Raiyan Syed Paradigm

Last changed 6 October 2018 4:38 AM CDT

I debated for four years at Little Rock Central High School. I've been judging in Arkansas now for three years and also have some experience judging national novice tournaments.

I had a judgephilosophies page, but it looks like that page is gone so I'll write up the important things. If something you're concerned about isn't on here, just assume I don't have a particularly unique view on it.

Basically, I look for the team that impacts out their internal links the best. This doesn't always mean your typical ends-with-nuke-war scenarios, but it can also be impacts of standards and fairness on Topicality and Framework debates. The team who does the best job doing this almost always wins my ballot.

As a note, I have a decently high threshold on Framework and Topicality debates since I think there's a lot of potential in them that debaters don't utilize. That being said, I hate nominal (we attempted to answer their stuff, this should be a wash or go in our favor) debates of this kind and also just ones where the team isn't actually ready to read the arguments.

I also have a relatively lower threshold on non-mainstream kritiks (security and cap come to my mind as what I consider "mainstream" off the top of my head -- hopefully you get the idea). What really helps your cause here is a specific link (this applies to any neg argument though) and good articulation on things like the world of the alt on the K and internal net benefits on the CP. Without these things, in closer debates, I usually give the aff the benefit of the doubt since they read a 1AC and (hopefully) are doing impact overviews, and I prefer to weigh that analysis against an alt that's not articulated well or CP internal links not articulated well.

Feel free to ask me questions in person any time or shoot me an email at rmsyed@uark.edu!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VPF Finals 5 Bunch & Graham 16 Finkenbinder & English Con Con 3-0
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VLD Semis 1 Alexis Childs 12 Laila Meredith Neg Neg 2-1
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VLD R2 9 Kennedy Marrs 12 Michelle Gong Neg
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VIPDA R1 10 Madison Young 6 Jaci Sabatini Neg
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NPF Finals 8 Ale Avila 11 Storer & Sammons Pro Con 2-1
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NLD Semis 7 Coglin Dexter 4 Isabella Parker Neg Neg 3-0
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 VLD R3 4 Alexis Childs 3 Kennedy Marrs Aff
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VLD Octos 7 Matthew Eddy 3 Adrian Esau Aff
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VLD R3 5 Jayce Pollard 3 Taniya Henderson Aff
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VLD R2 11 Sara Hardin 3 Dylan Sexton Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2018-10-05 NCX Finals 1 Dean & Roark 15 Padala & Mandala Neg Neg 2-1
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2018-10-05 VCX Finals 2 Lawson Hudson 15 Adicherla & Kombathula Aff Aff 2-1
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2018-10-05 NCX R3 15 Walker & Ward 6 Jordan & Wright Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2018-10-05 VCX R2 15 Adicherla & Kombathula 15 Satterfield & Ratcliff Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye HS 2018-10-05 NCX R1 18 Buchanan & Horton 15 Ahmed & Gaddi Neg