NFHS Policy Debate Topic Selection Meeting

By on November 19, 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 2-4, 2019

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook - Illinois
1401 W 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL  60523
(630) 573-8555


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**Hotel Reservations must be received by July 12, 2019


Topic Reports expected:

Proposed Topic Author 
NATO Authored
Criminal justice reforms Authored
Cybersecurity Authored
Health Care Authored
Poverty Authored
Agriculture Authored
Critical Infrastructure Authored
Election Reform Authored
American Public Lands Authored
Gene Editing Authored
Higher Education Authored
Judicial Reform  
Social Security  


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