In 1945 Father A. Francis Commes a teacher at SLUH established the Bellarmine Speech League for parochial grade schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. His intent was to improve the students’ public speaking skills by memorizing and performing materials in Humorous, Serious, and Duet categories. Students compete in three Speech Meets with teams from other schools. Ribbons are awarded to participants based upon total score received from two judges. A final meet is held at the end of the school year. At the Final Meet, trophies are awarded to the top 20% of participants in addition to ribbons. Holy Cross Academy has achieved very successful results individually and as a school. Various students and parents are utilized for coaching.