2014-15 NFHS Policy Debate Topic Announcement

By Hays (CMS) Angela on July 16, 2014 SDT

Oceans is selected as 2014-15 policy debate topic

 

On January 10, 2014, ballots from 31 states, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Debate Coaches Association and the National Forensic League were tabulated at NFHS headquarters to select the 2014-15 national high school policy debate topic. Oceans was selected over Middle East Policy Reform with 71% of the votes. 

In October the five topic areas were narrowed to two as part of a two-stage balloting process. Use of the second ballot assures that a majority of coaches across the nation favor the chosen topic area and resolution.

The following table summarizes the state-by-state balloting on topic areas.

 

HOW THEY VOTED FOR 2014-15: 

Choice of problem area and resolution by Official Referendum Vote: 
 

Oceans 

Middle East Policy Reform 

Alaska

Colorado

Georgia

Arkansas

California

Illinois

Hawaii

Idaho

Iowa

Indiana

Minnesota

Mississippi

Kansas

Michigan

Missouri

Montana

New York

Utah

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

NDCA

 

 

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

South Dakota

Texas

 

 

 

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

 

 

 

Wyoming

NCFL

NFL

 

 

 

  

National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting: 

  

24        OCEANS 

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

 

10        MIDDLE EAST POLICY REFORM 

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following:  Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority.