Forensics Society

Nationally Recognized Speech, Debate and Drama

Holy Ghost forensics team has a long history stretching back to the 1970’s. In our 50-year history, we have had:
  • 37 Consecutive Philadelphia City Speech Championships 
  • 18 Pennsylvania State Championships 
  • Hundreds of individual and team championships 
  • Over 100 individual Pennsylvania State Champions 
  • 17 individual National Champions 
  • National Coaches Hall of Fame: Tony Figliola 
  • State Coaches Hall of Fame: Tony Figliola
Our Mission Statement:
“The Holy Ghost Prep Forensics team strives to develop young men’s desire to achieve excellence, both in performance and in character, through opportunities to train and compete in rhetoric, argumentation, and interpretation.”
Benefits of Forensics:
According to the National Speech and Debate Association, schools who offer this activity report:
  • Increased test scores
  • Rise in college acceptance
  • Creative thinking and collaboration
  • Increase in leadership
Beyond these benefits, the team offers a unique opportunity to visit and meet with representatives from competitive colleges both locally (St. Joseph’s University and University of Pennsylvania) and afar (Harvard University, Yale University, Emory University, and more). Team members develop an independence and confidence from navigating themselves through campuses and meeting other students from around the world. The nature of the competition fosters a sense of personal and communal success.