The Pennsylvania High School Speech League was founded in 1961. Bloomsburg University has been PHSSL's home office since July, 2016. Its overall purpose is to stimulate through educational competition an understanding and appreciation of all areas of speech. In addition, the League:
Membership is open to any public, private or parochial high school in the state. Currently, more than 150 schools are members of the League. The state is divided into 14 districts. Students compete in district tournaments which qualify them for the state competition.
Participation in the League meets four of the Fifteen Goals of Quality Education:
Acquire communication skills of understanding, speaking, listening, reading and writing
Develop self-understanding and a sense of self-worth
Develop analytical thinking skills
Acquire knowledge, appreciation and skills in the Arts and Humanities.
Participation in the League provides opportunities for academic competition.
Participation in the League provides access to our newsletter, the Communicator, three times during the school year.
“It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.” – Wayne Burgraff