Texas Middle School State Tournament

2023 — Houston, TX/US

Topics (updated on April 21, 2023)

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (NSDA Topic for March/April 2023):

Resolved: The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ought to be term-limited.

Public Forum Debate (NSDA Topic for April 2023):

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should ban the collection of personal data through biometric recognition technology.

World Schools Debate Motions:

Rounds 1 and 2—Prepared Motion—This House would remove veto power from permanent members on the UN Security Council. (Teams debate both sides of the motion.)

Round 3—Impromptu Motion

Round 4—Impromptu Motion

Semifinals—Impromptu Motion (if necessary)

Finals—Prepared Motion—This House would ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement officials.

Congressional Debate Docket:

The docket will consist of the following items from the Texas Forensic Association Spring 2023 docket:

Preliminary Round 1: Items 4, 14, 18, 26, 29

Preliminary Round 2 or Semifinals (if necessary): Items 2, 8, 16, 24, 28

Final: Items 1, 5, 15, 19, 27

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas:

Preliminary Round 1: Middle East

Preliminary Round 2: United States Foreign Policy

Final: Southeast Asia

Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas (Quotations from or about These Areas):

Preliminary Round 1: Women's Rights

Preliminary Round 2: Science Fiction/Fantasy Books, Movies, and Television Shows

Semifinals: Justice

Final: Humor/Comedians