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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

The First topics (Until Nov. 21) will be:
Foreign: Climate Change
Domestic Voter Fraud
The Second topics (Nov. 22 - winter break) will be:
Foreign: Human Trafficking
Domestic: Education
The Final topics (Jan. 1 - State) will be:
Foreign:  The Middle East
Domestic: Infrastructure

Lincoln Douglas Debate Topics


Policy Debate Topic

The 2021-2022 policy debate topic is:

The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

Public Forum Debate Topics


The NSDA has changed its topic releases in Public Forum Debate (all other debate styles are unchanged). After consultation with the MFEA debate committee, the following change has been decided for the 2021-2022 MHSA Speech and Debate season. Public Forum will debate the Sept./Oct. topic until Nov. 20, The Nov./Dec. topic from Nov. 21-Dec. 31, the Jan. topic all of Jan., and the Feb. topic after Feb 1. For clarification or questions, contact debate committee chairperson Adam Thane at

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: