On January 10, 2022, ballots from 39 states, the National Speech and Debate Association, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues and the Nation Debate Coaches Association were received and tabulated for the 2022-2023 national high school policy debate topic. The 43 state/organizations that participated tied the record from last year. Emerging Technologies was selected over Global Climate Change by a vote of 30-13.
In October the five topic areas were narrowed to two as part of a two-stage balloting process. Use of the second ballot assures a majority of coaches across the nation favor the chosen topic area and resolution.
The 2022 Policy Debate Topic Selection Meeting will be held in Kansas City from August 5th-7th, 2022. Specific information regarding lodging, travel arrangements and daily schedules will be sent to your office at a later date. You may also check our website at: https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/nfhs-policy-debate-topic-selection-meeting/.
HOW THEY VOTED FOR 2022-2023:
National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:
30 Emerging Technologies
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.
13 Global Climate Change
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support of multilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction regimes.
Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports at the NFHS.