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Updated September 2023


Extemporaneous Speaking Topics

Extemporaneous speaking topics are provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations.  Topics will be sent to MHSA coaches at the beginning of each month from September through January.  They will not be posted on the MHSA website at the request of the NFHS.  To register to receive mailings, contact with your current email address(es).


Legislative Debate Topics 

  • 1st Legislative Debate Topics (Until Nov 21):
    • Foreign-Ukraine
    • Domestic-Censorship 
  • 2nd Legislative Debate Topics (Until Dec 22):
    • Foreign-Immigration and Border Security
    • Domestic-Intellectual Property Theft
  • 3rd Legislative Debate Topics (Until End of Season):
    • Foreign-South East Asia
    • Domestic-Artificial Intelligence


Lincoln Douglas Debate Topics



Oct/Nov is  Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.


Policy Debate Topic

The 2023-2024 policy debate topic is:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.


Public Forum Debate Topics


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic.


Reminder!  Tournament hosts should send used Impromptu topics to: 

Sean O'Donnell, Flathead High School, 644 4th Ave. West, Kalispell, MT  59901; fax: 406.751.3605; or email:

Send SPOI prompts to:

Julie Frank, Manhattan High School, P.O. Box 425, Manhattan, MT  59741; fax: 406.284.3104; or email: