Below are the results from the first round of balloting of topic areas for the 2016-2017 national high school policy debate topic. Ballots were sent to all 50 states, the National Speech and Debate Association, National Debate Coaches Association and the National Catholic Forensic League in August. States conducted balloting in September and October. Results were sent to NFHS headquarters by October 16, 2015.
Two final topics, China and India, were selected as the favorites.
Attached is a new ballot that solicits responses to the two final resolutions. Please allow several weeks for discussion on this ballot. Your office should conduct another vote during November and December. Please send your final tally to the NFHS office by January 4, 2016. We will announce the favored topic and resolution by e-mail (to state associations/contact persons only) onJanuary 8. The topic announcement will also appear on the NFHS Web site (www.nfhs.org).
The 2016 Topic Selection Meeting will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 5, 6 and 7. Specific information regarding lodging, travel arrangements and daily schedules will be sent to your office at a later date.