Mario Herrera Paradigm

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PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

I competed in high school policy debate back in the day but haven't judged policy in a while. I have been coaching for 28 years and am a member of the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the National Speech and Debate Association Hall of Fame. I have coached and judged all speech events, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas and Congress, with students from my team reaching elimination rounds at major national tournaments in nearly all speech events and in all debate events.

I believe Public Forum debate to be exactly that- a public forum. I also appreciate and enjoy the intricacies of argumentation. In the end, my jurisdiction is the resolution, therefore I need to hear argumentation stemming from the given resolution.

Speaking quickly in a round is a must, but it should not be at the expense of communication. Throwing arguments around to see what sticks is not the best strategy with me. I also believe that there is rarely a "silver bullet" type of argument, and argument that is so good that it is irrefutable. Don't try to isolate your competition- instead, clash your arguments with theirs. Debate is about the clash. That is what makes it engaging and important. Create that clash.

Theory arguments rarely persuade me, although I have been known to vote for theory. I prefer to hear about the point of conflict within the resolution.

The best advice I can give is to connect the dots in the round. If you don't, that means if I have to connect arguments to impacts and evaluate both on my own, I may not make connections the way you would like Weigh the round, not just your impacts.

I've been hearing that nuclear war is going to happen since 1982. Just because something is said in a round does not make it true. Valid, reasonable positions and evidence are key. The impacts of arguments need to be sound and connected.

A dropped argument does not mean you win the debate. You need to tell me why.

In the end, debate is an exercise in discussion, discourse, rhetoric, argumentation and rebuttal. Logos, ethos and pathos are vital in the debate arena. Debate decisions are about who debates better in a given moment in time with a given situation. You've chosen a remarkable activity to participate in. Enjoy the round!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/29/2020 PF R3 222 221 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Tarheel East District Tournament 2/29/2020 PF R1 224 220 Neg Aff on a 2-1
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF Octos St Paul's BH Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart DL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF R6 Bronx Science ER Nova KD Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF R6 Bronx Science KS Mullen HO Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF R4 Carrollton BS Mullen PC Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF R3 Bellaire CM Gulf Breeze MR Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF R3 Bellaire LT Gulf Breeze MS Aff
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/13/2019 VarPF R1 Bellaire BF Oxford AR Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 PF R16 N233 N296 Aff Aff on a 13-2
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Double Quarry Lane SV Lake Highland Prep KO Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Triple Cherry Creek SW Los Altos CK Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF Triple Nueva SP Lake Highland Prep SP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R6 Overland DA Harker AS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R6 Mission San Jose AY Foothill ST Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 JVPF R5 Harker SG Presentation SS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 JVPF R5 SpeechCraft JZ Harker GN Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R3 Cherry Creek CQ James Logan SU Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R3 Oakwood School - North Hollywood KP Denver East KF Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R2 Judge Memorial Catholic SB Mission San Jose DK Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R2 Cherry Creek SW Archbishop Mitty VK Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R1 Lake Highland Prep FS Mission San Jose CM Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R1 St. Thomas AK LearningLeaders FZ Neg
WRHS Spooky Speech and Demon Debate 10/28/2017 NLD R4 North Hall KH McIntosh KC Neg
WRHS Spooky Speech and Demon Debate 10/28/2017 VLD Qat Houston County EE Valdosta JP Neg Neg on a 3-0
WRHS Spooky Speech and Demon Debate 10/28/2017 VLD R3 Valdosta AK Houston County RD Neg
Warrior War of Words 10/7/2017 LD R4 Valdosta CP Archer OJ Aff
Warrior War of Words 10/7/2017 NLD R3 Houston County WR Valdosta CW Aff
Warrior War of Words 10/7/2017 LD R2 Marist WR Valdosta JP Aff
Warrior War of Words 10/7/2017 LD R1 Jackson LB Warner Robins SC Neg
Wildcat Classic at Valdosta High School 9/23/2017 VLD Quat Houston County Richard Day Carrollton Jada Thomas Neg Neg on a 2-1
Wildcat Classic at Valdosta High School 9/23/2017 VLD R4 Carrollton Jada Thomas Warner Robins Scott Cummings Aff
Wildcat Classic at Valdosta High School 9/23/2017 VLD R3 Houston County Richard Day Warner Robins Anastacia Del Rio Aff
Wildcat Classic at Valdosta High School 9/23/2017 NPF R1 Brookwood Elizabeth Rollins & Madeline Gordon Carrollton Lyall Penley & Jack Cox Neg
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R4 Byram Hills BV Western MR Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R4 Byron Nelson PB Sequoyah CW Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R2 Bronx HS of Science OL Southlake Carroll RK Aff
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/18/2017 VPF R2 Boston Latin WM Sequoyah AM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF R5 Stuyvesant JP Lake Mary Prep HM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF R5 Hawken EL Cypress Bay SB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF R4 Strake Jesuit WH Morristown West HC Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PF R4 Milton CV Vestavia Hills CD Aff
Red Devil Rhetoric at Jackson High 1/21/2017 VLD R4 Grovetown NB Valdosta CV Aff
Red Devil Rhetoric at Jackson High 1/21/2017 VLD R3 Valdosta WT Lassiter GL Aff
Red Devil Rhetoric at Jackson High 1/21/2017 VLD R2 Houston County AE Lassiter AO Neg
Red Devil Rhetoric at Jackson High 1/21/2017 VLD R1 Lassiter JM Valdosta DC Neg
WRHS Spooky Speech and Demon Debate Tournament 10/29/2016 NLD R5 Valdosta CP Thomas County Central TS Neg
WRHS Spooky Speech and Demon Debate Tournament 10/29/2016 VLD R3 Columbus SH Carrollton LA Neg
WRHS Spooky Speech and Demon Debate Tournament 10/29/2016 NLD R1 Valdosta JP Marist PS Aff
Bruce Rogers Debate Tournament 9/10/2016 VLD Quater Lassiter JM Warner Robins SC Neg Neg on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/4/2016 PF Octofi Columbus SP Sequoyah DH Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVPF Semis Houston County SE Marist FB Neg Neg on a 3-0
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 JVPF Quarte Columbus GP Lambert AP Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA 1st and 2nd Year State Championship 2/20/2016 NPF Octofi Columbus HS Lambert SJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Peach State Classic 11/13/2015 PFD Round Columbus AP
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD Quarte Milton Amith Vadlamudi George Walton Comprehensive Annie Chen Neg Neg on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD R4 Isidore Newman Laura Arenas George Walton Comprehensive Annie Chen Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD R3 Isidore Newman Abhi Jani Lambert Keshav Raviprakash Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 LD R2 Northview Sneha Chauhan Lambert Roy Wang Aff