, C.F.X., Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, NY
Secretary: Sr. M. Elizabeth Loretto, C.S.J., Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
Treasurer: Sr. M. DePaul, O.P., Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, NY
Publicity Director: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., St. Helena's Boys HS, New York, NY

1959-1960

President: Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J., Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
Vice President: Rev. Francis Schulte, Central Catholic HS, Reading, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Miriam de Sales, S.S.J., St. Matthew's HS, Conshohocken, PA
and Sr. M. St. Joachim, I.H.M., St. Maria Goretti HS, Philadelphia, PA
Publicity Director: Bro. Stephen Luke, F.M.S., St. Helena's Boys HS, New York, NY

1958-1959

President: Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J., Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL

Vice President: Rev. Francis Schulte, Central Catholic HS, Reading, PA

Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J., St. Canice HS, Pittsburgh, PA

Publicity Director: Bro. Edward Lawrence, F.M.S., Mt. St. Michael Acad, New York, NY

1957-1958

President: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C., Sacred Heart HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Vice President: Rev. Linford Greinader, Central Catholic HS, Johnstown, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J., St. Canice HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Publicity Director: Rev. Robert Pollauf, S.J., Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL

1956-1957

President: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C., Sacred Heart HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Vice President: Rev. Linford Greinader, Central Catholic HS, Johnstown, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Margaret Joseph, S.S.J., St. Canice HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Publicity Director: Rev. Francis Prior, S.M., St. John Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY

1955-1956

President: Mr. Walter Mullen, St. John Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY
Vice President: Rev. Linford Grainader, Central Catholic HS, Johnstown, PA
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C., Elizabeth Seton HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Publicity Director: Rev. John Grace, Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, NY

1953-1955

President: Mr. Walter Mullen St. John Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY
Vice President: Sr. Elise Veronica, S.C. St. Vincent Academy, Newark, NJ
Secretary-Treasurer: Sr. Mary Zoe, S.C. Elizabeth Seton HS, Pittsburgh, PA
Publicity Director: Rev. John Grace Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx, NY