NFHS CX Debate Topic Selection Meeting

By on August 22, 2016 SDT

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 4-6, 2017

Orlando World Center Marriott - Orlando, Florida
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida  32821

 (407) 239-4200

**Hotel Reservations must be received by July 5, 2017


Topic Reports expected:

Proposed Topic Author Needed
Criminal Justice Reform Authored
Election/Political Party Reform Authored
U.S. Refugee and Assylum Policies  
Civil Rights Authored
Poverty in America / Rural and/or Urban Poverty  
Immigration Reform Authored
Increase Police Training / Police Violence  
Disease Monitoring Authored
Mental Health  
Prison Reform  
Supreme Court Actor Topic (i.e.: overturn a case) Authored
Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources  
Public Health Crises/Public Health Emergency Preparedness Authored


For information regarding the topics on the ballot for 2017-18, please click here.

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
State Voting List
2017-18 Topic Selection Meeting Topic Ballot