The National Forensic League is the national honor society for middle school and high school speech and debate. The vision of the NFL is “that every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker and leader in a democratic society.”

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2014 NIETOC Results

Congratulations to Southside High School Speech & Debate team members Branden Lindsay and Jarrett Williams on an outstanding showing at the 2014 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) in Mankato, Minnesota. Branden and Jarrett advanced to the final round of duo interpretation (4th place) and Branden advanced to the final round of dramatic interpretation (Champion). Mr. Erickson Bynum was also presented an award as coach of the dramatic interpretation champion. A very special shout out goes to Branden Lindsay for winning The Demond Wilson Perfect Performance Award as the tournament's top performer. As a team, Southside won the overall first place sweepstakes in the Act I Category.

Duo Interpretation

Branden Lindsay & Jarrett Williams - NIETOC Finalists - 4th Place Overall

Branden Lindsay & Jarrett Williams Erickson Bynum - NIETOC National Champion CoachDramatic Interpretation

Branden Lindsay - NIETOC Finalist - National Champion
Erickson Bynum - NIETOC National Champion Coach


Branden Lindsay - The Demond Wilson Perfect Performance Award - Tournament's Top Competitor
Southside HS - ACT 1 Nominee & Act 1 Overall Sweepstakes Champions

2013 NIETOC Results

Ten South Carolina students earned bids to participate in the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions held May 10-12, 2013, in San Antionio,TX.  The following won awards:

  • 5th Place in Dramatic Interpretation - Branden Lindsay (Southside)
  • Semi Finalists in Duo Interpretation - Branden Lindsay and Jalen Gray (Southside)
  • Quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation - Brandi White  (Southside)
  • Quarterfinalist in Original Oratory - Kristy Abd-El-Malak (Southside)
  • Semi Finalist in Prose - Margaret Stegall (Bob Jones Academy)


Congratulations to Bill Evans of Hillcrest, recipient of the Josephine Dukes' Teacher of the Year Award

Students from the Hillcrest Forensics team nominated their coach, Bill Evans, for the Josephine Dukes teacher of the year award. The committee felt Evans fully exemplified Miss Dukes philosophy: "first you have to love the student, then and only then, can you teach them."

 First place Poetry - Francine Tamakloe (Southside)


  • 5th place Poetry - Francine Tamakloe (Southside)
  • 6th place Prose - Benjamin Nicholas (Bob Jones Academy)