NFHS Policy Debate Topic Selection Meeting

By on August 03, 2018 SDT Print

For more than fifty years prior to 1977, the National University Continuing Education Association (NUCEA) hosted the national high school cross-examination topic selection process. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) became involved in the selection process in 1977. From 1977 to 1982 the selection process was sponsored jointly with the NUCEA and the NFHS. In 1983, the NUCEA ceased their involvement with the topic selection process and the NFHS assumed sole responsibility.

The NFHS hosts the annual meeting to determine the debate topic ballot choices in the first weekend in August. This meeting is held in various locations from year to year. For more information on the topic selection process, click here.

August 3-5, 2018

The Davenport Grand - Spokane, Washington
333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 458-3330


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Topic Reports expected:

Proposed Topic Author 
Increasing USFG Support of Multilateral Institutions (NATO, UN and others) Authored
Water Access Authored
Arctic/Arctic Council Authored
Human Trafficking Authored
Treaties Authored
Middle East Policy Authored
Arms Sales/Export Controls Authored
Cryptocurrencies Authored
Weapons and Authority Authored
India Authored
Reducing the Role of Weapons of Mass Destruction Authored
Supreme Court and Foreign Policy Authored
Russia Authored


Note: For additional information/details regarding this meeting, please contact Angela Hays at the NFHS.


Informational Documents Related to Topic Selection (in PDF format):

Criteria for Debate Topics
Guidelines for Report Author
International Topic Rationale
Past Debate Topic Resolutions
Process for Selecting Topic
Topic Selection Report Process
Potential Wording of Debate Topics
Utilizing Definitions

Meeting Materials

Topic Selection Meeting Agenda
Delegate and Alternates
Marshall Subcommittees
2018-2019 Potential resolutions
Complete Forms: Thank You Letters, Attendees Roster, Interest in Preparing a Topic Report and Potential Topics
2019-20 Topic Selection Meeting 1st Ballot
2019-20 Topic Selection Meeting 2nd Ballot
2019-20 Topic Selection Meeting 3rd Ballot