Nathan Kurtti Paradigm

Last changed 2 May 2020 10:14 AM CDT

Educational Background:

North Dakota State University (2014-16)- English Education

Relevant Career Experience:

English Teacher/Debate Coach (2017-present)- WF Sheyenne High School

Public Forum

Within a PF debate, I am looking at main claims, evidence, and logic being used to help a side win in PF. I am not looking for a show. I am looking for substance. Use your evidence to advance your point and clearly show how that advances your side of the resolution. I take a lot into account in rebuttals. Crossfire is important in my eyes, but I might not weigh that as much as the connection and clash you make in your rebuttals. That is the time to really show why your side wins the debate based on your use of evidence and clash.

Policy

I look for clear argumentation between the evidence being used and how effectively you are able to attack the opponent's points and strengthen your own. I am much more content with a slower speed. I am used to argumentation and the typical debate style and format of claim/warrant/impact. At the end of the day, I will be picking the side that wins based on their better use of evidence, clash, and argumentation style.

Lincoln Douglas

The value/criterion framework is especially important in this debate format. Evidence of course is important in this debate format but really make sure that you make succinctly clear how your value and criterion fit with your contentions (claims) and evidence. It is a moral debate, and I am looking to see how you can make a more reasonable moral argument based on your chosen value/criterion that advance your side of the resolution.

Speed

Do not spread, and do not speak quickly. Make sure you are understandable and clear in what you say. Delivery matters, and if you talk too quickly, I will not understand your logic and position.

Disclosure

I am not used to disclosing when the debate is finished as it is not standard practice in North Dakota. At the national tournament, if it is expected or required, I will do it. If it is not required, I will not disclose or answer questions. I will have my thoughts written in the ballot.

Cross Examination/Crossfire

I do not like Cross X or Crossfire to be a show or spectacle. It is meant to be there to answer questions and ask for points of clarification. I do not want this time to be used for trying to call people out or trying to have those “gotcha” moments. Yes, I listen during Cross X and Crossfire, but I view it as a time to clarify points in the debate and for contestants to better understand the position/argument of their opponent. The rebuttals are when I really start to look at who is making the better clash and arguments.

Contact: nkurtti@west-fargo.k12.nd.us

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
North Dakota State HS 2021-02-06 PF1 Semi P FarNor PS BisPub BN Pro Con 2-1
North Dakota Roughrider District Tournament HS 2021-02-04 LD R5 107 111 Aff Aff 3-0
North Dakota Roughrider District Tournament HS 2021-02-04 PF R4 211 207 PRO PRO 3-0
North Dakota Roughrider District Tournament HS 2021-02-04 LD R3 112 103 Neg
North Dakota Roughrider District Tournament HS 2021-02-04 LD R2 109 113 Aff
Bismarck Invitational HS 2021-01-30 LD2 R4 WesFar JB FarDav ES Aff
Bismarck Invitational HS 2021-01-30 LD2 R3 FarDav JM GraFor KU Neg
Bismarck Invitational HS 2021-01-30 LD1 R2 FarDav AH FarNor AA Neg
Bismarck Invitational HS 2021-01-30 LD1 R1 FarNor YM GraFor JV Aff
DaviesSouthGFCentral Makeup Tournament HS 2021-01-22 LD2 R1 Horace LG FarNor JP Neg
Fargo North Debate HS 2021-01-15 LD1 R4 WesFar HS FarDav SC Neg
Fargo North Debate HS 2021-01-15 LD1 R2 FarNor AA BisPub AH Aff
Fargo North Debate HS 2021-01-15 LD1 R1 FarDav AH FarNor YM Neg
Shanley Debate HS 2021-01-09 LD1 R4 Fargo Davies HH West Fargo SH Aff
Shanley Debate HS 2021-01-09 LD1 R3 Mandan GM Bismarck Public MB Aff
Shanley Debate HS 2021-01-09 LD1 R2 Bismarck Public AH Fargo North AA Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R15 X166 X120 Aff Aff 3-2
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 BQ Final Q122 Q151 Aff Neg 4-3
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R6 L233 L150 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R6 L338 L305 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R5 L369 L306 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R5 L364 L191 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R4 L356 L319 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R4 L277 L134 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R3 X216 X285 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R2 X102 X114 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 CX R1 X121 X201 Aff Aff 2-0
Fargo Shanley Dr L Speech Tournament HS 2020-02-15 HI R1
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 PFIII Semi 608 600 Con Con 2-1
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 LD2 Qtr 205 220 Neg Aff 2-1
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 LD1 R4 103 111 Aff
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 PFI R2 400 407 Con
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 LD3 R2 307 304 Aff
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 PFIII R1 602 606 Pro
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LDIII Final K HH T AH Aff Aff 2-1
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PFIII Semi G FH T KC Con Con 3-0
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PF I Semi K WW C PP Con Pro 2-1
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LD I R4 T AH N GM Neg
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PFIII R3 R TL E SZ Con
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PF II R3 T SD K RO Con
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PF II R2 T SR M MO Con
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LD I R1 E AA D OD Neg
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O LD Semi R 200 C 701 Aff Aff 2-1
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 LD3 R4 G 301 N 309 Neg
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O LD R3 C 203 R 201 Aff
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O PF R2 C 803 N 809 Pro
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O PF R1 J 501 G 500 Pro
NSDA Middle School Nationals MS 2019-06-18 ED Finals HK Meryl Tu AE Sophie Reeves Neg Neg 4-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS Trip North Texas Longhorns White Arkansas Blue Prop Prop 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS R5 New York City Red Northern Ohio Red Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2019-06-17 WS R3 Greater Illinois Red Eastern Missouri Red Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 WS R2 Florida Oceanfront Blue Canada White Prop
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 LD 2 R4 Bismarck Public MH Fargo North AA Neg
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 LD 2 R3 Grand Forks Central MK Fargo North MD Neg
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 OpenPF R2 Grand Forks Central CN Bismarck Public BB Con
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 LD 1 R1 Fargo Davies JS Fargo North CW Aff
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 LD1 R6 Fargo Shanley GB Fargo Davies AW Neg Neg 2-1
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 PF1 R5 Fargo Davies CR Fargo Shanley KW Con Con 3-0
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 PF2 R4 Fargo South SR Red River HL Pro
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 LD2 R3 Fargo North ES Aberdeen Central CS Neg
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 PF2 R3 Fargo South RL Fargo Shanley OM Con
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 PF1 R2 Aberdeen Central HG Fargo North DF Con
Fargo Shanley PMJ HS 2019-01-04 LD2 R1 Fargo North AA Fargo Shanley CB Aff