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Climate Change and Emerging Technologies are the final choices for the 2022-2023 national debate topic

By Dr. James Weaver on October 22, 2021 nfhs news Print

 

The National Federation of State High School Associations recently tabulated debate ballots from 34 states, Washington D.C., the National Speech and Debate Association, the National Debate Coaches Association, the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, and the National Catholic Forensic League. The returned ballots narrowed the five proposed topics to two for placement on the final ballot to select the 2022-2023 national high school debate topic. The five topic areas were ranked 1-5 with the two topic areas receiving the lowest totals – Climate Change and Emerging Technologies – placed on the final ballot. On January 10, 2022, the NFHS will announce the preferred topic area and resolution after states and national organizations are able to place a final vote. The 2022-2023 national high school debate topic and resolution will be posted on the NFHS Speech and Debate webpage and sent to state associations and affiliate members.

 

The following states returned ballots:

Arizona

Kansas

Oklahoma

Arkansas

Maryland

Oregon

California

Massachusetts

Pennsylvania

Colorado

Minnesota

South Dakota

D.C.

Mississippi

Tennessee

Florida

Missouri

Texas

Georgia

Montana

Utah

Hawaii

Nevada

Virginia

Idaho

New Hampshire

Washington

Illinois

New Jersey

Wisconsin

Indiana

New York

Wyoming

Iowa

Ohio

 

 

In addition to the 35 State Associations, the NDCA, NSDA, NAUDL, and NCFL returned the ballot.

 

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

 

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

 

GLOBAL GEO-POLITICAL CRISIS: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

 

The following chart summarizes the balloting on the topic areas and their respective resolutions. Areas ranked 1-2-3-4-5 with low combined total indicative of top ranking.

 

 

National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:

104      Emerging Technologies

111      Climate Change

113      Russia

115      Health Security

142      Treaties

 

 

 

 

See how we got to 5 topics

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