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China Selected as the 2016-17 National High School Policy Debate Topic

By on May 05, 2016 speech debate & theatre directors & judges article

On January 8, 2016, ballots from 32 states, the National Catholic Forensic League and the National Speech and Debate Association were tabulated at NFHS headquarters to select the 2016-2017 national high school policy debate topic. China was selected over India with 54% of the votes.  

In October the five topic areas were narrowed to two as part of a two-stage balloting process. Use of the second ballot assures that a majority of coaches across the nation favor the chosen topic area and resolution.

The following chart summarizes the state-by-state balloting on topic areas. The letters reflect a vote for China (C) or India (I).

 

HOW THEY VOTED FOR 2016-17:

Choice of problem area and resolution by Official Referendum Vote:

 

China

Colorado

Florida

Hawaii

Idaho

Kansas

Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nevada

New Mexico

New York

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

NCFL

   

India

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Mississippi

Montana

New Hampshire

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

South Dakota

NSDA

NDCA

   

 

 

National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:

 

19        CHINA

 

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

 

 

16        INDIA

 

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the Republic of India.