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2011-2012 NFHS Policy Debate Topic Finalists


China and Space are the final choices for the 2011-12 national debate topic 

The National Federation of State High School Associations recently tabulated debate ballots from 31 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 2011-12 national high school debate topic. The five topic areas were ranked 1-5 with the two topic areas receiving the lowest totals – China and Space– placed on the final ballot. On January 7, 2011, the NFHS will announce the preferred topic area and resolution.  



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


Alaska   Illinois   Missouri   Pennsylvania
Arizona   Indiana   Montana   South Dakota
Arkansas    Iowa   Nevada   Texas
California   Kansas   New Hampshire   Virginia
Colorado   Lousiana   New York   Washington
Georgia   Michigan   Ohio   Wisconsin
Hawaii   Minnesota   Oklahoma   Wyoming
Idaho   Mississippi   Oregon    

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




Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the People’s Republic of China on one or more of the following issues: trade, currency, environment. 



Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere. 


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

  2011-12 NFHS Policy Debate 1st Ballot Results  



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


** National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting: 


101      Cyber Security – Topic I 

137      Southeast Asia – Topic 2 

70        Space Policy – Topic 3 

106      India– Topic 4 

96        China– Topic 5 


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