Misa Stekl Paradigm

Last changed 3/17 9:33A EDT

Emory '19 (not debating; 4th year judging)

Bishop Guertin '15 (national circuit; went to the TOC)

mstekl@emory.edu -- please put me on the email chain

My favorite judges in high school were jon sharp, Calum Matheson, and Jarrod Atchinson.

In general, you should not change what you do because you have me in the back of the room. As a debater, I tended to be pretty flexible, alternating frequently between "critical" and "policy" positions. This is your space to argue, not mine, so I will vote for the arguments on the flow that yield the path of least intervention. Pure objectivity being impossible, I nonetheless do my best to keep my subjective argumentative preferences out of the picture. That said, I'm not quite a blank slate; for instance, I won't be persuaded by racism/sexism/etc. good, or by any unapologetically discriminatory positions or practices.

I’m pretty well versed in K lit – I'm a Philosophy and Comparative Literature double major, so I should have some degree of familiarity with whatever you choose to read. I'm an especially good judge for any brand of poststructuralism, including those concerned with questions of identity. Obviously, this doesn't mean that you can rely on buzzwords to get out of explaining your argument; it does mean, too, that I'll know if you have no idea what you're talking about. You should have at least a working knowledge of the position you are asking me to vote for, which requires you to do at least some cursory background reading and thinking. Then, bring your knowledge of critical theory to bear on the particulars of the aff, balancing overarching framing questions with specific link and impact analysis.

I'm not convinced that the aff must defend governmental action. Which is only to say that I will not enter the room with any dogmatic biases against plan-less affirmatives. That said, I probably enjoy a good framework debate more than most, and find myself voting for framework as often as I vote against it. Still, I don't think it should be your only strategy against all K affs; I will be more persuaded if you at least make an effort to substantively engage the aff. Of course, particularly obscure affs or those lacking a consistent advocacy will tend to be harder to defend against framework than core, topic-specific K affs.

***UPDATE September 2018: As I've judged more debates, I've become increasingly wary of framework as a default negative strategy against K affs. In my experience, framework very often becomes a lazy cop-out, even an excuse to avoid debating the substance of the aff. I can still be convinced that this is not always the case, and I will continue to evaluate framework debates technically, but it is on framework debaters to prove the value of their strategy.***

I think I tend to prioritize evidence quality less than most judges. Not that good cards aren't important – they're the pillars of your argument – but they can't replace good analysis. Depending on your argumentative genre of choice, it may be better to establish your position through evidence-reading or through your own explanation in the constructives; but in most cases, I'd rather you invest more time in nuanced and specific applications of your argument than read another card. In the final rebuttals, you absolutely shouldn't rely on your cards to do the work for you – extensions should be much more substantive than simple author name-drops. If you can't explain your author's argument, as well as its implications for the debate, I won't explain it for you.

Clear! I'll take clarity over speed any day. You should be comprehensible enough that I can understand the text of your cards. I will not call for cards after the debate if I was unable to understand them when you read them; I only read evidence for the sake of refreshing my memory.

Chill out. While antagonism is inevitable in this competitive forum and may even enhance debates in limited doses, I maintain that debaters too often take aggression to unhealthy extremes. Outside of a small number of "critical" strategies that benefit performatively from hostility, there is no reason to deliberately be an asshole to the other team, or – especially – to your partner (!!seriously!! if I can hear you yelling at your partner during prep time, you're doing something wrong). Jokes can also help ease the tension.

Speaks – Points vary by tournament (i.e. I'll give higher points at Samford than at the NDCA). Generally speaking, I'm a bit of a point fairy. Methods for improving your speaks include innovative, specific strategies and clear logical organization. Humor is the icing on the cake.

30 – Among the best speakers I’ve ever heard: you should be top speaker and win the tournament. A+
29.5-29.9 – Outstanding: expect to be one of the top 5 speakers – you should be able to make it to late elims. A
29-29.4 – Very impressive: a noteworthy performance with quite little room for improvement; you deserve to be among the top 20 speakers. A-
28.6-28.9 – High average: you are in or near the top of your division; with any luck – and, more surely, with just a little more practice – you should be able to break. B/B+
28-28.5 – Average: you're doing well, but still need to iron out some remaining issues with your clarity of speech or of argument. B-
27.5-27.9 – Low average: you have potential, but displayed: a) notable problems with both speaking and argument development, or b) more serious problems in one of the two areas. C/C+
27-27.4 – Below average: your performance was passable, but suffered from critical issues of both style and content. C-
26.5-26.9 – Needs improvement: you spoke poorly, made major strategic mistakes, and likely dropped some important arguments. D
26-26.4 – Needs major improvement: you failed to answer a majority of your opponent’s arguments and made some manner of unforgivable mistake. D-
0-25 – You did something offensive. F

Clipping will result in an immediate loss and the lowest speaks allowed by the tournament. I will follow along with the speech doc and record the debate; if I catch you clipping, I will stop the round you even if your opponent doesn’t call you on it.

This is not, in fact, your CX.

** Update March 2019: YES TKO PLEASE TKO! Far too many debates drag on painfully long after they (should) have technically ended. For this reason, I am following B. Manuel's paradigm and urging you to invoke "total knock-out" mode if the other team makes an utterly irredeemable mistake – e.g., double turn, dropped T or a K, etc. Of course, you must stake the round on this; if you can pull it off (i.e., if you can satisfactorily extend the dropped/devastating argument while covering all your bases, e.g., answering condo if going for a dropped K...), then you will win the round after your speech and receive 30s. If you are unsuccessful, you lose and get a hard cap of 27.5. **

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Semifi Chattahoochee Adam & Manne Westminster Yu & Li Neg Neg on a 5-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX1 Quarte Little Rock Central Gaddi & Liu Montgomery Bell Maxwell & Bozza Neg Neg on a 4-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Octafi Niles West Bat-erdene & Bennett Head Royce Ramaswamy & Wogan Aff Aff on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 6 Westminster Manghat & Sayers Berkeley Prep Zinober & Kapadia Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 5 Blue Valley Southwest Stanfield & Wu Greenhill Siva & Feinstein Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 4 Little Rock Central Doris & Fahoum Westminster Yu & Li Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 3 West Des Moines Valley Dukle & Li Greenhill Gouru & McDonald Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 2 Carrollton Sacred Heart Hernandez & Arvanitis Chattahoochee Adam & Manne Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 1 Cambridge Menon & Reddy Montgomery Bell Barnard & Climaco Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 2/22/2019 LD Quarte Valdosta Albert Kang St Pius X Catholic Joseph Tarnowski Neg Neg on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships 2/22/2019 LD Octafi Lassiter TJ Riggs Cherokee Rylee Holland Neg Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championships 2/22/2019 LD R5 Northview Sreyaash Das Starrs Mill Cole Wittbrodt Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 2/22/2019 LD R4 Warner Robins Anastacia Del Rio Cherokee Rylee Holland Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 2/22/2019 LD R1 Pace Alex Noel Cherokee Sean Howell Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD WAU Quarry Lane SK Harvard-Westlake AM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R6 Harvard-Westlake SM American Heritage Plantation PB Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R5 West Des Moines Valley CT Greenhill AM Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R5 Lake Travis BL Futures RA Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R4 Greenhill MR West Des Moines Valley CB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R4 La Salle IM Evanston Twp HE Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R3 Henry W Grady SD Presentation IC Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R2 Harvard-Westlake AM Newark Science SB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R2 Needham ZL New Trier WT Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R1 Troy LG Cherokee JP Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R1 Bronx HS Of Science HW Stuyvesant CL Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX Octofi Paideia HT Westminster PI Aff Neg on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R6 Isidore Newman HV Riverwood JP Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R4 Riverwood CL USN NC Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R3 Johns Creek DS USN HB Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R1 Decatur TS Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PS Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 OPEN Octafi Westminster BK Montgomery Bell HR Neg Neg on a 3-0
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 OPEN R6 Chattahoochee AA Montgomery Bell HP Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 OPEN R5 Montgomery Bell PJ Asian Debate League KK Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 JV R4 Montgomery Bell YM Westminster BW Neg
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 JV R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart MA Asian Debate League WS Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 JV R1 Cambridge HS DS USN BK Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/3/2018 VCX R4 Cambridge HS HR Wheeler LR Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/3/2018 VCX R3 Alpharetta HS ChKp Galloway DH Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/3/2018 VCX R2 Alpharetta HS SN Riverwood CL Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/3/2018 NCX R1 Johns Creek RW Marist CH Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var Octos Chattahoochee AA Georgetown Day PR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R6 Georgetown Day PR Chattahoochee AA Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R4 North Broward Prep AB McDonogh WZ Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R3 Cosby AC Chattahoochee JN Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R2 Baltimore City PG USN CH Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R1 Thomas Jefferson HSST PY Woodlands Independent MR Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX Semis Westminster IR Pace HN Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX Quarte Pace HN Henry W Grady NW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 JVCX Quarte Montgomery Bell YM Cambridge HS MR Aff Neg on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R4 Riverwood JP Alpharetta HS SJ Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R3 Riverwood CL Northview KD Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R2 Berkeley Prep KZ Montgomery Bell KS Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 R2 Alpharetta HS Moodley & Kumar Mamaroneck Epstein & McKinney Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 R1 Jesuit CP Hall & Nagorzanski Greenhill Khan & Ratnam Aff
GFCA First Year Second Year State 2/9/2018 NCX Quarte Westminster Aaron Yu & Connor Li Henry W. Grady Fatima Chaudhry & Sechan Tak Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA First Year Second Year State 2/9/2018 NCX R5 Chattahoochee Jared Adam & Timmy Jeong Westminster Jordan Kopcha & Rishi Manghat Aff
GFCA First Year Second Year State 2/9/2018 JVCX R4 Cambridge Cherise Kim & Shir Halfon Riverwood Blake Jones & Cecilia Palmar Aff
GFCA First Year Second Year State 2/9/2018 JVCX R3 Chattahoochee Suraj Peramanu & David Hauser Henry W. Grady Daniel Wakefield & Assata Nkosi Aff
GFCA First Year Second Year State 2/9/2018 JVCX R2 Alpharetta HS Shivan Moodley & Suchetas Bokil Wheeler Kruthik Alapati & Vibhav Kanyadan Aff
GFCA First Year Second Year State 2/9/2018 JVCX R1 Westminster Sam Pavur Marist Moira Ujda & Kiki Ulinfun Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R6 Alpharetta HS SD Northview PY Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R5 College Prep NW USN BK Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R4 North Broward Prep MR Notre Dame PS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R3 Chattahoochee JN Calhoun BF Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R2 North Star Academy CPHS FB Chattahoochee AP Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 VCX Octofi Chattahoochee DX Montgomery Bell JJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 VCX R6 Montgomery Bell MS Alpharetta HS BM Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 NCX R4 Alpharetta HS HC Calhoun GD Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell HR Chattahoochee AP Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2018 NCX R1 Alpharetta HS AS Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GD Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 CX Quarte Riverwood AD Chattahoochee JN Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 CX R4 Alpharetta ML Henry W. Grady WN Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 CX R2 Northview JK Chattahoochee TR Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/3/2017 CX R1 Chattahoochee JN Riverwood AD Neg
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 JVCX R3 Alpharetta DD Pace HN Neg
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 NCX R2 Wheeler LK Chattahoochee AA Neg
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 NCX R1 Henry W. Grady NW Westminster BV Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R6 Wheeler PS Cypress Bay BK Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R4 Georgetown Day BF Little Rock Central JJ Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R2 Head Royce CD Grapevine MP Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 PEL R1 Stuyvesant CH Montgomery Bell CJ Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX Octofi Montgomery Bell FR Riverwood AD Aff Neg on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R5 Montgomery Bell ZG Chattahoochee JN Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R4 Alpharetta AZ Altamont IM Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R3 Chattahoochee RT Montgomery Bell ZD Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R2 Chattahoochee DX Montgomery Bell BH Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/13/2017 VCX R1 Westlake TS Chattahoochee AS Aff
Westminster 11/19/2016 OPEN R6 Westlake ST Chattahoochee XR Neg
Westminster 11/19/2016 NOV R5 Woodward KS Northview RJ Neg
Westminster 11/19/2016 NOV R4 Marist TU Woodward GS Neg
Westminster 11/19/2016 NOV R2 Woodward WA Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet GC Aff
Westminster 11/19/2016 NOV R1 Montgomery Bell MT Wheeler LR Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VCX Elims Galloway LT Riverwood AD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VCX R4 Johns Creek KO Riverwood AD Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VCX R3 Northview MB Henry W. Grady WN Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VCX R2 Killian Hill Christian RC Walton SV Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/5/2016 VCX R1 Galloway MF Alpharetta US Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 NCX Octas Johns Creek SS Milton BP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX 5 Montgomery Bell GZ Northview GD Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 NCX R4 Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet SS Alpharetta NL Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX 3 USN WK Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 NCX R2 Alpharetta BM USN CE Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX 1 Northview ST USN DG Neg
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 JVCX R6 Woodward KhPa Alphar GG Aff
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 OCX R5 Chatta DS Woodward KM Neg
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 OCX R4 Northv BZ Chatta JN Aff
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 OCX R3 MirSch LM Chatta ML Aff
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 PF R2 Marist KQ Lamber BK Neg
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 PF R2 Lamber SJ Marist HT Neg
The La Follette Debates at JCHS 2/5/2016 OCX R1 Milton HF WesSch GN Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL ADW Iowa City WZ St. Vincent De Paul MH Aff Aff on a 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R6 Fayetteville HS Debate MS Chattahoochee AM Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R3 Walter Payton CP BC Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R2 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart PC Blake NW Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 PEL R1 St. Mark's School of Texas WG Law Magnet GJ Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Mount Vernon Presbyterian TT Woodward FM Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Mount Vernon Presbyterian RS
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Chattahoochee ST Montgomery Bell CJ Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Stratford CP Pine Crest Preparatory T Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Westminster Schools NR Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Neg
Johns Creek Gladiator Debates 10/9/2015 NPF Round Milton YB Columb CT Neg
Johns Creek Gladiator Debates 10/9/2015 NPF Round Sequoy JP Columb AP Neg
Johns Creek Gladiator Debates 10/9/2015 NPF Round Columb LS Lamber ZB Neg
Johns Creek Gladiator Debates 10/9/2015 NPF Round Columb TW SouFor TK Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R5 Alpharetta Madhavan & Brooks Westminster Schools Brannen & Carithers Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R4 Henry W. Grady Choi & Watson Wheeler Azhar & Bellamkonda Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 NP R3 Pace Jackson & Todd Mount Vernon Presbyterian Thompson & Stefaniak-Earley Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 NP R1 Woodward Robinson & Kastle Westminster Schools Miles & Taha Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 JV R3 Divine Child AS Montgomery Bell DL Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 JV R2 Alpharetta MG Divine Child HR Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 JV R1 Divine Child LK Berkeley Prep YM Neg
Tim Averill Invitational 10/24/2014 NCX Rd 4 Lexington GS Lexington GZ Neg
Tim Averill Invitational 10/24/2014 NCX Rd 3 Weston GS Lexington LL Neg
Tim Averill Invitational 10/24/2014 NCX Rd 2 Weston GS Lexington SL Aff
Tim Averill Invitational 10/24/2014 NCX Rd 1 Lexington LI Weston GS Aff