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NFHS 2014-15 Policy Debate Topic Finalists

Oceans and Middle East Policy Reform are the final choices for the 2014-2015 national debate topic  

  

The National Federation of State High School Associations recently tabulated debate ballots from 30 states, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Debate Coaches Association and the National Forensic League. The returned ballots narrowed the five proposed topics to two for placement on the final ballot to select the 2014-15 national high school debate topic. The five topic areas were ranked 1-5 with the two topic areas receiving the lowest totals – Oceans and Middle East Policy Reform– placed on the final ballot. On January 10, 2014, the NFHS will announce the preferred topic area and resolution.  

In addition to the NFL, NCFL and NDCA, the following states returned ballots: 

 

Arkansas  

Louisiana 

Ohio 

California 

Michigan 

Oklahoma 

Colorado 

Minnesota 

Oregon 

Florida 

Mississippi 

Pennsylvania 

Georgia 

Missouri 

South Dakota 

Hawaii 

Montana 

Texas 

Idaho 

Nevada 

Virginia 

Illinois 

New Hampshire 

Washington 

Iowa 

New Mexico 

Wisconsin 

Kansas 

New York 

Wyoming 

  

Within each of the five topic areas appears one resolution.  The resolutions within the two final topic areas are: 

  

OCEANS 

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. 

 

MIDDLE EAST POLICY REFORM 

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority. 

  

The following chart summarizes the balloting on the topic areas and their respective resolutions. 

  2014-15 NFHS Policy Debate Ballot Chart 

** Areas ranked 1-2-3-4-5 with low combined total indicative of top ranking. 

** National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:  

  

64      Oceans – Topic I 

100     International Humanitarian Law – Topic 2 

90      Middle East Policy Reform – Topic 3 

118     Export Control Reform – Topic 4 

120     Domestic Water– Topic 5 

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